brandon r. schrand


The New Book

June 18, 2020

After seven years of writing, research, and drafting, I am happy to announce that my new book, The Man Who Sold God: Psychiana, the Great Depression, and the Power of Belief in Hard Times will be published in the spring of 2021 by WSU Press. A work of narrative nonfiction, the book marks a departure from my previous works.

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As reported, my essay, “Vivian,” appears in the pages of the venerable Boulevard. But what is particularly gratifying and cool is that it appears in that magazine’s 100th issue! If that alone wasn’t enough of a good thing, consider all the amazing talent I am lucky enough to be accompanied by: Ariel Saramandi, Chana Kim, Albert Goldbarth, Stephen Dixon, plus an interview with Jane Smiley. But don’t believe me. Check it out here.

Happy to announce that my essay, “Through the Glass Clearly,” first published in The Missouri Review, was listed as a Notable Essay in The Best American Essays 2017. This makes my 5th Notable Essay in that series.

There is also a wonderful bio on Speer Morgan, esteemed Editor of TMR, over at Vox Magazine in which my little essay gets a nice shout-out. Read the interview for what it says about Speer, though, truly one of America’s great literary editors who has championed new and established writers for four decades. You’ll be glad you did.

Scrand_cvr4.inddAwhile back, I had the chance to sit down once again with Montana Public Radio’s Cherie Newman on her fantastic show, “The Write Question.” It was a lot of fun to be part of such an amazing series of interviews. There a ton of interviews over there that are just straight-up awesome to listen to, but could also be really useful in the classroom as well. Check it out. You can hear my interview by clicking here.