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Slade House

Mitchell joins all-star lineup of novelists for Edinburgh International Book Festival 2017

Great news! If book festivals are your thing, Crispin Hershey David Mitchell is among dozens of authors from around the world slated to appear at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in August. If you haven’t attended a book festival with… Continue Reading →

Calling all David Mitchell fans and scholars: Journal’s special issue to focus on Mitchell’s work

If you weren’t able to snag a spot at the 2017 David Mitchell conference in Fife, Scotland, but you’ve got something to contribute to the ongoing discourse on our favorite genre-hopping novelist, there’s good news — you can still share… Continue Reading →

A unique copy of Slade House and a good cause

The UK’s National Literacy Trust just launched its annual online auction, and one of the most awesome items up for bid is a copy of Slade House annotated by David Mitchell himself. “I vandalised I mean annotated a SLADE HOUSE… Continue Reading →

Atemporals and reincarnation: The science of Mitchell’s world

For readers eager to convince themselves that David Mitchell doesn’t actually believe in the paranormal stuff he dabbles in as a novelist, there’s this quote by Hugo Lamb, a recurrent character in the Mitchellverse and narrator of one of The… Continue Reading →

Happy Halloween! Get into the spirit with Slade House

After the doorbell stops ringing and the little ghouls and ghosts head home with their candy, what better way to get into the Halloween spirit than by settling down in a comfortable spot to read David Mitchell’s Slade House? The… Continue Reading →

‘The Script’: How Mitchell keeps track of recurring characters

One of the fun things about reading David Mitchell’s books is spotting familiar characters from previous works who pop up again in subsequent narratives. Sometimes they show up in cameos. Sometimes they’re only mentioned. Sometimes they play major roles, like… Continue Reading →

On Facing The Blank Page

The Louisiana Channel — which, despite its name, is a product of Denmark, not New Orleans — gives us some insight into how eight well-known writers face the dreaded blank page. David Mitchell joins Jonathan Franzen, Lydia Davis and Margaret… Continue Reading →

David Mitchell: Lighthouse Keeper, Or Maybe Forester

When I was a little turd, I wanted to be an astronaut. Then the Challenger explosion happened, Punkie Brewster aired A Very Special Episode™ about it, everyone at school cried, and I was cured of my aspirations to hitch a… Continue Reading →

How Slade House grew from an “ectoplasmic diversity” of horror influences

In a short piece for The Guardian, David Mitchell explains how Slade House grew from a Twitter experiment — the short story “The Right Sort” —  into a ghost novel in its own right: “Despite naming my first published novel… Continue Reading →

David Mitchell reads from Slade House

Here’s David Mitchell during his Slade House book tour, reading the novel’s chilling first chapter from the point of view of a 13-year-old autistic boy named Nathan Bishop. This is from Mr. Mitchell’s stop at the 92nd Y in Manhattan:

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