Rain Taxi.

A nice little review of All Over just popped up over at Rain Taxi, courtesy of Blake Butler.

December 22, 2007, 8:15 p.m.Categories: Fiction Collections, Review

Pacific Review

And another few poems are out in the world, this time in the 2007-2008 issue of Pacific Review. And some good neighbors--Amanda Rachel Warren, Allan Gurganus--to share space with.

December 6, 2007, 9:03 p.m.Categories: Litmags, Poetry

Time Out Chicago

Another nice review of All Over just showed up, this time courtesy of Jonathan Messinger at Time Out Chicago.

December 5, 2007, 12:16 p.m.Categories: Fiction Collections, Review

At the Mercy of the Bat.

One of the first stops on the All Over tour was New York, and one of the first projects there was a sit-down with Ed Champion, he of the infamous Bat Segundo Show. Great questions over great sandwiches: a hard combination to beat. And the results are now up for your listening pleasure right here.

November 30, 2007, 1:14 p.m.Categories: Fiction Collections, History, Interviews

Mid-American Review

Good news for a cold day: a very nice review of All Over just showed up in the Fall 2007 issue of Mid-American Review, courtesy of Seth Fried.

November 9, 2007, 1:08 p.m.Categories: Fiction Collections, Review

Will Focus 580 AM

A very fun radio interview to start things off here in Champaign-Urbana, with David Inge of Will Focus 580 AM. You know the cough button that mutes your mike for as long as you press it down? For reasons I would be hard-pressed to explain, I love that button.

November 5, 2007, 12:37 p.m.Categories: China, Fiction Collections, History, Novellas

Los Angeles Times

And this is the sort of big one we were hoping for: David Ulin, the LA Times' book editor, really went to bat for All Over.

November 4, 2007, 11:13 p.m.Categories: Fiction Collections, Review


And the family trip we took to Xian, which I've mined once or twice before, comes through for me once again: a hard moment going bright, now up as part of Issue Two of the fine new Hot Metal Bridge, along with great fiction by Dan Chaon and Dan Marshall, nonfiction by Michelle Wildgen and Shya Scanlon, and interviews with Tom Perrotta and Stewart O’Nan.

October 30, 2007, 7:20 p.m.Categories: China, Food, Nonfiction, Travel

Lingering in "The New Automaton Theater"

Steven Millhauser has been one of my favorite authors for years, and when Ron Hogan called I'd just finished The Knife Thrower and Other Stories in the course of a trip to Nanjing, so pretending that it would be in any sense possible to pick an all-time favorite story was easier than it otherwise might have been. Up, now, at Beatrice.

October 24, 2007, 7:13 p.m.Categories: Fiction Collections, Nonfiction

The tour.

Tonight begins the tour that the folks at Dzanc have put together for me to help get word out about the new collection. Lift-off is at Shaman Books in Ann Arbor, and from there we'll hit New York, Chicago, Memphis, Asheville, Greenwood, New Orleans, Iowa City, Urbana-Champaign, Davis, and my hometown of Ukiah, California, finishing up with an event or two back in Beijing. To those of you who can make it to one of the events, I look forward to meeting you; to those of you who can't, feel free to follow along over at Ullage, where I'll be posting dispatches from the road every chance I get.

October 23, 2007, 10:42 a.m.Category: Fiction Collections