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Triburbia
Isn't there greed, envy and pride in every community, rich or poor, American or French, black or white? (September 01, 2013)
Interview of Karl Taro Greenfeld by Lara Touitou

Karl Taro Greenfeld is a journalist and author. Triburbia is his first novel, in which he depicts the Tribeca microcosm through portraits of various and colorful characters.


Visitation Street

Ivy Pochoda grew up in Brooklyn, New York in a house filled with books. She is the author of the novel The Art of Disappearing, which was published in 2009 by St. Martin’s Press. Visitation Street is her second novel.


Absolution
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.


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.


The Dog Stars

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.


The Shining Girls: A Novel

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.


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.


Trail of the Spellmans: Document #5
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.


Turn of Mind
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.


A Working Theory of Love: A Novel
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.


The Good Father
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.


Pandora's Lunchbox: How Processed Food Took Over the American Meal

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.


This Is the Way
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.


Years of Red Dust
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.


The Panopticon

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


Ten White Geese: A Novel

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.


Luke and Jon
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.


The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake: A Novel
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.


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.


Cemetery Girl
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.