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.

Kimmy Robertson (Lucy Moran) reading a Tibet Book

Listen to this interview with Charles Burns who wrote Black Hole at Morning Edition. Then pair it with this interview with Alison Bechdel who wrote Fun Home. Book club special!

Jodi Picoult talks to The New York Times about books and reading, because what else do you talk about with an author.
When I was 13, I read “Gone With the Wind.” I memorized entire passages and could act out scenes between Rhett and Scarlett, playing both roles — which also explains why I didn’t have a boyfriend until I was 15.

We are all oh so happy that Twin Peaks is returning, but we are a book blog, so no TV news over here. Luckily Megan Abbott wrote an essay about how Twin Peaks will always cast a shadow over her work!
It’s also a matter of style. What writer couldn’t learn about atmosphere, suggestion, and the power of the uncanny from the shuddering pines and swaying stoplights of Twin Peaks?

Dave Eggers visited Detroit to talk about the writing foundation for young children he helped set up all over the world. His talk was titled: Buccaneers, Robots, Yetis and Other Agents of Social Change” so that should say something.
I had great teachers all the way through school, so I could name any one of them. Mrs. Wright, my first grade teacher, helped me make my first book — and I still have it today. It’s bound with yarn, and very much the work of a 6-year-old, but it meant the world to me.

America’s most beloved author David Sedaris did a reddit AMA. Mysteries are solved, there’s talk about Halloween and Sedaris gives us tips to avoid calls.
I just say “there’s something wrong with our machine,” and I never got the call.

Book designer and author Peter Mendelsund talks covers and his designproces.
It is true, in fact, that it’s always fun to work on the great historical, canonical literary classics, because there’s one less person who has to approve what I do — that is the author, who doesn’t get a say because they are dead.

Justin Taylor will not give away his unwriteable idea!
Perhaps the unwriteable idea is a kind of goose that lays golden eggs. I’m almost scared to ever get it right now, but I guess there’s small enough risk of that, so I’ll probably keep trying.

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