The Late American Novel

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4 February 2010

Hot off the (Soft Skull) press: The Late American Novel: Writers on the Future of Books, edited by Jeff Martin and C. Max Magee (our fair editor at The Millions).  Short essays, manifestoes, jokes and riffs, all manner of engaged expression about where we are and where we might be going in literary life.  Featuring 26 ruminations by: Rivka Galchen, Joe Meno, Benjamin Kunkel, Jonathan Lethem, Garth Risk Hallberg, Emily St. John Mandel, Deb Olin Unferth, Victor LaValle, and yours truly, among others.

From the back cover:

The way we absorb information has changed dramatically. Edison’s phonograph has been reincarnated as the iPod. Celluloid went digital. But books, for the most part, have remained the same—until now. And while music and movies have undergone an almost Darwinian evolution, the literary world now faces a revolution, a sudden change in the way we buy, produce, and read books.

Scholars, journalists, and publishers have turned their brains inside out in the effort to predict what lies ahead, but who better to comment on the future of the book than those who are driven to write them?

In The Late American Novel, Jeff Martin and C. Max Magee gather some of today’s finest writers to consider the sea change that is upon them.

Orderable now at Amazon

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