Interviews

“The World is Bewildering”: Adam Johnson on “Fortune Smiles”

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“The World is Bewildering”: Adam Johnson on “Fortune Smiles”

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "The Orphan Master's Son" talks about trauma, the world of the future, and his new collection of short fiction, "Fortune Smiles."
Jonathan Galassi: Books Are Not a Pair of Socks

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Jonathan Galassi: Books Are Not a Pair of Socks

The publisher of Farrar, Straus and Giroux -- and author of "Muse" -- on literature's future, the authors he's proud to have worked with, and writing his first novel at age sixty-five.
Sandra Brown: Hunting the Mythic

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Sandra Brown: Hunting the Mythic

The author of nearly seventy novels - including this week's latest, "Friction" - on how her characters surprise her, what it means to be a Texan, and the best advice she's received as a writer.
Brad Meltzer, from Fifty Feet High

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Brad Meltzer, from Fifty Feet High

The author of "The President's Shadow" believes the next great thriller "is being worked on right now by some woman in her garage that none of us has ever heard of."
Michael Dirda on Browsings: A Year of Reading, Collecting, and Living with Books

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Michael Dirda on Browsings: A Year of Reading, Collecting, and Living with Books

What makes someone a great reader? Ask a pro. The answer lies in his new memoir of the literary life, one he depicts as a dazzling treasure hunt and exercise of our sympathies.
The Charge to Be Fair: Ta-Nehisi Coates and Roxane Gay in Conversation

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The Charge to Be Fair: Ta-Nehisi Coates and Roxane Gay in Conversation

Two of America's most trenchant writers on what it means to be an "ally", why we must acknowledge the physical body in discussions of race, and how the violence of recent headlines is part of a...
Karolina Waclawiak: The Dark Places to Which We Are Drawn

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Karolina Waclawiak: The Dark Places to Which We Are Drawn

To write "The Invaders" - a story of a woman testing the confines of her affluence - the author had to unravel the ways in which we are told to behave. A conversation with Roxane Gay.
Vision, Sympathy, Fever: Kirstin Valdez Quade and Mira Jacob in Conversation

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Vision, Sympathy, Fever: Kirstin Valdez Quade and Mira Jacob in Conversation

Superpowers, the nature of art, and what not to read when you're trying to write a book of your own.
Judy Blume: Flight Paths and Trigger Warnings

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Judy Blume: Flight Paths and Trigger Warnings

Talking with the legendary writer of "In the Unlikely Event" about junior high, the winter in which three planes crashed in her hometown, and receiving the best reviews of her career at age 77. A...
“Dust jackets on the wrong spines”: Joshua Cohen on Book of Numbers

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“Dust jackets on the wrong spines”: Joshua Cohen on Book of Numbers

The novelist talks with Christopher Byrd about search engines, identity, and the art of throwing nothing away.
Sarah Hepola: Detective Work on Your Own Life

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Sarah Hepola: Detective Work on Your Own Life

The author of "Blackout" talks with Amy Benfer about the cost of alcoholism, "the gray zone of consent," and her memoir of addiction.
Love for Sale: Billie Holiday’s Greatest Songs

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Love for Sale: Billie Holiday’s Greatest Songs

On the occasion of her centennial, a soulful discussion of Lady Day's finest tracks with historians John Szwed and Farah Jasmine Griffin.