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Jess Walter

52 books, 52 weeks, Week 19: Beautiful Ruins

Catherine McKenzie | Posted 07.13.2013 | Books
Catherine McKenzie

Beautiful Ruins is a set of interweaving stories about a young actress who gets sick while working on the set of the movie Cleopatra, which was shot in Italy in the 1960s.

Thanksgiving for 2012 Books

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 01.19.2013 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

I've written variations of this Thanksgiving list just about every year since I read a book a day. Thank you to the authors who make my year of reading -- whether it is a book a day or a book a week -- a core pleasure of my life.

'Beautiful Ruins,' Big Dreams

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 08.08.2012 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter is a marvel, an absolute gem of a beach read (or park read, or subway read, or hell, sit by the fire in the winter read -- it is just a great read!)

Writers Struggle To Out-Imagine 9/11

AP | By HILLEL ITALIE | Posted 10.18.2011 | Books

NEW YORK -- Ten years later, and our imaginations are still catching up to Sept. 11, 2001. "I don't think art can `compete' with something like 9/11,...

Trust Me... Finance and Poetry Are Funny

Jess Walter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jess Walter

I'm not a real victim of this recession. I am a veritable multi-thousandaire whose assets are spread evenly between hard liquor and signed copies of my friends' books.

Iowa Writers' Workshop Graduate Spills It All: Interview with John McNally, Author of "After the Workshop"

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

I thought McNally, because he has experienced the Iowa Writers' Workshop firsthand--and lived to tell the funniest tale ever written about it--would be an ideal subject to interview about a lot of concerns in the writing and publishing industries.