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Is art generative? What about the persistence we must put in to make it all come together? I speak with Siri Hustvedt about this, plus other happenings: new work, interviews, bookstore visits, more


By Leslie Lindsay

I was so impressed and in awe this wise and moving book, MOTHERS, FATHERS, & OTHERS (Simon & Schuster, December 2021), that I reached out to the brilliant and generous Siri Hustvedt about an interview. To my delight, she agreed and we chatted about all things art and writing, and cover art, persistence, and so much more. It was a really lovely conversation.

Come on over, and join us.

This interview originally appeared in The Rumpus February 21, 2022.

It was even featured on Publisher’s Lunch February 23 and 24!

After nearly a decade of bringing great authors and their books right here, every Wednesday, I am shifting my focus a bit.

You can find all of my bookish suggestions, reviews, and more on Instagram in 2022, where I’ll be sharing reels and blurbs about books, what I’m reading, and even writing.

Here’s a glimpse of what you might have missed on Instagram:

Psst! You can share this on Twitter, too.Tweet

Keep scrolling to learn more:

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Memoir-on-Submission:

MODEL HOME: Motherhood, Madness & Memory is ‘making the rounds’ with publishing houses. This book has been in my heart for years. It’s about my mother’s devolve into psychosis when I was 10; the body, mind, houses and homes (she was an interior decorator), our estrangement, breaking the cycle, her suicide, my complex grief.

It’s time for this story to make its way into the world.

Learn more about MODEL HOME in this Psychology Today Q&A with Caroline Leavitt.

~Represented by Catalyst Literary Management~

Photo courtesy of L.Lindsay family archives

New Project:

I’m working on a new book/project and just completed a 50-page proposal, which is a huge accomplishment in and of itself. It has something to do with this photo. I’m innately interested in exploring ancestral stories and how they connect to the present generation, along with intergenerational trauma, resilience, and more.

Author Interviews:

I’m grateful for this essay with Read Her Like an Open Book, which goes into some detail about the authors I’ve hosted over the years as well as my writerly journey. You might like this post I shared in December 2021 about an end-of-an-era

Occasionally, I’ll have an author interview published in a literary journal. I’ll be sure to share that with you, too.

Here are a couple to whet your appetite:

I’ll be sharing my published interviews here, on Wednesdays, after they’ve ‘gone live’ with their various publications. On Fridays, I’ll share any recent published fiction on this space as well.

ICYMI: This piece was published recently in Flash Frog Literary. It’s from the new project.

Also! I was recently accepted to the Kenyon Review Summer Writer’s Workshop and will be working on CNF with Terese Marie Mailhot, which will be a thrill and honor.

Image source: https://kenyonreview.org/writers/. Doesn’t this look dreamy?

I’m also busy visiting local bookstores, checking out cool towns, architecture, snapping photos, and you know…all kinds of goodness that brings me joy.

What I’m reading:

The Twenty-Seventh Letter of the Alphabet by Kim Adrian (University of Nebraska Press, 2018) and it’s soo good. Told in a micro-style ‘glossary’ this is a uniquely structured memoir that reads beautifully. Clear, concise distillations of a mother’s devolve into psychosis, her struggles with mental health.

Image source: L.Lindsay @leslielindsay1 #alwayswithabook #booknerd

What I’m listening to:

David Naimon in conversation with Lacy Johnson via Between the Covers podcast: about her 2018 book The Reckonings, now in paperback. If you’re not already listening to Between the Covers, you must start. I promise, it will make you smarter and a deeper thinker.

Photo cred: https://tinhouse.com/podcast/lacy-m-johnson-the-reckonings/

In the meantime, catch me on:

Reviewing books and talking about them with others on-line and in-person is one small way to engage with & support the literary community.

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It’s been a joy and privilege to connect with authors and share interviews with you. Thank you for letting me guide you on your bookish journey.

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Don’t be a stranger! Let’s walk this bookish path together.

Find me on Instagram, and Twitter. See what I’m reading on Bookshop.org. Find my reviews on GoodReads. I’m also a Zibby Books Ambassador.

Learn more about me HERE.

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