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#DMCON2017: Viewing Mitchell’s Writing Through An Academic Lens

Last month a group of writers, English professors, philosophers, and doctors medical and academic gathered at St. Andrew’s University in Fife, Scotland, where they discussed the one thing they all have in common: A deep appreciation for — and fascination… 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 →

On Hiroshima, gossiping landladies, snakes, and the early draft of Ghostwritten

The Times (of London, to us Yanks) has a short piece from David Mitchell recalling his time spent in Hiroshima, which marked the early days of his stint in Japan and evolution as a writer. We learn how Mitchell became… 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 →

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