The author of Abandon Me on queer world-building IRL and on the page, writerly toolkits and the freedom of abandoning all sense of chill in romantic relationships.
The author of Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars on the joy of writing a cast of women, the violence of passing and the responsibilities of media-makers.
The author of Stay With Me on how stories find you, remembering both sides of a proverb, and discovering your characters.
The author of News from the Red Desert on the desire for action, the futility of violence and capturing the truth of conflict through fiction.
The author of the National Book Award-winning Sing, Unburied, Sing on the pressure of accolades, discovering new stories and processing pain.
The author of Little Fires Everywhere on class markers, digging into the suburbs, and the depictions of East Asian characters in art.
Talking to the Crawl Space cartoonist about putting characters in danger, the union between humans and nature, and the effects on his work of living in a beautiful place.
The author of the new Jann Wenner biography Sticky Fingers on writing a book that angers its subject, the influence and legacy of Rolling Stone, and the narcissism of Baby Boomers.
The author of Brother on inherited trauma, not telling stories that make Canada feel good, and how communities endure.
The author of Rise of the Necrofauna on cloning departed pets, important beetles, and the power of the northern white rhino.