It's our 50th episode! We're celebrating by talking to Cristina Henríquez, author of the story collection Come Together, Fall Apart, which was a New York Times Editors’ Choice selection, and the novels The Book of Unknown Americans and The World in Half. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The American Scholar, Glimmer Train, Virginia Quarterly Review, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly, AGNI, and Oxford American, as well as in various anthologies. She lives in Illinois.
If you're in Chicago, you can catch Cristina at the Chicago Humanities Festival in conversation with Coya Paz on March 18th.
We chatted with Cristina about why she is writing her next novel by hand, her badass grandfather, and writing on instinct.
In Cristina's words:
"You're anticipating the reader's objections and responses to certain things as you're going along. That's part of it, but it's also that you're making these minute decisions which are subconscious - I'm not stopping and thinking each time I w