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For this week’s issue I reviewed Office Girl, the new novel from Columbia College prof Joe Meno, and found that despite what the book looked like, uh, on paper—it’s a love story about two young artists living along the Blue Line and riding bikes together, a plot that sort of makes me want to run for the hills—it was a completely enjoyable read. The review is here, but interested parties may also check out this Gapers Block interview with Meno, in which he talks about the writing process, as well as his motivations for the book, which he says was based on some of his own experiences in art school. Also, the benefits of writing a novel (as opposed to short story, a form Meno’s also worked in): “I wanted to write a book about the small, nearly imperceptible moments of drama in a character’s life, which is something most films, television shows, or stage plays usually don’t try to relate, a book focused on two characters and their relationships over the course of a few weeks.” He does it really well!

On Thursday the Book Cellar hosts a release party for Office Girl. Details are here.