August 23, 1992 |
Toward the end of William T. Vollmann's 1990 novel "The Ice-Shirt"--the first installment in his ambitious and far-reaching seven-part "symbolic history" of North America, "Seven Dreams"--a Micmac Indian chief named Carrying the War-Club picks up an iron ax left behind by a dead Norseman and, after turning the weapon viciously upon one of his tribal rivals, throws it into the sea. It's an odd moment, climactic even, and it resonates with the weight of premonition.
February 22, 2004 |
William T. Vollmann has driven his literary pickax into the American imagination. Prodigious, stunning and prolific in the sweep of his imagination and ambition, he has -- in little more than 15 years -- established an identifiable and compelling Vollmann universe.
August 1, 1993 |
Perhaps the appearance of yet another book by William T.
May 28, 1997
Winners of the PEN Center USA West 1997 Literary Awards Competition were announced Tuesday, honoring outstanding works published or produced in 1996 by writers living in the West. This year's winners are: Fiction: William T.
July 31, 2005 |
It's a summer when, between the massive new Harry Potter and John Irving's 800-plus-page opus, a trip to the beach with novel in tow might require some heavy lifting. The big books of summer are upon us. Big as in weighty -- we're talking poundage, not the latest pretender to the James Joyce crown. Scale in hand, we dropped into the Borders in Canoga Park to size up the season's fiction heavyweights. A cursory sample turned up these stats: John Irving, "Until I Find You" (Random House). 848 pp.
June 8, 2007
Re "The Great Exception," Opinion, June 3 While I don't desire to be an apologist of the current administration, as a pragmatist I must assert that William T. Vollmann's colorization of Americans hunkered down behind drawbridges is inaccurate. President Bush's policies have evidently prevented any follow-up 9/11s thus far. Go out to a restaurant or visit a ballpark on any day of the week and you will routinely find thousands of fellow un-hunkered U.S. citizens. Americans have not acted as we please because others wished to be like us, as Vollmann writes.
October 22, 2002 |
A little-known 32-year-old UC Berkeley graduate has been named fiction editor of the New Yorker, succeeding Bill Buford, a familiar presence on the literary scene. David Remnick, the magazine's editor, has announced that deputy fiction editor Deborah Treisman will begin her new post in January.
March 13, 2010 |
Hilary Mantel's blockbuster "Wolf Hall" took the top fiction prize at the National Book Critics Circle Awards in New York on Thursday night. The novel about Thomas Cromwell, henchman to King Henry VIII, also won Britain's prestigious Man Booker prize and is a bestseller in both the U.K. and the United States. Mantel won over Southern California favorite Michelle Huneven, nominated for her novel "Blame." Another California writer, William T. Vollmann, also fell short of taking the prize; he was a finalist in the nonfiction category for "Imperial," his book about the state's border county.