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Author Interviews

Poet Jackie Kudler Interviewed

David Kudler | Posted 06.16.2013 | Books
David Kudler

As a fitting tie-in to National Library Week and National Poetry Month, the Marin County Free Library is launching a new monthly television series in partnership with the Marin Poetry Center, and in collaboration with Community Media Center of Marin.

'The Operating System of the 21st Century': John Gerzema on Femininity and The Athena Doctrine

Laura Cococcia | Posted 06.10.2013 | Books
Laura Cococcia

Athena's broad range of qualities and skills are a symbol and namesake for best-selling author John Gerzema and Michael D'Antonio's new book, The Athena Doctrine: How Women (and the men who think like them) Will Rule The Future. A more apt title would be hard to find.

5 More Things I Wish I Knew About Being an Author That I Learned the Hard Way

Deborah Plummer | Posted 06.08.2013 | Books
Deborah Plummer

Once again, with the upcoming release of a new book, I am attempting to integrate additional lessons into my author knowledge base.

The Two Truths About Love: Jason Fischer Interview

Laura Cococcia | Posted 05.01.2013 | Books
Laura Cococcia

"Taking responsibility for our emotions is not about prohibiting ourselves from experiencing our emotions, it's about understanding how to transform ourselves emotionally from a state of unrest to a state of calm instead."

The Chronicles of Downton Abbey Takes You Behind-the-Scenes of This Beloved Show

Julie A. Carlson | Posted 02.11.2013 | Books
Julie A. Carlson

To tide you over until the third season of Downton Abbey airs on PBS, check out The Chronicles of Downton Abbey by Jessica Fellowes and Matthew Sturgis.

How Can an Addict and Addict's Family Heal? An Interview With William Moyers

Martha Rosenberg | Posted 12.26.2012 | Books
Martha Rosenberg

William C. Moyers, the son of Bill Moyers, is known for his 2006 bestseller, Broken, which describes his near-fatal addiction to alcohol and other drugs. In his new book, Now What?, Moyers uses his recovery experiences to help addicts and their loved ones.

Steampunk-Inspired Stormdancer Is Adventurous Fantasy

Julie A. Carlson | Posted 12.02.2012 | Books
Julie A. Carlson

Aside from dystopian, apocalyptic, and post-apocalyptic trends in adult and YA literature, steampunk is becoming the next big thing. What is steampunk exactly?

Stalking the Wild Pathogen: Viral Threats to Modern Humanity

Steve Heilig | Posted 12.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Steve Heilig

Writers and filmmakers have long liked apocalyptic stories. But out in the real world, it might well be that the most likely cause of our specie's demise will be a microscopic bug we cannot defeat, and that we vanish, or vastly diminish, not with a bang but a whimper.

Khoury's Origin Shines with Originality

Julie A. Carlson | Posted 11.19.2012 | Books
Julie A. Carlson

Fiction is inspired by countless stories, either real or imaged. There's nothing new under the sun. However, there is a novel, on bookstore shelves, that shines above many out there, right now. It's Origin by debut author Jessica Khoury.

What's Left Of Me Focuses On What It Means to Be Human

Julie A. Carlson | Posted 11.13.2012 | Books
Julie A. Carlson

What would it be like to have two souls? Here lies the concept of What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang.

Something Strange and Deadly Is a Captivating and Empowering Thriller

Julie A. Carlson | Posted 09.07.2012 | Books
Julie A. Carlson

At the end of the year, I usually make a top ten list of favorite books that I've read. These books consist of a mixture of adult and young adult fiction. One of the best and most entertaining books I've read this year, and frankly in a long time, is Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard.

Author Victor LaValle On His New Literary Horror Novel

Brett Berk | Posted 10.30.2012 | Books
Brett Berk

Victor LaValle is the author of a collection of stories, Slapboxing With Jesus, which won the PEN/Open Book Award, and three novels, including The Ecstatic, after which Mos Def named one of his albums, and Big Machine, which won an American Book Award.

Vampires and Friendship Provide Comical Mix in Team Human

Julie A. Carlson | Posted 10.16.2012 | Books
Julie A. Carlson

Tired of vampires? You know the dominating sparkly kind, or the dark and dangerous one who competes with his brother for your affection? I'm not, but ...

Cheryl Strayed: 'Wild' and Beautiful

Ru Freeman | Posted 09.10.2012 | Books
Ru Freeman

Cheryl Strayed turned her back on a world of experiences that had left her bereft and began to walk, in solitude, to learn how to survive alone. It took her a novel and two decades to make sense of that decision.

This Is Not a Test Brims With Teen Angst and Zombies

Julie A. Carlson | Posted 09.05.2012 | Books
Julie A. Carlson

Zombies. As of late, their popularity has spread like the virus they carry. There are tons of zombie books coming out this year, one of which is This Is Not a Test by Courtney Summer.

Monument 14 Is a Post-Apocalyptic Wild Ride About Survival

Julie A. Carlson | Posted 08.14.2012 | Books
Julie A. Carlson

The novel is action-packed, moving from the terrifying hailstorm that plunges the reader right into the thick of things to the chemical weapon which changes people's personalities to the powerful cliffhanger ending.

Interview With Josephine Angelini, Author of Young Adult Mythology Novel, 'Dreamless'

Lisa Parkin | Posted 08.13.2012 | Books
Lisa Parkin

Along with the rising popularity of dystopian novels in young adult fiction, Greek mythology retellings are finding their way more and more into teen books. Whether it's about Persephone, Medusa or the Furies, no Olympian or ancient myth is safe from YA novelists.

'Gone Girl' Explores Macabre Marriage

Julie A. Carlson | Posted 08.06.2012 | Books
Julie A. Carlson

Gillian Flynn is a prolific writer whose dark and grisly novels make you squirm. Her latest book, Gone Girl, is filled with raw intensity and emotional suspense.

The Messiness of Love, Family and Identity: Q&A With Lysley Tenorio

Larissa Archer | Posted 07.23.2012 | Books
Larissa Archer

Monstress does what all the best art does: it reveals the nuanced depths of people one might otherwise overlook or casually judge and dismiss. And it does this without polemic or the tiresome earnestness some writers succumb to when doing or attempting to do the same thing.

The Human Condition and the Civil War Intertwine in Blue Asylum

Julie A. Carlson | Posted 07.16.2012 | Books
Julie A. Carlson

Insane asylums. What is it about them that draws our interest? Mental institutions have been used as haunting settings for countless movies and novels, including a recent novel, Blue Asylum.

Post-Apocalyptic The Immortal Rules Adds Compelling Voice to Vampire Fiction

Julie A. Carlson | Posted 05.10.2012 | Books
Julie A. Carlson

Julie Kagawa didn't plan on writing a vampire book. She felt there were so many good vampire books already out on the market and didn't think she had anything to add. Boy, does she now!

Bring Up the Bodies: A Review and Interview With Booker Prize-winning Author Hilary Mantel

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 07.09.2012 | Books
Ilana Teitelbaum

In Bring Up the Bodies, the sequel to the Booker Prize-winning Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel weaves a richly textured world that is at once deeply foreign and entirely relevant.

Tayari Jones Knows Why She Sings

Ru Freeman | Posted 07.09.2012 | Books
Ru Freeman

On May 8th, Tayari Jones' third novel, Silver Sparrow, which deals with the two families created by a single man, came out in paperback. Jones took some time to talk about her work, the writing life and future plans.

YA Mystery Author Debuts Middle Grade Series, Sleuth or Dare

Julie A. Carlson | Posted 07.02.2012 | Books
Julie A. Carlson

Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys have never gone out of style, nor have mysteries for young people. In fact, a new mystery series by Kim Harrington called Sleuth or Dare debuts this week with the first novel, Partners in Crime.

Without the Glass Slippers Would He Really Have Noticed Her?

Julie A. Carlson | Posted 06.30.2012 | Books
Julie A. Carlson

There's no denying the popularity of reality dating programs like The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. So when I heard about a new YA book described as The Hunger Games meets The Bachelor, my interest peaked.