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Sue Halpern at the Robbers Library

January 29, 2018

We were so struck by the library setting in Sue Halpern’s new novel, Summer Hours at the Robbers Library, which received a starred review in Booklist’s November 15, 2017 issue, we decided to contact her at her home in Vermont and find out more about what inspired her to write about a small, struggling New…

SJP Pick Author Interview: Ayobami Adebayo

January 3, 2018

Donna Seaman, Booklist Adult Books Editor and co-chair of the SJP Picks selection committee, interviewed Nigerian writer Ayobami Adebayo about her debut novel, Stay with Me, a complex and suspenseful portrait of a besieged marriage—and Sarah Jessica Parker’s third selection for SJP Picks. Donna Seaman: Stay with Me is such an accomplished first novel, and…

Register for Booklist’s 2018 Andrew Carnegie Shortlist Webinar!

January 2, 2018

Join Booklist editors and Carnegie Selection Committee members Donna Seaman and Annie Bostrom for this free, hour-long conversation about the six books shortlisted for the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction (Jennifer Egan’s Manhattan Beach, George Saunders’ Lincoln in the Bardo, Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing, Daniel Ellsberg’s The Doomsday Machine, David Grann’s Killers of the Flower Moon,…

The Carnegie Shortlist Interviews: Jesmyn Ward

December 28, 2017

Jesmyn Ward’s third novel, Sing, Unburied, Sing, portrays three generations of a Mississippi family as they grapple with the ghosts and entrenched sorrows of their shared past, and with their incalculable love for one another. BOSTROM: Sing, Unburied, Sing is narrated by several characters. Jojo, a 13-year-old boy who’s just beginning to grow out of…

The Carnegie Shortlist Interviews: George Saunders

December 27, 2017

Lincoln in the Bardo is short story master George Saunders’ first novel, and its impact has been as earthshaking as its storytelling mode is avidly imagined and downright surreal. Awarded the Man Booker Prize, this tragic and comic historical improvisation is also a Carnegie finalist for fiction. SEAMAN: Your uniquely structured novel, a chorus of…

The Carnegie Shortlist Interviews: David Grann

December 22, 2017

In Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, David Grann examines a startling and largely undiscussed episode in U.S. history. BOSTROM: When did you know you would write this book? GRANN: I knew after I made a visit to the Osage Nation Museum, in Oklahoma, several years ago.…

The Carnegie Shortlist Interviews: Daniel Ellsberg

December 21, 2017

In The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner, shortlisted for the Carnegie nonfiction medal, renowned whistle-blower Daniel Ellsberg dramatically and alarmingly reveals the mad precariousness of our nuclear arsenal. SEAMAN: The Doomsday Machine is a phenomenal work of recollection as well as a galvanizing exposé. How did you summon up such vivid detail…

The Carnegie Shortlist Interviews: Jennifer Egan

December 20, 2017

Jennifer Egan is a remarkably prescient novelist, divining the future implications of contemporary trends and obsessions, as in her multiple-award-winning A Visit from the Goon Squad (2010). In Manhattan Beach, shortlisted for the Carnegie Fiction Medal, she looks back. SEAMAN: You spent many years researching this historical novel. What was the impetus for your quest?…

An Interview with Jade Chang, Author of The Wangs vs. the World

December 5, 2017

Our friends at Book Club Appetizer spoke with author Jade Chang about her debut novel, The Wangs vs. the World, an outrageously funny novel about the Wangs, a wealthy Chinese-American family that loses everything and then takes a road trip across America. This riches to rags story reveals how this trial brought the family together…

An Interview with Kimmery Martin, Author of The Queen of Hearts

December 4, 2017

The tagline on Kimmery Martin’s website reads “Writer, Book Reviewer, Professional Literary Nerd,” but she is also an emergency medicine doctor, a library advocate, and a mom of three. Her debut novel, The Queen of Hearts (Berkley/Penguin Random House; 978-0-39958-505-0; $26), will be published in February 2018. In the book, the longstanding friendship between Zadie,…

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