Here Come the Ghosts Again

I think the early signs of my interest in ghosts are the epilogues I’ve written to many of my novels — I love epilogues. They are a way to keep the dead alive. The first draft of the Epilogue to The World According to Garp was twice as long as any of the other chapters. [...]

Way to go, Bob!

I’ve been busy. I don’t always choose to be working on two things at once, but sometimes that’s how it turns out. I’m never writing more than one novel at a time, but it has happened before (and will happen again) that I’m writing a novel concurrently with either a screenplay or a teleplay. I [...]

Avenue of Mysteries: Book Tour

November 20th, 2016: Oaxaca, Mexico FIL Oaxaca, Foro FILO, 18:00 November 27th, 2016: Guadalajara, Mexico Guadalajara International Book Fair , Salón 2, 19:00 PAST DATES January 21st, 2016: The Hague, The Netherlands BorderKitchen at Paard van Troje, 20:00 January 23rd, 2016: Amsterdam, The Netherlands Athenaeum Bookstore, 15:00 John Adams Institute at the Aula of the [...]


This year I’m celebrating the 40th anniversary of the publication of my novel, The World According to Garp. I remember thinking the title of my fourth novel would change; The World According to Garp was always just a working title until something better came along...


Superior fiction asks three things of the novelist: Vigorous feeling for life as we live it. Then imaginative force, strong enough to subvert and rebuild unhindered. And then--but this is rare and so essential that we might call it the "reality principle" of fiction-- shrewd sense to keep the first two locked in stubborn love with each other –Terrence Des Pres