Kirk Lynn

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Playwright and author, Kirk Lynn joins us this week. He’ll be talking about his is debut novel, RULES FOR WEREWOLVES (Penguin Random House, 2015).

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kirk_lynn_0Kirk Lynn was born in San Antonio, Texas. He is head of the Department of Theatre and Dance playwriting and directing program at The University of Texas, as well as playwright-in-residence. He also serves on the faculty of UT’s Michener Center for Writers, where he also received his MFA.

rules for werewolvesHis debut novel, RULES FOR WEREWOLVES was published by Penguin-Random House in the fall of 2015.

Kirk is one of six co-producing artistic directors of Austin’s Rude Mechs theatre collective. With the Rudes, Kirk has written and adapted more than a dozen plays, including Lipstick Traces, Cherrywood, The Method Gun, and Field Guides.

Recent plays in New York City include: Bum Phillips, All American Opera at LaMama; Your Mother’s Copy of the Kama Sutra at Playwrights Horizon; and Stop Hitting Yourself at Lincoln Center’s LCT3. He is also working on a new play about a woman who goes into the wilderness to search for her missing family entitled The Cabin; commissioned by Playwrights Horizons.

Kirk lives in Austin with his wife, the poet Carrie Fountain, and their children.

What critics are saying about RULES FOR WEREWOLVES —

“Austin playwright Lynn makes his fiction debut with a novel, told entirely in dialogue, about a group of teenage squatters who have convinced themselves they’re revolutionaries. The book combines humor, horror, pop culture references, and a healthy dose of satire.” —Men’s Journal, The 7 Best Books of October

“Kirk Lynn finally treats the world to his first prose novel – and it’s one hell of a fine work.” —Austin Chronicle

“Funny, dark, weird and addictive . . . A unique, engaging way to tell a story and a fresh way of looking at American culture, youth and class.” —LitHub, The Great Booksellers Fall Preview

“Lynn’s compelling debut novel is a parable about loneliness, violence, and modern malaise. It is one of the first post-recession, post–housing crisis American novels of truly alienated youth and suburban fear.” —Publishers Weekly

“Lynn is strongest when he illuminates the urge to break free from convention in the face of threats… An offbeat glimpse into how resistance to conformity breeds its own kind of conformity.” —Kirkus Reviews


In the tradition of Colson Whitehead’s Zone One, a visionary debut novel about shelter, escape, family, violence, and dumpster-diving.   It’s the story of a restless group of young squatters. They’ve run away from their families and their pasts, questing after knowledge of their most wild selves, roaming the half-empty suburbs of America, occupying the homes of the foreclosed or vacationing, never staying in one place long enough to attract attention, while shoplifting beer at the local Speedy Stop. They’re building a new society with new laws, and no one will stand in their way.   But utopias are hard work, and as Rules for Werewolves unfolds, these young revolutionaries discover that it’s much easier to break laws than to enforce them. Narrated in the shifting perspectives of the pack, Rules for Werewolves follows a community of drifters on the move, who seek a life in a wilderness that, by definition, has no room for them, and a freedom for which they may not be entirely prepared.   Kirk Lynn’s debut novel is a hilarious and deeply moving story of people trying—and failing—to create a new life. At once a fractured fairy tale and a haunting vision of American disaffection, Rules for Werewolves marks the arrival of a fierce new talent.

For more information, please see the author’s website. You can also keep up with Kirk Lynn on Facebook and Twitter.