At the Star Tribune, Sequoia Nagamatsu discusses his debut novel, How High We Go in the Dark, which explores what happens when a virus is unleashed on the planet. Surprisingly, the book does contain moments of humor amid the darkness. “When you’re talking about a tragic event or having lost somebody,” Nagamatsu explains, “you’re going to cry but you’re also going to laugh. I wanted to acknowledge that the full spectrum of emotions is going to be there.”
U.S. publishing house Little, Brown had a rough day in the news yesterday. Its coy marketing tactics have rubbed some booksellers the wrong way, reports Julie Bosman for The New York Times. Later on, The New York Post‘s Keith J. Kelly noted that the publisher has dropped one of its bigger titles. Jason Bennett raises some additional questions.
Following the Irish release of The Guts, the new Roddy Doyle novel that brings back Jimmy Rabbitte from The Commitments, The Irish Times interviews Doyle, who remembers a time when his writing garnered him death threats. Sample quote: “I drove the guy in the next room demented as I replayed an old tape, repeating the same musical phrase, again and again.”