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pw.org 03/20/2020

Invisible Work: A Q&A with Hilary Leichter

ICYMI: "When I started writing this novel, it was a short story. I was knee-deep in a paycheck-to-paycheck existence, working several jobs at once and finishing my thesis for graduate school. All of the writers around me were in similar boats. We were waving to each other from our boats. I worked as a temp at a property management company. I was also teaching undergraduates, working as an assistant, and tutoring three young boys. There were certain days when I’d forget where I was supposed to be, and when. I don’t think there’s anything unique about this scenario. It feels typical. One of the best parts of writing this book has been hearing about people’s work, the varied assortment of tasks—some mundane, some extraordinary—that constitute a paycheck. And so, I wanted to write about how impermanent work impacts the soul, how a sense of belonging, as it pertains to work, had eluded me and so many of my peers. And how this sort of displacement might speak to a greater sort of displacement, a question about the necessity of people, of our existence. These questions allowed me to create a version of this world slightly shifted on its axis, where employment is the fulcrum on which a life soars or dips."

pw.org The author of the debut novel Temporary discusses how impermanent work affects the soul.

ew.com 03/19/2020

Happy March! Here are this month's 20 must-reads

ICYMI: "Chances are you've never read a workplace novel like Hilary Leichter's. The author takes numbing routines to dreamy (or perhaps nightmarish) extremes, delivering subversive entertainment in the process."

ew.com March 2020 brings new book releases from James McBride, Louise Erdrich, Hilary Mantel, N.K. Jemisin, and more.

nytimes.com 03/18/2020

11 New Books We Recommend This Week

ICYMI, TEMPORARY was recommended in the New York TImes!

nytimes.com Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.

necessaryfiction.com 03/17/2020

Temporary - Necessary Fiction

"Though it exists in settings of pirate ships and blimps, TEMPORARY never becomes a madcap adventure story; an undercurrent of family and belonging grounds the novel in resonant, authentic emotion. Though temps are not expected to form lasting relationships the narrator resists this at every turn, forming close attachments to those she is impersonating and the people working around her. “And is this what it means to belong?” she asks herself, belowdecks of her temporary pirate ship." — Meg Matthias, So New | Necessary Fiction

necessaryfiction.com Temporary - Necessary Fiction

nytimes.com 03/16/2020

‘Temporary’ Is a Debut Novel That Leans Into the Absurdity of How We Work Now

"Though its roots reach back to Kafka, the genre of the office farce has ballooned in the past decade or so—see such absurdist fables as Helen DeWitt’s “Lightning Rods,” Helen Phillips’s “The Beautiful Bureaucrat” and Hiroko Oyamada’s “The Factory.” While most of these send-ups are dryly sarcastic, “Temporary” has the manic, goofing energy of a lounge act. Its target isn’t only corporate drudgery or amoral profiteering but also the precarious state that makes people
feel desperately lucky to even get a shot at the terrible jobs. Being a novelist is also an insecure racket, and like her endlessly accommodating temp, Ms. Leichter works hard to keep the audience amused." - Sam Sacks, NYT

nytimes.com Hilary Leichter’s brisk, wildly imaginative book tracks a young woman’s experiences in 23 jobs, including one on a pirate ship.

twitter.com 03/15/2020

Hilary Leichter on Twitter

Check out this cool offer from TEMPORARY author Hilary Leichter!

twitter.com “OK, here's the game: 1. Buy or preorder a debut book from an indie bookstore. (It doesn't have to be TEMPORARY!) 2. DM me the receipt. 3. Tell me a crazy job that you've had, and I will write you a song about it. 💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛”

lithub.com 03/14/2020

Temporary

Click through to read an excerpt of TEMPORARY: "The gods created the First Temporary so they could take a break. “Let there be some spare time,” they said, “and cover for us, won’t you? Here are all our passwords and credentials.” She fell from the husk of a meteor and glowed with no particular ambition. They had to pin her down so she would not float away, so very much distracted was this new kind of soul, so subject to drift. The gods had not yet created gravity. This was back when toads without occupation soared straight up to the clouds, back when employment was the only kind of honest weight you could apply to a life."

lithub.com The gods created the First Temporary so they could take a break. “Let there be some spare time,” they said, “and cover for us, won’t you? Here are all our passwords and credentials.” She fell from …

lambdaliterary.org 03/12/2020

Current Finalists | Lambda Literary

Trisha Low's SOCIALIST REALISM is up for best in Bisexual Nonfiction in the 2020 Lammy's!

lambdaliterary.org

beardedgentlemenmusic.com 03/11/2020

Temporary | Embracing the Absurdity of Late Capitalism

"Temporary is a frenetic, yet nuanced study of late capitalism wrapped in layers of kooky characters, silly situations, and daft dialogue. Placed alongside Trisha Low’s Socialist Realism, Coffee House Press has delivered a stunning one-two punch of breathtaking literature." - Adam P. Newton for Bearded Gentlemen Music

beardedgentlemenmusic.com Temporary is a frenetic, yet nuanced study of late capitalism wrapped in layers of kooky characters, silly situations, and daft dialogue.

refinery29.com 03/10/2020

Meet The Women Changing The Publishing World For The Better

Click through to read this Refinery29 article by Kristin Iversen and you might just recognize a few of the literary influencers mentioned. 👀🖤

refinery29.com Meet all the women who are changing the literary world and making the publishing world a better place.

pw.org 03/09/2020

Invisible Work: A Q&A with Hilary Leichter

"When I started writing this novel, it was a short story. I was knee-deep in a paycheck-to-paycheck existence, working several jobs at once and finishing my thesis for graduate school. All of the writers around me were in similar boats. We were waving to each other from our boats. I worked as a temp at a property management company. I was also teaching undergraduates, working as an assistant, and tutoring three young boys. There were certain days when I’d forget where I was supposed to be, and when. I don’t think there’s anything unique about this scenario. It feels typical. One of the best parts of writing this book has been hearing about people’s work, the varied assortment of tasks—some mundane, some extraordinary—that constitute a paycheck. And so, I wanted to write about how impermanent work impacts the soul, how a sense of belonging, as it pertains to work, had eluded me and so many of my peers. And how this sort of displacement might speak to a greater sort of displacement, a question about the necessity of people, of our existence. These questions allowed me to create a version of this world slightly shifted on its axis, where employment is the fulcrum on which a life soars or dips."

pw.org The author of the debut novel Temporary discusses how impermanent work affects the soul.

ew.com 03/08/2020

Happy March! Here are this month's 20 must-reads

"Chances are you've never read a workplace novel like Hilary Leichter's. The author takes numbing routines to dreamy (or perhaps nightmarish) extremes, delivering subversive entertainment in the process."

ew.com March 2020 brings new book releases from James McBride, Louise Erdrich, Hilary Mantel, N.K. Jemisin, and more.

nytimes.com 03/07/2020

11 New Books We Recommend This Week

TEMPORARY was recommended in the New York TImes!

nytimes.com Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.

emilygould.com 03/06/2020

Emily Gould | Author, novelist, and blogger

Emily updated her personal website! Click through to find out her tour dates for PERFECT TUNES in April.

emilygould.com Emily Gould is the author of And The Heart Says Whatever, Friendship, and the forthcoming Perfect Tunes (April 2020). With Ruth Curry, she runs Emily Books, which sells and publishes books by women as an imprint of Coffee House Press. She is a contributor to Bookforum and The Cut.

electricliterature.com 03/05/2020

Temp for Life - Electric Literature

ICYMI, Sam Lipsyte for Electric Literature: "To recommend an excerpt from Hilary Leichter’s TEMPORARY is not just to recommend a piece of writing, but a kind of derangement, a unique way of being in language, thought, feeling. Leichterworld is built with the author’s astonishing heart and ear, and it’s a world of delightful, ever-escalating absurdity, mesmerizing prose and a poignant serio-comic vision. It’s a world whose perpetual shape-and-scape shifting is powered by both the mad logic of our so-called gig economy and the unrelenting inventiveness of its creator."

electricliterature.com “First Work”by Hilary Leichter My mother arranged for me my very first job, just as her mother did for her. “We work,” she said, “but then we leave.” She unfolded the family tree of the temporary lives recorded before ours. My aunt with her stack of resumes. My grandmother with her daint...

lithub.com 03/04/2020

Lit Hub’s Most Anticipated Books of 2020

ICYMI, click through to see what else Jonny Diamond had to say about TEMPORARY at Literary Hub: "We could honestly use a little absurdist humor in the face of late-capitalism’s ubiquitous predations."

lithub.com Considering the fact that it was the end of the decade, and that we’re all trying to distract ourselves from the encroaching heat death of the planet, it’s not surprising that the 2019/…

coffeeandtv.substack.com 03/03/2020

a beer or five and some dumb tv show

ICYMI, Ruth Curry shares an important blast from the past as Emily Books comes to a close: "This is something I wrote back in 2014 (!!) on tumblr (!!!) that I wanted to send again today, as I’ve been thinking about what Emily Books has meant to me."

coffeeandtv.substack.com (An alternate Coffee & TV)

necessaryfiction.com 03/02/2020

Temporary - Necessary Fiction

"Though it exists in settings of pirate ships and blimps, TEMPORARY never becomes a madcap adventure story; an undercurrent of family and belonging grounds the novel in resonant, authentic emotion. Though temps are not expected to form lasting relationships the narrator resists this at every turn, forming close attachments to those she is impersonating and the people working around her. “And is this what it means to belong?” she asks herself, belowdecks of her temporary pirate ship." — Meg Matthias, So New | Necessary Fiction

necessaryfiction.com Temporary - Necessary Fiction

lithub.com 03/01/2020

Mourning Jade Sharma, Her Irreverence, Her Audacity

ICYMI, Melissa Mesku on PROBLEMS for Literary Hub: "I am dwelling on PROBLEMS because it’s the only novel that ever got through to my jaded bitch heart. It illuminates truth in a way that runs counter to most people’s taste. I consider it an achievement, an advancement in the story of who we really are."

lithub.com The night I met Jade Sharma, I saw her verbally sh*t all over the guest of the evening, Paul Auster, at a literary event in New York. From the back of the audience, she stood and assailed him at le…

emilybooks.com 02/29/2020

Emily Books – We’re a publishing house sometimes, an eBook of the month club always, and a literary community that brings people together.

It's your LAST DAY to use coupon code CLASSIC TRACK for 20% off previous Emily Book picks from the month of February, including: THE BUDDHIST, NOTICE, DEAD HORSE, and ANIMALS.

emilybooks.com

hilaryleichter.com 02/27/2020

Random Job Generator — Hilary Leichter

Did y'all try this Random Job Generator created in honor of Hilary Leichter's TEMPORARY? Check it out!

hilaryleichter.com

nytimes.com 02/26/2020

‘Temporary’ Is a Debut Novel That Leans Into the Absurdity of How We Work Now

"In these snippets, you can hear an old note, a note I’ve missed in American fiction, and am surprised to have noticed myself missing — for so long it seemed dominant to the point of imperishability. The violent, surreal, often cartoonish scenarios delivered deadpan that draw attention to the freakishness of ordinary life — from writers like Donald Barthelme, Gordon Lish, Ben Marcus. [...] This novel could have easily sagged into dogma, but Leichter keeps the narrative crisp, swift and sardonic. “Temporary” reads like a comic and mournful “Alice in Wonderland” set in the gig economy, an eerily precise portrait of ourselves in a cracked mirror." — Parul Sehgal on Hilary Leichter's TEMPORARY

nytimes.com Hilary Leichter’s brisk, wildly imaginative book tracks a young woman’s experiences in 23 jobs, including one on a pirate ship.

publishersweekly.com 02/25/2020

Writers to Watch Spring 2020

ICYMI, here's what Matt Seidel had to say about TEMPORARY for Publishers Weekly: "“[Leichter] takes on expected tropes and themes and makes them unexpected, and to me, there is nothing harder to do as a writer,” says her agent, Monika Woods. Ruth Curry, Leichter’s editor, recalls her delight at receiving the witty, honed manuscript, which “emerged from Hilary’s gigantic brain fully formed, painted, wallpapered, and in move-in condition.”"

publishersweekly.com The authors of these 10 unflinching works of fiction offer nimble explorations of weighty issues: technology, precarious labor, incendiary political movements, government censorship, immigration, and femicide.

tinyletter.com 02/24/2020

February News From Emily Books!

ICYMI, here's our latest newsletter!

tinyletter.com Use coupon code WELOVEYOU for 30% off all original EB titles (PROBLEMS , I’LL TELL YOU IN PERSON , THE G...

entropymag.org 02/23/2020

February and March: Small Press Releases

Click through to see this list and you might just find TEMPORARY!

entropymag.org The texts in this list are curated through my personal interest and recommendations from publishing companies, authors, and publicists. Please contact me with u

emilybooks.com 02/22/2020

Emily Books – We’re a publishing house sometimes, an eBook of the month club always, and a literary community that brings people together.

Quick reminder- use coupon code CLASSIC TRACK for 20% off previous Emily Book picks from the month of February, including: THE BUDDHIST, NOTICE, DEAD HORSE, and ANIMALS.

emilybooks.com

electricliterature.com 02/21/2020

Temp for Life - Electric Literature

"To recommend an excerpt from Hilary Leichter’s TEMPORARY is not just to recommend a piece of writing, but a kind of derangement, a unique way of being in language, thought, feeling. Leichterworld is built with the author’s astonishing heart and ear, and it’s a world of delightful, ever-escalating absurdity, mesmerizing prose and a poignant serio-comic vision. It’s a world whose perpetual shape-and-scape shifting is powered by both the mad logic of our so-called gig economy and the unrelenting inventiveness of its creator." – Sam Lipsyte for Electric Literature

electricliterature.com “First Work”by Hilary Leichter My mother arranged for me my very first job, just as her mother did for her. “We work,” she said, “but then we leave.” She unfolded the family tree of the temporary lives recorded before ours. My aunt with her stack of resumes. My grandmother with her daint...

lithub.com 02/20/2020

Lit Hub’s Most Anticipated Books of 2020

ICYMI, click through to see what else Jonny Diamond had to say about TEMPORARY at Literary Hub: "We could honestly use a little absurdist humor in the face of late-capitalism’s ubiquitous predations."

lithub.com Considering the fact that it was the end of the decade, and that we’re all trying to distract ourselves from the encroaching heat death of the planet, it’s not surprising that the 2019/…

hilaryleichter.com 02/19/2020

Random Job Generator — Hilary Leichter

Did y'all check out this Random Job Generator created in honor of Hilary Leichter's TEMPORARY? Check it out!

hilaryleichter.com

lithub.com 02/18/2020

Mourning Jade Sharma, Her Irreverence, Her Audacity

ICYMI, Melissa Mesku on PROBLEMS for Literary Hub: "I am dwelling on PROBLEMS because it’s the only novel that ever got through to my jaded bitch heart. It illuminates truth in a way that runs counter to most people’s taste. I consider it an achievement, an advancement in the story of who we really are."

lithub.com The night I met Jade Sharma, I saw her verbally sh*t all over the guest of the evening, Paul Auster, at a literary event in New York. From the back of the audience, she stood and assailed him at le…

publishersweekly.com 02/16/2020

Writers to Watch Spring 2020

ICYMI, here's what Matt Seidel had to say about TEMPORARY for Publishers Weekly: "“[Leichter] takes on expected tropes and themes and makes them unexpected, and to me, there is nothing harder to do as a writer,” says her agent, Monika Woods. Ruth Curry, Leichter’s editor, recalls her delight at receiving the witty, honed manuscript, which “emerged from Hilary’s gigantic brain fully formed, painted, wallpapered, and in move-in condition.”"

publishersweekly.com The authors of these 10 unflinching works of fiction offer nimble explorations of weighty issues: technology, precarious labor, incendiary political movements, government censorship, immigration, and femicide.

coffeeandtv.substack.com 02/15/2020

a beer or five and some dumb tv show

ICYMI, Ruth Curry shares an important post from the past as Emily Books comes to a close: "This is something I wrote back in 2014 (!!) on tumblr (!!!) that I wanted to send again today, as I’ve been thinking about what Emily Books has meant to me."

coffeeandtv.substack.com (An alternate Coffee & TV)

emilybooks.com 02/14/2020

Emily Books – We’re a publishing house sometimes, an eBook of the month club always, and a literary community that brings people together.

Happy Valentine’s Day! Use coupon code WELOVEYOU for 30% off all original EB titles (PROBLEMS, I’LL TELL YOU IN PERSON, THE GIFT, MEAN, SOCIALIST REALISM, THINGS TO MAKE AND BREAK) through the end of the day!

emilybooks.com

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