Miranda Popkey

Bio: Miranda Popkey is on the editorial staff of Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

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The youthful fantasy worlds of writer Karen Russell are growing up

Russell's writing now seems ready to explore the ambiguities of the adult world, to press upon those moments—perhaps even more tragic—when the private worlds of the fully grown are revealed as unstable, unreliable, incompatible with a more generally recognized reality. But it's not a simple thing to evolve as a writer. Going forward, Russell does worry, after the Pulitzer nomination, about letting her supporters down.

Feb. 20, 2013


For film and television writers, an awards show awash in liquor, raunch and self-loathing brilliance

The conspicuously untelevised Writers' Guild of America East awards ceremony has its own writerly charms: it is invariably raunchy and mean, and often decidedly un-sober. This year's edition at BB King near Times Square did not surprise on those scores. The host, actor Richard Kind (most recently seen in Argo but most widely known for the role of Press Secretary Paul Lassiter on television's "Spin City") said, in his opening monologue: "What's more unknown than the Writers Guild of America? I found out. The Writers Guild of America East Coast!"

Feb. 18, 2013


Here comes a regular: Rosie Schaap gets a fitting fete for her barhopping memoir

Drinking With Men is an idiosyncratic memoir coming from a woman in 2012, though it revives an old standby (paging Pete Hamill!): a compendium of sharply observed drinking stories that revolve around the usually male communities that form among bar regulars.

Jan. 30, 2013


Author George Saunders packs them in at a Brooklyn launch for his latest collection

At a packed reading in Brooklyn, George Saunders tempered the weird worlds of his fiction with a very down-to-earth self-presentation.

Jan. 11, 2013


Swatting off the critics, Naomi Wolf keeps telling the story of her vagina; and why not?

In her convincing, comforting presence, one wanted to believe that her book has indeed “been read very reductively,” as she said after the event. “It makes feminism stupid to refuse to look at peer reviewed science if you know—and just want it to go away.”

Nov. 23, 2012


Lit-lubbers gather for a roving ‘Moby-Dick’ reading by Paul Dano, Sarah Vowell, and more

Writers and assorted enthusiasts gathered this weekend for a marathon reading of Moby-Dick that roamed from Manhattan to Brooklyn and back. 

Nov. 19, 2012


Debuting, again: A good day for Brooklyn novelist Jami Attenberg and ‘The Middlesteins’

Jami Attenberg discusses her fourth book, The Middlesteins, what it's like to write about weight issues, having an anti-intervention, and struggling to make writing pay.

Oct. 23, 2012


Celebrating blogs-to-books with the authors of Suri’s Burn Book and F*ck! I’m in My Twenties

The creators of popular blogs Suri's Burn Book and F*ck! I'm in My Twenties celebrated the release of their debut books at Housing Works bookstore.

Sep. 26, 2012


At a Soho bookstore, Molly Ringwald in her latest role: novelist

Molly Ringwald, author of the recent novel-in-stories When It Happens to You, had a reading at Soho's McNally Jackson bookstore with Emma Straub.

Sep. 14, 2012


‘For a Good Time Call...’ tests the waters of the female-friendship film

In For a Good Time Call... two women attempt to navigate life and friendship while running a phone sex line.

Sep. 4, 2012