BTW Interviews

28 Mar

An Indies Introduce Q&A With M.G. Leonard

M.G. Leonard is the author of Beetle Boy, a Winter/Spring Indies Introduce debut for middle-grade readers. Erin Barker of Hooray for Books! said Beetle Boy “feels like it was written by a scientifically-minded Roald Dahl.”

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25 Mar

A Q&A With Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, Author of April’s #1 Indie Next List Pick

Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney’s debut novel, The Nest, the number one Indie Next List pick for April, is “funny, thoughtful, and filled with unique and complex characters,” said Jennifer Oleinik of University Book Store in Seattle.

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18 Mar

An Indies Introduce Q&A With Heidi Heilig

Heidi Heilig is the author of The Girl From Everywhere, a Winter/Spring Indies Introduce debut for young adults and Spring Kids’ Indie Next List pick. Alyssa Raymond of Boulder Book Store said the novel is “magical, diverse, and intricately plotted.”

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17 Mar

An Indies Introduce Q&A With Matthew Griffin

Matthew Griffin is the author of the Winter/Spring Indies Introduce debut novel Hide, which William Carl of Wellesley Books called “one of the best books of the year.”

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14 Mar

An Indies Introduce Q&A With Rashod Ollison

Rashod Ollison is the author of Soul Serenade: Rhythm, Blues & Coming of Age Through Vinyl, a Winter/Spring 2016 Indies Introduce debut title. Jamie Fiocco of Flyleaf Books called Soul Serenade “a heartbreaking, gratifying memoir.”

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14 Mar

An Indies Introduce Q&A With Marisa Reichardt

Underwater by Marisa Reichardt, a Winter/Spring Indies Introduce debut title for young adults and a Winter Kids’ Indie Next List pick, “is a true beauty on all counts,” said Will Walton of Avid Bookshop. 

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09 Mar

An Indies Introduce Q&A With Gavriel Savit

Gavriel Savit is the author of Anna and the Swallow Man, a Winter/Spring 2016 Indies Introduce debut title for young adults. Sara Grochowski of Brilliant Books called the novel “an affecting story that readers won’t soon forget.”

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01 Mar

Joshilyn Jackson on March’s #1 Indie Next List Pick, The Opposite of Everyone

Author Joshilyn Jackson talks about the integral role indie booksellers have played in her career, the process of creating the tough and impassioned character Paula Vauss, and what she’s got coming up next. 

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23 Feb

An Indies Introduce Q&A With Sunil Yapa

Sunil Yapa is the author of Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist, a Winter/Spring 2016 Indies Introduce debut novel. “I closed the book with the feeling that if we can truly open our hearts to understanding and forgiveness, there is hope for all of us,” said Anmiryam Budner of Main Point Books.

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03 Feb

Melanie Benjamin on “The Swans of Fifth Avenue,” February’s #1 Indie Next List Pick

The Swans of Fifth Avenue, which evokes Truman Capote’s entrée into socialite Babe Paley’s rarified life and his ultimate betrayal of her, is a “fun, kind of gossipy read” that author Melanie Benjamin hopes readers will enjoy.

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