Indie Next List Interview

01 Oct

Jodi Picoult on Leaving Time, October’s #1 Indie Next Pick

Jodi Picoult, author of Leaving Time (Ballantine Books), discusses why she chose to write about elephants, how she researched their behavior, the strength of mother-daughter bonds, and the role independent booksellers have played in her career.

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04 Sep

David Mitchell Talks About The Bone Clocks, September’s #1 Indie Next List Pick

David Mitchell, the author of The Bone Clocks, recently spoke with Bookselling This Week about the inspiration for his latest bestseller, some of the characters readers might recognize from previous novels, and his own experience working in a bookstore.

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07 Aug

A Q&A with Malcolm Brooks, Author of the #1 August Indie Next List Pick, Painted Horses

Malcolm Brooks, author of Painted Horses, recently spoke to BTW about what inspired his interest in history and archaeology, how he views the struggle of sacred spaces versus human progress, and how his interests came together in vivid detail in his debut novel.

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30 Jun

Erika Johansen on July’s #1 Indie Next List Pick, The Queen of the Tearling

Erika Johansen, the author of The Queen of the Tearling, recently spoke to BTW about her inspiration for the novel, strong heroines in literature, and the importance of books in society.

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11 Jun

A Q&A With Laura McBride, Author of the #1 June Indie Next List Pick We Are Called to Rise

Laura McBride, author of We Are Called to Rise, recently spoke to BTW about how she developed three wildly different characters, what drew her to the varied and lively setting of Las Vegas, and her love for indie bookstores.

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30 Apr

A Q&A With Anthony Doerr, Author of May’s #1 Indie Next List Pick

Author Anthony Doerr recently spoke to BTW about the process of writing All The Light We Cannot See, the #1 Indie Next List Pick for May.

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01 Apr

Algonquin’s Kathy Pories on Editing The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

April’s #1 Indie Next List pick, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, hit store shelves on Tuesday. Here, Algonquin Books’ Kathy Pories provides a behind-the-scenes look at the editing process for this bookseller favorite.

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27 Feb

A Q&A With Gabrielle Zevin, Author of April’s #1 Indie Next List Pick, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

The talk of the independent bookselling community, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry follows the life of a bookstore owner as he deals with the trials and tribulations of life, love, and the book business. Here, author Gabrielle Zevin discusses the inspiration for her story and how she learned so much about the inner workings of the book business without stepping behind a checkout counter.

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11 Feb

A Q&A With Willy Vlautin, Author of The Free, February’s #1 Indie Next List Pick

Willy Vlautin, author The Free, talks about the struggle of daily life in our country, the qualities of strength and persistence in his characters, and the influence of music and literature on his career.

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07 Jan

Sue Monk Kidd Talks About The Invention of Wings, January’s #1 Indie Next List Pick

Sue Monk Kidd, the author of The Invention of Wings, discusses her research and writing processes, the challenge of entwining fact and fiction, and the importance of women finding their own voices.

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04 Dec

A Q&A With Joshilyn Jackson, Author of December’s #1 Indie Next List Pick

Joshilyn Jackson, author of Someone Else’s Love Story, discusses the development of her newest book, the influence of indie booksellers on her writing career, and the character from her latest novel who will be making a comeback in her next  book. 

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29 Oct

A Q&A With Allie Brosh, Author of November’s #1 Indie Next List Pick

Allie Brosh, the author and illustrator of Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened (Touchstone), offers insights into her creative process as well as her motivations for sharing her personal stories.

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02 Oct

A Q&A with Graeme Simsion, Author of October’s #1 Indie Next List Pick, The Rosie Project

Booksellers are singing praises for Graeme Simsion’s debut novel, The Rosie Project, their top pick for the October 2013 Indie Next List. Here, Simsion talks about the winding path that led to him to The Rosie Project and what booksellers can expect from him next.

Simsion recently spoke to Bookselling This Week about the winding path that led to him to The Rosie Project and what booksellers can expect from him next. - See more at:
Simsion recently spoke to Bookselling This Week about the winding path that led to him to The Rosie Project and what booksellers can expect from him next. - See more at:
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03 Sep

A Q&A With Hannah Kent, Author of September’s #1 Indie Next List Pick

Booksellers have praised Hannah Kent’s debut novel, Burial Rites (Little, Brown), for its evocative imagery, attention to detail, and lyrical prose. Here, Kent talks about the inspiration for her impressive first novel, the process of writing and researching, and the line between fact and fiction.

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01 Aug

Boris Kachka, Author of August’s #1 Indie List Next Pick, on Hothouse

Author Boris Kachka talks about Hothouse: The Art of Survival and the Survival of Art at America’s Most Celebrated Publishing House, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, which holds the top spot on this month’s Indie Next List.

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