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Julia Angwin

Julia Angwin is an award-winning investigative journalist at the independent news organization ProPublica.


Ben Lerner

Ben Lerner is a poet and published several poetry collections. Leaving the Atocha Station is his first novel.


Amity Gaige
It's a little bit crazy to try to reconcile your old life with your new life (March 06, 2014)
Interview of Amity Gaige by Lara Touitou

Amity Gaige is the author of three novels, O My Darling (2005), The Folded World (2007), and Schroder, which was recently shortlisted for The Folio Prize.


Patrick Deville
On the Deville expressway (February 26, 2014)
Interview of Patrick Deville by Bernard Strainchamps, translated by Lara Touitou

Plague and Cholera won the prestigious Prix Femina in France. Discover the author of 2012’s French literary phenomemon in a short interview.


Jennifer Clement
Publicity shames the Mexican government and shame is a great force of change (February 18, 2014)
Interview of Jennifer Clement by Lara Touitou

Jennifer Clement has studied literature in New York and Paris. She was awarded the NEA Fellowship for Literature for her third novel Prayers for the Stolen.


Diane Wei Liang
Betrayals are partly the result of history and culture and partly human nature (February 10, 2014)
Interview of Diane Wei Liang by Bernard Strainchamps

Diane Wei Liang was born in Beijing and spent part of her childhood in a labor camp with her parents. She now lives in London. Paper Butterfly is her second novel.


Maggie O'Farrell
I've always been interested in people who exit from their lives (February 04, 2014)
Interview of Maggie O'Farrell by Lara Touitou

Maggie O’Farrell was born in Northern Ireland and grew up in Wales and in Scotland. She won the Costa Book Award for Best Novel in 2010 for her novel The Hand That First Held Mine. Her sixth novel, Instructions for a Heatwave, was nominated for the 2013 Costa Book Award.


Eva Rice
In the early 1960s, no one wanted anything "old", they all wanted modern (January 29, 2014)
Interview of Eva Rice by Bernard Strainchamps

Eva Rice has written three novels and one non-fiction book. She lives in London.


Samantha Ellis

Samantha Ellis is a playwright. In How To Be A Heroine, she examines the influence of her favourite literary heroines on her own life.


Simon Rich
When your ex-girlfriend dates someone new, it can feel like she's dating Hitler (January 22, 2014)
Interview of Simon Rich by Lara Touitou

Simon Rich writes novels, short stories and has written for the long-running TV show Saturday Night Live. His latest collection The Last Girlfriend on Earth deals with love, relationships and aliens.


Alexander Maksik
I was always interested in the stories of people who set out to recreate their lives (January 13, 2014)
Interview of Alexander Maksik by Lara Touitou

Alexander Maksik is a writer. His work has notably appeared in The Atlantic, Harper’s Magazine and The New York Times Magazine. A Marker to Measure Drift is his second novel.


Jussi Adler-Olsen
To me it is all about finding my own way (January 10, 2014)
Interview of Jussi Adler-Olsen by Bernard Strainchamps

Jussi Adler-Olsen is a Danish crime author. The Purity of Vengeance is the fourth novel in the Department Q series.


Jennifer DuBois
I wanted to explore Russian political realities (January 06, 2014)
Interview of Jennifer DuBois by Lara Touitou

Jennifer DuBois lives in Texas and A Partial History of Lost Causes is her first novel. It won numerous prizes and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction.


Kerry Hudson
Depicting life on Britain's poorer streets was a very conscious decision (January 28, 2014)
Interview of Kerry Hudson by Lara Touitou

Kerry Hudson was born in Aberdeen. Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice-cream Float Before He Stole My Ma is her first novel and was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book award.


Robert Littell
We are always aware of what we have gained from modern innovations but we never stop to think what we have lost (November 18, 2013)
Interview of Robert Littell by Bernard Strainchamps

Robert Littell has been awarded both the Gold Dagger and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for his fiction. His novel The Company was a New York Times bestseller and was adapted into a television miniseries. A Nasty Piece of Work is his 17th novel.


Will Schwalbe
Literature starts with an act of sharing (November 07, 2013)
Interview of Will Schwalbe by Lara Touitou

The End of Your Life Book Club is the story of Will Schwalbe and his mother Mary Anne Schwalbe after she was diagnosed with cancer. Their mutual love for books and reading is at the heart of this personal journey through life and literature.


David Vann
I write Greek tragedy told through a wild western landscape (October 04, 2013)
Interview of David Vann by Lara Touitou

David Vann was born in the Aleutian Islands and spent his childhood in Ketchikan, Alaska. He is the author of the international bestseller Legend of a Suicide, which has been translated into eighteen languages and won several prizes including the Prix Médicis Étranger, Caribou Island and Dirt.


Liad Shoham
I wanted to expose the reader to the “behind the scenes” of the law enforcement system (September 17, 2013)
Interview of Liad Shoham by Bernard Strainchamps

Liad Shoham is an Israeli writer and attorney. His books are realistic depictions of Israel’s criminal justice system, as the police and the courts themselves are reflections of the country’s society.


Courtney Collins
I have a faith in fiction – that it allows us to understand ourselves better (September 10, 2013)
Interview of Courtney Collins by Bernard Strainchamps

Courtney Collins is an Australian writer. The Burial is her first novel.


Ruth Ozeki

Ruth Ozeki is a novelist, filmmaker and Zen Buddhist priest. A Tale for the Time Being is her third novel.