World Literature

Ariell Cacciola

The Rabbit Back Literature Society 
by Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen
Translated from the Finnish by Lola M. Rogers
Thomas Dunne Books (2015), 352 pp


Laura Leigh Abby

In her first memoir, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, Caitlin Doughty uses her own experience to examine why Americans oppose conversations about death. While the book may not help you figure out how to talk to your loved ones about death, the author will surely get you get you thinking about it. Laura Leigh Abby has this review.

Ariell Cacciola

The past several months I have been traveling in Central Europe, just enough away from the United States to feel slightly out of the proverbial loop. Back stateside, I am usually found beneath a stack of novels consisting of copies in need of review or for mere pleasure (although, usually the former), all the while trying to fit in my own angst-ridden fiction.

M.C. Armstrong

The writer M.C. Armstrong was embedded with U.S. soldiers in Iraq when a military contractor divulged a secret about Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction. Questions arose: Was he credible? Did U.S. authorities know about the buried armaments? Would the public even care? And what's a writer to do with the juicy information?

Dan Hanrahan

Ariell Cacciola

One of Germany's most puzzling (and grisly) crimes remains unsolved almost 100 years after it was committed. A family of five plus their live-in maid are hacked to death at a rural farm; the killer is never found. The heinous act is the focus of Andrea Mara Schenkel's most recent book, The Murder Farm. Ariell Cacciola had a chance to discuss the unnerving novel with Schenkel and what unexpected fame has brought the author. 

Sarah Ulicny

Writer's Notes is a series that invites writers to detail their projects at any stage in their process. Writer Sarah Ulicny talks about how fundraising contributed to the evolution of her tentatively titled novel, Alice Merkel v. Helen Keller.


Ariell Cacciola

Scalawags. Rapscallions. Scoundrels. Meanies. What is the appeal of villainous characters? Ariell Cacciola looks inside herself to find what it is that attracts her (and let's face it, all of us) to literature's bad guys. 

James Tate Hill

Writer's Notes is a series that invites writers to detail their projects at any stage in their process. Debut author James Tate Hill explores his West Virginia roots and how place has influenced his past writing as well as his current novel.


Nina Zumel

Topping 700 pages, A Thousand Forests in One Acorn is a doorstop of an anthology with something for everyone. Showcasing 28 writers from Argentina to Honduras to Spain, the anthology is a veritable smorgasbord of literary talent. Nina Zumel reviews this multidimensional collection, which contains the expected (like magical realism) and several surprises, including Faulkner's ghost.