Taking the Preciousness Out of Writing w. EMILY ST. JOHN MANDEL

Author photo by Dese'Rae L. Stage

Author photo by Dese'Rae L. Stage

Episode 1

Emily St. John Mandel is the author of four novels, most recently Station Eleven, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award and won the 2015 Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Toronto Book Award, and the Morning News Tournament of Books. A previous novel, The Singer's Gun, was the 2014 winner of the Prix Mystere de la Critique in France. Her short fiction and essays have been anthologized in numerous collections, including Best American Mystery Stories 2013. She is a staff writer for The Millions and lives in New York City with her husband and daughter. 

Discussed In This Episode:

"A Better Way to Think About the Genre Debate." Presidential reading (or non-reading) habits. Reading in random page order and other editing tricks. MFA vs. NYC. The glory of the treadmill desk. The 90/20 methodFreedom. "One day you'll be dead." Plot: Man buys shoelaces. 

Recommended Reading:

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (Amazon | IndieBound)
A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan (Amazon | IndieBound
Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon (Amazon | IndieBound)

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