Hannah Tinti

Lies That Entertain: Lee Bob Black interviews Hannah Tinti

Hannah Tinti (HannahTinti.com) is the author of the short story collection Animal Crackers and the novel The Good Thief. In this interview, she discusses approaching writing the novel as a short story writer, using her emotions and spirituality to write, the un-holiness of the Vatican, how her agent stealthily confirmed that she wasn’t crazy before representing her, and how as a writer you have to stop fighting your characters on the page and accept them as they are.

Read the full interview at The Faster Times (archive).

Hannah Tinti bio.

Hannah Tinti grew up in Salem, Massachusetts, and is co-founder and editor-in-chief of One Story magazine. Her short story collection, Animal Crackers, has sold in sixteen countries and was a runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway award. Her first novel, The Good Thief, is published by The Dial Press and Headline. It is a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, recipient of the American Library Association’s Alex Award and winner of the John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize. Hannah also recently won the 2009 PEN/Nora Magid award for her editorial work at One Story.

Official website: HannahTinti.com

Hannah’s tweets: twitter.com/HannahTinti

More interviews with Hannah Tinti:

Open Book Club interview by Christy Cashman and Debbie DiMasi, on OpenBookClub.tv.

Teresa Burns Gunther interviews Hannah Tinti, April 2009, on Bookslut.com.

Amy Minton interviews Hannah Tinti, January 2009, for Hobart (HobartPulp.com), a literary journal.

Caroline Stanley interviews Hannah Tinti, January 2009, on Flavorwire.com.

Kelly Hewitt interviews Hannah Tinti, December 2008, on Loaded-Questions.com.

Amanda McGregor interviews Hannah Tinti, July 2008, on SalemNews.com.

Tina Jackson interviews Hannah Tinti, July 2008, on Metro.co.uk.

An author Q&A on HannahTinti.com.

The Good Thief, novel by Hannah Tinti, book description from RandomHouse.com:

A tantalizing blend of brilliant ingenuity and spooky, gothic twists, The Good Thief tells the mesmerizing story of a child named Ren, whose past is a mystery and whose future lies in the hands of a skilled con artist. Abandoned as an infant at St. Anthony' s Orphanage, Ren was steeped in Catholic ritual and admonitions against sin. By the time he is twelve years old, several of the other boys have been adopted, but prospects are slim for Ren; he is missing his left hand, an injury experienced early on, even before he arrived at St. Anthony's. When Benjamin Nab arrives, claiming to be Ren' s long-lost brother, he transforms this mark of misfortune into a lucrative scam, whisking Ren into the world of scenic New England farmland and towns populated by trusting villagers: a prime location for a gritty underbelly of grave robbing and other dark trades. But as their hardscrabble adventures unfold, Ren begins to suspect that this fast-talking charlatan holds the key to one important truth: who Ren really is, and whether he can be reunited with the loving mother he has always dreamed of.

The Good Thief


Publisher: The Dial Press

Published: 2008

ISBN-10: 0385337450

ISBN-13: 9780385337458

The Good Thief


Publisher: Random House

Published: 2009

ISBN-10: 0385337469

ISBN-13: 9780385337465

Reader’s guide for The Good Thief.

Animal Crackers, short stories by Hannah Tinti, book description from HannahTinti.com:

In these eleven strange, funny, and unnerving stories, animals become the litmus test of our deepest fears and longings. A headstrong young woman in Africa is lured by the freedom of the monkeys in the trees in “Miss Waldron’s Red Colobus”; a boy plays chilling games with his pet rabbit in “Slim’s Last Ride”; an artist restoring dioramas in a natural history museum is haunted by a stuffed black bear in “Preservation”; a zoo worker, cautiously washing down an elephant, considers the odd, grim fragments of his co-workers lives in “Animal Crackers”. Snake or dog, cat, buffalo or turkey, the animals in Hannah Tinti’s stories hold up a disturbing mirror to the human beings around them.


208 pages

Publisher: Delta

Published: March 2005

ISBN-10: 0385337442

ISBN-13: 9780385337441

Reader’s guide for Animal Crackers.