Two new considerations of Overthrow:
Sach Dev interviewed me about it for Bookforum, and got me to talk about slowing down, not being authoritative, and approaching from an oblique angle.
And at the blog The Coming of the Toads, Joe Linker has written an essay about whether a novel can be a kind of revolution, and about the difference between being under surveillance and being read.
According to Mason Neil, who reviews books on Instagram by pairing them with drinks, Overthrow is best washed down with a can of White Claw hard seltzer.
Emily Homonoff interviewed me about Overthrow for the Reading with Robin podcast, and we talked a lot about my dog.
When James Conrad, from the Golden Notebook bookstore in Woodstock, NY, was a guest on WAMC’s The Roundtable last week, he picked Overthrow as one of his books of the week.
Nicholas Dames, the literary fiction editor at Public Books, wrote about the Jamesianness of Overthrow, which is on his nightstand.
And a site called Read It Forward avers that Overthrow has a cool male protagonist who isn’t secretly an asshole.
I’m happy about two new reviews of Overthrow. On the New Yorker website, Garth Greenwell focuses on the novel’s style, which he sees as the book’s most crucial protagonist.
And at NPR, Annalisa Quinn focuses on the novel’s metaphoric treatments of technological surveillance.
Meanwhile, the website of Powell’s bookstore in Portland has published a self Q&A that I wrote for them, including the disclosure that I collect whaling stereoviews and a drawing that I made of my writing desk.
My novel Overthrow goes on sale today. Call or click over to your local independent bookstore and buy it!
There’s a new interview of me by James McDonald Feder in Kirkus, mostly about the perils and rewards of writing a novel that touches on contemporary issues. And today is also the last day that I’m in “residency” at the Instagram account of the Chicago Review of Books.
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Hi, this is Caleb Crain, author of "Overthrow," which comes out today from @VikingBooks, on the 6th and final day of my Instagram "residency" here at @ChicagoRevBooks. At one point in "Overthrow," a character designs a logo for the impossibly utopian group that she belongs to, and it features a flying dove and a leaping dolphin. A couple of weeks ago, on a lark, I decided to make a stamp of the logo—or rather, three stamps, in blue, green, and black ink. Here they are, individually and (when you swipe to the next photo) together. Thanks for the opportunity to present these and my earlier photos! Since I started posting them, the novel has gotten some very generous reviews. The New York Times: "A 19th-century social novel for the 21st-century surveillance state." The Boston Globe: "Legitimately great psychological fiction." The Washington Post: "'Overthrow' accomplishes its mission." I hope you'll visit your local independent bookstore and pick up a copy! –Caleb
Two new interviews! In both of which my dumbphone has a cameo.
Christopher Bollen wrote up our conversation, which is published in Interview magazine, complete with a Warholesque photo illustration: Has Caleb Crain Written the First Occupy Wall Street Novel?”
And Gil Roth edited the audio of our conversation into episode 334 of his Virtual Memories Show podcast.
I had great fun talking to both!