INTERVIEWS & PROFILES

J. RYAN STRADAL
by Megan Labrise

When J. Ryan Stradal set out to write the book he wanted to read, he didn’t consider his current home for its setting. Instead, he took a hiatus from his job as an L.A.-based supervising producer on shows like Storage Wars and Deadliest Catch to revisit the communities and cuisines of his upbringing, about 2,000 miles northeast ...


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SUSAN SOUTHARD
by Alexia Nader

When Susan Southard was a high school student in the early 1970s, a study abroad trip to Japan brought her to the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum. There, looking at photographs of the city’s atomic bomb victims along with her fellow Japanese classmates, a “visceral understanding of war” awakened in her, as she explains. It would take Southard several decades to ...


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WILLIAM T. VOLLMANN
by Gregory McNamee

Does William Vollmann know how to write a short book?

That’s certainly not the most important question to ask of the endlessly productive Vollmann, who, working from his secret fortress in the heart of downtown Sacramento, has produced a couple of dozen overstuffed books over the course of the last three decades. Nonetheless, it’s been a constant in discussions of ...


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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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BLOGS

CASTING A VOTE FOR EQUALITY
by Julie Danielson

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the historic Voting Rights Act of 1965. Two brand-new picture books for children tell stories of the struggles African Americans faced in decades past with regard to their right to vote, one even closing with a note about today’s ongoing inequalities. The books take different approaches, but each humanizes the struggles by ...


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ALL OF THEM WYTCHES
by Thea James

--The hippogriffs...must die. So, how?

--Mmmm. Death by explosion.

--Okay, okay. Like, spontaneous combustion?

--Nah, dynamite. Let’s go old school, too. Like Chuck Jones, Wile E. Coyote hot dog dynamite.

--Niiiccce. In their butts?

--EW! Daaaad…

--You made it up, sicko.

--I did not! I was going to say MOUTHS.

--All right then, butts AND mouths.

In the small ...


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CELEBRATING ROMANCE AND THE ROMANCE INDUSTRY
by Bobbi Dumas

Did you get to RWA last week? If so, what was your favorite part?

I got there late, but was able to pack in a lot while I was in New York. It was a lovely re-affirmation of all the great things the romance community offers—camaraderie, generosity, and amazing writers who know their business and their craft and are willing ...


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