Paul La Farge: Some Little-Known Facts



February 1, 2017

From the department of being in good company (how many departments are there in this place, anyway?): The Night Ocean is one of The Week’s 28 Books to read in 2017, along with works by George Saunders, Elif Batuman, Ottessa Moshfegh, Joan Didion, and others.

January 24, 2017

I’m very happy to have an interview with China Miéville in this month’s issue of BOMB. I’ve been a fan of Miéville’s novels for years, and, in case it wasn’t clear already from his work—but it was!—he’s very smart. Topics discussed: “blood smoke,” Surrealism, tie-in novels, Cthulhu, Dungeons & Dragons, trauma. And more.

January 17, 2017

People of Earth! I am very excited to be talking about The Night Ocean with Lev Grossman (author of Codex, Warp, and the amazing Magicians trilogy) at the New York Public Library's Cullman Center, on Thursday, March 9, 2017. The event is at 7pm, and it's free but ticketed. More information is available here.

December 22, 2016

At the behest of the kind people who run the Picador Guest Professorship for Literature, in Germany, where I’ve been teaching this fall, I wrote a story for Twitter. It’s called Hum, and it was tweeted from the @picadorprof account on December 21 and 22. I am reposting it here for those of you who missed the story entirely, or who caught a glimpse of it as it scrolled by, and want to read the whole thing.

December 16, 2016 (bis)

In other Night Ocean news, Maclean’s, the Canadian newsweekly, lists my novel as a “big read for 2017,” along with books by George R.R. Martin, George Saunders, and Haruki Murakami. I would like to think that the magazine was not swayed by TNO’s Canadian setting, but you never know.

December 16, 2016

The Night Ocean has received its first reviews, from Kirkus and Publisher’s Weekly. They are very nice reviews, with stars, and whatnot. The PW review was written by the Lovecraft scholar and author Peter Cannon, which makes it all the more encouraging. Take a look.

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Photo: Carol Shadford

Paul La Farge is the author of four novels: The Night Ocean, forthcoming from Penguin Press in March, 2017; The Artist of the Missing (FSG, 1999), Haussmann, or the Distinction (FSG, 2001), and Luminous Airplanes (FSG, 2011); and a book of imaginary dreams, The Facts of Winter (McSweeney's Books, 2005). He is the grateful recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Bard Fiction Prize, and fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. He was a fellow at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library in 2013-14. He lives in a subterranean ‘annex’ in upstate New York, where he is almost certainly up to no good.




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