Elizabeth Strout Archive

Round-Up: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the Man Booker Prize, and the Vatican Library

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From the highly anticipated "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child," to the announcement of the Man Booker Prize longlist, here's some of last week's hottest literary news.

Bookmarks #3: Left Bank Books, St. Louis, MO

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The Bookmarks series will profile unique bookstores and literary spaces across the country. These landmarks, often celebrated within the cities featured in our Literary Boroughs series, are home to myriad readings, panels, classes, workshops, and—of course—books. Posts are merely introductions to these spaces; we encourage readers to contribute additional

Elizabeth Strout at Emerson: The Videos (Part I)

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The footage is finally here! Watch the first half of Elizabeth Strout’s question-and-answer session on April 15 at Emerson College below, or on our YouTube channel. In these videos, she discusses revising Olive Kitteridge, writing cantankerous female characters, surviving law school, and sometimes being surprised by her own work.

Elizabeth Strout, the Subconscious Writer

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Several times during her question-and-answer session at Emerson College on April 15, Elizabeth Strout admitted to making things up. No one would begrudge a fiction writer of doing that–fabrication is part of her job. But Strout “just knew” when her latest book Olive Kitteridge was ready. “Which isn’t very

Ten Quick Questions with… Elizabeth Strout

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Elizabeth Strout’s had quite a year. Her third work of fiction, Olive Kitteridge, still sits on the paperback bestseller list. Last April, she earned the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. This Thursday, she headlines the Ploughshares Reading Series, where she will read one of Olive’s stories (“I often make that

“We’re all shoving more and more Twinkies in our mouths.”

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Ploughshares is off to the AWP conference in Denver this week! But to keep excitement high for guest editor Elizabeth Strout’s visit to Emerson next Thursday, here are two fun interviews pulled from YouTube. In the first, Strout talks about how freeing she found writing at a young age.

Three Excerpts from Spring ’10 Fiction

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We have shifted gears to the Spring 2010 Ploughshares–look at the new color scheme on our home page! As a bonus to our loyal blog readers, here are three brief excerpts from pieces Elizabeth Strout handpicked for the issue. If you subscribe now, you’ll receive this issue as soon

Sneak Preview of our Spring 2010 Issue

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Readers and writers need to know what’s happening–Where are the new poets, how are the established poets, what is fiction really up to these days? It is the chance at variety that remains essential. —Elizabeth Strout on guest editing Ploughshares True to her word, Strout assembled a “variety” of

The Scoop on New Stories from the South: 2010

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Ploughshares has just learned that Amy Hempel, guest editor for New Stories from the South: 2010, has selected Marjorie Kemper for posthumous publication in the anthology. Kemper’s story “Discovered America,” in the current issue of Southwest Review, joins the year’s best fiction from Southern writers or about Southern American