SmokeLong Weekly for October 19, 2019:


by Cameron Conover

The Oregon skies are sleek, transparent silver and the trees and grass are rich, wet green. It rains almost every other day of the school year. A boy at your school has shorn blond hair like a sheep. Every recess, he chases one of the girls in Mrs. B’s second-grade class. One day he chooses … Continue reading Recess

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Issue Sixty-Five

September 16, 2019

This Week’s Reader:

Laird Hunt

Laird Hunt is the author of 8 novels, a collection of stories and two book-length translations from the French. Kind One was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and won the Anisfield-Wolf Award for Fiction, and Neverhome won the Grand Prix de Littérature Américaine and Italy’s Bridge Prize and was shortlisted for the Prix Femina Étranger. A recent novel, The Evening Road, was a Financial Times of London Best Book of 2017 and In the House in the Dark of the Woods, just out in paperback, was a New York Times Editor’s Choice selection. His reviews and essays have been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Daily Beast, the Guardian, the Irish Times and the Los Angeles Times, and his fiction has appeared in many literary journals here and abroad. A former United Nations press officer, he taught for many years in the creative writing PhD program at the University of Denver before joining the Literary Arts program at Brown.

Read the interview with Laird Hunt