Stephen King interviews Grodstein; French TV showcases Biguenet

Best-selling author Stephen King interviewed PAA fiction teacher Lauren Grodstein at a public event in New Hampshire this spring. The event focused on Lauren's critically acclaimed novel, A Friend of the Family, which King called "an absolutely marvelous book." "It's a literary novel that has a suspenseful framework to it," King noted during the onstage discussion. "Every page that you turn, the pages get a little bit heavier because you are afraid of what's going to happen." Online video of the event is available at the Algonquin Books Blog.

John Biguenet, who teaches the literary fictions workshop at the Paris American Academy, was featured alongside American authors Toni Morrison, Jonathan Franzen, Philip Roth, Jim Harrison, Joyce Carol Oates, Paul Auster, and Richard Ford in a France 5 TV "road movie" hosted by François Busnel. The documentary endeavors to "read America" by using its foremost literary authors as tour guides. Biguenet's segment featured a boat journey into Louisiana's bayou country.

Biguenet was also interviewed about the French translation of his novel Oyster, on France 24, and the Dutch translations of his story collection The Torturer's Apprentice inspired Volkskrant to call Biguenet "a complete master of the genre." Elsewhere, John's play Shotgun was published in an acting edition by Dramatists Play Service, and his play Rising Water was included in Katrina on Stage: Five PlaysKatrina on Stage by Northwestern University Press. His new play Night Train, which was developed on a Studio Attachment at the National Theatre in London, premiered at New Jersey Repertory Theatre, and was praised by the New York Times for its "seductive dash of Balkan intrigue, with its illusive identities and notions of proletarian revenge." Biguenet's forthcoming play Broomstick: The Confessions of a Witch, had staged readings at the Tennessee Williams Festival in New Orleans and Stages Repertory Theatre in Houston, and has been selected for Portland Stage’s 2012 festival of new plays.