1. I think that the writers I loved most all my life were musical writers, and in prose, it’s guys like [William] Faulkner and Cormac McCarthy, just great lyrics … great music in their language. My dad started reading poetry to me when I was 6, before I’d go to sleep. He would read e.e. cummings’ “Buffalo Bill’s” … and that music, as I became enthralled with poetry as a kid, that’s what I always wanted to do: I always wanted to write something with the power of song, of music. I would say that all the poets I’ve read have definitely informed the writing.

    — Peter Heller, author of The Dog Stars, on the influence of poetry in his writing

  2. Peter Heller

    The Dog Stars

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Hig’s challenge is to find a reason to stay alive and to stay connected with the things he loves. I think that’s why I named the book The Dog Stars, because Hig sleeps out every night with his dog, Jasper. They huddle up, and sleep out under the stars, and every night, Hig names the constellations. He used to have a book of stars … so he remembers some of the constellations — Orion and the Big Dipper, and the Chariot — but a lot of them he doesn’t, so he makes them up and they’re usually animals…It’s his way of reinventing the world and also staying connected to the things he loves. 

— Peter Heller on Hig, the protagonist in his post-apocalyptic novel, The Dog Stars  View in High-Res

    Hig’s challenge is to find a reason to stay alive and to stay connected with the things he loves. I think that’s why I named the book The Dog Stars, because Hig sleeps out every night with his dog, Jasper. They huddle up, and sleep out under the stars, and every night, Hig names the constellations. He used to have a book of stars … so he remembers some of the constellations — Orion and the Big Dipper, and the Chariot — but a lot of them he doesn’t, so he makes them up and they’re usually animals…It’s his way of reinventing the world and also staying connected to the things he loves.

    — Peter Heller on Hig, the protagonist in his post-apocalyptic novel, The Dog Stars 

  2. Peter Heller

    The Dog Stars

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