Book cover of Festival Days by Jo Ann Beardby Jo Ann Beard

A searing and exhilarating new collection from the award-winning author of The Boys of My Youth and In Zanesville,who “honors the beautiful, the sacred, and the comic in life” (Sigrid Nunez, National Book Award winner for The Friend).

New York Times Notable Book
New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice
Boston Globe and LitHub Best Book of the Year

When “The Fourth State of Matter,” her now famous piece about a workplace massacre at the University of Iowa was published in The New Yorker, Jo Ann Beard immediately became one of the most influential writers in America, forging a path for a new generation of young authors willing to combine the dexterity of fiction with the rigors of memory and reportage, and in the process extending the range of possibility for the essay form.

Interview with the Author

Podcast Art for The Maris ReviewThe Maris Review 
Episode 97: Jo Ann Beard
4/1/21           30 min


Podcast Art for LA Review of Books PodcastLARB Radio Hour
Jo Ann Beard’s Festival Days
3/26/21           45 min


Podcast art for Book PublicBook Public
‘Festival Days’: Jo Ann Beard’s Collection of Nonfiction and Fiction Is Nothing But the Truth
5/7/21           28 min


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