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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.


When She Woke: A Novel
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.


The Middlesteins: A Novel
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.


Lucky Bastard
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.


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.


The Free World
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.


Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

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.


The Sisters Brothers

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.


Palladio: A Novel

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.


The Cruel Stars of the Night
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.


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.


Galveston
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.


Snuff
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.


The Barbarian Nurseries

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.


Juliet in August

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.


Gone Girl: A Novel
I think any writer needs to have a good sense of empathy (July 23, 2012)
Interview of Gillian Flynn by Bernard Strainchamps

Interview of Gillian Flynn about her critically acclaimed third novel Gone Girl.


Artists who have no science are severely limited (May 31, 2012)
Interview of Simon Mawer by Bernard Strainchamps

Brimming with barely contained passion and cruelty, the precision of science, the wild variance of lust, the catharsis of confession, and the fear of failure – the Glass Room contains it all.


Bed: A Novel
People are fascinated by the human body and the extremes it can reach (April 24, 2012)
Interview of David Whitehouse by Lara Touitou

David Whitehouse is a journalist. He notably wrote for the Guardian, the Sunday Times and The Independent. His first novel, Bed, was translated in several languages and was published at Scribner.


You Never Give Me Your Money: The Beatles After the Breakup
The Beatles' story has become something like a classic children's fairy-tale (April 17, 2012)
Interview of Peter Doggett by Lara Touitou

Peter Doggett has been writing about popular music, the entertainment industry and social and cultural history since 1980, and is a regular contributor to Mojo, Q and GQ.


Live Wire
I want the reader to stay up all night (March 09, 2012)
Interview of Harlan Coben by Bernard Strainchamps

The Myron Bolitar series may indeed be over – but probably not. Harlan Coben is telling.