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  • Telling It Like It Is: Roz Chast

    Roz Chast is grasping for a word, her hands raised as if to catch it between her palms, as she tries to describe what it felt like to have finished her new book, "Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?" (Bloomsbury, May).

  • How the Story Comes Together: Anthony Doerr

    Anthony Doerr's second novel, "All the Light We Cannot See," has its origins in an overheard conversation, current events, travel, and an old Sears catalog.

  • Summer Blues: Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki

    The "Skim" co-creators release the new YA graphic novel "This One Summer."

  • Close Encounters: Barbara Ehrenreich

    In her 19th book, "Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever’s Search for the Truth About Everything," Barbara Ehrenreich uses her skills as a reporter and researcher to address the concerns of her younger self and investigate the whys of human existence.

  • Square Books’ Lisa Howorth’s Fiction Debut

    The co-founder of the iconic Square Books in Oxford, Miss., is on the other end of the book now: Bloomsbury is publisher her debut novel in June.

  • True Grit: Akhil Sharma

    Akhil Sharma’s debut novel, "The Obedient Father" (FSG), published in 2000, won him a PEN/Hemingway Award, a Whiting Writers’ Award, and a reputation as a new voice in fiction.

  • All Roads Lead to Rome? Francesca Marciano

    Francesca Marciano is living in Rome... for now.

  • Southern Comfort: Zoe Fishman

    Writing the stories only she can tell is a motivating force for Zoe Fishman. "My books have been, for better or worse, pretty autobiographical," she says. Her third novel, "Driving Lessons," being published by HarperCollins in April is about leaving a big city and moving down south, and she confirms it was definitely taken from her life.

  • War Is Hell: Phil Klay

    Phil Klay graduated from Dartmouth College, in Hanover, N.H., in 2005.

  • Prolific and Profound: Anne Perry

    Anne Perry works at her craft 12 hours a day, six days a week (she takes Sundays off), year in and year out.

  • A Woman of Her Time: Tessa Hadley

    Stella, the main character of Tessa Hadley’s new novel, "Clever Girl," is an unusual female protagonist in fiction; her intelligence can be destructive and she questions and critiques to a maddening point. Hadley stresses that she is very different from Stella; she’s not as “brave,” as she puts it.

  • Frenchie: Greg Marchand

    When Greg Marchand began working in the London restaurant Fifteen, it’s owner, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver dubbed him “Frenchie” because he was the only French person in the kitchen. The name stuck, and now it graces Marchand’s Paris restaurant, as well as his other endeavors: a wine bar, Frenchie to Go, and this April, his first cookbook, "Frenchie," published in the U.S. this April by Artisan.

  • Infinitely Strange Day-to-Day Life: Peter Matthiessen

    "In Paradise" might seem to be an odd, perhaps even an offensive, title for a book set in a concentration camp.

  • YA Novelist E. Lockhart’s Sleight of Hand

    In E. Lochart's new YA novel, "We Were Liars," something has happened to her narrator, Cady.

  • Finding a Home for ‘Red Light Properties’: Dan Goldman

    It’s hard to reach an audience when you’re always one step ahead of it. Graphic novelist Dan Goldman found that out the hard way, as he struggled to market his graphic novel "Red Light Properties," as a webcomic and an e-book, before he finally gave up on his dream of a career in comics.

  • Anticipated Debuts: First Fiction 2014

    “Write what you know.” That old adage worked for this spring’s crop of new fiction writers, who draw on their own experience for their literary debuts.

  • First Fiction 2014: Yale Dean Turned Modern Romance Writer - Susan Rieger

    Susan Rieger does not have an M.F.A.; rather her first book comes after a successful legal career that included teaching stints at Yale (where she was also a dean) and Harvard. This experience informs The Divorce Papers, an epistolary novel written in memos that PW called “clever and funny” in a starred review. The book will be released in March by Crown.

  • First Fiction 2014: Fame in the Heartland - Nickolas Butler

    When Nickolas Butler was attending the University of Iowa’s M.F.A. program, he commuted from the Twin Cities in Minnesota, where his wife and son lived, to Iowa City once a week.

  • First Fiction 2014: A New Spin on an Old Story - Daniel Levine

    Daniel Levin’s debut, Hyde (which will be published in March by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and which received a starred review from PW), is a retelling of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde from Hyde’s perspective.

  • First Fiction 2014: Kenya’s Destiny - Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor

    Zigzagged and constructed out of a thousand detours,” is how Kenya-native Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor describes her trajectory as a writer, which reached another turning point on January 28 with the publication of her novel Dust by Knopf.

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