OE Book Club Revelations | Till We Have Faces

December 14 2016

  Last month, I faced what I believed to be an impossible task. We read my favorite book of all time for book club, and how could I do it justice? C.S. Lewis is a favorite author of mine, and Till We Have Faces is, bar none, the best book I've ever read. And yet, anything I say to explain it falls short. Even the word “favorite” does it a...

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An Exclusive Interview with Amor Towles

November 09 2016

  We sat down with New York Times Bestselling author Amor Towles ahead of his OE Spotlight event this Sunday, November 13. We went over some of his artistic motivations and inspirations, his mentor Peter Matthiessen, and being a writer in New York.   RSVP Now   On the Path to Becoming a Novelist   My path is unusual but it conforms, too, to what you’d expect. I wrote as...

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An Exclusive Interview with David James Poissant

October 31 2016

Award-winning writer David James Poissant spoke to Oxford Exchange about the authors he most admires and the moves that make a great story. He also shares some advice for aspiring artists, discusses his apparent superstardom in Italy, and offers some deceptively profound thoughts on plumbing, tension, and writers that glow in the dark.   Oxford Exchange: You just got back from Europe. Tell me all about it.   David James...

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A Short Comment on Media, the Definition of Literature, and Bob Dylan

October 24 2016

The presidential debates have rightfully taken up most of the headlines these last few weeks, but amid the hustle and bustle, an intriguing story has developed. Bob Dylan was awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature. Although it hasn’t caused near as much controversy needed to overtake a significant amount of scrutiny from Trump and Clinton, many participants of the literary community have weighed in on the decision. Some find it...

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An Exclusive Interview with Stephanie Danler - Part 2

October 17 2016

OE Spotlight will be featuring Stephanie Danler and her internationally bestselling novel, Sweetbitter, on October 23rd at Oxford Exchange.    RSVP Now   Stephanie recently spoke to us over Skype, where she talked about tight-walking the line between commercial success and literary merit; why Albert Camus does not depress her; gratitude as both a hashtag and a foundational life philosophy; and the tiny, unheroic ways that art can move you through...

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An Exclusive Interview with Stephanie Danler - Part 1

October 11 2016

OE Spotlight will be featuring Stephanie Danler and her internationally bestselling novel, Sweetbitter, on October 23rd at Oxford Exchange.    RSVP Now   Stephanie recently spoke to us over Skype, where she talked about tight-walking the line between commercial success and literary merit; why Albert Camus does not depress her; gratitude as both a hashtag and a foundational life philosophy; and the tiny, unheroic ways that art can move you...

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The 2016 National Book Awards and a Comment on the Endurance of Writers

October 04 2016

The longlist for the 2016 National Books Awards has been released, and it contains titles you very well may have seen in our bookstore here at Oxford Exchange: Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad, Adam Hasslett's Imagine Me Gone, Jacqueline Woodson's Another Brooklyn (full list below).  Winners and nominees of the previous few years include a balanced mix of contemporary heavy-hitters and literary greats like: Thomas Pynchon, George Saunders, James McBride,...

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