Way to go, Bob!

I’ve been busy. I don’t always choose to be working on two things at once, but sometimes that’s how it turns out. I’m never writing more than one novel at a time, but it has happened before (and will happen again) that I’m writing a novel concurrently with either a screenplay or a teleplay. I [...]

Avenue of Mysteries: Book Tour

November 20th, 2016: Oaxaca, Mexico FIL Oaxaca, Foro FILO, 18:00 November 27th, 2016: Guadalajara, Mexico Guadalajara International Book Fair , Salón 2, 19:00 PAST DATES January 21st, 2016: The Hague, The Netherlands BorderKitchen at Paard van Troje, 20:00 January 23rd, 2016: Amsterdam, The Netherlands Athenaeum Bookstore, 15:00 John Adams Institute at the Aula of the [...]

Avenue of Mysteries: Trailers

In these three book trailers, John Irving discusses Avenue of Mysteries. IN THE FIRST TRAILER, Irving describes the parallel tracks on which the story is told: In one story, there is a a fourteen-year-old boy named Juan Diego, growing up in Oaxaca, Mexico. In the other story, Juan Diego is fifty-four years old and travelling [...]


As a novelist, I know something that works better than any synopsis of what a new novel is about. You would be better off reading the first few paragraphs of the first chapter, because that’s all the author wanted you to know about the book before you start reading it for yourself. Believe me: the author just wants you to begin reading.


Superior fiction asks three things of the novelist: Vigorous feeling for life as we live it. Then imaginative force, strong enough to subvert and rebuild unhindered. And then--but this is rare and so essential that we might call it the "reality principle" of fiction-- shrewd sense to keep the first two locked in stubborn love with each other –Terrence Des Pres