The latest updates.
My story, “The Pilot’s Instructions” appears in the October 2018 issue of The Yale Review. The story is part of my new collection, The New Order. You can read the story here.
“Supremely crafted short fictions”–O magazine includes The New Order on a list of 10 New Books to be Thankful for in November. You can see the review here.
“With literary virtuosity, psychological authenticity, and breath-catching insight, Bender dramatizes gripping personal dilemmas compounded by a new order of social tyranny.” Booklist gives The New Order a starred review! You can read the full review here.
“Bender’s incisive collection (following Refund) touches on a range of hot-button issues—from gun violence and political xenophobia to sexual harassment and economic downturn…. The great strength of the collection lies in her ability to examine the ramifications of violence and casual cruelty on individuals and communities….There were many types of violence in the world, some quieter,” the speaker notes. This is a thoughtful, timely collection.” You can read the full review here.
Actor LeVar Burton reads my story “The Cell Phones,” from my forthcoming collection, The New Order, on his series, “LeVar Burton Reads.” You can listen to his reading here!
I’m excited to be part of the National Book Foundation’s program, NBF Presents this fall; I’ll be at the Wisconsin Book Festival, on a panel about literature and connection, in October. Read more here.
The Huffington Post included my story collection, “The New Order,” in a list of books to read that are coming out in Fall, 2018. You can see the list here.