Author Archives: Matt Ruff

2020: the good parts version

Weird year. On the one hand, 2020 has been the high point of my career—Thanks, HBO! Thanks, New York Times bestseller list!—but on the other hand, yeah, it was still 2o2o. Despite social media’s constant attempts to convince me otherwise, … Continue reading

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Alison Lurie (1926-2020)

My old friend and mentor Professor Alison Lurie, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Foreign Affairs and The War Between the Tates, has died at the age of 94. I met Alison in my junior year at Cornell, when I took … Continue reading

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Signed books for the holidays, 2020 edition

This is your 2020 reminder that signed copies of my novels make great holiday gifts. The big book this year is obviously Lovecraft Country—ten weeks on the New York Times bestseller list (thanks, HBO!)—but back in March I published a … Continue reading

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So much for the Fourth Reich

Like many of you, I spent last week watching election returns and reading silly hot takes about What It All Means. (My favorite, so far, is Jonathan Chait’s assertion in New York Magazine that “America, by and large, never wanted … Continue reading

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This weekend: Crypticon, Christopher Moore, and Lovecraft Country

I’ve got a bunch of online events scheduled this month (full list here), including two this weekend that I wanted to spotlight: On Saturday, October 17 at 8 PM Pacific Time, I’ll be reading from and answering questions about Lovecraft … Continue reading

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Hello, India

Last month I did an interview with Rahul Gupta of the Indian pop culture site Filmi Baniya. We chatted about Lovecraft Country, which is currently streaming in India on Disney+ Hotstar. You can watch this and other Filmi Baniya interviews … Continue reading

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Novel Nights starts this Friday

This Friday, October 2, at 5 PM Pacific Time, I’ll be making a remote appearance as part of Novel Nights, a fundraiser to support Seattle’s Hugo House. This is the first of six Novel Nights events that will be taking … Continue reading

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A quick and dirty guide to the Matt Ruff oeuvre, or, what to read after you’ve read Lovecraft Country

I’ve gotten a number of requests from readers who’ve finished Lovecraft Country and want to know which of my novels they should try next. Because my books are so different from one another, this is always a tough question to … Continue reading

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For All Nerds

Last week I was a guest on the For All Nerds podcast with Tatiana King and DJ Benhameen, talking about Lovecraft Country (my appearance starts at the 33:30 mark). This was my second visit to the ‘cast—I was previously a … Continue reading

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I’m 55 today

It’s been a weird mess of a year, but on balance I’m a very happy boy.

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