Interviews

Ron Charles

As the fiction editor for the Washington Post, Charles sifts through more than 150 books a day. Here, he talks about his “Totally Hip Video Book Reviews” and explains why the future of the industry is still up in the air. By Rachel Bowie Read full interview

Tom Rachman

To accomplish his dream of one day becoming a novelist, Tom Rachman quit his job as a newspaper reporter in Rome, moved to Paris, and started from scratch. The result? “The Imperfectionists”, his first book and one that Christopher Buckley at the New York Times Book Review called “so good” he had to “read it twice simply to figure out how he pulled it off.” Here, Rachman explains how he did it, and shares what it’s really like to be an author on tour. By Rachel Bowie Read full interview

Jennifer Egan

When novelist Jennifer Egan first heard the news that she’d won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for her best-selling book A Visit from the Goon Squad, she was thrilled. She also had somewhere to be. “I had a long-planned trip to take my kids to this little farm in New Hampshire,” she says. “Off we went!” Now, back in New York, Egan is in full celebration mode. Here, she shares her secrets for balancing a successful career and kids, and what it really meant to win that award. By Rachel Bowie Read full interview

Aimee Bender

Ask short story writer and novelist Aimee Bender to define her writing style, and she’ll admit it can be a challenge. Instead, she chooses to focus on the goal of her words: to articulate the inarticulateable and create something genuine for her readers. Here, she shares her favorite writing techniques, talks about her latest book The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, and explains why her experience as graduate student at UC Irvine forever changed her career. By Rachel Bowie Read full interview

Simon Van Booy

On holiday in Europe and fresh off the release of his latest book “Everything Beautiful Began After”, Simon Van Booy discusses his experience writing his first novel and explains why an understanding of self-styling is one of the many qualities he and his daughter share. By Rachel Bowie Read full interview

Booker Winner

Julian Barnes wins the 2011 Man Booker Prize for his novel The Sense of an Ending. Read full interview

Amy Waldman

After spending eight years as a reporter for the New York Times, Amy Waldman left her non-fiction work behind to write her first novel, “The Submission.” Set in New York two years after 9/11, the book looks at the aftermath of the terrorist attack, specifically what would happen if a jury was to select a design for the new 9/11 Memorial and find out after the fact that the architect was a Muslim. Here, Waldman explains her decision to write about this controversial topic and shares her opinion of the real — and recently unveiled — 9/11 Memorial. By Rachel Bowie Read full interview

Where Have All The Poetry Critics Gone?

Finding print reviews of poetry collections can be difficult so readers and writers of poetry have turned to the internet for criticism. By Joanna Ariel Beer Read full interview

Bobbie Ann Mason

Getting inspiration from her father-in-law, Bobbie Ann Mason writes the story of an aviator who explores the people in the past who helped shape his future. By Matt Dorville Read full interview

Chuck Klosterman

If you ask Chuck Klosterman how he came up with his sophomore novel, The Visible Man, he'll reference H.G. Wells, and something about the journalist’s struggle with interviewing. Really, though, it’s simpler. He’s just a man of weird ideas, and he’s the first to admit it. We spoke with the culture writer about producing art as a critic, self-aware writing, and why he’s never in Narnia. By AJ Pacitti Read full interview