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Patrick Flanery
It is difficult and dangerous to generalize about population groups when talking about apartheid (July 17, 2013)
Interview of Patrick Flanery by Bernard Strainchamps

Patrick Flanery was born in California and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. He has written for the Guardian, the Los Angeles Times, the Times Literary Supplement, and the Daily Telegraph. His first novel, Absolution, was published in 2012.


Caryl Férey
Mapuche people were ghosts until the end of the 90's (July 02, 2013)
Interview of Caryl Férey by Bernard Strainchamps, translated by Lara Touitou

Caryl Férey’s novel Utu won the Sang d’Encre, Michael Lebrun, and SNCF Crime Fiction Prizes. Zulu was the winner of the Nouvel Obs Crime Fiction and Quais du Polar Readers Prizes. In 2008, it was awarded the French Grand Prix for Best Crime Novel. He lives in France.


Peter Heller

Peter Heller is an award-winning adventure writer and contributor to NPR, Outside Magazine and Men’s Journal. The Dog Stars is his first novel.


Lauren Beukes

The Shining Girls is a thriller with a time-travel twist, and one of the most exciting reads of this summer. It is the third novel written by South African author Lauren Beukes.


Massimo Carlotto
I want the reading to be contentious (May 23, 2013)
Interview of Massimo Carlotto by Bernard Strainchamps

One of Italy’s most popular authors and a major exponent of the Mediterranean Noir novel, Carlotto has been compared with many of the most important American hardboiled crime writers.
At the End of a Dull Day is the second novel featuring anti-hero Giorgio Pellegrini.


Lisa Lutz
It’s not enough to just tell a story, there has to be a reason for that story (April 30, 2013)
Interview of Lisa Lutz by Bernard Strainchamps

Lisa Lutz is the author of the crime series The Spellman Files. Trail of the Spellmans is the fifth book of the series.


Alice LaPlante
I wanted to explore what Alzheimer's does to people, relationships, and families (April 24, 2013)
Interview of Alice LaPlante by Bernard Strainchamps

Alice LaPlante teaches Creative Writing at Stanford University and San Francisco and lives in Palo Alto, California, with her daughter and her partner. Turn of Mind is her first novel and received multiple literary awards.


Scott Hutchins
I consider A Working Theory of Love to be a love letter--not without criticism--to San Francisco (April 19, 2013)
Interview of Scott Hutchins by Bernard Strainchamps

Scott Hutchins is a teacher of Creative Writing at Stanford University. A Working Theory of Love is his first novel.


Noah Hawley
Medical mysteries are nothing like the mysteries of human behavior (April 16, 2013)
Interview of Noah Hawley by Bernard Strainchamps

Noah Hawley is a TV and movie producer and writer, a composer and a novelist. The Good Father is his first novel.


Melanie Warner

Melanie Warner is a journalist and former staff reporter for the New York Times. In Pandora’s Lunchbox, she takes us to the frightening but very real world of industrial processed food.


Gavin Corbett
Home is any place where peace of mind comes easily (March 12, 2013)
Interview of Gavin Corbett by Lara Touitou

Gavin Corbett was born in the west of Ireland and grew up in Dublin, where he studied History at Trinity College. This is the Way is his second novel.


Qiu Xiaolong
I have a mixed feeling about the transformation of the materialist era (March 12, 2013)
Interview of Qiu Xiaolong by Bernard Strainchamps

Qiu Xiaolong was born in Shanghai in 1953. During the Cultural Revolution, his father was the target of revolutionaries and he was forbidden to go to class. He is the author of the famous detective series featuring Inspector Chen, as well as the Red Dust Lane cycle.


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.