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Hello, Rachel Khong: Talking with the Former Lucky Peach Editor about Her Debut Novel, GOODBYE, VITAMIN

Hello, Rachel Khong: Talking with the Former Lucky Peach Editor about Her Debut Novel, GOODBYE, VITAMIN

Rachel Khong’s first novel, Goodbye, Vitamin, is a story of regular people dealing with irregular things. It dials down the looming menace of that which we fear the most for ourselves and our loved ones, while underlining just how extraordinary it is to be a person surrounded by other people. Vitamin‘s narrator, Ruth, moves home […]

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Poetry, Football, and Dentistry? Nancy Pearl shares the story behind her first novel, GEORGE & LIZZIE

Poetry, Football, and Dentistry? Nancy Pearl shares the story behind her first novel, GEORGE & LIZZIE

Nancy Pearl’s first novel, George & Lizzie, comes out in September. How did she do it? Why did she do it? Booklist contacted the author of Book Lust, one of the nation’s favorite readers’ advisory librarians, and one of public radio and television’s most influential book and reading champions, to find out everything about how she became […]

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Jeff Sessions Preferred Dragnet: Talking with Al Franken, GIANT OF THE SENATE

Jeff Sessions Preferred Dragnet: Talking with Al Franken, GIANT OF THE SENATE

It’s a little nerve-racking to sit down with a giant of the Senate, but Democratic Senator Al Franken of Minnesota wears the mantle lightly. To be clear, Giant of the Senate is the tongue-in-cheek title of his new book. But while it’s seasoned with humor, there’s plenty of meat. Franken, hardly looking old enough to […]

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“Nope! I’ve never had any aspirations to be a musician”: Don Lee talks LONESOME LIES BEFORE US

“Nope! I’ve never had any aspirations to be a musician”: Don Lee talks LONESOME LIES BEFORE US

When Don Lee’s first book came out 16 years ago, he probably didn’t know then that more than half his writing career would be spent in Rosarita Bay, a fictional California seaside town that bears more than a passing resemblance to the real-world Half Moon Bay on Highway 1 in Northern California. Of the five books Lee […]

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Talking Race, Kid Lit, and EVERYBODY’S SON with Thrity Umrigar

Talking Race, Kid Lit, and EVERYBODY’S SON with Thrity Umrigar

About 15 years ago, when Thrity Umrigar was already a successful journalist and about to become an English professor, she attended a lecture at Emerson College in Boston and left with her first literary agent. Shortly thereafter, her debut novel, Bombay Time, hit the shelves. Balancing a reporter’s eye for detail with academic rigor, Umrigar has written six more novels, […]

The Mystery of the Closet: Robert Hofler on Dominick Dunne

The Mystery of the Closet: Robert Hofler on Dominick Dunne

Robert Hofler begins Money, Murder, and Dominick Dunne: A Life in Several Acts with a quote from his subject’s sister-in-law, Joan Didion: “Writers are always selling somebody out.” Hofler’s book, a smart, rangy portrait of an inordinately complicated man, begins with Dunne’s boyhood, made painful by his striving father’s scorn for his son’s effeminacy, details […]

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How Charles Todd Met Hamish McLeod: The Mother-Son Team Behind Inspector Ian Rutledge

How Charles Todd Met Hamish McLeod: The Mother-Son Team Behind Inspector Ian Rutledge

Hamish McLeod, a Scottish soldier in a British regiment during the Great War, was introduced to the reading public in 1996 in Charles Todd’s first novel, A Test of Wills. The book, the first in a solidly successful 21-book series, went on to be selected as one of the century’s 100 favorite mysteries. Hamish is […]

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They’ve Still Got the Same Job: Charlaine Harris and Ann Cleeves Talk Television Adaptations

They’ve Still Got the Same Job: Charlaine Harris and Ann Cleeves Talk Television Adaptations

“I write books,” Charlaine Harris says.  She does, too: more than 40 in about three decades.  “That’s what I love. But when your books are made into a television series,” she says, “people automatically identify you with the series.” In 2008, HBO ran the first of 81 episodes of True Blood. Even after the fantasy-horror show […]

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Bad Luck and Trouble: Talking with Helene Stapinski about MURDER IN MATERA

Bad Luck and Trouble: Talking with Helene Stapinski about MURDER IN MATERA

Was Helene Stapinski’s great-grandmother a killer? In her latest book, Murder in Matera, a hybrid true crime story, memoir, and travelogue, the author endeavors to find out. For research, she traveled to her ancestors’ home in the Basilicata region of Southern Italy, where she attempted to wrest grisly details from unfriendly locals still haunted by centuries of poverty and exploitation. The […]

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Clues to My Crime: Kristen Lepionka’s THE LAST PLACE YOU LOOK

Clues to My Crime: Kristen Lepionka’s THE LAST PLACE YOU LOOK

In “The Clues to My Crime,” authors explain the influences behind their latest works of crime fiction. In this installment, debut author Kristen Lepionka explains the things that influenced her novel, The Last Place You Look, the first book in a new series about private investigator Roxane Weary.   I get asked a lot about […]

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