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  • BEA 2014: Malcolm Brooks: Renaissance Cowboy

    How does a Montana horseman and carpenter by trade write a first novel that is getting the kind of advance press garnered by Cold Mountain?

  • BEA 2014: Greer Macallister: Truth or Illusion?

    While most people watching a magician sawing a woman in half during a performance typically wonder how it’s done, Greer Macallister’s curiosity extended far beyond such a prosaic concern: instead, she wondered why she had never seen or even read of a female magician sawing a man in half.

  • BEA 2014: Morgan Rielly: Teenager on a History Mission

    Morgan Rielly was only 14 years old when he interviewed his first WWII veteran.

  • BEA 2014: Andrea Davis Pinkney: Shedding Light on a Dark Subject

    The gift of a simple red pencil gives a girl in war-ravaged Sudan the opportunity to express her feelings and overcome her grief.

  • BEA 2014: Hampton Sides: Icebound in Siberia

    His name, his publisher proudly announces, is “nearly synonymous with high-velocity narratives” that “perfectly capture pivotal moments in history,” making what Hampton Sides does sound really easy.

  • BEA 2014: Sarah Lotz: A Crash, and Three More

    The chills in The Three (Little, Brown, May), Sarah Lotz’s debut novel written on her own and under her own name, begin with the scary description of a plane crash in Japan.

  • BEA 2014: Ann Hood: A Family Century

    Ann Hood’s bibliography is full of families both fictional and real. Family tragedy was the source of two memoirs, Do Not Go Gentle (2000) and Comfort (2008), and have informed her novels, including The Knitting Circle (2007) and The Red Thread (2010).

  • BEA 2014: Dani Pettrey: Promoting Family Adventure

    Danni Pettrey grew up canoeing, scuba diving, wind surfing, and sailing.

  • BEA 2014: Desiree Zamorano Quells Hispanic Stereotyping

    In The Amado Women (Cinco Puntos Press, June), Desiree Zamorano’s first trade-published novel, the strong family ties that bind a mother and her three daughters is the centerpiece of a story that dispels many of the media-fueled stereotyping of Hispanics living in America.

  • BEA 2014: Ben Lerner: The Way We Live Now

    A first novel with glowing endorsements from such literary lights as Jonathan Franzen, Paul Auster, Geoff Dyer, and John Ashbery—what more could a young writer want?

  • BEA 2014: Avery Corman: Dads Vs. Moms

    Avery Corman penned Kramer vs. Kramer back in 1977 and had no idea that it would totally change the landscape of divorce in America. He learned later that the book was cited more in divorce proceedings than actual legal precedent.

  • BEA 2014: Pat O’Brien: Back After All That

    Even though this is the first time Pat O’Brien has attended BEA, he’s not intimidated at the prospect of being surrounded by booksellers he’s never met before to talk about the highs and lows of his 35-year career as a sportscaster for radio and television and a celebrity journalist.

  • BEA 2014: Walter Isaacson: Smart Thinkers

    Ten years ago, after completing his critically acclaimed Ben Franklin biography, Walter Isaacson was struck by Franklin’s creation of the postal and publishing networks.

  • BEA 2014: Jonathan Tropper: Screenwriting Is His New Gig

    In his second novel, The Book of Joe (2004), Jonathan Tropper wrote about a novelist who fears the “sophomore slump” after his debut book becomes a huge bestseller and is adapted into a film.Fast forward a decade, and Tropper’s fiction becomes reality.

  • BEA 2014: Her Ideal Reader: PW Talks With Liane Moriarty

    Liane Moriarty is the Australian author of five internationally bestselling novels, including The Husband’s Secret.

  • BEA 2014: Hollywood Comes to North Atlantic: Lincoln MacVeagh

    You wouldn’t think someone from old money, who boarded at Groton and went to Harvard, would drop out from that life and work as a busboy, schoolteacher, carpenter, caterer, journalist, and now a computer programmer for New York City.

  • BEA 2014: Gregory Maguire Delivers Another Wicked Fairy Tale

    It’s been seven years since Gregory Maguire has been to BEA, he thinks, but he’s looking forward to it, comparing the show to the most festive New Year’s Eve celebration.

  • BEA 2014: Blessed and Betrayed: Lisa Scottoline

    With more than 25 books under her belt since her debut novel, Wherever Mary Went, was published in 1993, Lisa Scottoline is a veritable book-writing machine.

  • BEA 2014: Ice Cream Flavors Her Plot: Susan Jane Gilman

    Susan Jane Gilman always planned to be a novelist, but took a detour to the nonfiction bestseller lists with Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven, Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress, and Kiss My Tiara. Her fiction debut, The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street (Grand Central, June), is off to a rousing start, named one of the “Best Summer Books 2014” by Publishers Weekly.

  • BEA 2014: A Civil War Female Voice: Laird Hunt

    An obscure but fascinating aspect of the Civil War, when hundreds of women disguised as men enlisted in the army as Union soldiers to fight, is at the heart of Neverhome (Little, Brown; Sept.) by Laird Hunt, the author of five novels and a collection of short stories and a two-time finalist for the PEN Center USA fiction award.

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