Author Interviews

3:11am

Tue September 24, 2013
Author Interviews

Stephen King On Getting Scared: 'Nothing Like Your First Time'

Originally published on Tue September 24, 2013 9:10 am

Stephen King is the author of more than 50 books, including The Shining, Carrie and The Dark Tower series.
Shane Leonard Courtesy of Scribner

Remember the first time you felt really terrified — and liked it? "Being scared is like sex," Stephen King says. "There's nothing like your first time."

For a lot of readers, King's 1977 horror novel The Shining may have been their first fictional scare. "An awful lot of the people who read The Shining were like 14 years old, they were at summer camp, they read it under the covers with a flashlight on," King tells NPR's David Greene.

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1:57am

Mon September 23, 2013
Author Interviews

Political Violence, Uneasy Silence Echo In Lahiri's 'Lowland'

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 12:02 pm

Pulitzer Prize-winner Jhumpa Lahiri is the author of The Namesake and Interpreter of Maladies.
Marco Delogu Courtesy of Knopf

Earlier this month, Jhumpa Lahiri rejected the idea of immigrant fiction. "I don't know what to make of the term," she told The New York Times. "All American fiction could be classified as immigrant fiction."

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2:59pm

Sun September 22, 2013
Author Interviews

'Hollywood Said No,' But 'Mr. Show' Fans Said Yes!

Originally published on Sun September 22, 2013 4:19 pm

From left, Bob Odenkirk and David Cross co-created the sketch comedy series Mr. Show. They have since played long-running roles on Breaking Bad and Arrested Development, respectively.
Sharon Alagna Courtesy of Grand Central Publishing

When the comedy program Mr. Show with Bob and David came on the air in 1995, there was nothing like it. Created by comedians Bob Odenkirk and David Cross, it was full of dark, subversive and riotously funny sketches tied together with bizarre and brilliant segues reminiscent of Monty Python's Flying Circus.

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3:36am

Sat September 21, 2013
Author Interviews

A Road Trip Sparks An Unlikely Friendship In 'Norvelt To Nowhere'

Originally published on Sat September 21, 2013 9:34 am

Jack Gantos recently won the Newbery Medal, the highest award in children's literature, for his novel Dead End in Norvelt.
Anne Lower Courtesy of Farrar, Straus and Giroux

From Norvelt to Nowhere is a book that begins in the shadow of nuclear annihilation, during the Cuban missile crisis in 1962. The first few paragraphs also disclose that nine elderly women in the town of Norvelt are dead by poison.

Did we mention it's a kids' book, too?

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2:27am

Wed September 18, 2013
Author Interviews

'Don't Know'? Just Admit It

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 7:19 am

Franck Camhi iStockphoto.com

We've all faked our way through conversations before — whether about books we haven't read, movies we haven't seen or concepts we don't understand. In her new book, I Don't Know: In Praise of Admitting Ignorance (Except When You Shouldn't), Leah Hager Cohen explores moments in history and everyday life when "I don't know" can have a big impact.

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