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Archives - September 2011

Author Talk: Alma Katsu, author of The Taker

Sep 29, 2011

THE TAKER, Alma Katsu’s debut novel, begins with Lanny, an immortal woman who arrives at a hospital in Maine in the middle of a cold night and confesses to a murder. Inspired in part by Katsu’s upbringing in “ancient houses that creaked with every passing breeze,” Lanny’s complex saga gradually unfolds, telling of a world where magic, reality and timeless love converge. In this interview, Katsu discusses her childhood fascination with “the spooky and supernatural,” and ties the atmospheric components of the story to her unique ideas about the coexistence of science, religion and human experience. She also describes the process of simultaneously writing in multiple voices, tenses and time periods, and gives several tantalizing glimpses into the two upcoming sequels.

Interview: Craig Thompson, author of Habibi

Sep 20, 2011

With Habibi, Craig Thompson elevates the graphic novel form to even higher levels. Here, he discusses the work that went into creating this masterpiece and the implications its winding, twisted, religiously and socially inspired tales create. Also, Craig shares some of the work-in-progress artwork that went into creating Habibi.

Author Talk: Paul Levine, author of Lassiter

Sep 15, 2011

Author Paul Levine exchanges barbs with Jake Lassiter, the linebacker-turned-lawyer of his legal thrillers. The occasion is the hardcover publication of LASSITER, the eighth entry in Levine’s prize-winning series of legal thrillers, and the first since 1997.

Author Talk: Loree Lough, author of From Ashes to Honor: First Responders Series, Book 1

Sep 15, 2011

Inspirational author Loree Lough has had, at last count, 82 award-winning books, 67 short stories and 2,500+ articles in print. Her latest novel, FROM ASHES TO HONOR, is the first in a series called First Responders, about 9/11 and its emotional impacts. With the recent 10th anniversary of the tragedy, there’s no more relevant time to pick up this book. In this interview, Lough discusses the feedback she received from real first responders, as well as her hopes for what readers will come to learn and understand. She also reveals how she herself was affected by that fateful day of 10 years ago.

Author Talk: Patricia Bosworth, author of Jane Fonda: The Private Life of a Public Woman

Sep 9, 2011

Patricia Bosworth has written several impressive biographies of public figures like Marlon Brando, Diane Arbus, Montgomery Clift, and now Jane Fonda. This latest book, JANE FONDA: The Private Life of a Public Woman, delves deep into Jane’s past, revealing the seeds of both her inner turmoil and very public triumphs. In this interview, Bosworth discusses her relationship with the actress, and how the Jane she first met in 1961 differs from the Jane the world now knows.

Interview: William Kent Krueger, author of Northwest Angle

Sep 9, 2011

William Kent Krueger’s bestselling series featuring detective Cork O’Connor has earned him not only various accolades, but also loyal readers who soak up his surprise endings and bold characters. The 12th and latest installment, NORTHWEST ANGLE, sees Cork’s family caught in the crosshairs of a group of brutal killers, leading Cork to solve the murder of a young girl.

Interview: Vanessa Diffenbaugh, author of The Language of Flowers

Sep 7, 2011’s Norah Piehl talks to Vanessa Diffenbaugh about her book, THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS, in which a young woman’s gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own troubled past.