Swashbuckling folk hero Jack Sheppard gets a postmodern makeover in Jordy Rosenberg’s Confessions of the Fox. The story swirls around a transgender academic who discovers a long-lost, gender-defying exposé of the 18th-century London renegade’s adventures. It has been called “a cunning metafiction of vulpine versatility” (The New Yorker), “so goddamned good” (Carmen Maria Machado), and “a joyous mash-up of literary genres shot through with queer theory and awash in sex, crime, and revolution” (The New York Times). Rosenberg discusses his daring debut in conversation with Peter Polites.

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Jordy Rosenberg (International)

Jordy Rosenberg

Jordy Rosenberg is the author of Confessions of the Fox – a New York Times Editor's Choice selection, shortlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award, and a Publishing Triangle Award. Confessions has been recognized by many publications including The New Yorker, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed and Kirkus Reviews as one of the Best Books of 2018. Jordy is an Associate Professor of 18th-Century Literature, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Critical Theory at The University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Peter Polites (Australian)

Peter Polites

Peter Polites is a novelist and playwright from Western Sydney. He started his writing career in Sweatshop. His first novel Down the Hume is part queer, part ethnic and all noir. His second novel, a satire of gay aspirations, The Pillars, will be out in 2019.