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.
Garth Greenwell’s (IAA 94-96) debut novel What Belongs To You was released in 2016 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. Cavallaro’s popular Sherlock Holmes redux, the Charlotte Holmes series, currently consists of three novels: A Study in Charlotte, The Last of August and The Case for Jamie. A fourth book, A Question of Holmes, is scheduled for release in 2019. Cavallaro's latest collection of poetry, Unhistorical, will also be released in 2019.
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.
Julie Buntin’s (IAA 03-05) debut novel, Marlena, was released in April 2017 and was named a best book of 2017 by NPR, The Washington Post, The New Yorker and Harper's Bazaar, among others. Buntin is also 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 was released in summer 2017. Silber's memoir, White Hot Grief Parade, debuted earlier this year.
Recent Stanford graduate and former Virginia B. Ball winner Brittany Newell's debut novel Oola was released in April 2017 through Holt Paperbacks.
Interlochen Arts Camp and Arts Academy Instructor of Creative Writing Joe Sacksteder will release his debut novel and story collection, Driftless Quintet and Make/Shift respectively, in 2019. Driftless Quintet is the winner of the 2018 Nicholas Schaffner Award for Music in Literature.
Alexandra Livesay (IAC 92, IAA 92-94) released her debut novel, Madeline, in 2015. The sequel will be released in October 2018.
Chad Sell (IAC 94-00) collaborated with ten writers to create a comic collection titled The Cardboard Kingdom, which was released in June 2018.
Melissa Stephenson's (IAA 89-93, IAC St 93-94, IAA Fac 10) memoir, Driven, was released in July 2018.
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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