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  • BEA 2015: Maira Kalman: Homage to Pete

    Pete, an Irish Wheaton Terrier, was Maira Kalman's first and, to date, only dog.

  • BEA 2015: Margee Kerr: Laughing with the Zombies

    Every Halloween, hordes descend upon Pittsburgh's ScareHouse, wandering through its elaborately chilling sets in search of adrenaline-spiked terror.

  • BEA 2015: Garth Risk Hallberg: Debut Author on Fire

    Garth Risk Hallberg is surprisingly low key for an author whose debut novel, "City on Fire" (Knopf, Oct.), sold for just under $2 million in a two-day, 10-bidder auction and has been selected as one of this year's Buzz Picks.

  • BEA 2015: Kate Gavino: A Graphic Lit Lover

    Kate Gavino is almost literally the poster woman for authors and independent bookstores.

  • BEA 2015: Tom Foreman: On the Run

    During a Thanksgiving meal in 2010, CNN correspondent Tom Foreman was surprised when his then 18-year-old daughter, Ronnie, asked him to run a marathon with her that spring.

  • BEA 2015: Melissa Cistaro: Picking Up the Pieces

    Melissa Cistaro, the events coordinator at Book Passage in Corte Madera, Calif., has lived a child's worst nightmare: she and her two brothers were abandoned by their mother.

  • Linda Castillo: Murder in Amish Ohio

    As you read Linda Castillo’s seventh book in her Kate Burkholder series, "After the Storm," think about this: when Castillo was nine years old, her father bought a tiny piglet for a dollar, and the family called it Pinky.

  • China at BEA 2015: A Yi Broadens His Audience

    When I first encountered A Yi at a local literary festival many years ago, he was presented to me as a writer of criminal novels.

  • China at BEA 2015: Decoding the Modern Chinese Spy Novel: Mai Jia

    After meeting Mai Jia for the first time in 2002, I wrote this description of him in my diary: “Buzzed hair, glasses. A young writer of few words. He’s not self-aggrandizing, but his unmatched confidence leaves a very strong impression.”

  • China at BEA 2015: Making Friends: Liu Zhenyun

    Most of the time, Liu Zhenyun plays things cool.

  • China at BEA 2015: Coming to America: Liu Cixin

    Liu Cixin is the leading writer in China’s small but vibrant science fiction scene.

  • An Irish Family Imagined: Anne Enright

    In her novel "The Green Road," published this month by Norton, Irish author Anne Enright tells the story of the Madigans, a family from County Clare in western Ireland who scatter to cities and countries far from home.

  • A Publishing Story: Jonathan Galassi

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux’s comfortably appointed offices on West 18th Street in New York City, into which Jonathan Galassi welcomes me, are much sprucer than the famously seedy quarters where he went to work as executive editor at the house in 1985.

  • Presidential History: H.W. Brands

    H.W. Brands’s book "Reagan: The Life," to be published in May by Doubleday, is the capstone of a series that took a dramatic turn from the author’s original intention (indeed, "capstone' seems to be the only word for a book weighing in at 800-plus pages).

  • In My Own Words: Mexican Drug Wars: Don Winslow

    DEA agent Art Keller, introduced in 2005's The Power of the Dog, resumes his personal campaign against illegal drugs in The Cartel.

  • Stairway to Heaven: Roland Merullo

    “The problem for me,” says Roland Merullo, “is that I’m interested in everything and everybody.”

  • Show and Tell: Sally Mann

    If you know who Sally Mann is, it’s most likely because you know her stunning, sensual photography.

  • Women Rule: Kate Walbert

    The first thing I asked Kate Walbert was how she titled her fourth novel, "The Sunken Cathedral".

  • East Side, West Side: Vivian Gornick

    In "The Odd Woman and the City," to be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in May, Vivian Gornick writes of the “shock of pleasure” she gets each evening as she gazes from her 16th-floor apartment in Greenwich Village at “the banks of lighted windows rising to the sky, crowding round me... [I] feel myself embraced.”

  • Extraordinary Light: Tracy K. Smith

    Tracy K. Smith has had a successful career as a poet: her first two collections, "The Body’s Question" and "Duende" (Graywolf, 2003 and 2007), won major awards, and she began teaching at Princeton following her first book.

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