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.

Claire Vaye Watkins talks to Full Stop about her work, old and new.
I’m not going to journal about my feelings, which is probably why I don’t make much progress in therapy. I guess I am writing about my home and people who are lost to me, and trying to figure them out a little bit. So I think there is an element of catharsis to it probably.

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Remember our loving review of The Gracekeepers? Kirsty Logan talked to NPR about her new book and she even reads a small part of it for you.
So you know, we have all these different binaries, and then I hope that as we move through the book both of the main characters and, to some extent, I hope the reader is beginning to see how we can live a life outside these two binaries. We don’t necessarily have to choose male or female, gay or straight, land or sea, adventure or staying still.

Kate Atkinson answers five questions of The Globe and Mail.
Philip Pullman has the ability to create extraordinarily imaginative plots, characters that we invest in emotionally and a fully realized understanding of the battle between good and evil. What more could you ask for?

Jami Attenberg wrote a tiny letter!
“Lists are bullshit,” is a thing all the writers I know say to each other, except when they’re not, which is the thing we don’t say to each other, but think anyway. Spiritually and creatively, it does not Matter. We know better. A list is a con. It was someone’s job to decide the top ten books of the season, the top hundred books of the decade, the top twenty writers under the age of thirty who have very glossy hair, the top five writers who live near a particular bus stop (although they prefer to ride their bikes instead). The person who made those lists is sitting at a desk like I am right now, like you are right now. Let’s all close our eyes and make a list this very second. Does it matter? No.

Jim Shepard’s new book called The Book of Aaron is making the rounds. He talks to Kirkus about writing about the second world war.
“We’ve gone from Adorno’s notion that no one can write about this,” Shepard says, “to it becoming its own genre with archetypes and motifs. Cynical readers wonder, ‘When will I see a shouting SS officer?’ On the other hand, some readers are disappointed when they don’t see that.

Indigo Teen did a Q&A with the author of Magonia Maria Dahvana Headley.
I was researching another book, and I happened upon a historical reference in the Annals of Ulster to an anchor falling out of a cloud. A bunch of people come out of church and see a sailor climbing down the anchor chain, trying to untangle it, and then the sailor drowns in our air. AAAAA!!!! You have my interest.

 

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