Author Interviews


Thu April 3, 2014
Author Interviews

A Song Of Frogs, Motherhood And Murder In Swampy San Francisco

Emma Donoghue's previous novel was Room.
Andrew Bainbridge

In her bestseller Room, writer Emma Donoghue imagined what life would be like for a little boy born into captivity, to a mother who'd been kidnapped and sexually assaulted.

And in her new novel, Frog Music, she's imagined a possible solution to a very real murder, one that took place in California in 1876.

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Wed April 2, 2014
Author Interviews

The Rise And Fall Of Stefan Zweig, Who Inspired 'Grand Budapest Hotel'

Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 7:54 pm

Stefan Zweig was born to a prosperous Jewish family in Vienna. He wrote novels, short stories and biographies.
Keystone/Hulton Archive Getty Images

In Wes Anderson's latest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, a writer relates the long and twisting life story of a hotel owner. It's about youthful love and lifelong obsession, and while the story is original, there's a credit at the end that reads: "Inspired by the Writings of Stefan Zweig."

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Tue April 1, 2014
Author Interviews

‘Humor Code’ Explores The ‘Y’ In Funny

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All of us know instinctively when something’s funny. But have you ever stopped to ask yourself why you laugh at the jokes you do?

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Sun March 30, 2014
Craft Beer

Craft Brewing Thrives In The Heart Of Italy’s Wine Country

Baladin Brewerie, Italy.
Bryan Jansing

Craft beer’s meteoric rise has happened within the last few decades. Across the world in the middle of Italy’s wine country something similar is taking place. It’s possibly the last place you’d think a craft beer movement could start.

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Tue March 25, 2014
Author Interviews

For Writer, 'The Hard Way' Meant Choosing To Stay In Akron, Ohio

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 9:17 am

Akron was once known as the rubber capital of the world.
Mark Duncan AP

When it comes to his hometown of Akron, Ohio, writer and journalist David Giffels says, "I have spent my whole life watching people leave." Once known as the rubber capital of the world, Akron was a hub of tire manufacturing giants. Goodyear, Firestone and Goodrich provided thousands of high-paying jobs until the 1970s, when those jobs began migrating to places with cheaper labor.

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