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There's No Such Thing as Good Writing:
Craig Nova's Radical Revising Process

The author of All the Dead Yale Men doesn't just tweak when he rewrites—he tries on entirely new points of view and genre styles to learn more about the story he's telling. Read more

Author Craig Nova: “The novel is the way
we discover what we really believe”

The author of All the Dead Yale Men on the future of the novel and how having daughters changed his writing. Read more

An Interview with Craig Nova, by Craig Nova
We thought it would be fun to do something a little unusual with this interview, as befits Craig Novaís inventive fiction. In short, we suggested Nova ask himself whatever he wishes interviewers would ask. This interview was conducted in Paris, where Craig Nova, both subject and interviewer, was staying this spring. Read more

Reading Lessons: Albert Camusí The Stranger
Craig Nova discusses the mysterious nature of literary influenceRead more

Fiction - Autumn 2014: The Way of the World
It is easy to owe money to people, and I have tried all the methods available, but this summer was on the more frightening end of the spectrum. I am sure I donít need to go into it, really, aside from saying it had to do with drugs, money, and some people who were more than anxious to locate me. One of them, and I am not making this up, was Sebastian Dangerfield, six-two, 240 pounds, and he had had a tryout with a semipro football team, the Santa Monica Sharks, and just missed the cut. He then took a job collecting bad debts.Read more

Another Drunk Gambler
I know more secrets than any man I have ever met. My neighbor, Harlow Pearson, was a gambler, although this was never a secret and many people knew about it, even when he was in Congress. He came from New England, was tall, and thin, broad in the chest. I am an old man now. I sit in my house, hearing the shutters banging in the winter wind, and I think of things from a long time ago, like the time when Harlow was a young man in Ipoh. Read more

Bookworm with Michael Silverblatt
The Informer (Shaye Areheart Books) Craig Nova has written a frightening novel about corruption in pre-Nazi Berlin. Especially frightening is Nova's perception that those times are so similar to ours. Nova speaks about how uses the sights, sounds and smells of the visceral world in the book, and the art of twisting a thriller into a parable. Click to Listen

The Huffington Post
“Similar to what is happening across our country, Nova takes what happened in Berlin, starting in 1930, and brings to life a cast of characters–some honest and wanting nothing more than to be loved, others violent and distrustful while all are affected by the Weimar Republic. There’s a certain mood that runs through this novel–a noir-like mood shaped by notable writing, bringing the reader into a dangerous place….” Read More

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“Those in search of satisfying suspense and mystery will find it in The Informer. Just as importantly, they will find a portrait of a society at loose ends, and people who longer feel in control of their own lives….Once again, Craig Nova proves that his writing can be just as moving, just as entertaining and insightful, as that of the finest writers in anyone’s literary canon. The Informer is a timely and haunting political thriller.” Read More

The Daily Beast
Bestselling author John Irving speaks to Craig Nova about The Informer, his new espionage novel set in 1930s Berlin—and their long friendship. Irving writes: "Many years ago, I reviewed Craig Nova’s The Good Son for The New York Times Book Review, which led to a correspondence, and our friendship, which continues to this day. I wrote that the novel “has characters of great, outward bravery and of heartbreaking inner need”; I said that his characters were “as vivid with suffering and with spirit as recurring dreams.” Well, that hasn’t changed, but I might have also noticed—as I do now—that Nova’s characters are not easy to like; yet, in novel after novel, he made the most unlikely characters sympathetic—and, especially lately, he’s often put them on a collision course. Maybe this first and most forcefully got my attention in Tornado Alley but it continues.” Read More

The National Post
“If you want to construct a moody, noir thriller, you can hardly pick a better setting than Berlin in the year 1930. Violence, corruption, decadence, footfalls heard in the night on deserted city streets — it’s all there in The Informer, by veteran American novelist Craig Nova, a tale of sex, murder and politics in the last years of the Weimar Republic.” Read More

Booklist: The Informer
“Nova develops suspense nicely, too…an entrancing mood piece.” Read More

Publishers Weekly: New Fiction Book Reviews (12/14/2009)
Set in 1930 Berlin, this fine novel from Nova (The Good Son) smoothly combines crime and politics. Armina Treffen, who works for the serious crimes section of the Berlin police department and has a successful track record catching serial killers, goes after a fiend who strangles his female victims and leaves their abused bodies in the Tiergarten. Treffen's investigation is interwoven with the story of the title character, Gaelle, a 22-year-old prostitute with an alluring facial scar from a car accident, and her 16-year-old pimp, Felix. A mysterious gentleman, Bruno Hauptmann (not to be confused with the man executed for kidnapping the Lindbergh baby), recruits Gaelle to pass along any information about what, say, the Communists are up to that she might pick up on the job. While those expecting a conventional police procedural may be disappointed, the author's evocative portrait of Weimar Germany and sophisticated portrayals of the lead characters will satisfy most readers. (Feb.) Read More

Craig Nova's Secrets to a Happy Marriage
A letter Craig Nova wrote to his daughter on her wedding day is featured on A Cup of Jo, the design and fashion blog of magazine writer Joanna Goddard. Read More

Classics Corner: Incandescence by Craig Nova
Long out of print (it was published in the US in 1980), Incandescence fits perfectly into Capuchin Classics's mission to "revive great works of fiction that have been unjustly forgotten or neglected". Championed by William Boyd, writer of the book's foreword, it is a gritty, glittering star in the publisher's line-up.

You shall know us by our velocity
In the propulsive Cruisers, two Vermont men move inexorably toward a confrontation.

The World According to Nova
Novelist Craig Nova talks with David Bowman about Camus, New England exotica, and what it's like to be a writers' writer.

Bookworm with Michael Silverblatt
Cruisers (Shaye Areheart Books) The dark precisions of Craig Nova's Cruisers provoke anxiety. Tension mounts; the book feels like a thriller, but one of a very high order. Nova discusses his poetic technique and how it deflects the reader from solving a mystery to respecting life's mysteries.

New Hampshire Public Radio: Cruisers
Many New Hampshire residents remember the murders that took place in Colebrook a few years back. For novelist Craig Nova, it sparked an interest in the thoughts, fears, and feelings of the people involved. His new book, Cruisers, is a story of two men on opposite sides of the law; a state trooper and a man about to commit a violent crime.

Entertainment Weekly: Craig Nova's Cruisers
Ben Spier rates Cruisers an "A" and says "Nova displays an uncanny flair for evoking his characters' innermost fears and desires through sensuous details."

Best of Fiction: Cruisers
Tom Nolan writes in January Magazine, "Craig Nova writes a poet's prose, rich in symbols and glittering with imagery... Cruisers is a wonderful, riveting, heartbreaking book."

All Things Considered
Alan Cheuse reviews a new novel by Craig Nova called Wetware. It is the story of a biotech engineer and his creation of extraordinary androids.

Bookworm with Michael Silverblatt
The Book of Dreams. Nova discusses the tough guy and ---noir--- novel as points of origin for his dark investigation of the California dream.

All Things Considered
Writer Craig Nova's latest novel, The Universal Donor, takes the reader into the streets and hospitals of Los Angeles at the time of the South Central riots...and tells a story about love in an unlikely setting.

Don Swain: Wired for Books
Craig Nova reminisces with Don Swaim in this 1992 interview growing up in Hollywood California, attending Hollywood High School, and listening to his mother tell him stories of New England. Nova discusses his novel Trombone as well as some of his first books Turkey Hash, Incandescence, The Good Son, The Geek and the influence his children have had on his writing.

Desire, Ambition and Father
John Irving, author of The World According to Garp , reviews Craig Nova's 1982 novel The Good Son.