Were pleased this issue to present short stories by James Sallis of the U.S., author of the popular Lew Griffin detective novels; and Irish writer Marian Keyes, author of Sushi for Beginners. Were also delighted to present an extract from Dennis Cooper's upcoming novel, My Loose Thread. Sallis slightly futuristic setting is a haunting one and feels as though it could be just around the corner; while Marian Keyes story is a fun look at a group of young, well-to-do professional couples who vie to keep up with each other in matters superficial; and Dennis Cooper, that master of transgressive fiction, shows that hes in good form with this latest as he takes us, once again, into the skewed world of sexually confused gay teens. Quite a diverse offering.
Picks from Back Issues include one of the pieces we ran in our June 1997 premier issue - an excerpt from U.S. author Scott Heim's novel In Awe (which went on to win the 1998 Firecracker Alternative Book Award) - as well as U.S. crime writer Jason Starr's short story "Biancas Wallet" from issue four. We have just received Jason Starrs latest novel, Hard Feelings, which has come out to grand reviews, so look for our own review of the novel in the next issue.
Our interview is with Nick Hornby, who was recently in Barcelona for the presentation of the Spanish and Catalan translations of his latest novel How to Be Good, which has also just been released in paperback in both the U.K. and the U.S. Sara Martin caught up with him and talks to him about the novel, popular versus literary fiction, and other matters of the literary variety.
Our quiz this issue is on Cormac McCarthy. If you know his given name and where he lived in Spain, youve got two answers already. Have a try and you might win a free book.
Be sure to have a look at our sneak preview of Dennis Coopers new novel as well, due out this July from Canongate Books, U.K.
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