Are you interested in the thoughts and lives of the bookish people of today? Don’t look any further and read the best interviews of the week.


Edan Lepucki talks with Buzzfeed about what being on The Colbert Bump meant for her book California together with fellow Colbert Bumpee Stephan Eirik Clark.
Until this point, my absurd career fantasies included being a crossword puzzle clue (Four letters across, author Lepucki).

Julie Schumacher talks with The Rumpus about her book Dear Committee Members which is solely written in letters to the committee.
Oh, now you’re speaking directly to my fears and neuroses about the future. I detest electronic recommendation forms and resist our culture’s wild enthusiasm for all things technological.

An interview by the New Republic with Hilary Mantel about her new book. That Margaret Thatcher is really getting it.
She scorned and despised other women, and predicated her values entirely on the values of her father, a small town shopkeeper. She was always talking about what the prudent housewife should do and what the prudent housewife knew. She was pretending that running a country was like running a household, which she knew wasn’t true.

John Darnielle, who you know from the Mountain Goats, has a new book out and just like Matt Fraction we are very excited about this!
Writer was my first ambition, my first real one. I got a typewriter when I was 6 and wrote a short story on it called ‘The Magic Bugle.

Lena Dunham interviews Judy Bloom! Coming of Age central over here. And then on Vulture Lena Dunham is interviewed by Roxane Gay.
If somebody says the word “theme” to me now, I run. I go under the table. “No, don’t ask me!”

Oh, the nostalgia. Who doesn’t remember reading R.L. Stine’s super scary books and then hiding under the covers. And did you know he’s still writing those things?
I wouldn’t write about drugs or child abuse, ever. I don’t even talk about divorce that often. That’s the kind of reality that ruins a story. It’s better if the fears are less real.

Have you already been to see Gone Girl? Gillian Flynn talks to the Guardian about writing the screenplay of her own novel.
I could not have written a novel if I hadn’t been a journalist first, because it taught me that there’s no muse that’s going to come down and bestow upon you the mood to write. You just have to do it. I’m definitely not precious.

Over at Kirkus, Meg Wolitzer talkes about her new book Belzhar and how The Bell Jar influenced her as a young girl.
Yes, you could make a hierarchy of loss, but that doesn’t mitigate how you felt about yours, and that’s something I think is part of adolescence—that pain of feeling so much.

An AMA with author of The Shining Girls Lauren Beukes. She answers Reddit’s questions about her newest novel, cooking and something called ruin porn.
Real serial killers are gross, awful, pathetic violent losers. Like Harper in The Shining Girls. Not particularly artistic, not urbane, not diabolical monsters. They’re not Hannibals. They’re not Claytons. Clayton in Broken Monsters is something else entirely, which reveals itself in the book. He’s not even a monster. He’s broken.


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