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Big news! The Otherppl with Brad Listi podcast is now entirely free of charge. In the past, only the most recent 50 episodes were available at no cost. To access the deeper archives, a subscription was needed. Not anymore. All episodes—hundreds of them—are now available absolutely free. Hear in-depth conversations with authors like George Saunders, Cheryl Strayed, Susan Orlean, Edwidge Danticat, Aimee Bender, Eileen Myles, Maggie Nelson, Tom Perrotta, Hanya Yanagihara, Hilton Als, and many more. Listen online, via iTunes, Stitcher, iHeart Radio, Overcast, et al. Better yet, download the show’s (free) official app at your favorite app store. To view the full archive, check out the Episode Guide. Enjoy!

The Nervous Breakdown Book Club is proud to announce its official January 2017 pick! We’ll be reading The Young Widower’s Handbook, by Tom McAllister (Algonquin Books). Sign up now to receive your copy! Or better yet, give the gift of books this holiday season! A book club subscription is a gift that keeps on giving all year long.

The TNB Book Club has selected Jonathan Franzen’s Purity as its official August pick—available soon in trade paperback from Picador. As a featured book club author, Mr. Franzen will be appearing on the Otherppl with Brad Listi podcast next month. Stay tuned!

TNB’s founding editor Brad Listi has been chosen by LA Weekly as one of its 54 Most Fascinating People of 2015.  Read the feature here.

The TNB Book Club is proud to present Ruby, the new novel by Cynthia Bond, available now from Hogarth, as its official July selection.  And coming in August:  Forest of Fortune (Tyrus Books), the new novel by Jim Ruland.  Sign up now and start getting books!

The TNB Book Club is proud to feature Ruby (Hogarth Press), the critically acclaimed debut novel by Cynthia Bond, as its official July selection.

TNB is happy to welcome Erika Kleinman as our new Essays editor.  She’ll be our point person for original nonfiction submissions, and you can reach her here.

D.R. Haney’s Room 32: Conjuring Jim Morrison is now available as a Kindle Single.  Please go get it for only $2.99.

TNB fiction editor Gina Frangello, author of this month”s TNB Book Club pick, A Life in Men (Algonquin Books), can be heard on the Other People with Brad online casino Listi podcast right now.  Check out an excerpt of her hour-long interview in Episode 250, or better yet, listen to the full conversation via Other People Premium.

Some changes to announce on the editorial front.  Julia Goldberg is our new nonfiction editor.   Caroline Eick is now our book reviews editor.  And Dena Rash Guzman has joined the editorial team in our Poetry section.  Welcome to all!  (Publishers & publicists:  If you’d like to contact these editors, please see our Contributors page for info.)

The TNB Book Club’s official June selection is Matt Bell’s visionary debut novel In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods (Soho Press).  Sign up now to receive it.  The cut-off date is May 15th.

Huge congrats to longtime contributor Gloria Harrison, whose personal essay, ‘Let’s See How Fast This Baby Will Go,’ will be featured on This American Life on May 3rd, in an episode called ‘Hit the Road.’  The piece was originally published here at TNB in February 2010.  Cheers!

“The source of all art is the human psyche’s primal, prelinguistic need for the resolution of stress and discord through beauty and harmony, for the use of creativity to revive a life deadened by routine, for a link to reality through our instinctive, sensory feel for the truth. Like music and dance, painting and sculpture, poetry and song, story is first, last, and always the experience of aesthetic emotion–the simultaneous encounter of thought and feeling.”  —Robert McKee

“The secret of popular writing is never to put more on a given page than the common reader can lap off it with no strain whatsoever on his habitually slack attention.” — Ezra Pound

Okay.  I think we’re pretty much completely done with TNB 5.0.  This is it.  The brand new site. Hope you like it.  —BL