Author Interviews

12:03am

Sat October 13, 2012
Author Interviews

Michael Feinstein: What I Learned From The Gershwins

Originally published on Sat October 13, 2012 9:38 am

Composer and educator Michael Feinstein's new memoir is called The Gershwins and Me: A Personal History in Twelve Songs.
Gilles Toucas Courtesy of the author

Michael Feinstein, the singer and pianist known as the "ambassador of the Great American Songbook," has a serious pedigree to back up that title: a real-life connection to one of America's greatest songwriting teams. It's the subject of Feinstein's new memoir, The Gershwins and Me: A Personal History in Twelve Songs. (A CD of Feinstein singing those songs also comes with the book.)

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1:15am

Wed October 10, 2012
Author Interviews

Virgin's Richard Branson Bares His Business 'Secrets'

Originally published on Wed October 10, 2012 6:53 am

Richard Branson is the founder and chairman of Virgin Group.
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Richard Branson is not your average entrepreneur. He dropped out of school at 15 and, despite suffering from dyslexia and attention deficit disorder, went on to found Virgin Group, a business empire that includes airlines, cellphone companies, banks, hotels, health clubs and even a space travel business.

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12:33am

Tue October 9, 2012
Author Interviews

'Mr. Penumbra' Bridges The Digital Divide

Originally published on Tue October 9, 2012 9:25 am

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Author Robin Sloan has spent time on both sides of the digital divide, both as a short-story writer and an employee at Twitter — where he described his job as "something to do with figuring out the future of media."

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12:38pm

Sun October 7, 2012
Author Interviews

The Wild Adventure Continues In 'Under Wildwood'

Originally published on Tue October 9, 2012 12:04 pm

Precocious seventh grader Prue McKeel looks over a City of Moles under siege in a scene from Under Wildwood.
Carson Ellis Balzer & Bray

Colin Meloy is best known as the front man for the band the Decemberists. His music is praised for its lyrical quality and the stories the songs tell, so it may not be a surprise to learn Meloy is also a writer.

His newest book is a collaboration with his wife, illustrator Carson Ellis. The book is intended for young readers, the second in a series called Wildwood Chronicles.

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4:11am

Sun October 7, 2012
Author Interviews

'Wooden Floors' Pack Hidden Thrill In Author's Debut

Originally published on Tue October 9, 2012 11:24 am

Wooden floor and chair
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Housesitting is a delicate chore. It involves inhabiting someone else's home — their personal space, watching over their stuff — and sticking to the Boy Scouts' creed to leave no trace. That's pretty much the opposite of what happens in Will Wiles' debut novel, Care of Wooden Floors. It's the story of an already strained friendship pushed to the breaking point by a housesitting favor gone terribly, terribly wrong.

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