Creative Writing at The New School

Thanks to the cooperation of the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) and The School of Writing at The New School, as well as the tireless efforts of our students and faculty, we are able to provide interviews with each of the NBCC Awards Finalists for the publishing year 2014.

Brady Huggett, on behalf of the School of Writing at The New School and the NBCC, interviewed Blake Bailey about his book The Splendid Things We Planned (Norton), which is among the final five selections, in the category of Autobiography, for the 2014 NBCC awards.


Bailey, Blake © Mary BrinkmeyerBlake Bailey is the author of biographies of John Cheever, Richard Yates, and Charles Jackson, and he is at work on the authorized biography of Philip Roth. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; the winner of a National Book Critics Circle Award and the Francis Parkman Prize; and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He lives in Virginia, where he is the Mina Hohenberg Darden Professor of Creative Writing at Old Dominion University.

BradyHS-16_shrunkBrady Huggett is a first year fiction student in the MFA program at The New School. He’s a reader for Bodega Magazine and is host of Nature Biotechnology’s First Rounders podcast. His work has appeared in The King’s English, Verbsap, Liar’s League, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and elsewhere. Follow: @addisonbench.

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