Items of interest concerning Hawthorne Books and its authors

Poe Ballantine’s novel Whirlaway included in Bend Magazine‘s 4 Books to Read This Spring

07 May 2018|

Written by Jennifer Forbess

New reads for spring suggested by COCC writing instructor Jennifer Forbess.

by Poe Ballantine

People can often seem on the surface to be relatively normal, but you just know there is a lot going on underneath, including, most likely, a little bit of crazy! At the beginning of the novel Whirlaway, protagonist Eddie Plum is an inmate of Napa State Psychiatric Hospital. Why? I’m not exactly sure. After he escapes with the help...Forward

Roxane Gay includes Lidia Yuknavitch’s The Chronology of Water in her Reading List of Five Memoirs.

12 Apr 2018|

The Reading List: Five Memoirs
Acclaimed essayist and intellectual Roxane Gay on her favorites of the genre.

Also included Terese Maillot, Morgan Jerkins, Claudia Rankine, and Aleksandar Hemon.

The Nervous Break down runs an excerpt from Poe Ballantine’s novel, Whirlaway

10 Apr 2018|

“At twenty-seven years old I was not emotionally equipped for living under lock and key behind sixteen-foot cyclone fences and having my ass stabbed every three days with drugs that turned my brains to buttermilk.” -Eddie Plum

To read the excerpt go to The Nervous Breakdown.

Poe Ballantine does a Self-Interview for The Nervous Breakdown

10 Apr 2018|

Poe Ballantine: The TNB Self-Interview
By TNB Fiction
April 10, 2018
Fiction Self-Interviews

The last time we talked we learned you were born in a log cabin and the illegitimate son of the Queen of England, what good that did anyone is hard to say, but I see you have another book coming out. Quite the coincidence.

I’ll say, and thanks for asking. Yes, it’s a horseracing, record collecting, and insane asylum novel called Whirlaway. It’s also about psychic evanescence, which is existing...Forward

Poe Ballantine’s Playlist for His Novel “Whirlaway” for Largehearted Boy

03 Apr 2018|

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book.

Previous contributors include Jesmyn Ward, Bret Easton Ellis, Celeste Ng, Lauren Groff, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others.

Poe Ballantine’s novel Whirlaway is darkly comic and compelling.

Kirkus wrote of the book:

“Ballantine walks a wry tightrope here, imbuing his debauched characters with the drunken...Forward