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BlogApril-May-June, 2013
News on the Zinsky front

In the interest of promoting Zinsky the Obscure, my debut novel (available on Amazon), I am devoting this space, for the next year or two, to Zinsky news. I have not stopped blogging. For my latest screeds and missives, please visit the Zinsky page.   

Now, without further preface, let me use this space to link to a flattering review of Zinsky in Booklist. (Which does contain spoilers.) The best quote: "This wry debut novel takes on the classic coming-of-age saga, and it makes the reader rethink common assumptions about how young people get from here to there."

Publishers Weekly's review was wonderful, too. (But again: spoilers.) The key excerpt: "This eloquent novel from both bleak and affecting."

Then there's the marvelous writeup Zinsky received from Kirkus Reviews: "A powerful debut, with Dickensian touches in its heartbreaking and occasionally humorous chronicle of the life of a modern young man." (Alas, spoilers in this one too.)

A great review with no spoilers is now on DigBoston: "Brutally funny...forged from the same literary hearth that has given us such delightful and fussy oddballs as Ignatius J. Reilly, Don Quixote, and Kilgore Trout....this book has the scope of something like Irving's The World According to Garp. It also has that book's heart."

DigBoston also published a Q&A with me. In the interview, we discussed Zinsky, to be sure, but we also talked about George R. R. Martin, The Great Gatsby, The Who, The Notorious B.I.G., and hula hoops.

Three Boston-area Zinsky readings are now on the calendar. The following all take place at 7pm: 

May 30: Porter Square Books, Cambridge
June 5: Harvard Book Store, Cambridge
June 13: The Book Shop, Somerville

Two excerpts from Zinsky are now live. One is on Boston's NPR Station and Stymie. It contains a sex scene. The other is on The Good Men Project. It contains a sports scene.

Speaking of Boston's NPR Station: The afternoon drive-time program Radio Boston named Zinsky one of its "Good Reads For The Summer."

On Lori Hettler's The Next Best Book blog, you'll find my essay, "There's A One Letter Difference Between Waiter and Writer."

The Jewish Book Council (JBC) recognized Christina Regon's brilliant work on the Zinsky the Obscure cover, honoring us as the "Book Cover of the Week."

A hearty thanks to poet Doug Holder for his fantastic profile of me and Zinsky in The Somerville News.

The Boston Book Blog featured me and Zinsky in a recent profile.

Next, let me link to my debut column for Boston's NPR News Station. It's all about how I found my list of New Year's Resolutions from late 1999. You can also listen to my radio interview. 

My second essay for Boston's NPR Station was called "A Message to Philip Roth's Biographer: Tell Us Something We Don't Know."

And last but not least, I'm now in the same sentence as Philip Roth, thanks to this essay by book critic and literary historian D.G. Myers.

Ilan Mochari is the author of the novel Zinsky the Obscure (Fomite Press). His short stories have appeared in Keyhole, Stymie, Ruthie's Club and Oysters & Chocolate.
Another story received an honorable mention in a Glimmer Train competition. He is a contributor to Cognoscenti, the online magazine for Boston's NPR station. He has a B.A. in English from Yale University.

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