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.

Mark Z. Danielewski found some time in his busy schedule to do an AMA. Of course he’s as mysterious as ever.
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Schaben, Allen J. –– B582440027Z.1 PASADENA, CA – OCTOBER 16, 2012: Author Mark Danielewski poses for a photo after a reading at Vroman's Book Store in Pasadena Tuesday, October 16, 2012. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

The Rumpus interviews Elisabeth Egan from A Window Opens.
When I actually sat down to write a book myself, I realized what a tremendous leap of faith of it is. And I certainly had such a respect for the people I’d known over the years who’d written a novel, and it hadn’t worked out, and sat down and started writing another one. I’m not sure I would have had the gumption to do that.

Colum McCann wrote a letter with advice for young authors.
Do the things that do not compute. Be earnest. Be devoted. Be subversive of ease. Read aloud. Risk yourself. Do not be afraid of sentiment even when others call it sentimentality. Be ready to get ripped to pieces: It happens.

Sara Jaffe had a chat with Vol. 1 Brooklyn about her novel Dryland.
I’d been vaguely thinking of writing something about swimming for a long time. Or maybe more accurately: I’d been thinking about writing while swimming for a long time. I’ve loved swimming since I was a kid, but I’ve always taken it very slow and meditative-like.

Kevin Barry’s Beatlebone is mentioned everywhere. He was at Crossing Border last week and talked to The Guardian as well.
In the 70s, when I was a kid, there were electricity strikes and the telly would go off so everybody would be around candlelight, yarn-spinning. We’re good at talk. But there are also all these silences; often what is not said is where you find your fiction.

Buzzfeed reprinted an essay by Meghan Daum from her first collection My Misspent Youth.
Why can’t book publishing be the way it is in books? Where are those heady nights on Beekman Place, those working days on lower Fifth, those underpaid trust-fund girls with the clacking Smith Coronas and the clicking low-heeled pumps from I. Miller?

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Bored to Death book club is set up by two sisters who love to read and have nothing better to do than to start a book club.

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