Thursday, January 29, 2015

Jill Kandel, author of So Many Africas

I "met" Jill Kandel in 2006 when she submitted a wonderful essay to Relief Journal, where I was the editor for creative nonfiction. We published that essay, and over the next few years I was not surprised to see Jill publish work in impressive journals, including The Missouri Review, Gettysburg Review, River Teeth, Image, Pinch, and Brevity. The road from writing essays to crafting a memoir is a long one, and last summer Jill learned that her years of writing and compiling and revising and then writing some more had finally resulted in a book contract: her book was selected for the 2014 Autumn House Nonfiction Prize. So Many Africas: Six Years in a Zambian Village is lyric and surprising—a gorgeous first book. I asked Jill to tell me a little about her process, and you can read the resulting interview over at  Brevity


  1. Wow, great interview. Thanks for linking to the book trailer. I hope to be reading Jill's book soon.

  2. Deanna, you will love this book. If you want a signed copy, order directly from Jill via her website.