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  • BEA 2014: Jennifer Holm: Believe in the Possible

    At 10 a.m. today, when Newbery Honors recipient Jennifer L. Holm signs The Fourteenth Goldfish, due out in August, at the Random House booth, it marks over a decade since Holm has been to the show. “The last time I was at BEA was in 2001. Back then, I was a New Yorker and a newlywed with my second book, Boston Jane: An Adventure,” she says. “Now I greet the BEA floor 13 years later as a Californian and an exhausted mother of two.”

  • BEA 2014: David Mitchell: Six Worlds, One New Novel

    This coming August marks 10 years since David Mitchell’s groundbreaking novel, Cloud Atlas, was published to great acclaim.

  • BEA 2014: Cary Elwes Spills About ‘The Princess Bride’

    Writing his behind-the-scenes As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride, actor Cary Elwes says, has been a “wonderful trip down memory lane.”

  • BEA 2014: Mario Batali: Farmers as Rock Stars

    As Justin Timberlake is to pop stars, Mario Batali is to chefs, yet that’s not how he sees it.

  • BEA 2014: Maggie Stiefvater: A Sinner in the City of Angels

    The first time Maggie Stiefvater attended BEA, to promote her 2009 Scholastic release, Shiver, a fan rushed up to her as she sat huddled in a booth with her editor, exclaimed, “You’re Maggie Stiefvater,” and fell down.

  • BEA 2014: Courtney Collins: On Her Way Up from Down Under

    “A magic carpet ride” is how Courtney Collins describes her experience as a debut novelist.

  • BEA 2014: Lena Dunham: Where the Girls Are

    Golden Globe winner Lena Dunham is best known as the creator and star of the hit HBO series Girls, where she plays 20-something aspiring writer Hannah Horvath.

  • BEA 2014: Skylar Dorset: A Dream Becomes a Reality

    Skylar Dorset says a dream compelled her to write her debut YA fantasy novel, The Girl Who Never Was (Sourcebooks, June), the first of a pair of Fairie Court books.

  • BEA 2014: Colm Tóibín: Here, There, and Everywhere

  • BEA 2014: Lynn Brunelle: Turning Her Geek On

    Lynn Brunelle remembers that her “inner geek” first began to show itself in the middle of her fifth and sixth grade “horse phase.” She didn’t just like horses; she wanted to know every single scientific and beautiful thing about them.

  • BEA 2014: Martin Short: Coming Up Tall

    Martin Short has done just about everything a star can do: television, movies, the Broadway stage, and lots and lots of talk show appearances.

  • Grown Up, Still Quirky: Bryan Lee O'Malley

    "I had to get a job, and it ended up being at a restaurant," Canadian cartoonist Bryan Lee O'Malley tells me, speaking about a brief period when he was working as a food runner at a Toronto restaurant back in 2004.

  • BEA 2014: Michael Pitre: In His Own Words

  • BEA 2014: Philip Gulley: New Series, New Publisher

    Philip Gulley writes about what he knows: a smalltown Quaker pastor who serves and loves imperfectly, but who always points others to God.

  • BEA 2014: Amanda Palmer: No Shame in Asking

    It was a circuitous and unexpected road that led Amanda Palmer to become an author. Best known as one-half of the punk duo the Dresden Dolls, Palmer had already expanded her creative world to include songwriter, playwright, and blogger.

  • BEA 2014: Meg Wolitzer: Venturing into YA Territory

    Author of The Interestings, The Uncoupling, The Ten-Year Nap, and other acclaimed adult novels, as well as The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman for middle-graders, Meg Wolitzer makes her initial foray into YA fiction with Belzhar (Dutton, Sept.), which is set at a Vermont boarding school for emotionally fragile and highly intelligent teenagers.

  • BEA 2014: Scott Blackwood: Inspired by a Multiple Murder

    Scott Blackwood’s evocative novel See How Small (Little, Brown, Dec.), in which three teenage girls are murdered in a small Texas town, achieves such a multilayered narrative effect that even its author has a tough time pigeonholing the book’s genre.

  • 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.

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