An Author a Day LIVE welcomes Colum McCann 12:00PM Saturday, May 30! Click here to view the talk then.

Christmas, the day after, in 2004, following the presidential re-election of George W. Bush. I am staring out of the window in extremely dark mood, feeling helpless. Then a friend, a fellow artist, calls to wish me happy holidays. He asks, “How are you?” And instead of “Oh, fine—and you?”, I blurt out the truth: “Not well. Not only am I depressed, I can’t seem to work, to write; it’s as though I am paralyzed, unable to write anything more in the novel I’ve begun. I’ve never felt this way before, but the election….” I am about to explain with further detail when he interrupts, shouting: “No! No, no, no! This is precisely the time when artists go to work—not when everything is fine, but in times of dread. That’s our job!”

—Toni Morrison, from "No Place for Self-Pity, No Room for Fear"The Nation, March 23, 2015

With the coronavirus, times of dread are very much upon us - so it's time to go to work. For many artists, however, there isn't any. Now is the time to support artists and each other. You can help with An Author a Day. By 10:00AM EDT each day I'll post a photograph of an author on Instagram and below with links to purchase that author's book(s) and purchase photographic prints. 100% of proceeds support the Authors League Fund. Since 1917, the Fund has helped professional writers in emergency financial need. You're also welcome to make a donation directly to the Authors League Fund.

There will come a time when we'll need to reflect upon, heal, and progress from our global challenge. Writers will meet that need then. Thank you for coming to their aid now.

Yours,

Beowulf 

#anauthoraday
@beowulfsheehan
beowulfsheehan.com/anauthoraday
authorsleaguefund.org

And please visit An Author a Day LIVE at 12:00PM Saturday, May 30, when our guest will be Colum McCann. Click here to join the talk then.
Past An Author a Day LIVE talks are available on YouTube:
Yeonmi Park, Saturday, May 16. View the talk here.
Leslie Jamison, Sunday, May 10. View the talk here.
Jason Reynolds, Saturday, May 2. View the talk here.
Maya Shanbhag Lang, Jessica Pearce Rotondi, and Stephen Kiernan, presented by House of Beautiful Business, Sunday, April 26. View the talk here.
Min Jin Lee, Saturday, April 18. View the talk  here.
Harlan Coben, Saturday, April 11. View the talk here.
Mira Jacob, Sunday, April 5. View the talk here.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Téa Obreht, Beowulf Studio, June 5, 2010

The new frontier can be a boom town - but it was once someone's ghost town. In Téa Obreht's Inland: A Novel, out in paperback tomorrow, going West demands the best. Or ghosts will rise again. Read Inland, help writers in crisis, and see that no frontier is final.

The Tiger's Wife: A Novel, 2011
Inland: A Novel, 2019

All book and print sale proceeds and donations support the Authors League Fund. Thank you.

Prints are available! Click here to order yours.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Suzan-Lori Parks, New Haven, Connecticut, September 14, 2018

When I asked her about plateaus, Suzan-Lori Parks told me to dive deeper. With each work Parks writes (and sings), she does. If you missed White Noise at the Public Theater, see it as a reader. Read White Noise, help writers in crisis, and get below the surface. (And visit the Public Theater website to learn about Parks' Watch Me Work program to help your creativity.)

The America Play and Other Works, 1994
Venus, 1996
Topdog/Underdog, 1999
The Red Letter Plays, 2001
365 Days/365 Plays, 2002-2003
Getting Mother's Body, 2003
The Book of Grace, 2010
Father Comes Home From the Wars, 2014
100 Plays for the First Hundred Days, 2018
White Noise, 2019

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Lucas Hnath, Beowulf Studio, New York, March 6, 2015

Henrik Ibsen passed away on this day in 1906, but his work lives on. In the art of Lucas Hnath, Ibsen's house gets remodeled when Nora comes back. For now we can't see great theater on the stage, but we have the gift of reading it on the page. Read Hnath's A Doll's House, Part 2, help writers in need, and give great stories their encore.

The Christians, 2016
A Doll's House, Part 2, 2019
A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney, 2020
Hillary and Clinton, 2020
The Red Speedo, 2020

Friday, May 22, 2020

Binyavanga Wainaina, New York, May 4, 2015

"If a writer falls in love with you, you can never die," wrote author Mik Everett. If a writer loved his country as Binyavanga Wainaina did, then it couldn't die, either. Wainaina, who passed away a year ago yesterday, wrote for Kenya and its freedoms. The cause lives on in One Day I Will Write About This Place: A Memoir. Read Wainaina's memoir, support writers in need, and see the past come to life.

Discovering Home, 2003
Beyond the River Yei, 2004
How to Write About Africa, 2006
One Day I Will Write About This Place: A Memoir, 2011
Nguva Na Nyoka, 2014

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Jennifer Finney Boylan, New York, April 30, 2014

Everyone's best friend is guided by unconditional love. In Jennifer Finney Boylan's Good Boy: My Life in Seven Dogs, published a month ago today, we learn we can be, too. Read Good Boy: My Life in Seven Dogs , support writers in need, and let love be your guide.

She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders, 2003
I'm Looking Through You: Growing Up Haunted: A Memoir, 2008
Falcon Quinn and the Black Mirror, 2010
Falcon Quinn and the Crimson Vapor, 2011
Stuck in the Middle with You: A Memoir of Parenting in Three Genders, 2013
You Are You, 2015
Falcon Quinn and the Bullies of Greenblud, 2016
Long Black Veil, 2017
Good Boy: My Life in Seven Dogs, 2020

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Kayleb Rae Candrilli, Beowulf Studio, New York, May 21, 2019

"I want to return home just so I might remember something good," writes poet Kayleb Rae Candrilli in their new collection All the Gay Saints, published just two weeks ago. Home, within our environments, within ourselves, is where we're to stay and, in Canrilli's poetry, be happy. Read All the Gay Saints, support writers in need, and get comfortable.

What Runs Over, 2017
All the Gay Saints, 2020

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Mahogany L. Browne, New York, April 30, 2019

How brilliant is your rainbow? There are infinite colors in the spectrum of life. It's on us to embrace them all because, as poet Mahogany L. Browne writes,
The smallest things that make us up
are the largest strokes of beauty that color us brilliant!
—from "The Ability to Be", Woke: A Young Poet's Call to Justice
Read Woke, published in March, help writers in need, and paint your world with beauty.

Redbone, 2016
Kissing Caskets, 2017
Black Girl Magic: A Poem, 2018
Woke Baby, 2018
Woke: A Young Poet's Call to Justice, 2020

Monday, May 18, 2020

Carolin Emcke, New York, May 6, 2019

Our eyes don’t give all away when there’s so much more to say. Carolin Emcke’s When I Say Yes, publishing today in the US, speaks to our need to open up, to empower the silenced, and to equate the conversation. Read When I Say Yes, help writers in need, and help everyone have his, her, and their say.

Echoes of Violence: Letters from a War Reporter, 2007
How We Desire, 2018
Against Hate, 2019
When I Say Yes, 2020

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Richard Ford, New York, April 30, 2010

There are departures and arrivals we will miss. We’ll miss some of those we make, too. Richard Ford’s Sorry for your Trouble: Stories, published last Tuesday, looks at loss, of a loved one, of an opportunity, of time, and helps us gain what’s left. Read Sorry for your Trouble, help writers in need, and appreciate how precious time and we are.

A Piece of My Heart, 1976
The Ultimate Good Luck, 1981
The Sportswriter, 1986
Rock Springs: Stories, 1987
Wildlife, 1990
Independence Day, 1995
Women with Men, 1997
A Multitude of Sins,
The Lay of the Land, 2006
Canada, 2012
Let Me Be Frank With You, 2014
Between Them: Remembering My Parents, 2017
Sorry for Your Trouble: Stories, 2020

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Yeonmi Park, Beowulf Studio, New York, February 4, 2015

“We tell ourselves stories in order to live,” wrote the great Joan Didion. Yeonmi Park's memoir In Order to Live, her journey to the joy of living freely, is the story you must read for yourself. Help storytellers in need, read In Order to Live, and see Yeonmi Park's interview on An Author a Day LIVE here.

In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom, 2015

Friday, May 15, 2020

Kathleen Donohoe, Beowulf Studio, New York, August 27, 2015

A parade comes to town, and with it a girl disappears. In Kathleen Donohoe's Ghosts of the Missing, published this February, we learn that finding her takes more than a village. Love and the truth are out there. Help writers in need, read Ghosts of the Missing, and find yours.

Ashes of Fiery Weather, 2016
Ghosts of the Missing, 2020

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Anne Enright, New York, May 25, 2016

Big stars cast long shadows. In Anne Enright's Actress, published this February, Norah is born under one, and her journey to see her mother without celebrity challenges her own identity. Read Actress, support writers in need, and see what makes you a shining star.


The Wig My Father Wore, 1995
What Are You Like?, 2000
The Pleasure of Eliza Lynch, 2002
The Gathering, 2007
Yesterday's Weather, 2009
The Forgotten Waltz, 2011
The Green Road, 2015
Actress, 2020

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Rebecca Solnit, New Haven, Connecticut, September 18, 2019

Finding your own voice is hard, all the harder when policy and culture work to silence it. Rebecca Solnit shows how she found and raised hers in Recollections of My Nonexistence, published in March. Support writers in need by reading Rebecca Solnit’s new memoir, and let her lift your voice.

A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster, 2010
Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas, 2010
The Faraway Nearby, 2013
Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas, 2013
Men Explain Things to Me, 2014
The Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness, 2014
Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas, 2016
The Mother of All Questions, 2017
Call Them by Their True Names: American Crises (and Essays), 2018
Drowned River: The Death & Rebirth of Glen Canyon on the Colorado, 2018
Cinderella Liberator, 2019
Whose Story Is This?, 2019
Recollections of My Nonexistence, 2020

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Sebastian Barry, New York, May 3, 2009

When the world she knew was taken from her, orphan Winona Cole turned to the sharpest weapon she had left to fight on. In novelist, playwright, and poet Sebastian Barry’s A Thousand Moons, published in March, that weapon was love. Buy A Thousand Moons, support writers in need, and read - and fight - on, too.

The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty, 1998
Annie Dunne, 2002
A Long Long Way, 2005
The Secret Scripture, 2008
On Canaan's Side, 2011
The Temporary Gentleman, 2014
Days Without End, 2016
A Thousand Moons, 2020

Monday, May 11, 2020

David McCullough, New York, May 2, 2016

The promised land. Freedom of religion. Free universal education. The prohibition of slavery. These were among the assurances of the Treaty of Paris in creating the Northwest Territory in 1788. As settlers moved west, were the promises kept? Historian David McCullough looks back in The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For, published last week in paperback. Let history show you who we're meant to be so we can look to a new reality.

The Johnstown Flood: The Incredible Story Behind One of the Most Devastating Disasters America Has Ever Known, 1968
The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge, 1972
The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870–1914, 1977
Mornings on Horseback, 1981
Brave Companions: Portraits in History, 1991
Truman, 1992
John Adams, 2001
1776, 2005
In the Dark Streets Shineth: A 1941 Christmas Eve Story, 2010
The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris, 2011
The Wright Brothers, 2015
The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For, 2017
The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West, 2019

All book and print sale proceeds and donations support the Authors League Fund. Thank you.

Prints are available! Click here to order yours.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Leslie Jamison, Beowulf Studio, New York, August 15, 2017

“You must do something to make the world more beautiful,” wrote Leslie Jamison in writing about reading to her daughter in her Covid-19 essay “Since I Became Symptomatic”. Read Jamison's landmark essay collection Make It Scream, Make It Burn, support writers in need, and learn how to make the world more beautiful, too. And enjoy Leslie Jamison's An Author a Day LIVE interview here.

The Gin Closet
, 2010
The Empathy Exams, 2014
The Recovering: Intoxication and its Aftermath, 2018
Make It Scream, Make It Burn, 2019

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Bejamin Moser, New York, October 9, 2018

When you can’t see the future, look to the past. Benjamin Moser’s Pultizer-Prize-winning Sontag looks at the life of an icon and the New York, art, literature, and culture Susan Sontag reflected and helped shape. Give today to yesterday with Sontag and help writers in need.

Why This World: A Biography of Clarice Lispector, 2009
Sontag: Her Life and Work, 2019

Friday, May 8, 2020

Colson Whitehead, Portland, Oregon, November 5, 2016

Great challenges can beget great courage. In Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winning The Nickel Boys and The Underground Railroad, they do. Read these great books, support writers in need, and be courageous.

The Intuitionist, 1999
John Henry Days, 2001
The Colossus of New York, 2003
Apex Hides the Hurt, 2006
Sag Harbor, 2009
Zone One, 2011
The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky & Death, 2014
The Underground Railroad, 2016
The Nickel Boys, 2019

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Wayne Koestenbaum, New York, September 20, 2013

The ecology of the cacophony of life is rarely written because it requires a rare voice to Figure It Out. Wayne Koestenbaum does. His essay collection Figure It Out was published on Tuesday. The artist is present, ready for you to read the present of his essays, thanking you for supporting writers in need.

Ode to Anna Moffo and Other Poems, 1990
The Queen's Throat: Opera, Homosexuality, and the Mystery of Desire, 1993
Rhapsodies of A Repeat Offender, 1994
Jackie Under My Skin: Interpreting An Icon, 1995
The Milk of Inquiry, 1999
Cleavage: Essays on Sex, Stars, and Aesthetics, 2000
Andy Warhol: A Biography, 2001
Model Homes, 2004
Best-Selling Jewish Porn Films, 2006
Hotel Theory, 2007
Humiliation, 2011
Blue Stranger With Mosaic Background, 2012
The Anatomy of Harpo Marx, 2012
My 1980s and Other Essays, 2013
The Pink Trance Notebooks, 2015
Notes on Glaze: 18 Photographic Investigations, 2016
Camp Marmalade, 2018
Figure It Out: Essays, 2020

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Jennifer Steil, Beowulf Studio, New York, April 16, 2019

Carry a song in your heart – but what do you sing when home and heart are so far apart? War takes young Orly across the ocean, to refuge and new life. When war ends, is the past enough to go home again? Jennifer Steil's Exile Music was published just yesterday. Support writers in need by letting Exile Music carry you away.

The Woman Who Fell From the Sky, 2010
The Ambassador's Wife, 2015
Exile Music, 2020

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Kimberly McCreight, Beowulf Studio, New York, September 27, 2019

The high wire that connects courthouse steps to brownstone stoops teeters on truth. On the line are attorney Lizzie Kitsakis’ marriage, all she thought was real, a murder, and the prime suspect, her neighbor. Kimberly McCreight’s A Good Marriage is out today! Suspend your beliefs, read A Good Marriage, and help writers in need.

Reconstructing Amelia, 2013
Where They Found Her, 2015
The Outliers, 2016
The Scattering, 2017
The Collide, 2018
A Good Marriage, 2020

Monday, May 4, 2020

Emma Straub, Portland, Oregon, November 5, 2016

Growing up is hard to do, and growing together is a hard – yet hilarious - to-do. A modern family rolls to the call in Emma Straub’s All Adults Here, out today! Support writers in need by giving All Adults Here a read.

Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures
, 2012
Other People We Married, 2012
The Vacationers: A Novel, 2014
Modern Lovers, 2016
All Adults Here, 2020

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Anna Solomon, Beowulf Studio, New York, September 24, 2015

A woman holds a mirror, but is her vision hers or another’s for her? Three roads to (in)dependence meet in Anna Solomon’s The Book of V., publishing this Tuesday, May 4. Literature can help find the way. Read The Book of V. and help writers in dire need.

The Little Bride, 2011
Leaving Lucy Pear, 2016
The Book of V., 2020

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Jason Reynolds, Portland, Oregon, November 5, 2016

To share wisdom, an artist speaks the language of the audience. Jason Reynolds writes for young people their way, with each parable—from the highs and lows of every day to the shame of our country—relatable. Jason Reynolds’ and Ibram X. Kendi’s Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You was published March 10, 2020. A great book can help you talk to your children. Buy Stamped, support writers in need, and help your kids grow as they read. And be sure to watch Jason Reynolds shares his wisdom on An Author a Day LIVE here. 

When I Was The Greatest, 2014
The Boy in the Black Suit, 2015
All American Boys with Brendan Kiely, 2015
As Brave as You, 2016
Ghost (Track Book #1), 2016
Patina (Track Book #2), 2017
Miles Morales: Spider-Man, 2017
Sunny (Track Book #3), 2018
Long Way Down, 2018
For Every One, 2018
Lu (Track Book #4), 2018
Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks, 2019
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You with Ibram X. Kendi, 2020

Friday, May 1, 2020

David Baldacci, New York, November 15, 2017

Growth is healthy. Overnight growth is suspicious. And has its costs. Murder and Amos Decker come to boom town in David Baldacci’s Walk the Wire, published March 21, 2020. Help writers in need by making your day a Baldacci thriller night.

The Sixth Man, 2011
One Summer, 2011
Zero Day, 2011
The Innocent, 2012
The Forgotten, 2012
The Hit, 2013
King and Maxwell, 2013
The Target, 2014
The Escape, 2014
Memory Man, 2015
The Guilty, 2015
The Last Mile, 2016
No Man's Land, 2016
The Fix, 2017
End Game, 2017
The Fallen, 2018
Long Road to Mercy, 2018
Redemption, 2019
One Good Deed, 2019
A Minute to Midnight, 2019
Walk the Wire, 2020

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Paul Muldoon, New York, March 2, 2020

The great horse of the world stamps and champs at the bit
and lays back one ear 
as I approach
from the rear
to hitch it to the world-coach
mindful of keeping at least one hand on it
so it knows I’m still here
—Paul Muldoon, from “The Great Horse of the World”, Frolic and Detour: Poems, 2019
The world may seem to run rampant, but it’s the steady hand that will be triumphant. Hold on with poetry, and help writers in need.

Madoc: A Mystery, 1990
The Annals of Chile, 1994
Hay, 1998
Poems 1968-1998, 2001
Moy Sand and Gravel, 2002
Horse Latitudes: Poems, 2006
Maggot, 2010
One Thousand Things Worth Knowing, 2015
Selected Poems 1968-2014, 2016
Frolic and Detour: Poems, 2019

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Nathalie Handal, New York, December 19, 2009

there are beauties we
can’t inhabit immediately
like the stars the moon the universe,
places that force us to draw
a knot to our names
so we can better understand
what it means to hesitate.
—Nathalie Handal, from "A New Era in Space", Life in a Country Album
Today it’s healthy to hesitate, to see the beauty all around you. Support writers in need, and let poetry help you see.

The Neverfield Poem, 1999
The Lives of Rain, 2005
Love and Strange Horses, 2010
Poet in Andalucía, 2012
The Republics, 2015
Life in a Country Album, 2019

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Ishmael Beah, New York, October 13, 2009

Home is where we make our family. Family is where make our home. The world—as it might be doing now—can undo both. Ishmael Beah’s Little Family: A Novel, out today, tells how to (and how not to) start anew. Support writers in need and give Little Family a read.

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, 2007
Radiance of Tomorrow: A Novel, 2014
Little Family: A Novel, 2020

Monday, April 27, 2020

Camille Dungy, New York, May 30, 2019

Ask me what I know of longing and I will speak of distances
          between meadows of night-blooming flowers.
                                                                          I will speak
                                the impossible hope of the firefly.
                                                You with the candle
burning and only one chair at your table must understand
           such wordless desire.
—Camille Dungy, from “Characteristics of Life”, Trophic Cascade, 2017

There is much for which we now long. Keep your candle burning. Help writers in need by reading poetry.

What to Eat, What to Drink, What to Leave for Poison, 2006
Suck on the Marrow, 2010
Smith Blue, 2011
Trophic Cascade, 2017
Guidebook to Relative Strangers, 2017

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Maya Shanbhag Lang, Beowulf Studio, New York, October 17, 2019

"It occurs to me that diamonds aren’t made voluntarily. What lump of coal would choose so much time and pressure? It could be that what shapes us against our choosing is what makes us shine." 
—Maya Shanbhag Lang, from What We Carry; A Memoir, 2020
 Support writers in need by buying your copy of What We Carry, publishing Tuesday in the USA, and let literature help carry you through to shine, too.

Be sure to catch Maya Shanbhag Lang reading from What We Carry and speaking about storytelling with writers Stephen Kiernan and Jessica Pearce Rotondi  on An Author a Day LIVE here.

The Sixteenth of June: A Novel, 2014
What We Carry: A Memoir, 2020

Maya Shanbhag Lang, Jessica Pearce Rotondi, and Stephen Kiernan will appear on a special An Author a Day LIVE 1:00PM EDT today, Sunday, April 26, brought to you by The House of Beautiful Business. Join us. 

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Tishani Doshi, Beowulf Studio, New York, January 23, 2020

"There are evenings here when you can’t believe you’re of this world. Everything is silent except for the sea’s measured hush. Stars hang low. The moon is always rising. You think of the city far away – its harsh lights, its sodden ambitions. You feel excluded from everything that is alive."
—Tishani Doshi, from Small Days and Nights, 2020
Poet, novelist, and dancer Tishani Doshi’s Small Days and Nights was published January 21, 2020. Our world has changed. Evenings are silent. Read on, know it’s a new day, and we are together.

Countries of the Body, 2006
The Pleasure Seekers, 2010
Everything Begins Elsewhere, 2012
Fountainville, 2013
The Adulterous Citizen: poems stories essays, 2015
Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods, 2018
Small Days and Nights, 2020

Friday, April 24, 2020

Gregory Pardlo, Brooklyn, November 17, 2017

From poet Gregory Pardlo, the soundtrack of our new lives:
Take heart in the percussion
structuring the distance like prophetic
weather, a shelter of vibrations:
the last conga note a bolt tapped into
the day’s doorframe and you are no less,
no more home than in the corridors
you return to in your dreams.
—from “Marginalia”, Digest, 2015
Buy Digest and a print of Pardlo’s portrait, support writers in need, and shelter in poetry.

Totem, 2007 
Digest, 2015
Air Traffic: A Memoir of Ambition and Manhood in America, 2018

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Cathy Park Hong, New York, September 20, 2018

Difference is dwinding as new circumstance is binding. For all life’s brutality, we still dream to just be. Learn from history, and we can find harmony. “What art can do,” writes poet Cathy Park Hong, “is be somehow diagnostic. It can look deeply and truthfuly into what happened, and what could have led to this moment.” Take this moment to read Minor Feelings,  published February 25, 2020, and find the empathy to help come out of this a better society.

Translating Mou’um, 2002
Dance Dance Revolution, 2007
Engine Empire: Poems, 2012
Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning, 2020

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Major Jackson, Brattleboro, Vermont, October 14, 2012

We’ve all been given to moments of excess. In this new age, poet Major Jackson shares the knowledge that a life lived simplest is our new largess:
I have a weakness for marble winding
stairs and tight two-person elevtors.
But the brasseries are waiting
as well as the fútbol fans who need help
cheering, for we are Americans after all
and are ready to hype even the locusts on the day
of judgment. I don’t care about the midfielder
or the winger. You’re smiling, and that’s all
the defending I’ll ever need.
—from “Now That You Are Here, I Can Think”, The Absurd Man: Poems, 2020
Major Jackson’s collection The Absurd Man was published on February 11, 2020. From 2/11 to 4/22, we’ve needed a new view. Buy his poems and print, support writers in need, and see the beauty smiling back at you.

Leaving Saturn: Poems, 2002
Hoops: Poems, 2006
Holding Company: Poems, 2010
Roll Deep: Poems, 2015
The Absurd Man: Poems, 2020

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Jessica Pearce Rotondi, New York, June 26, 2019

We are here today for the gifts of our families’ yesterdays. But what do we do when a life is given and the government hides the truth? Jessica Pearce Rotondi’s riveting debut What We Inherit searches for family taken by a secret war, grieves the greatest of losses, and never relents against efforts to silence. What We Inherit is on sale today. Support writers in need by buying your copy through An Author a Day. And never give up.

Be sure to catch Jessica Pearce Rotondi reading from her book and speaking about storytelling with writers Stephen Kiernan and Maya Shanbhag Lang  on An Author a Day LIVE here.

What We Inherit: A Secret War and a Family's Search for Answers, 2020

Monday, April 20, 2020

Marie Ponsot, New York, October 15, 2007

We stand at the edge of opportunity, to face our divisions and dream into action a new vision. Or, as the late poet Marie Ponsot wrote, we swim:
In a skiff on a sunrisen lake we are watchers.
Swimming aimlessly is luxury just as walking
loudly up a shallow stream is.
As lean over the deep well, we whisper.
Friends at hearths are drawn to the one warm air;
Strangers meet on beaches drawn to the one wet sea.
What would it be to be water, one body of water
(what water is is another mystery) (We are
water divided.)
—from “Springing”, 1962
Decades later, the question remains. With poetry, with now, we can answer.

Springing: New and Selected Poems, 2002
Easy: Poems, 2009

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Adonis, New York, April 28, 2014

In our new solitude, there’s so much to see inside your windows. From the poet Adonis, the wisdom of reflection:
Oh, my past days—
they used to walk in their sleep
and I used to lean on them. 
Love and dreams are two parentheses.
Between them I place my body
and discover the world.
—from “Celebrating Childhood”, Selected Poems, 2010
See your world anew with poetry.

Songs of Mihyar the Damascene, 1961, (newly translated 2019)
If Only the Sea Could Sleep: Love Poems, 1989
Sufism and Surrealism, 2005
Selected Poems, 2010

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Min Jin Lee, Beowulf Studio, New York, January 22, 2018

Our fortunes, our worldviews, and our very beings are built on the shoulders of those who came before us. We carry their triumphs, their tragedies, their histories, and their secrets. Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko is the landmark metaphor for our becoming. Read Pachinko, see Min Jin Lee on An Author a Day LIVE, and see where we're going.

Free Food for Millionaires, 2007
Pachinko, 2017

Friday, April 17, 2020

Vijay Seshadri, New York, January 27, 2016

The air is a risk, and the climate shifts. However foul the weather, poet Vijay Seshadri writes, we will have each other:

The great wave that breaks through the crust of the world
is rising and rising and lifting me far inland,
only to suck me back and drop me dangling by one arm
on the edge of the half-eaten cliff.
I won’t let myself fall, but I don’t want to pull myself up.
I’m ambivalent. I’m ambivalent forever now.
But if you were here, looking down on me and saying,
“Grab my hand, grab my hand,” I would, I know, I surely would.
—from “Cliffhanging”, The New Yorker, January 14, 2019

Build a bridge from one to another. With poetry.

The Long Meadow, 2004
3 Sections: Poems, 2014

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Nicole Sealey, Brooklyn, December 15, 2017

The landscape of gray must one day give way. Poet Nicole Sealey knows how colorfully it will:

notwithstanding
thousands of oleanders
and dandelions
handpicked
  and
  sandalwood
and mandrake
and random demands
the bystander
wanders
  in
  wonderland.

—from "And", 2020

Stay radiant. Read poetry, and see how vibrant the future will be.

The Animal After Whom Other Animals Are Named: Poems, 2016
Ordinary Beast: Poems, 2017

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Muriel Barbery, New York, April 29, 2009

Over a wall of darkness are worlds of beauty. Can splintered peoples unite to wonder and harmony? Muriel Barbery’s A Strange Country was published in the US yesterday. Her novel is poetry and fantasy. Read and see how we can shape our reality.

Gourmet Rhapsody, 2000
The Elegance of the Hedgehog, 2006
The Lives of Elves, 2015
A Strange Country, 2019

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Siasconset, Massachusetts, June 15, 2019

The heart rate of the nation slows, and with it poets check our pulse. Of quieted New York, Rowan Ricardo Phillips writes:
Just a few miles ahead I can see Central Park, the dark, secretive rectangle at the heart of Manhattan.
Lit streets run from it, electric arteries and veins. Manhattan’s never seemed so empty, so narrow, a pupil of a cat’s eye.
I breathe in deeply.
—from “1776”, Living Weapon: Poems, 2020
Rowan Ricardo Phillips’ Living Weapon was published February 18. Weeks later, we’re all asked to slow our hearts. Read his work and fill yours, too.

When Blackness Rhymes with Blackness, 2010
The Ground: Poems, 2012
Heaven: Poems, 2015
The Circuit: A Tennis Odyssey, 2018
Living Weapon: Poems, 2020

Monday, April 13, 2020

Joy Harjo, New York, May 3, 2013 

In art, the individual is universal, the cultural the spiritual. History is reflected to show the way forward. For Joy Harjo, that art is poetry, it is music, it is Native and all our America. Read An American Sunrise: Poems by Joy Harjo, our US Poet Laureate, and see our way to a new day.

She Had Some Horses: Poems, 1983
In Mad Love and War, 1990
The Woman Who Fell from the Sky: Poems, 1994
How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems 1975-2002, 2004
For a Girl Becoming, 2009
Crazy Brave: A Memoir, 2012
Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings: Poems, 2015
Wings of Night Sky, Wings of Morning Light, 2019
An American Sunrise: Poems, 2019

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Ron Chernow, Brooklyn, April 27, 2017

Heroes live among us. They save lives, fight for what’s right. Some serve entire nations, labor for the better for generations. They are not infallible. They, too, are people. Ron Chernow chronicles complicated heroes, most recently in his books Alexander Hamilton (the book that, yes, inspired the musical Hamilton) and in Grant. Chernow wrote about those heroes so you may read about them. And be heroic, too.

The House of Morgan: An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance, 1990
The Warburgs: A Family Saga, 1995
The Death of the Banker: The Decline and Fall of the Great Financial Dynasties and the Triumph of the Small Investor, 1997
Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, 1998
Alexander Hamilton, 2005
Washington: A Life, 2010
Grant, 2017

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Harlan Coben, New York, February 16, 2012

For true crime, there is a victim. And a punishment. And for true love, there is a wait. And a reward. Harlan Coben’s The Boy from the Woods was published March 17. Your wait is over. 

And don't wait to see Harlan Coben on Author a Day LIVE here.

Play Dead, 1990
Miracle Cure, 1991
Deal Breaker, 1995
Drop Shot, 1996
Fade Away, 1996
Back Spin, 1997
One False Move,1998
The Final Detail, 1999
Darkest Fear, 2000
Tell No One, 2001
Gone for Good, 2002
No Second Chance, 2003
Just One Look, 2004
The Innocent, 2005
Promise Me, 2006
The Woods, 2007
Hold Tight, 2008
Long Lost, 2009
Caught, 2010
Live Wire, 2011
Shelter, 2011
Seconds Away,2012
Stay Close, 2012
Six Years, 2013
Found, 2014
Missing You, 2014
The Stranger, 2015
Fool Me Once, 2016
Home, 2016
The Magical Fantastical Fridge, 2016
Don't Let Go, 2017
Run Away, 2019
The Boy from the Woods, 2020

Friday, April 10, 2020

Elizabeth Alexander, New Haven, September 12, 2018

However challenging the news might be, we can turn to what will always be: Love, the grace of those who share it with us, the wonder of lives we touch when share ours with them. Read Elizabeth Alexander’s The Light of the World: A Memoir, and know the thread that connects is unbreakable. And beautiful.  All proceeds support the Authors League Fund. Thank you.

The Venus Hottentot: Poems, 1990
Antebellum Dream Book, 2001
American Sublime: Poems, 2005
Praise Song For The Day: A Poem for Barack Obama’s Presidential Inauguration, 2009
Crave Radiance: New and Selected Poems 1990-2010, 2010
The Light of the World: A Memoir, 2015

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Jason Rezaian, Beowulf Studio, New York, April 11, 2018

Endurance, says Merriam-Webster, is “the ability to withstand hardship or adversity.” Next to the definition could easily be the portrait of Jason Rezaian, journalist who survived 18 months of solitary confinement an Iranian prison for no crime at all. Coronavirus doesn’t confine us. It requires we self-isolate.
Read Rezaian’s Prisoner: My 544 Days in an Iranian Prison, and watch his advice on surviving. Together, we will endure.

Prisoner: My 544 Days in an Iranian Prison, 2019

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Elie Wiesel, New York, December 1, 2008

“The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference.” Today, every day, is the day to make a difference.

Night, 1960
Dawn, 1961
The Accident/Day, 1962
The Town Beyond the Wall, 1964
The Gates of the Forest, 1966
Souls on Fire: Portraits & Legends of Hasidic Masters, 1972
The Oath, 1973
Messengers of God: Biblical Portraits and Legends, 1976
The Trial of God, 1979
The Testament, 1980
Twilight, 1988
The Forgotten, 1992
All Rivers Run to the Sea: Memoirs, 1995
And the Sea is Never Full: Memoirs, 1999
A Mad Desire to Dance, 2009
Open Heart, 2012

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Danielle Trussoni, New York, May 15, 2016

Be wary of relatives bearing gifts. Inheritance is not dowry; it is legacy. In Danielle Trussoni’s The Ancestor: A Novel, it is thriller and mystery. The suspense is bequesting you. The Ancestor arrives in the USA today.

Falling Through the Earth, 2007
Angelology, 2011
Angelopolis, 2013
The Fortress, 2016
The Ancestor: A Novel, 2020

Monday, April 6, 2020

Casey Schwartz, Beowulf Studio, New York, February 25, 2020

Life sometimes asks more than we can give. And sometimes we turn to forms of help before we discover they’re forms of harm. The giving, then, has to be to our own lives, to see all we can overcome and all we can be. Casey Schwartz’s Attention: A Love Story publishes in the USA tomorrow. Read on, and get on with, cherish, life.

In the Mind Fields: Exploring the New Science of Neuropsychoanalysis
, 2015
Attention: A Love Story, 2020

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Bryce Courtenay, Melbourne, Australia, September 3, 2010

When all around you seems dark, know you have a light within. Johannesburg-born Bryce Courtenay’s The Power of One, the only of his 22 books published in the United States, is a testament to what one can achieve with determination, dreams, and friends.  Imagine what you can achieve for having read one great book.

The Power of One, 1989

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Mira Jacob, Beowulf Studio, New York, September 16, 2018

Though we’re closed off from each other, we can be open together. We face the same challenge, and with it we have the chance to put many divisions to bed. Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations by Mira Jacob shows us who we are and who we can be. 

Be there and join Mira Jacob on An Author a Day LIVE as talks about books, us, today, and the future.

The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing, 2014
Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations, 2019

Friday, April 3, 2020

Jacqueline Woodson, Brooklyn, December 6, 2017

Jacqueline Woodson’s books see heroines and heroes finding their way through the world, genuine, open as they become their best selves. And that, in Woodson’s The Day You Begin, is the morale of the story: It’s beautiful just to be. And to read.

Last Summer with Maizon, 1990
The Dear One, 1990
Maizon at Blue Hill, 1992
Between Madison and Palmetto, 1993
I Hadn't Meant to Tell You This, 1994
From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun, 1995
The House You Pass on the Way, 1997
If You Come Softly, 1998
Miracle's Boys, 2000
The Other Side, 2001
Hush, 2002
Visiting Day, 2002
Coming on Home Soon, 2003
Behind You, 2004
Show Way, 2006
Feathers, 2007
After Tupac and D Foster, 2008
Peace, Locomotion, 2009
Locomotion, 2010
Pecan Pie Baby, 2010
Beneath a Meth Moon, 2012
Each Kindness, 2012
This Is the Rope, 2013
Brown Girl Dreaming, 2014
Another Brooklyn, 2016
The Day You Begin, 2018
Harbor Me, 2018
Red at the Bone, 2019

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Sandeep Jauhar, New York, February 23, 2018

A flair for the heart sees Dr. Sandeep Jauhar practice cardiology and, with writing, empathy. Heart: A History chronicles our discovery of the wonder inside us all. Read Jauhar’s story of this universal miracle, and yours will be full.

Intern: A Doctor’s Initiation, 2007
Doctored: The Disillusionment of an American Physician, 2014
Heart: A History, 2018

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Elif Batuman, Mercer Street, New York, November 26, 2016

From time uncertain to hour of conviction, change is the driver, the heart the passenger. Elif Batuman’s The Idiot tucks you in for the ride when adulthood begins. There is no winter to discontent, the season is permanent. Until the revelation comes, Batuman shares what it is to be human. Join in.

The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them, 2010
The Idiot, 2017Elif Batuman, Mercer Street, New York, November 26, 2016



Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Edward Albee, New York, February 24, 2009

“Sometimes it’s necessary to go a long distance out of the way in order to come back a short distance correctly,” wrote Edward Albee in The Zoo Story in 1959. That wisdom is now 61, and there’s work to be done. See the morals in the quarrels in Albee’s plays, and let’s shorten the long way.

The Zoo Story, 1959
The Death of Bessie Smith, 1960
The Sandbox, 1960
The American Dream, 1961
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, 1962
A Delicate Balance, 1966
Three Tall Women, 1991
Occupant, 2001
At Home at the Zoo (Act One: Homelife. Act Two: The Zoo Story), 2004
The Collected Plays of Edward Albee, Volume 1: 1958-1965, 2004
Stretching My Mind: The Collected Essays of Edward Albee, 2005

Monday, March 30, 2020

Arundhati Roy, New York, May 12, 2019

“Will we ever be able to re-imagine beauty?” asked Arundhati Roy, not now, not in the face of a pandemic, but in 2001, following another time most tragic. Today the question returns. The answer we learn from Roy’s The God of Small Things and more writing. To “worlds of incredible courage and grace” we must go. And there, we’ll know, beauty will have its place.

The God of Small Things, 1997
The End of Imagination, 1998
Public Power in the Age of Empire, 2004
Listening to Grasshoppers: Field Notes on Democracy, 2010
Walking with the Comrades, 2011
Capitalism: A Ghost Story, 2014
The Doctor and the Saint: Caste, Race, and Annihilation of Caste, the Debate Between B.R. Ambedkar and M.K. Gandhi, 2017
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, 2017
My Seditious Heart: Collected Nonfiction, 2019

Sunday, March 29, 2020

John Lewis, New York, November 15, 2016

For those without love, violence is a means to an end. Heroes rise above, for there is humanity to defend. John Lewis’ life of service defines a life of purpose. On this day we’re meant to rest, let the books by Congressman Lewis show, for all the challenges before us, we are blessed. And we will overcome. Order below.

Across That Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change, 2012
March: Book One, 2013
March: Book Two, 2015
Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement, 2015
March: Book Three, 2016
March Trilogy, 2016

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Philip Roth, New York, May 19, 2009

An artist questions. A master also answers. In 2004, Philip Roth penned a view to a USA that made (and in 1940 could have made) an isolationist and anti-Semite president, to the menace that grew, and to the pain that followed. The Plot Against America was republished March 3. The first of six episodes of HBO’s series of the same name screened March 16. There is time to act. To form your own vision first. To read The Plot Against America or any of the below masterworks. And, yes, to watch.

Goodbye, Columbus, 1959
Letting Go, 1962
When She Was Good, 1967
Portnoy's Complaint, 1969
Our Gang, 1971
The Breast, 1972
The Great American Novel, 1973
My Life as a Man, 1974
The Professor of Desire, 1977
The Ghost Writer, 1979
Zuckerman Unbound, 1981
The Anatomy Lesson, 1983
The Prague Orgy, 1985
The Counterlife, 1986
The Facts: A Novelist's Autobiography, 1988
Patrimony: A True Story, 1991
Operation Shylock: A Confession, 1993
Sabbath's Theater, 1995
American Pastoral, 1997
I Married a Communist, 1998
The Human Stain, 2000
The Dying Animal, 2001
The Plot Against America, 2004
Everyman, 2006
Exit Ghost, 2007
Indignation, 2008
The Humbling, 2009
Nemesis, 2010

Friday, March 27, 2020

Adrienne Miller, New York, August 9, 2006

For years, Adrienne Miller went to the mat for the glossies. As the first female literary editor at Esquire, Miller was as swiftly in the company of the icons of literature and she was the select sexism of a male-dominated culture. Maturing among the immature, David Foster Wallace came into her professional and personal lives. And her life, completely literary, became her memoir extraordinary. In the Land of Men: A Memoir was published February 11. Adrienne Miller’s book tour might be cut short, but her journey and lessons can still be taken to heart with your support. Order your copy today.

The Coast of Akron, 2005
In the Land of Men: A Memoir, 2020

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Nick Flynn, New York, April 30, 2009

The greatest irony is reality, very much the story of poet, essayist, and novelist Nick Flynn's career and Stay: Threads, Conversations, Collaborations, his newest book. The title and work for our day, Stay is a compendium of the ruins and riches of life, addiction, homelessness, loss, friendship, kinship, and art. From isolation to engagement comes the revelation of the place of art and the place of us. Stay was published on March 17, and it's not had its day in the sun. Order Nick Flynn's Stay, and be enlightened.

Some Ether: Poems, 2000
Blind Huber: Poems, 2002
Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, 2004
Alice Invents a Little Game and Alice Always Wins: A Play , 2008
The Ticking Is the Bomb: A Memoir, 2010
The Reenactments: A Memoir, 2013
My Feelings: Poems, 2015
I Will Destroy You: Poems, 2019
Stay: Threads, Conversations, Collaborations, 2020

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Kimiko Hahn, Beowulf Studio, New York, March 1, 2016

Sometimes a line composes a lifetime, and this art is at the heart of Kimiko Hahn’s poetry. Foreign Bodies, her newest collection, sees the journey across nations and generations, embraces mother and culture, explores a cabinet of wonders made by nature, man, and woman. Hahn’s first reading was to have taken place this past Sunday. Though undone by the virus, there is another way. Support new poetry, order Foreign Bodies, and let this artistic expression be your inspiration.

The Unbearable Heart, 1997
Mosquito and Ant: Poems, 1999
The Artist's Daughter: Poems, 2002
The Narrow Road to the Interior: Poems, 2006
Toxic Flora: Poems, 2010
Brain Fever, 2014
Brood, 2018
Foreign Bodies, 2020

Tuesday, March 24,

Evan James, East River, New York, June 12, 2018

Evan James weaves yarns of wit and humor into the loom of life, with eyes on absurdity, family, romance, pain, and sex, together the cacophony of gay and straight worlds colliding and intertwining. His new collection I've Been Wrong Before: Essays was published March 3, 2020. James' first reading took place at Brooklyn's Greenlight Bookstore days later, and then the virus canceled his book tour. You can help. Support new literature by ordering your copy of Evan James' I've Been Wrong Before: Essays today. 

Cheer Up, Mr. Widdicombe, 2019
I've Been Wrong Before: Essays, 2020

Monday, March 23, 2020

Toni Morrison, New York, May 1, 2010

The heroine, the icon, the conviction of voice for the voiceless.

The Bluest Eye, 1970  
Sula, 1973  hardcover  paperback
Song of Solomon1977
Tar Baby, 1981
Beloved1987
Jazz, 1992
Paradise, 1997.
Love, 2003
A Mercy, 2008
Home, 2012
God Help the Child2015

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