“If you’re a serious writer, it’s difficult to get read.”
Adam Luria visited JW3 London to see a conversation with Howard Jacobson in the lead up to the Man Booker Prize 2014, for which Jacobson was nominated again for his novel ‘J’ (Jonathan Cape).
But what of the Man Booker? What of ‘real writing’? Read more here.
It’s September, time for Open Pen Issue Twelve.
In its pages you will find N Quentin Woolf going all cogito ergo sum in his latest column for Open Pen. We’ve also got a look at London’s Skoob Books. One of our stockists, and lunchtime favourite booksellers, courtesy of our new publishing assistant Stacie Dexter.
Our cover story is courtesy of the young and talented first-time submitter Lo Fontaine. Her story Envelope: Blue is an outstanding debut from someone we think will go from strength to strength in their literary endeavours.
We’ve also got new and exciting writing from New Zealander Sile Mannion, Scotsman Ben Whitfield, East Londoner David Mortimer, Londoner Mazin Saleem and Glaswegian Carl Thompson. We’ve also included a collection of our favourite Little Printer shorts from the last few months.
Privileged, also, to announce that João Cerqueira, author of the USA Best Book (Multicultural) winning The Tragedy of Fidel Castro provides the guest editorial.
Open Pen Issue Twelve will hit shops near you Friday, 26th September, with more stockists than ever.
We’re now reviewing independently published books, or books from small imprints, or just those of literary risk that we felt wouldn’t get a look in elsewhere. This month our resident reviewist Phillip Clement looks at Guerilla Books release ‘Ink’.