Book Suggestions for NYTBR Readers

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If you’re here for the first time because you read about Praying Drunk in the April 27 edition of the New York Times Book Review, I hope to use the good fortune of your brief attention to point you in the direction of eleven new (and newish) books I think you might enjoy as much as I did:

1. The Virgins, by Pamela Erens (a novel) (author’s website)

2. The Transcriptionist, by Amy Rowland (author’s Twitter)

3. The Big Smoke, by Adrian Matejka (author’s website)

4. Wynne’s War, by Aaron Gwyn (author’s Twitter)

5. Loteria, by Mario Alberto Zambrano (author’s website)

6. Dept. of Speculation, by Jenny Offill (author’s website)

7. The Empathy Exams, by Leslie Jamison (author’s website)

8. Americanah, by Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie (author’s website)

9. East of the West, by Miroslav Penkov (author’s website)

10. Demon Camp, by Jennifer Percy (author’s Twitter)

11. Lay It on My Heart, by Angela Pneuman (author’s Twitter)

12. Thrown, by Kerry Howley (author’s website)

13. Saint Monkey, by Jacinda Townsend (author’s website)

Radio Interview at KBOO Portland


I talked with David Naimon at KBOO Portland last month, and the podcast is streaming now. Here’s the link.

New Interview in Buzzfeed


I enjoyed this conversation with Michele Filgate, at Buzzfeed. We talked about sheep and goats, the lake of fire, plate tectonics, violence as not-metaphor, the Port-O-Lets at the circus with the good time numbers scrawled in black Sharpie marker, Vermeer in Bosnia, the defective replicant robot in a near-future Kentucky, the neurotoxin in the starfruit, slavery and the Southern Baptists, and the dangerous telling of the secrets.

Praying Drunk, Etc. (Quick Links)


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praying drunk zero dollar tour dates:

praying drunk review compendium in pdf:



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get a copy of praying drunk at: indieboundamazonbarnes & noblepowells, or target.

read a review of praying drunk at: boston globelos angeles timeselectric literaturekirkus reviewsminneapolis-st paul star-tribune.

read an excerpt of my novel-in-progress the sexual lives of missionaries.

read an interview about praying drunk at: the believertin househobartfiction writers review, buzzfeed.

read a transcript from q&a w/ jason diamond at community bookstore in brooklyn. part one. part two.

read other recent short pieces at: the atlantic (on alice munro)esquire (on election day in iowa), salon (on alice munro)the new york times book review (on d.w. wilson).

check out this downloadable jpg rumpus horn review of praying drunk:


New York Times and Barnes & Noble


Two Good Things:

1. The New York Times asked me to review D.W. Wilson’s Once You Break a Knuckle for the Sunday Book Review. Here’s the link.

2. A brief conversation with Amy Butcher, at the Barnes & Noble Book Blog.

Three New Interviews: The Believer, Tin House, and Hobart

Believer_logo_octMatt Bell, most patient of interviewers (and for many years now, my good friend and one of my best and most helpful readers), engaged me with questions for several days, about Praying Drunk, and about many other things, too: Haiti, fundamentalism, John Cheever, work, ecstatic fantasies about heaven, plenty more. The result is a very comprehensive interview, and I’m proud that The Believer hosted it. Here is the link: “To Rage Against Meaninglessness: An Interview with Kyle Minor.”


Another longtime literary friend, Andrew Ervin, author of Extraordinary Renditions, provoked a conversation about how sheep go to heaven, goats go to hell, and so on. There’s also a picture of our poorly attended sock-puppet production of Sartre’s No Exit mashed up with Rocky IV“A Correction of the Untruths I Was Told as a Child About How the World Works: An Interview with Kyle Minor.”


One more newly published conversation with a friend, Douglas Watson, author of The Era of Not Quite, who has for ten years served as my first reader for everything important, before I send it into the world. We talked almost a year ago, and it’s interesting to see how time has worked on the book. I very much enjoyed this conversation: “An Interview with Kyle Minor.”


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