BTW Interviews

16 Mar

An Indies Introduce Q&A With Emily X.R. Pan

“I was stunned by the beautiful and engaging writing in this book; the story consumed me from start to finish,” said Kristen Beverly of Half Price Books about The Astonishing Color of After.

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13 Mar
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Justina Ireland on Spring Kids’ Indie Next List Pick “Dread Nation”

In Justina Ireland’s new young adult novel, set during a zombie apocalypse in Reconstruction-era America, racial politics intermingle with traditional horror.

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09 Mar

An Indies Introduce Q&A With Tami Charles

“All I can say is thank goodness the ’80s are back in fashion, because this gem of a book is best read sitting in front of a TV tray in a recliner,” said Kim Bissell of Broadway Books about Tami Charles’ Like Vanessa.

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28 Feb
Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi

An Indies Introduce Q&A With Akwaeke Emezi

“This is a disturbing debut from the mind of a bright star in the firmament of writers,” said Linda Bond of Auntie’s Bookstore about Akwaeke Emezi’s debut, Freshwater.

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20 Feb
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A Q&A With Tara Westover, Author of the #1 March Indie Next List Pick

Westover writes of her childhood living off the grid on a mountain in rural Idaho in Educated: A Memoir, which was chosen by booksellers as their top pick for the March Indie Next List.

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20 Feb

An Indies Introduce Q&A With Paul Howarth

Alyson Turner of Source Booksellers described Paul Howarth’s Only Killers and Thieves as “a Western set in Australian colonial times.”

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12 Feb

Jewell Parker Rhodes on Spring Kids’ Indie Next List Pick “Ghost Boys”

A 12-year-old boy is killed by police while holding a toy gun in Jewell Parker Rhodes’ new novel, which combines history and fiction to tell a story that explores how black children are seen in society. 

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12 Feb

An Indies Introduce Q&A With Dawn Davies

“She’s honest, she’s real, and she’s a talented writer,” said Lynn Rosen, co-owner of Open Book Bookstore, about Mothers of Sparta debut author Dawn Davies.

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06 Feb

An Indies Introduce Q&A With Tom Malmquist

Tom Malmquist’s In Every Moment We Are Still Alive is “a story of love, loss and grieving, but also the hope that arises from the beginning of a new life,” said Linda Bond of Auntie’s Books.

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30 Jan
The Dangerous Art of Blending In

An Indies Introduce Q&A With Angelo Surmelis

The Dangerous Art of Blending In is a pleasure to read, even as it goes to dark places,” said Christie Olson Day of Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle’s Children’s Books.

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