Blair Hurley explores Buddhism, Boston, faith and power in her debut novel.
In her novel The Devoted, Blair Hurley tells the story of Nicole Hennessy, a student of Zen Buddhism who comes under the influence of her powerful master — and struggles to escape. Blair answered some questions from Reading Group Choices about her book, her Boston and Catholic upbringing, her role as a teacher, and how we come to terms with our pasts.
Reading Group Choices: The main character, Nicole, moves from being a student of Zen under a powerful master to a teacher of others.
As the world moves faster, there’s one object that will always hold appeal: the letter. The epistolary novel, one told through letters, has long held its place in literary works. The exchange of mail and messages still carries a mysterious and romantic allure: long-distance mail or notes never sent; friendships and romances built upon correspondence.
Anne Nesbet cracks history wide open in her latest novel set behind The Iron Curtain
Anne Nesbet recently took the time to answer some questions from Reading Group Choices. Her book Cloud and Wallfish is featured in our 2019 Guide.
RGC: Noah and Claudia’s nicknames, Cloud and Wallfish, are unique and feature creative word-play. Did you consider any other nicknames for Noah and Claudia when writing the book? What made you decide on “Cloud” and “Wallfish”?
Anne Nesbet: I just looked back at my first file names for what eventually became Cloud and Wallfish,
Reading Group Choices participates in book festivals, partners with bookstores, and hosts events all over the country!
We hope to see you at an event this year! And please share these events with your book-loving friends around the country. We’re always adding more tour dates and new locations so be sure to check back in.
Twin Cities Book Festival
Minnesota State Fairgrounds | Saint Paul, MN
Saturday, October 13th
Megan Stielstra, The Wrong Way to Save Your Life
First came Nashville, and now Reading Group Choices travels to San Francisco for our next Book Group City Tour!
Fog, steep hills, the towers of the Golden Gate Bridge: San Francisco is an iconic city. And the same is true when it comes to book culture. The city’s long literary history and diverse mix of cultures means there’s no shortage of places for readers to find a group or club that fits their interests, or to try something new.
We’ve rounded up some options for SF readers to discuss their next great book in good company.
Powerful new essays on fear, creativity, art, faith, and justice in Megan Stielstra’s latest collection.
Megan Stielstra stopped by 702WI recently to read from and discuss her new collection of essays The Wrong Way to Save Your Life. She also spoke to us about everything from Inspector Gadget to Zoe Keating, and the book that made her cry in the back of a cab.
702WI: What book changed your life?
Megan Stielstra: There are many, but I’m going to say Chronology of Water by Lidia Yuknavitch.