Laura McBride, author of We Are Called to Rise, recently spoke to BTW about how she developed three wildly different characters, what drew her to the varied and lively setting of Las Vegas, and her love for indie bookstores.
April’s #1 Indie Next List pick, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, hit store shelves on Tuesday. Here, Algonquin Books’ Kathy Pories provides a behind-the-scenes look at the editing process for this bookseller favorite.
The talk of the independent bookselling community, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry follows the life of a bookstore owner as he deals with the trials and tribulations of life, love, and the book business. Here, author Gabrielle Zevin discusses the inspiration for her story and how she learned so much about the inner workings of the book business without stepping behind a checkout counter.
Willy Vlautin, author The Free, talks about the struggle of daily life in our country, the qualities of strength and persistence in his characters, and the influence of music and literature on his career.
Joshilyn Jackson, author of Someone Else’s Love Story, discusses the development of her newest book, the influence of indie booksellers on her writing career, and the character from her latest novel who will be making a comeback in her next book.
Allie Brosh, the author and illustrator of Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened (Touchstone), offers insights into her creative process as well as her motivations for sharing her personal stories.
Booksellers are singing praises for Graeme Simsion’s debut novel, The Rosie Project, their top pick for the October 2013 Indie Next List. Here, Simsion talks about the winding path that led to him to The Rosie Project and what booksellers can expect from him next.
Booksellers have praised Hannah Kent’s debut novel, Burial Rites (Little, Brown), for its evocative imagery, attention to detail, and lyrical prose. Here, Kent talks about the inspiration for her impressive first novel, the process of writing and researching, and the line between fact and fiction.
Author Boris Kachka talks about Hothouse:The Art of Survival and the Survival of Art at America’s Most Celebrated Publishing House, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, which holds the top spot on this month’s Indie Next List.
The American Booksellers Association, a national not-for-profit trade organization, works with booksellers and industry partners to ensure the success and profitability of independently owned book retailers, and to assist in expanding the community of the book.
Independent bookstores act as community anchors; they serve a unique role in promoting the open exchange of ideas, enriching the cultural life of communities, and creating economically vibrant neighborhoods.