Jeffrey Condran is the author of the story collection, A Fingerprint Repeated (Press 53). His debut novel, Prague Summer (Counterpoint), was published in August 2014 and received a 2015 Independent Publisher Book Award’s Silver Medal. His fiction has appeared in journals such as The Kenyon Review, The Missouri Review, and Epoch, and has been awarded the The Missouri Review’s 2010 William Peden Prize and Pushcart Prize nominations. He is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and co-founder/publisher of the independent literary press, Braddock Avenue Books.
I was nine when my grandmother handed me a single volume of the multivolume Book of Knowledge encyclopedia. I read and re-read that one book endlessly, wondering about the other volumes as I dreamed into the photographs, the maps, the diagrams. And the writing. I would squirrel myself away for hours captivated as much by the tight black font and intimate line spacing as by their ability to transport me to the huge, new world beyond them. That single book, and the quest it sent me on, has defined my life. I have never stopped reading, writing, and reviewing books, always, it seems, seeking—and often finding— the magic of those missing volumes.