Indies Introduce Interview

17 Jan

An Indies Introduce Q&A with Ray Xu

"Ray Xu delights in this graphic memoir about immigration, family, and fitting in in middle school," said Andi Richardson of Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, Virginia.

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03 Jan

An Indies Introduce Q&A with Carolina Ixta

"This book broke me and put me back together in the best of ways," said Erin Rivera of The Frugal Frigate in Redlands, California.

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13 Dec

An Indies Introduce Q&A with Megan Lally

"That’s Not My Name is binge reading at its finest. Megan Lally has crafted incredible characters, intriguing twists, and bombshell revelations. You are not prepared for this book…and that is what makes it so great," said Molly Olivo of Child’s Play Toys & Books in Washington, DC.

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13 Dec

An Indies Introduce Q&A with Vanessa Chan

"The Storm We Made shines a light on the brutality of war, the pain of occupation and the resilience of survivors," said Paula Farmer of Book Passage in Corte Madera, California.

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25 Oct

An Indies Introduce Q&A with Rhonda Roumani

“A great introduction into social activism and using your voice in a positive way,” said Susan Reckers of Rakestraw Books in Danville, California.

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11 Oct

An Indies Introduce Q&A with Christina Wyman

"Both funny and moving, and including real-life relatable family issues, this features the humor of Jeff Kinney but with the social themes of Gordon Korman,” said Gerard Villegas of Auntie’s Bookstore in Spokane, Washington.

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13 Sep

An Indies Introduce Q&A with Hannah V. Sawyerr

"An intense, beautiful YA novel in verse, highly recommended for fans of Jason Reynolds and Elizabeth Acevedo," said Talia Smart of Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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13 Sep

An Indies Introduce Q&A with Thushanthi Ponweera

I Am Kavi author Thushanthi Ponweera sits down with Liz Decker of Caprichos Books in Ocean Pines, Maryland, to discuss her debut title. 

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06 Sep

An Indies Introduce Q&A with Page Powars

"Filled with plenty of humorous and laugh-out loud antics, this book is sure to sweep you off your feet. The characters are authentic and complex as they all try to fit into high school as well as figuring out who they are," said Jody Hardy of Mostly Books in Tucson, Arizona.

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16 Aug

An Indies Introduce Q&A with Megan Kamalei Kakimoto

Every Drop is a Man’s Nightmare is a wholly immersive collection of short stories — the smell of the ocean and plumeria, with an undercurrent of loneliness and anger, lingers in the air. Cut away the colonialist, haole lens, and embrace the haunting brutality and beauty of contemporary Hawaiian life,” said Christine Bollow of Loyalty Bookstores in Washington, DC, and Silver Spring, MD. 

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26 Jul

A Q&A with Emily Habeck, Indies Introduce Author of the August Indie Next List Top Pick “Shark Heart”

“This beautiful and heartbreaking story explores the power of love, grief, and taking those first steps towards moving on,” said Beth Seufer Buss of Bookmarks in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

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19 Jul

An Indies Introduce Q&A with Khashayar J. Khabushani

"Balancing the character's vulnerabilities with a fortitude of self and profound familial affections, Khabushani paints a compassionate portrait of youth with an immediacy and generosity that make this book universal," said Wes Minter of Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park, Washington.

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12 Jul

An Indies Introduce Q&A with Joelle Wellington

"What begins as a friendly competition of academics turns deadly as they are being hunted and forced to survive in this teen novel that combines The Hunger Games with The Inheritance Games,” said Gerard Villegas of Auntie’s Bookstore in Spokane, Washington.

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28 Jun

An Indies Introduce Q&A with John Milas

“Let me put it out there: I don’t typically read war or horror books. But what Afghanistan veteran John Milas has accomplished by combining the two genres is chilling, enlightening, and so very sad,” said Beth Shapiro of Skylark Bookshop in Columbia, Missouri.

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28 Jun

An Indies Introduce Q&A with Anna Sortino

"Give Me a Sign is a smart, touching summer story about community, identity, and reconnecting with who you are," said Abby Rice of Title IX: A Bookstore in Mystic, Connecticut.

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