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Robert Jackson Bennett

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Robert Jackson Bennett's 2010 debut Mr. Shivers won the Shirley Jackson award as well as the Sydney J Bounds Newcomer Award. His second novel, The Company Man, is currently nominated for a Philip K. Dick Award as well as an Edgar Award. His third novel, The Troupe, arrives in stores on the 21st of February.

He lives in Austin with his wife and son. He can be found on Twitter at @robertjbennett. Since he is actually writing this text, right now, and this text is about him, he feels kind of awkward, so he's going to stop now.


Plot is a tricky thing.


I’m not going to talk here about constructing a plot, or what makes a good or bad plot (though a mystery plot is about the most durable and readable one you can ever hope for), but rather I’m going to talk about what plot does to the reader and what it means for the book.


Think of a story like a meal. It is an experience comprised of many disparate elements, each prepared...

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American Elsewhere
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Mr. Shivers
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The Troupe
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The Company Man
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City of Stairs
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To Be Read Upon Your Waking
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date: February 27, 2012 07:00PM
location: Book People, 603 N. Lamar, Austin, TX, The United States
description: Already given a starred review by Publisher's Weekly, Bennett's new novel The Troupe tells the story of George Carole, a run-away who joins the Vaudeville circuit. Sixteen years old, uncommonly gifted at the piano, he falls in with a strange troupe -- even for Vaudeville. Under the watchful eye of the enigmatic figure of Silenus, George comes to realize that the members of the troupe are more than they appear to be. And their travels have a purpose that runs deeper than entertainment.

George must...more

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“It is quite complicated, being civilised.”
Robert Jackson Bennett, American Elsewhere

“Die. Do you think I will? I suppose I must...I exist now, and everything that exists must end, one day. I wonder how I will die, and what it will be like. It will be most interesting, don't you think? [...] Yes. Yes, I think it will," said the wolf. "I look forward to it. On the whole, I think it is a very strange and terrifying thing, to exist. I really don't understand how you do it. Tell me - how do you deal with the fear?

"The fear?" asked George.

"Yes. That fear that comes from the feeling that there is you, and then there is...everything else. That you are trapped inside of yourself, a tiny dot insignificant in the face of every everything that could ever be. How do you manage that?"

George considered how to answer. "I...guess we just never think about it."

"Never think about it!" cried the wolf. "How can you not think about it when it confronts you at every moment? You are lost amid a wide, dark sea, with no shores in sight, and you all so rarely panic! Some days I can barely function, so how on earth can you never think about it?"

"Well, I...suppose we distract ourselves," said George.

"But with what?".

"I don't know. With all kinds of things.”
Robert Jackson Bennett, The Troupe

“What I'm going to do up here, kid, is tell you a story. Like all stories, it's an attempt to make sense of something larger than itself. And, like most stories, it fails, to a certain degree. It's a gloss, a rendition, so it's not exact. But it'll do.
-Silenus”
Robert Jackson Bennett, The Troupe

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Robert Bennett Thanks! I appreciate hearing that.


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Eric Arvin Pleased to meet you, Robert. Really enjoyed your piece about the book reviews.


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