11:31am

Thu November 17, 2011
Best New Read

'They love their children, they just love art more': The Family Fang & Kevin Wilson

Interview with Kevin Wilson, author of The Family Fang

Michael Edward Miller

Chattanooga, TN – Kevin Wilson's debut novel, The Family Fang, is one of the funniest books published this year. NPR says it's "a minty-fresh delight, a blast of screwball giddiness " The Wall Street Journal says the Family Fang is "inventive and hilarious." Earlier this year, it became a New York Times Best Seller, and now Nicole Kidman has bought the movie rights.

Despite all his sudden success, Wilson is still a down-to-earth, self-effacing guy. He's a Tennessee native who teaches at Sewanee and speaks with a soft Southern accent. And when he speaks, he's often as funny as the dialogue in his book. We spoke with him while he was in Chattanooga for the Meacham Writer's Workshop.