Indie Next List Interview

05 Jul

Cath Crowley on Summer Kids’ Indie Next List Pick “Words in Deep Blue”

Australian author Cath Crowley’s Words in Deep Blue is one of booksellers’ top picks for the Summer 2017 Kids’ Indie Next List.

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27 Jun

A Q&A With Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland, Authors of the #1 Indie Next List Pick for July

Booksellers across the U.S. have chosen The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland, an offbeat time travel thriller, as their top pick for the July 2017 Indie Next List.

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23 May

A Q&A With Mackenzi Lee, Author of the #1 Summer Kids’ Indie Next List Pick

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by independent bookseller Mackenzi Lee is “the summer road-trip adventure you’ve been waiting for,” says Marika McCoola of Porter Square Books.

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17 May

A Q&A With Anthony Horowitz, Author of the #1 Indie Next List Pick for June

Anthony Horowitz’s Magpie Murders, a mystery novel within a mystery novel, is “a perfect book to read in a cushy chair with a cup of tea,” says Ken Favell of Books & Company.

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17 Apr

J. Robert Lennon on “Broken River,” May’s #1 Indie Next List Pick

“Undeniably bizarre in its plot, yet unsettlingly real in its exploration of marriage, childhood, and regret, Broken River is classic indie bookstore fare,” said Annie Metcalf of Magers & Quinn Booksellers.

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15 Feb

Mohsin Hamid on Exit West, the #1 Indie Next List Pick for March

Here, author Mohsin Hamid discusses the inspiration for his latest novel, Exit West, which follows a young couple, Nadia and Saeed, as they leave everything behind to flee their war-torn country.

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17 Jan

A Q&A With Elan Mastai, Author of February’s #1 Indie Next List Pick

All Our Wrong Todays, the time travel-themed debut novel by Canadian screenwriter Elan Mastai, is “clever, witty, and poignant,” says Signs of Life owner Clay Belcher.

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16 Dec

Emily Fridlund on “History of Wolves,” January’s #1 Indie Next List Pick

Emily Fridlund discusses the inspiration for her rich and atmospheric debut novel, History of Wolves, which has garnered praise from booksellers and reviewers alike.

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15 Nov

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

Moonglow by Michael Chabon is “a stunning book” in which world and family history, memory and imagination, humor and grief all intersect, said Banna Rubinow of the river’s end bookstore.

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18 Oct

Alice Hoffman on Faithful, November’s #1 Indie Next List Pick

Here, bestselling author Alice Hoffman talks about balancing heartbreak and hope in her new novel, Faithful, as well as the theme of survival and its new significance in her life.

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16 Sep

A Q&A With Brit Bennett, Author of October’s #1 Indie Next List Pick

Brit Bennett’s debut novel, The Mothers, is “an honest, modern, and triumphant book” that explores the kind of salvation “that comes with self-acceptance and growth,” said Women & Children First’s Jamie Thomas.

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17 Aug

Ann Patchett on “Commonwealth,” September’s #1 Indie Next List Pick

Ann Patchett talks to BTW about her seventh novel, Commonwealth, which examines how one chance encounter irrevocably changed the course of two families’ lives. 

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15 Jul

Jacqueline Woodson on Another Brooklyn, August’s #1 Indie Next List Pick

Jacqueline Woodson’s first title for adults in 20 years is “a beautiful, heart-wrenching novel of a young girl’s coming-of-age in Brooklyn,” said Nicole Yasinsky of The Booksellers at Laurelwood.

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21 Jun

Author Ben H. Winters on Underground Airlines, July’s #1 Indie Next List Pick

Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters imagines a present-day America in which the Civil War never happened and slavery is still practiced in four Southern states.

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18 May

A Q&A With Emma Cline, Author of June’s #1 Indie Next List Pick

Debut novelist Emma Cline explores the darker side of adolescence in The Girls, the number one pick of independent booksellers for the June 2016 Indie Next List.

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