At Oprah Daily, Pulitzer-Prize winning author Louise Erdrich discusses her new novel, The Sentence, a ghost story that follows Tookie, a bookstore employee and handles serious topics with nuance and dark humor. “Who doesn’t want to write a ghost story?” asks Erdich. And it’s not only about a haunted bookstore; it’s about how we are haunted by history and how that alters the present. And the humor is Tookie’s—she has a way with words.”
“No one was more grimly adamant that the world was in mortal peril, or had more fun trying to save it from itself.” Over at The New Yorker‘s Page Turner blog, Alexandra Schwartz considers the life and work of Grace Paley, noting that Paley’s slim output “is a great shame, if not so surprising. Activism, like alcoholism, can distract a writer from the demands of her desk.” Also of note: this tribute to Paley that our own Garth Risk Hallberg wrote upon her death in 2007.