Amy Hempel

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BOMB All-Stars Reading at The New School by Lynne Tillman, Frederic Tuten, Amy Hempel, Patricia Spears Jones & Paula Fox

BOMB Magazine celebrated its 25th Anniversary year of publishing legendary interviews with an all-star line-up of literary talents featured in BOMB’s Spring 2006 “Living Legends” Anniversary issue.

Walter Kirn’s Up In The Air by Amy Hempel

During a panel discussion on The Novel some years ago, Allan Gurganus eloquently brought the talk about Big Ideas around to LANGUAGE, saying, memorably, “There are those of us who are still loyal at the level of the sentence.” 

Karen Shepard’s An Empire of Women by Amy Hempel
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The relationship between mother, daughter and granddaughter is outlined in Karen Shepard’s novel An Empire of Women.

Alan Warner by Amy Hempel
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Alan Warner’s down-dirty characters and Scottish vernacular won him a Somerset Maugham Award for his book Morvern Callar. Amy Hempel e-mailed her queries about home and memory to the “utterly stylish” former railway worker.

Maria Flook’s My Sister Life by Amy Hempel
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Memoir, biography, nonfiction novel—all of these terms apply to My Sister Life, a stunning and disturbing book by poet and novelist Maria Flook. 

Frederick Barthelme’s Bob the Gambler by Amy Hempel
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Bob le Flambeur is a ’50s French heist film in which a small-time hood tries to knock over a casino. It is a film that Raymond Kaiser rents, a film which ironically prefigures the trajectory of an American family in Frederick Barthelme’s eleventh work of fiction, Bob the Gambler.

Amy Hempel by Suzan Sherman
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Amy Hempel, one of our most respected experimental writers, mixes grief and humor to redefine the “story.” In her story collection Tumble Home, Hempel writes about people who have overcome and found everything they need.

Barry Hannah’s High Lonesome by Amy Hempel
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Hannah has always been brilliant at depicting people in retreat, not just from the awfulness of their souls, but from the sweetness of them. 

Jim Shepard by Amy Hempel
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Jim Shepard’s first collection of short stories reads like a prize anthology, such is the range and success of Batting Against Castro.

Sharon Olds by Amy Hempel
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This interview is featured, along with thirty-four others, in our anthology BOMB: The Author Interviews.

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