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Bob Woodward writing book about Trump administration; R.O. Kwon on narrative anxiety

R.O. Kwon. Photo: Smeeta Mahanti

Bob Woodward is writing a book about the Trump administration. Fear: Trump in the White House “reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside Donald Trump’s White House and how the president makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies.” The book will be published by Simon & Schuster in September.

Entertainment Weekly has an exclusive excerpt from Kristen Roupenian’s upcoming collection, You Know You Want This: “Cat Person” and Other Stories. The short story collection will be published by Scout Press next January.

The Incendiaries author R.O. Kwon talks to Signature about cults, losing faith, and why she finds traditional plot structures “extremely unpleasant.” Kwon said she decided to start her novel at the story’s climax “so that the destruction” could be “out of the way.” “I’m so much less interested in what happened as in how and why,” she explained. “Even when I was watching, say, ‘Friday Night Lights,’ the plot would stress me out so much that I’d read ahead on Wikipedia to find out what’s going to happen to these poor kids!”

At the Los Angeles Times, Melissa Chadburn and Carolyn Kellogg ||investigate| the many identities of Anna March, a writer who has published at Salon and the Rumpus who used her contacts in the literary community to commit fraud.

After New York Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger revealed his off-the-record meeting with Trump, Erik Wemple argues that although media organizations have historically participated in off-the-record meetings with past presidents, the press should not continue the pattern with Trump. “Granting his request for a meeting feeds his imperial ego, especially if you’re the publisher of the New York Times,” he writes. “It also does nothing else. Trump doesn’t listen; Trump doesn’t change; Trump doesn’t care.”

Tonight at Books Are Magic in Brooklyn, Ottessa Moshfegh presents her new book, My Year of Rest and Relaxation. A few blocks away at Greenlight Books, Amitava Kumar talks to Jennifer Egan about his new book, Immigrant Montana.