Allie Larkin

In this episode of The First Fifty Pages, internationally best-selling author Allison Larkin chats with Jenn and Kelsey about her compelling new book, The People We Keep.  We explore the connection to authentic characters, dealing with rejection in the publishing business, and the 1990s as historical fiction (yes, you read that right!). 

The Iowa Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa has a storied history of producing authors like Flannery O'Connor, Kurt Vonnegut, TC Boyle, and Jane Smiley.  The workshop is also known for its rigorous, and sometimes merciless, peer review process. University of Iowa Associate Professor of Journalism David O. Dowling describes this process, and the history of the workshop in his book, A Delicate Aggression: Savagery and Survival in the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.