ROBERT OLEN BUTLER
"Flash" or very short fiction is ever more popular these days. The wonderful Best Small Fictions 2015 (Queen's Ferry Press), edited by Tara L. Masih and guest editor Robert Olen Butler, brings together "small fictions" by fifty-five writers including Rusty Barnes, Ron Carlson, Kelly Cherry, Stuart Dybek, Bobbie Ann Mason, and Diane Williams.
An Espionage Thriller Set in World War I Era: An Interview with Pulitzer Prize-Winner Robert Olen Butler on His New Novel The Star of Istanbul
I caught up with Butler, shortly after he'd received the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for Outstanding Achievement in American Literature. We talked about his views on the place of popular culture in his literary fiction, on journalists and espionage, on his cats and hobbies, and on why the genre of the thriller speaks so readily to our contemporary imagination.
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