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A Word About Writing: One Author, Seven Questions

An Interview with Bruce Bauman, by Neni Demetriou

Broken Sleep

Bruce Bauman’s second novel, Broken Sleep (Other Press, 2015), is one where rock music, politics, art, religion, and love all come crashing together in epic proportions. But more than that, it’s a book about family. Broken Sleep is what happens when a writer bridges the magic between their pen and their mind. It’s innovative, it’s heartbreaking, it’s beautiful, it’s emotional—it opens with a bang, and it’s one of the best books I’ve read this year.

Which is why I was thrilled to talk to Bruce about it, where I was able to find out about his writing process, what he loved most about this book, and the relationships writers have with their characters. I also got some pretty cool pieces of advice.

At 620 pages, Broken Sleep is a massive novel that sprawls across cities, decades, and characters. How did you end up with this structure?

With a great deal of attempting different voices and perspectives. For example Moses was originally written in the first person. Steve Erickson suggested I try third and that was the ticket with him. Salome, at one point was written in the present tense. That didn’t work. Finally all the voices spoke to me.... Read more

In the Telling

#27: Mona Awad

Here’s the fourth installment in our special collection of In the Telling podcasts: stories, essays, and poetry by our 2015 Pushcart Nominees. Each episode includes an introduction by our editors. The series is curated by Joseph Scalora.

In this episode, editor-in-chief Elizabeth Blachman discusses why she nominated Mona Awad’s story “Hearts and Minds” (Issue 17) for the Pushcart Prize,... Read more

Encounters in Publishing

#77: Behind the Slice Literary Writers’ Conference: An Interview with Rob Spillman, by Liz Mathews

The 5th annual Slice Literary Writers’ Conference is in two days, and we’re so excited about the amazing community of writers and publishing professionals that is about to crowd into our corner of downtown Brooklyn. As we count down, we chatted with Tin House editor Rob Spillman about his work in both magazine and indie book publishing. We’ll hear more... Read more

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Slice at AWP

Slice's Creative Director Celia Johnson will be leading a panel on Saturday, April 2, at AWP in Los Angeles. The panelists are Sarah Bowlin (Editor, Henry Holt & Co.), Michelle Brower (Agent, Kuhn Projects), Karolina Waclawiak (Novelist, most recently of The Invaders and Believer Editor), Steph Opitz (Director of the Texas Book Fest and Book Reviewer/Marie Claire).

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Slice is among the golden few of modern literary publications, not only because of its fiction, poetry, interviews, and articles, but because it's simply the one everyone is talking about.” - Simon Van Booy, bestselling author of The Illusion of Separateness

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