A Third Act

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Dear Readers, I’ve finished the second act of my new novel, Darkness as a Bride. It is a story told in three acts. First draft pages pile up as I progress through the novel – my desk is lined with stacks of paper. I took a photo of the last four hand-written chapters in Act […]

Awards Roundup

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This May, John Irving was awarded the Medal of Honor for Literature by the National Arts Club. The Medal of Honor is a prestigious award presented to the most influential artists in their fields. In a press release issued by the NAC, Mr. Irving gave a nod to past recipients of the Gold Medal in […]

Forty years later, The World According to Garp remains ‘a treasure beyond scope’

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“The World According to Garp is, to me, the best-written example of whatever elusive literary quality makes a human being capable of sobbing and laughing simultaneously. Those are each extraordinarily difficult emotions to elicit; to do so in tandem is remarkable, but requires the kind of evocation that critics might call outright provocation instead. They […]

Here Come the Ghosts Again

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I think the early signs of my interest in ghosts are the epilogues I’ve written to many of my novels — I love epilogues. They are a way to keep the dead alive. The first draft of the Epilogue to The World According to Garp was twice as long as any of the other chapters. […]

Way to go, Bob!

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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

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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: Audiobook

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Avenue of Mysteries is available as an audiobook, too. Hear an excerpt with reader Armando Durán. As Irving says of Durán, “My wife Janet and I loved his reading of Gabriel García Márquez’s ‘Love in the Time of Cholera.’ We love his voice, and the way he interprets the dialogue of characters in novels, especially.” […]

Avenue of Mysteries: Trailers

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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 […]