INTERVIEWS & PROFILES

PAULA MCLAIN
by Megan Labrise

It took just one paragraph of Beryl Markham’s memoir, West with the Night, for Paula McLain to realize this was the woman she’d been waiting for.

“Immediately, I got this electric response to her voice,” says McLain, author of Circling the Sun, “and I read it deeply, knowing I was going to channel her.”

McLain (The Paris Wife ...


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THE RETURN OF DR. SEUSS
by Claiborne Smith

Cathy Goldsmith first saw the manuscript that became What Pet Should I Get? in October 2013. Goldsmith is the vice president and associate publishing director of the Random House/Golden Books Young Readers Group, so from that date until the book’s release several days ago, she had plenty of other projects to work on besides What Pet Should I Get ...


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AUSTIN GROSSMAN
by Clayton Moore

So you’ve dreamed up a sweeping thriller based largely on historical fact that starts off as a brittle spy novel set in the most agitated years of the Cold War but also happens to throw in some unimaginable Lovecraftian horrors. Now the question is: who should be the hero in this nightmarish alternative history of the United States?

Of course ...


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ROBERT GOODWIN
by Scott Porch

Cultures are immersive experiences and languages are part of that culture, which is something Robert Goodwin learned on his first visit to Spain when he was 18 years old. Goodwin did not speak Spanish growing up in London, but Seville made enough of an impression on him that when he returned home, he learned the language.

“It’s difficult to imagine ...


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BLOGS

THE HOUSE HAS OTHER PLANS
by Leila Roy

“Where are you going?” Dad asked.

“To the car,” I said. “We can’t stay here.”

“Of course we can. Where else would we stay?”

I stared at him in blank disbelief. “Um...how about anywhere that isn’t an abandoned mental hospital?”

      —The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall, Katie Alender

One of ...


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A FANTASY NOVEL OF REVOLUTION AND GENTRIFICATION
by Ana Grilo

I recently binge-watched five seasons of The Good Wife on Netflix. It’s a great show with incredible female characters doing some awesome lawyering. When I realized Season 6 is not yet available I might have screeched. Thank the (mostly) dead gods of Dresediel Lex for Max Gladstone’s Last First Snow (which I read soon after finishing TGW), a fantasy novel in ...


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OOH LA LA! A PEEK AT SOME FRENCH IMPORTS
by Julie Danielson

I’ve got my sights set on some picture book imports today, all three of them originally published in French. Two are by the celebrated author-illustrator Olivier Tallec, and one is by the just-as-celebrated Marianne Dubuc. And all three books are utterly pleasing in many directions.

First up, let’s take a look at Dubuc’s book, which will be on shelves in ...


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