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 [...]

Avenue of Mysteries: Book Tour

November 3rd, 2015: Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Public Library, 7:30pm November 4th, 2015: Philadelphia, PA Free Library of Philadelphia, 7:30 pm November 5th, 2015: New York, NY 92nd Street Y, 8pm November 6th, 2015: Minneapolis, MN Talking Volumes at Ted Mann Concert Hall, 7pm November 7th, 2015: Portland, OR Wordstock: First Congregational United Church of Christ, [...]

Avenue of Mysteries by John Irving

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.

John Irving

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