Williams College Folks at the Texas Book Festival 2017

Jim and I will be at the Texas Book Festival in Austin this weekend.  Several Williams College alums will be there as well.  Here is where/when you can find us:

General Schedule: http://www.texasbookfestival.org/festival-schedule/

My event: http://www.texasbookfestival.org/festival-schedule/?search=karen+shepard

Jim’s event: http://www.texasbookfestival.org/festival-schedule/?search=jim+shepard

Other Williams folks:

Fiona Maazel: http://www.texasbookfestival.org/festival-schedule/?search=fiona+maazel

Edward McPherson: http://www.texasbookfestival.org/festival-schedule/?search=edward+mcpherson

Matthew Swanson/Robbi Behr: http://www.texasbookfestival.org/festival-schedule/?search=robbi+behr

Karen Russell and Karen Shepard in Conversation

Come crash the Karen Conversation even if your name isn’t Karen.  The two Karens talk books, ghosts, and babies at the Texas Book Festival in Austin.  Saturday November 4 at 11:45.  http://www.texasbookfestival.org/festival-schedule/?search=karen+shepard

Two Chances to See Two Shepards This Week

I’ll be at the Point Street Reading Series in Providence, RI tomorrow night, 10/17, at 7:30.


And Jim and I will be at McNally Jackson Bookstore in NYC on Thursday 10/19 at 7:00.


Shelf Awareness review for Kiss Me Someone




Ms. Magazine Review for Kiss Me Someone

Shepard’s unapologetically flawed characters make this collection an honest portrayal of womanhood,” Ms. Magazine (Read more here)

Bookriot’s “14 Upcoming Short Story Collections to Watch For”

Make It Quick: 14 Upcoming Short Story Collections to Watch For

Booklist review for Kiss Me Someone

After several novels, Shepard (The Celestials, 2013) offers her first short-story collection. Her mostly female characters run the gamut from the quintessential “mean girl” cliques in “Popular Girls” to the woman, married for 58 years to a man now suffering from dementia, who is “worn out by the gap between what she’d hoped for and what she’d gotten.” Each character, including the Chinese American girl forced by her self-obsessed mother to spend a summer with her grandmother in Szechuan, and the young woman suffering six miscarriages, only to lose the seventh baby a mere eight days before her due date, earns our sympathy or at least our empathy. Shepard is so perceptive, we feel as if we are part of the scene ourselves, such as when the mother of the stillborn baby develops the pictures she took just after her birth, watching in the darkroom as her daughter seems to come to life. These stories, and the characters that inhabit them, are so vivid, they will surely stay with readers for a good long while.

— Deborah Donovan for Booklist

I like the way Adam Morgan thinks…

In the Chicago Review of Books, Adam Morgan tells us what to read in September.

19 Books You Should Read This September

The Paris Review Interviews Jim Shepard

Type Writing: An Interview with Jim Shepard

“The Mothers” by Karen Shepard on lithub.com

Lithub.com is running one of the stories from KISS ME SOMEONE today.  Get a glimpse here:

“The Mothers”

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