Interview

Interview
by  on Nov 14, 2016

Island of the Mad author Laurie Sheck explores the role of empathy in Dostoevsky’s life and works. Read the full piece here.

by  on Nov 14, 2016

Boundless author Kathleen Winters discusses the changing environment for the indigenous peoples of Canada and Greenland, and the world. Listen to the full interview hear.

by  on Oct 31, 2016

The Los Angeles Review of Books’ Laura Bogart discusses multi-perspective narratives, writing outside experience, and indie publishing with Every Kind of Wanting‘s Gina Frangello. Read the full interview here.

by  on Oct 27, 2016

Betty Fussell credit Amy Dickerson

1. What inspired you to write this collection?

TIME. Running out of it. When I started writing seriously, 50 years ago, I was already in my 30s with a husband and 2 kids. Once started, I was always on a deadline, a metaphor for —“Do it now or you’re dead.” When you’re 89, the metaphor is literal.

2. What are you reading now?

West of Eden : An American Place by Jean Stein. I’ve always admired the form of oral history she helped initiate and develop. This time I’m personally compelled by the Doheny family in the beginnings of LA, since my father-in-law was a major player in the Doheny defense team of O’Melveny & Myers.

3. What’s the one book you recommend over & over?

Sorry, but I can’t help but name The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, which have been my companion for over six decades. Not because he was a good writer, but because he was a great playwright. His scripts were meant to be performed, not read in a library. His is the language of spoken live action: his characters are us, you and me, living people, behaving well and ill, funny and tragic, cradle to grave.

4. Who are some of your writer mentors? And has that changed over time?

My mentors are all from the theater. I read plays for fun long before I learned to read novels. I began with Edna St. Vincent Millay, then Ibsen, O’Neill, Miller—which evolved into Tennessee Williams, Beckett, Pinter, Brecht, Sondheim.

5. Do you have any prized book possessions? A gift? A first edition?

Again, apologies for the cliché, but my honest answer is my Family Bible, which my Grandma Harper gave me when I was ten. Small and bound in brown leather with my name in gold letters under the title, Holy Bible with Helps, this edition of 1901 (Standard American Revised Version) is illustrated with paintings and maps, interlarded with ancient Sunday School ribbons I won from age 5 and upwards for being able to recite all the books of the Bible in under 5 minutes.

by  on Oct 24, 2016

French Girl With Mother author Norman Ollestad explores the role reality plays in writing in his new essay for LitHub, “When Fiction Helps You Get Closer to the Truth.” Read the full essay here.

by  on Oct 19, 2016

Kim Brooks, author of The Houseguest, tackles themes of race and information overload in her essay, “The Problem of Caring,” for Manoush Zomorodi’s Note to Self podcast. Listen to the full podcast here.

by  on Oct 12, 2016

French Girl With Mother author Norman Ollestad talks with Cade Scott about his early writing career, the books that inspire him and the art of sitting in a room alone. Listen to the full interview here.

by  on Oct 07, 2016

Natashia Deón opens up about work, family and the inception of her novel, Grace, for the Los Angeles Time’s Tyler Malone. Read the interview here.

by  on Oct 05, 2016

Dana Johnson talks with Lynell George about her new short story collection, In the Not Quite Dark. Read the full interview here.

by  on Oct 04, 2016

Trotsky in New York author Kenneth Ackerman discusses the state of world politics in 1917 with WAMC CEO Alan Chartock.  Listen to the full interview here.

by  on Sep 20, 2016

Kenneth D. Ackerman, author of Trotsky in New York, 1917, speaks with The Times of Israel about one of the most influential figures of the 20th century. Read the full article here.

by  on Sep 16, 2016
The Los Angeles Times‘s book reporter Carolyn Kellogg shines a spotlight on the Counterpoint-Catapult merger. Read the article here.