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Jenni Fagan

Jenni Fagan is a novelist and poet based in Edinburgh. She won numerous awards for her fiction. The Panopticon is her first novel.


Gerbrand Bakker

Gerbrand Bakker won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award in 2010 for his novel The Twin. Ten White Geese is a quiet and haunting novel in which we follow a Dutch professor and Dickinson scholar fleeing to Wales after an incident and trying to settle on a remote farm.


Robert Williams
You have to learn to spot the true breakthroughs from the false dawns (March 01, 2013)
Interview of Robert Williams by Bernard Strainchamps

Robert Williams is a writer based in Manchester. Luke and Jon is his first novel.


Aimee Bender
The real joy for me in writing is the surprise (February 18, 2013)
Interview of Aimee Bender by Lara Touitou

On the eve of her ninth birthday, Rose asks her mother to bake a lemon-chocolate cake. Instead of enjoying her favourite cake, she discovers that she can taste the feelings of her mother, and by extension, of anyone preparing the food she eats. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake is the second novel written by American author Aimee Bender.


Malcolm Mackay
In a sense it’s the story of a killer behaving like an average worker (January 22, 2013)
Interview of Malcolm Mackay by Bernard Strainchamps

Everything is set from the first chapter. It’s the story of Calum McLean, a hitman who has to stop working solo and get into the organisation.
The threat of a steady and mandatory job, loss of freedom, questions that would concern any average worker.


David Bell
I don’t like to write about perfect people (January 17, 2013)
Interview of David Bell by Bernard Strainchamps

David Bell lives in Bowling Green, Kentucky, where he teaches Creative Writing. When he doesn’t write, he likes to wander around in the nearby cemetery.


Hillary Jordan
My goal was to create a world not so different from our own (November 26, 2012)
Interview of Hillary Jordan by Lara Touitou

After a first novel under the influence of Southern Literature and winner of the Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction, Hillary Jordan delivers a radically different second novel. Written as an hommage to Hawthorne’s masterpiece, When She Woke is a chilling dystopia taking place in a country where religion is the new justice.


Jami Attenberg
I’m interested in expressing emotional truths (November 07, 2012)
Interview of Jami Attenberg by Lara Touitou

The Middlesteins is the fourth novel published by Jami Attenberg. This funny and moving story of a Jewish dysfunctional family introduces us to Edie, the mother who is obsessed with food, Richard, her husband drifting apart, and her children, who quite don’t know how to deal with something that might lead to her demise.


S. G. Browne
I enjoy writing social satire, so that always plays a role in my novels (October 22, 2012)
Interview of S. G. Browne by Bernard Strainchamps

Are you lucky? Do you believe in luck? If you like mystery novels, parody and San Francisco, do not hesitate to read this novel: you’ll spend a really good time. S.G. Browne’s talent should now be poached.


Didier Daeninckx

Murder in Memoriam is a major work of Didier Daeninckx. It allowed French people to discover that on October 17, 1961, 200 Muslims were thrown in the Seine during a peaceful demonstration organized against the colonial war that was led in Algeria at the time. The Parisian head of police was Maurice Papon, and had already made himself known during the Second World War for organizing the deportation of Jews. This mystery novel is an interesting introduction to the inspector Cadin series.


David Bezmozgis
Jews, even in the midst of the worst circumstances, maintained a sort of objective sense of humor (September 25, 2012)
Interview of David Bezmozgis by Lara Touitou

End of the seventies: Brezhnev half-opens the Iron Curtain. Thousands of Jewish families from the Eastern Bloc emigrate to Canada, to the US or to Australia. With this bittersweet family chronicle, David Bezmozgis tells the story of the Krasnansky family, who arrived in Rome after a difficult journey from Latvia, waiting for this freedom promised by the Western world.
We got to meet him in Paris and were able to ask him a few questions about this novel, which echoes his own personal story.


Maria Semple

Where’d You Go, Bernadette is the second novel of American author and former screenwriter Maria Semple. Funny, clever, original: the novel is all that – and much more.


Patrick deWitt

With The Sisters Brothers, Patrick deWitt has written a highly entertaining, funny and enjoyable revisited version of the classic western novel. We were lucky enough to meet him and ask him a few questions about this exhilarating story of two brothers on a killing mission in Oregon in 1851.


Jonathan Dee

Jonathan Dee is a writer for Harper’s, the New York Times Magazine and The Paris Review. Before tackling the financial world in The Privileges, he wrote about the world of advertising and its impossible ideals. Halfway between F. Scott Fitzgerald and John Cheever, Palladio is a superb novel with a vertiginous subject.


Kjell Eriksson
I think it's important to write about the whole Sweden, not just the urban, chic areas, the cities. (September 17, 2012)
Interview of Kjell Eriksson by Bernard Strainchamps

Kjell Eriksson is a Swedish crime author espacailly known for his mystery series featuring young inspector Ann Lindell in Uppsala. Formerly a gardener, he writes about this town and its surrounding countryside, about ordinary and humble people.


Gunnar Staalesen
I always write about people that you could meet in the streets or in your everyday life in Norway (September 11, 2012)
Interview of Gunnar Staalesen by Bernard Strainchamps

Varg Veum is a former social worker for teenagers who became detective, a recurring character invented by Gunnar Staalesen.
Like Humphrey Bogart, he is waiting for a blonde girl with a veil and a tissue on her mouth to come in his office. We are glad to offer you an interview of the creator of this essential character of Norwegian mystery literature.


Nic Pizzolatto
Where I came from a lot of people viewed violence merely as efficient communication (September 02, 2012)
Interview of Nic Pizzolatto by Bernard Strainchamps

Nic Pizzolatto was born in New Orleans and grew up in Louisiana, on the Gulf Coast. His fiction was published in The Atlantic, The Oxford American, Poughshares, The Missouri Review, Best American Mystery Stories, as well as some other magazines. Interview with an important author.


Chuck Palahniuk
My books are always about people struggling to gain or maintain power (August 16, 2012)
Interview of Chuck Palahniuk by Lara Touitou

Author of the worlwide famous novel Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk continues his exploration of trangressive fiction with Snuff, where we follow the actress Cassie Wright on her way to try to break the world record for serial fornication porn movies, on camera, with six hundred men.


Héctor Tobar

Héctor Tobar is a novelist and a weekly columnist for the Los Angeles Times. The Barbarian Nurseries is a novel with a strong topic, well portrayed characters, a singular writing, and avoids a black and white vision of reality.


Dianne Warren

Dianne Warren is a Canadian dramatist and short story writer. Her first novel, Cool Water, was published in 2010 in Canada. It was released in the US in 2012 under the title Juliet in August. The novel won the Governor General’s Award in the bio on the site for American readers.