An interview about “Overthrow” and an essay about it

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.

Best seltzer to drink with my novel, & other book news

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.

“Overthrow” in California

Friends in California, please come to the bookstore events for Overthrow!

On Wednesday, September 18, at 6pm, at Book Passage, in the Ferry Building in San Francisco, I’ll read a little from the novel and be interviewed by Anna Wiener, author of the memoir Uncanny Valley, coming in 2020 from FSG.

And on Saturday, September 21, at 4pm, at Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, I’ll read a little and be interviewed by Elaine Blair, longtime contributor to the New York Review of Books.

Both events are free, and at both I’ll sign (and stamp) books!

Other news about Overthrow: In the 15 September 2019 issue of the New York Times Book Review, the editors name Overthrow as one of “10 New Books We Recommend This Week.”

Bill Goldstein recommended Overthrow on New York’s NBC television station on 8 September 2019.

And Columbia magazine has put the novel on its fall 2019 reading list.

Bookforum; WGN Radio

There’s a lovely review of Overthrow in the September issue of Bookforum, which places the novel in the literary tradition and sees in it allegories of queer reading.

Over the weekend, I spoke with Amy Guth of Chicago’s WGN Radio about my recent article in the New Yorker on the history of unions and also, a little, about Overthrow (the segment with me starts at about 6:14).

If you’re in New York, please come to the reading at the Strand on Thursday, September 5, at 7:30pm! Admission is with purchase of the novel or of a $15 gift card.