Steven Schwartz is the author of three story collections, To Leningrad in Winter, Lives of the Fathers, and Little Raw Souls, and two novels, Therapy and A Good Doctor’s Son. His fiction has received the Nelson Algren Award, the Sherwood Anderson Prize, the Cohen Award from Ploughshares, the Colorado Book Award for the Novel, two O. Henry Prize Story Awards, and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship.
Steven Schwartz’s new book, Madagascar: New and Selected Stories, positively aches (often sighs, sometimes chuckles) with wisdom. Steven understands people. He understands why they do what they do, how they feel when they’ve done it, and he understands too how the twists of life can disrupt all of that so people act in peculiar, unexpected ways and respond with surprising acts.
With the release of Steven Schwartz’s new collection, Little Raw Souls, Steve Wingate speaks with the author about character preoccupations, the differences between working with indie publishers and major houses, autobiography in fiction, and more.
Obsessed By Success, Failure, and Redemption | An Interview with Steven Schwartz — Jacqueline Kharouf
Steven Schwartz writes to his obsessions. Currently, he’s obsessed by success, failure, and redemption, fixations which contextualize the main conflicts of his short stories and novels. In the title story of his first collection, To Leningrad in Winter, Schwartz tells the story of manwho attempts to distance himself from his Jewish heritage even when faced with acts of anti-Semitism that compel him to join a cause…