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Trust the Reader: Author Colm Tóibín on "Nora Webster"


Oh, to spend a few minutes talking to Colm Tóibín! Even on a transatlantic telephone call, the sonorous voice comes through, as precise and erudite and charming as you would expect from having read his books. Tóibín is a master of the beautiful, quietly emotional novel, but he’s also very definite in his opinions ("This business that you must like characters in fiction!

Peter Heller (The Painter) Interviews Bill Roorbach (The Remedy for Love)


The only thing better than interviewing one of my favorite authors? Having two of my favorites interview each other--at a bar.

Jane Lynch Gets Mean (fictionally speaking, that is)


Earlier this year, when I found out I was going to interview Jane Lynch during Book Expo America, I kind of got heart palpatations.  I love her in films, particularly Best in Show, saw her play Miss Hannigan in the Broadway revival of Annie last year (a show I'd never had a particular desire to see until I heard she was in it), and then of course, there's Glee...

How I Wrote It: "Dark, Dirty, Fierce" - Merritt Tierce, on "Love Me Back"


Merritt Tierce's gripping and gritty debut novel Love Me Back is about a waitress named Marie, a single mom who can't seem to stay away from the drugs, sex and bad choices that have created an obstacle course between her and adulthood.

National Book Foundation Announces the List of 5 Under 35


Every year, book lovers look forward to the National Book Foundation's announcement of their "5 under 35"—a list of young, talented authors selected by a committee of former National Book Award nominees.

Hollywood, Behind the Camera


The following is excerpted from Hollywood Frame by Frame: The Unseen Silver Screen in Contact Sheets, 1951-1997.

From the Archives: How I Wrote It - A Conversation with Ken Follett


With the recent publication of Edge of Eternity, the third book in Ken Follett's massively epic Century Trilogy, I thought I'd re-share this conversation I had with Follett two years ago, when he published the second book in the series, Winter of the World.

October is National Reading Group Month


October is National Reading Group Month and it's nice to see some of our favorite books of the past year make the annual "Great Group Reads" list.

Graphic Novel Friday: Hello Kitty(!) at 40


Hello Kitty is 40 years old. How did this happen? I remember first encountering Hello Kitty’s visage in a puffy sticker pack belonging to my sister.

Weekend Reading: Dames, Games, and Ghosts


As we put the finishing touches on our October reading and our Best of the Books of the Month lists, our attention turns to November as we try to get a jump on reading for the next round.

You Said It: Customer Reviews of Amazon's Best Books of the Month


Now it's your turn. Here's what a few Amazon customers are saying about five of the books we selected as the Best Books of September.

Liane Moriarty


Liane Moriarty broke through last year with her book The Husband’s Secret, still a bestseller both here and in her native Australia.

The Observer: David Cronenberg's Consuming New Novel


At some point in the late 70s or early 80s, David Cronenberg entered my house (read: my brain) through a late-night, and probably surreptitious, cable screening of Scanners.

Behind the Book: Lauren Oliver on "Rooms"


Since her debut novel, Before I Fall, Lauren Oliver has established herself as a beloved author of young adult novels, most recently with Panic, one of our Best YA Books of the Month (March 2014).  Oliver has also successfully ventured into the world of children's books in recent years, and yesterday her first book for adults was released.

Goodreads Interviews David Mitchell


Our thanks to our friends at Goodreads for this interview with David Mitchell, whose new novel, The Bone Clocks, is Amazon's Best Book of the Month Spotlight pick for September.

The Best Books of September: Part Two


Last week I wrote about the Editors' first five picks in September’s Best Books of the Month and promised to write about the rest of the picks this week.

Season of "The Witch": Fairy Tales for the Modern World


In a world that loves to categorize writers – he writes horror, say; she’s a journalist – Jean Thompson is uncategorizable.

Ma, Pa, Yo, and Up: Celebrating Two-Letter Words, with Roz Chast


Last week, cartoonist and illustrator Roz Chast was named a National Book Award finalist in nonfiction for her illustrated memoir, Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant?

Meet the Birds of Pandemonium


Welcome to Pandemonium Aviaries. Here, more than 350 birds spanning 40 species have found sanctuary under the care of Michele Raffin.

Books-to-Film: Jonathan Tropper's "This Is Where I Leave You" -- Watch the Movie Trailer


When Jonathan Tropper's novel This Is Where I Leave You was published in 2009--and soon after named one of Amazon's Best Books of the Year--our reviewer, Daphne Durham, described the book as "wickedly funny ...


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