Lit Hits: What We're Reading in May

Here at Grub HQ, we're always talking about the books that keep us up at night, the novels we can't put down, the memoirs that call to us over our morning coffees. Every month, we'll share our staff's latest literary obsessions to add to your own never-ending reading list.

 

 

Lauren, Grub's Office Manager, recently finished The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, which she can appreciate for its structure, but which she found depressing and lackluster in terms of character development

May 22, 2017 | GrubWrites

The Writing Life

News from DeadDarlings

This month at the Dead Darlings office we spent time preparing for some of the most challenging parts of a writer's life – querying and pitching our work. Tracey Palmer interviewed Cambridge native and debut novelist Louie Cronin about persistence and craft.

Querying

May 19, 2017 | The Editors at Dead Darlings

Craft Advice The Writing Life

Rejection, Truth-Making, and a Narrative Stegosaurus: a Conversation with Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

After four years of serving as the founding instructor of GrubStreet’s Memoir Incubator, Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich is set to launch her memoir, The Fact of a Body, tomorrow (May 16th) at Harvard Book Store

May 15, 2017 | Alison Murphy

Interviews

Best of the Web 05/15/17

Twice a month, we feature our favorite literary links. As ever, we promise: You’ll laugh. You'll ponder. You won’t get any writing done.

 

A recent study shows that the literary genre you prefer can reveal--or shape--your sense of what is ethical. 

"You Are What You Read"

May 15, 2017 | GrubWrites

Procrastinate

On Winning and Losing

My daughters had been playing quietly for a good ten minutes, which is always cause for alarm.

 

After following a trail of graham cracker crumbs, I finally found them in the bathroom with my three-year-old on the potty and my six-year-old sitting on the floor in front of her – the two of them holding hands, rocking back and forth, singing row, row, row your boat.

May 10, 2017 | Ben Berman

The Writing Life