Tomorrow night at 7 pm EST I have the great honor of interviewing Josip Novakovich for Tiferet Talk. Novakovich is the author of three short story collections (Yolk, Salvation and Other Disasters, Infidelities: Stories of War and Lust), the novel April Fool’s Day, two collections of narrative essays (Apricots from Chernobyl, Plum Brandy), and two textbooks (Writing Fiction Step by Step, Fiction Writer’s Workshop). He is the recipient of the Whiting Writer’s Award, a Guggenheim fellowship, two fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts, an award from the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and an American Book Award. He’s been anthologized in Best American Poetry, Pushcart Prize, and O. Henry Prize Stories. Kirkus Review calls him “the best American short story writer of the decade.”
Novakovich's works are rich and deep and written in beautiful, clean prose that captures the nuances and complexities of being human in a variety of settings and circumstances. The story he will read tomorrow, "Ice," focuses on the experience of two boys in the Croation town of Nizograd as they discover Coca Cola for the first time. The story, of course, is about so much more than Coca Cola. I hope you will join me in discovering the many layers of meaning in this and Novakovich's other works.
We will talk, as well, about his writing textbooks, which not only inspire, but which also offer fantastic practical advice.