Indies Introduce Interview

03 Jun
The Silence of Bones by June Hur

An Indies Introduce Q&A With June Hur

“I was struck by the depth of this gripping story,” said Tegan Tigani of Queen Anne Book Company about June Hur’s The Silence of Bones. “Let’s hope this is the start of a series.”

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03 Jun
Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko

An Indies Introduce Q&A With Jordan Ifueko

Jackie Jou, formerly of Mysterious Galaxy, called Raybearer “gorgeously written and filled with legends, mystical powers, blood oaths, and curses.”

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27 May
Into the Tall, Tall Grass by Loriel Ryon

An Indies Introduce Q&A With Loriel Ryon

Riley Jay Davis of Next Chapter Booksellers said Ryon’s Into the Tall, Tall Grass has “got it all,” including queer characters, STEM, magic, frenemies, legends, and mysteries.

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19 May

An Indies Introduce Q&A With C Pam Zhang

How Much of These Hills Is Gold is “an unflinching portrait of burgeoning adulthood, solitude, and the search for home,” said Jake Cumsky-Whitlock of Solid State Books.

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12 May

An Indies Introduce Q&A With Ernesto Cisneros

Efrén Divided is “a well-written account of something very topical and I hope that kids get to read it,” said Jackie Jou of Mysterious Galaxy.

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11 Mar
Stand Up, Yumi Chung! book cover

An Indies Introduce Q&A With “Stand Up, Yumi Chung!” Author Jessica Kim

“This book is hilarious, heartbreaking, and heartwarming all at once. And in the end, you will absolutely be standing up and cheering for Yumi Chung!” said Sarah True of Joseph-Beth Booksellers.

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03 Mar

An Indies Introduce Q&A With Jane Healey

“A love story buried within a mystery, The Animals at Lockwood Manor is sure to keep the reader turning pages,” said Cary Shapiro, a bookseller at Plot Twist Bookstore until its recent closing.

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19 Feb

An Indies Introduce Q&A With Mark Rader

The family in Rader’s The Wanting Life “captures the wanting that is life — what could have been, what might still be, the pain of loss,” said Nadine Melahn of CoffeeTree Books.

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11 Feb

An Indies Introduce Q&A With Alexis Schaitkin

Here, author Alexis Schaitkin talks about her early love of atmospheric books, and how that and other life experiences influenced her debut novel, Saint X.

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28 Jan
My Autobiography of Carson McCullers cover

An Indies Introduce Q&A With Author Jenn Shapland

“Shapland’s book intertwines her experience of archiving Carson McCullers’ personal effects with a fresh understanding of McCullers’ life as a lesbian,” said Mimi Hannan of La Playa Books in San Diego.

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24 Jan
Real Life by Adeline Dieudonné

An Indies Introduce Q&A With “Real Life” Author Adeline Dieudonné

Real Life is a raw, dark, and profoundly powerful coming-of-age tale,” said Susan Schlesinger of Books on the Square.

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14 Jan

An Indies Introduce Q&A With Gabby Noone

Layoverland is a reader’s paradise,” said Bethany Strout of Tattered Cover Book Store about Noone’s debut.

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08 Jan

An Indies Introduce Q&A With Simon Jimenez

The Vanished Birds speaks to where we are now by showing us where we can go — and asking us how much will really change when we arrive,” said Barak Lake of Pegasus Books.

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29 Oct
Ordinary Girls by Jaquira Diaz

An Indies Introduce Q&A With Jaquira Díaz

Ordinary Girls is the rare type of memoir that stuck with me long after I stopped reading,” said Elissa Sweet of Bank Square Books.

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23 Oct

An Indies Introduce Q&A With Shannon Pufahl

Pufahl is the author of On Swift Horses (Riverhead Books, November 5), which follows two members of the Greatest Generation as they navigate the postwar American West.

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