Feature Interview in Shenandoah

In their first online issue (after sixty years in print) I give an interview to the literary journal Shenandoah, for which I was once lucky enough to stuff envelopes as an undergraduate. Read my interview here, and please continue to support this storied and important journal by reading the whole issue (James Dickey! Betty Adcock! Brendan Galvin!) here and passing on the link!

Posted in Interviews on August 31 2011· Tagged:

Essay in Poets & Writers Magazine

I wrote the back page for the September issue of Poets & Writers magazine. Click here to read my essay on the importance of an online writing community (at least for those of us with babies on our shoulders).

Posted in Essays on August 31 2011

Blogging for Her Circle Enzine on Historical Research

I recently wrote a guest blog for Her Circle Enzine on coming to terms with the necessary historical research for my novel-in-progress, The Happensack. Included are some of my favorite non-boring research tools (hooray for the Sears catalog) for writers looking into a specific year in the past.

Posted in Essays on August 31 2011· Tagged: ,

Interview for The Practicing Writer

Follow the link to my interview with Erika Dreifus for her newsletter and website, The Practicing Writer. I talk about how my own childhood library experiences shaped the writing of The Borrower, and about why my students aren’t allowed to read my book.

Posted in Interviews on August 15 2011· Tagged: ,

Rebecca Interviewed by WGN’s Steve Bertrand

Click here for my Steve Bertrand on Books interview, wherein I discuss pathological lying, Ian’s future cameos, and whether God cares about short stories.

Posted in News, Videos on August 15 2011· Tagged: , ,

Interview and reading on WUWM’s Lake Effect

I spoke with Mitch Teich of WUWM Milwaukee’s Lake Effect about the inspiration for The Borrower. The online version features expanded audio and a reading.

Posted in Interviews on July 23 2011· Tagged: ,

“Influences” in the Louisville Courier-Journal →

I answered questions recently for the Louisville Courier-Journal about my influences, literary and otherwise. Read the article online here!

Posted in Interviews on July 11 2011

Rebecca Makkai on It Gets Better

In response to some questions I’ve gotten about the reading lists mentioned at the end of The Borrower, I decided to post my recommended reading for LGBT teens  as a video for the It Gets Better Project. Click through here to watch the video on You Tube, and please comment with your own recommendations!

Posted in News, Videos on June 25 2011· Tagged: , ,

Conversation and Review at Wall Street Journal Speakeasy

A lovely review of The Borrower and a brief conversation with me are up on the Wall Street Journal‘s Speakeasy (their arts and entertainment blog). As a side note, I love that Rupert Murdoch has now inadvertently paid twice to publicize my rather liberal novel.

Posted in Interviews, News, Reviews on June 19 2011· Tagged: , ,

Interview at The Millions

My new interview is up at The Millions. Click through to find out how the pediatrician’s waiting room is like Wordsworth’s lake country, why I hate Tolstoy, and why I refer to myself as a “skeezy drug dealer.”

Posted in Interviews, News on June 16 2011· Tagged: ,

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