A quick glance at the “what’s trending” section on your favorite social network will tell you that today is #NationalBookLoversDay. With Interlochen fostering the artistic drive of so many young artists, it should be no surprise to find more than a few Interlochen alumni atop so many bibliophiles’ must-read lists. Here are just a few of those authors:
Margo Jefferson’s (IAC/NMC 60-62) memoir Negroland won the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography among a litany of accolades and acclaim. Perhaps it’s no surprise that Ms. Jefferson won a Pulitzer Prize back in 1995 for her work at The New York Times.
Earlier this year, Garth Greenwell’s (IAA 94-96) debut novel What Belongs To You was released to acclaim from critics like The New Yorker’s James Wood, the Los Angeles Times' Drew Nellins Smith and Vanity Fair’s Anna Blomfield just to name a few. The book has been noted as a valuable entry into the world of queer literature.
Aside from being known as a Young Adult author, Brittany Cavallaro (IAA 02-04) is also an accomplished poet and a 2015 National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship recipient. The first novel in Cavallaro’s Sherlock redux series, A Study in Charlotte, was released earlier this year. The follow-up, The Last of August, is expected to hit bookshelves Feb. 14, 2017.
Fantasy author A.R. Kahler (IAA 03-05) has already produced an impressive number of works in his relatively short career. Although his forte is fiction, Kahler still writes about what he knows. Perhaps it is no surprise to learn that his series Ravenborn is set in a secluded northern Michigan boarding school.
Late last year, publishers Henry Holt bought alumna Julie Buntin’s (IAA 03-05) debut novel Marlena. Before her novel debuts in April 2017, you can follow her work as the Director of Writing Programs at Catapult.
Interlochen theatre alumna Alexandra Silber may be best known for her work on stage, but soon she will add author to her credits. As Silber recently discussed with The New York Times' Alexandra Alter her privately penned debut novel After Anatevka follows Fiddler on the Roof character Hodel after the events of the musical. After Anatevka was purchased by Pegasus and is expected to be released in summer 2017.
Recent Stanford graduate and former Virginia B. Ball winner Brittany Newell's debut novel Oola will be released in April 2017 through Holt Paperbacks.
Are there Interlochen alumni on your summer reading list? Be sure to let us know by tagging us on social media using #InterlochenArts.
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