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Rural Noir Author Bonnie Jo Campbell

Yaël Ksander interviews novelist and short story writer Bonnie Jo Campbell.

Bonnie Jo Campbell, smiling, at Boxcar Books in Bloomington

Photo: Yaël Ksander

Bonnie Jo Campbell at Boxcar Books in Bloomington

Rural fiction does become more timeless. . . . When you canoe down a Michigan river, you can often forget what century you’re in.

Bonnie Jo Campbell was named by the Guardian as one of America’s best writers of rural noir.

Her stories and essays have appeared in Story, The Kenyon Review, and Utne Reader, among others. She was a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award in fiction for her short story collection American Salvage, and she won a Pushcart Prize for her story “The Smallest Man in the World.”

Campbell’s most recent work is the short story collection Mothers, Tell Your Daughters.

  • letters2mary

    Interesting right up until the point where the writer referred to rural people who supported Trump became “those people” (or some similar phrase), as in “those poor people who don’t know what is good for them.” She noted that she was surprised that so many seemed to have become energized.

    Any anticipation held for this author’s work — which I found intriguing earlier on in the interview — promptly evaporated.

  • Amy Cox

    Remarkable person and a remarkable writer! Love Bonnie Jo Campbell!

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