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Colum McCann
Award-winnining author Colum McCann's most ambitious work to date, Let the Great World Spin offers a dazzling and hauntingly rich vision of the loveliness, pain, and mystery of life in New York City in the 1970s. "[McCann] succeeds in giving us a high-wire performance of style and heart," praises Publishers Weekly.

Janna Cawrse Esarey
The Motion of the Ocean is the humorous true story of Janna Cawrse Esarey who abandons her tidy life to honeymoon across the Pacific on a leaky, old boat, only to find that sailing 17,000 miles is easier than keeping her relationship off the rocks. "[A] funny, honest tale of how one woman found her Comfort zone — with the sea, with herself, and with the notion of happily ever after," cheers Michelle Goodman, author of "My So-Called Freelance Life."
Lise Funderburg
Lise Funderburg's memoir Pig Candy is the poignant and often comical story of a grown daughter getting to know her dying father in his last months. "Charming and often moving," proclaims Kirkus Reviews, promising it "will appeal to a broad range of readers, from fans of Wendell Berry to those of Toni Morrison."
Donald Ray Pollock
In Knockemstiff, his exhilarating fiction debut, Donald Ray Pollock peers into the soul of a tough Midwestern American town to reveal the lives of its stunted but resilient residents. One of the year's most highly praised books, Knockemstiff has been hailed as "powerful, remarkable, exceptional" (L.A. Times) and "an unforgettable experience" (San Francisco Chronicle).
Michael Schaffer
A witty, insightful, and affectionate examination of how and why people spend billions of dollars on their pets, One Nation under Dog is about America's pet obsession — the explosion, over the past generation, of an industry full of pet masseuses, professional dog-walkers, and organic kibble.
Lev Yilmaz
In the bestselling tradition of Matt Groening (Simpsons) and Jeff Kinney (Diary of a Wimpy Kid), YouTube sensation Lev Yilmaz delivers a thought-provoking cartoon book, Sunny Side Down, that explores the mundane, neurotic, and hilarious moments of life. "Yilmaz shows off his excellent drawing skills and a quirky worldview," hails Publishers Weekly.
Sara Houghteling
Set in a Paris darkened by World War II, Sara Houghteling's sensuous and bracing debut novel Pictures at an Exhibition tells the story of a son's quest to recover his family's lost masterpieces, looted by the Nazis during the occupation. "Houghteling dazzlingly recreates the horrors of war," praises Publishers Weekly, "and it's the small, smart details...that make one uncommon family's suffering all the more powerful."
Erica Bauermeister
Reminiscent of Chocolat and Like Water for Chocolate, Erica Bauermeister's The School of Essential Ingredients is a gorgeously written novel about life, love, and the magic of food. Eight students gather in Lillian's Restaurant every Monday night for cooking class. It soon becomes clear, however, that each one seeks a recipe for something beyond the kitchen. "[A] remarkable debut," proclaims Publishers Weekly. "[C]ertain to satisfy."
Hannah Holmes
With wit, humility, and penetrating insight, science journalist Hannah Holmes casts the inquisitive eye of a trained researcher and reporter on... herself. And not just on herself, but on our whole species. Deftly mixing personal stories and observations with the latest scientific theories and research results, The Well-Dressed Ape is an engaging and informative field guide to that oddest and yet most fascinating of primates: the human. "Holmes makes the scientific personal in prose that is juicy and humorous," cheers Publishers Weekly (starred review).
Simon Montefiore
From the bestselling author of Young Stalin comes Sashenka, a sweeping novel of Russia in the early 20th century — a captivating tale of love, politics, family, and survival that will captivate readers who love Doctor Zhivago. "The tale is thick and complex, and the characters lives take on a palpable urgency against a wonderfully realized backdrop," hails Publishers Weekly (starred review).
Terry Tempest Williams
A singular meditation on how the natural and human worlds both collide and connect in violence and beauty, Finding Beauty in a Broken World is a work of uncommon perceptions that dares to find intersections between arrogance and empathy, tumult and peace. "[A] beautiful mosaic of loss and renewal that affirms, with striking lucidity, the need for reverence for all of life," hails Booklist (starred review).
Keith Lee Morris
An intriguing tale of darts, drugs, and death, The Dart League King is an "absorbing and intelligent novel" about "how even the most banal choices we make...can have a life-altering impact" (Publishers Weekly, starred review).
Jasper Rees
Jasper Rees's A Devil to Play is the true story of an unlikely midlife crisis spent conquering 16 feet of wrapped brass tubing widely regarded as the most difficult instrument to master, as well as the most treacherous to play in public. "Rees's self-assigned quest turns into an amiable romp with quiet bits of inspiration," hails Publishers Weekly.
Alex Perry
If the world is flat, as the prophets of globalization proclaim, then what happens on the underside? Alex Perry answers with Falling Off the Edge, his eye-opening journey through the planet's most dangerous hotspots. "Perry, to his great credit, is on the beat, scratching under surfaces and helping to clear away the obfuscation around this important issue," says Kirkus Reviews.
Mark Oliver Everett
For Things the Grandchildren Should Know, Mark Oliver Everett draws upon the relentless tragedies in his life (that also inspire his highly acclaimed music with the indie rock group the Eels) to pen a memoir that is a rich and poignant narrative on coming of age, love, death, and the creative vision. Kirkus Reviews calls it "refreshing and bracing. A great big grin of a book, winced out through gritted teeth."
David Taylor
Winner of the Washington Writers' Publishing House fiction prize, the stories in David Taylor's Success probe the lives of people caught in an increasingly intertwined world, close to home and abroad. Exploring a human calculus of love, betrayal, and fantasy, this moving collection makes those dramas vivid.
Francine Prose
The New York Times-bestselling author of Reading Like a Writer returns with Goldengrove, an emotionally powerful novel about love and loss filled with echoes of the classics Vertigo and Pygmalion. In this INK Q&A, Francine Prose shares the most interesting letter she's gotten from a reader, the best book she's ever read, and more!
Howard Blum
A masterpiece of narrative history that vividly brings to life the original crime of the century, American Lightning shows the lasting impact the 1910 bombing of the Los Angeles Times offices had on three remarkable individuals and, through them, the country itself. In this INK Q&A, Blum shares the excitement of writing for the Village Voice in the '70s, five books he's given to girlfriends, and more!
Paul Auster
Paul Auster's Man in the Dark is the story of 72-year-old August Brill, who is recovering from a car accident in his daughter's house in Vermont. In this INK Q&A, Auster tells us about his literary pilgrimages, how he relaxes, and more!
Alafair Burke
Angel's Tip is a harrowing stand-alone thriller from former Portland deputy D.A. Alafair Burke, author of the bestselling Samantha Kincaid series. In this INK Q&A, Burke shares which fictional action hero she'd like to date, the origin of her name, and more!
John Zogby
Eminent pollster John Zogby offers The Way We'll Be, an illuminating, fact-filled look at the changing nature of the American Dream and how this is influencing everything — from the politicians people vote for to the goods and services they buy. In this INK Q&A, Zogby shares the favorite breakfast he can't eat anymore, what his favorite historical figures have in common with Larry the Cable Guy, and more!
Elizabeth Peters
Elizabeth Peters, author of the bestselling Amelia Peabody novels, returns with The Laughter of Dead Kings, the long-awaited final installment in her beloved contemporary series featuring art historian Vicky Bliss — back for the first time in more than a decade! In this INK Q&A, Peters shares memorable experiences with readers, why one of her novels couldn't be published in Britain, and more!
Barbara Ehrenreich
In This Land Is Their Land, bestselling author Barbara Ehrenreich brilliantly dissects one of the cruelest decades in memory — the 2000s — in which she finds a nation scarred by deepening inequality, corroded by distrust, and shamed by its official cruelty. In this INK Q&A, Ehrenreich extols the virtues of working in sweatpants, explains why she dearly hopes she never runs out of novels to read, and more!
Nikolai Grozni
A brilliantly colorful memoir of becoming a monk, "Turtle Feet" details young music prodigy Nikolai Grozni's spiritual — and not-so-spiritual — journey in India. In this INK Q&A, Grozni shares the strangest job he's ever had, his idea of absolute happiness, and more.
Jonathan Evison
William Miller is weakened by his irrepressible crush on his new stepsister, Lulu. Once Lulu departs for college, Will attempts to find himself in Jonathan Evison's debut novel All about Lulu, which Publishers Weekly called "a stunner." In this INK Q&A, Evison shares some truly strange jobs he's held, his vision of the ideal life, and more!
Kerry Cohen
Loose Girl is Kerry Cohen's captivating memoir about her descent into promiscuity, and how she gradually found her way toward real intimacy, a story of addiction, and not just to sex. In this INK Q&A, Cohen shares her good book run, hypercritical reader responses to her book, and more!
Laura Dave
A multigenerational story about what it means to share a life with someone, The Divorce Party presents two immensely appealing women: Gwyn, who is facing the end of her marriage, and Maggie, her future daughter-in-law, who is trying to navigate the beginning of hers. In this INK Q&A, author Laura Dave shares why she left a job after three hours, why style beats comfort for a great pair of shoes, and more!
Elizabeth George
In her eagerly anticipated new novel, Careless In Red, New York Times-bestselling author Elizabeth George brings back Scotland Yard's Thomas Lynley in a stunning mystery in which he's caught in the middle of a seemingly perfect crime. In this INK Q&A, George shares her literary pilgrimages (there have been several!), which fictional character she'd like to date, and more!
Victor L. Wooten
From Grammy-winning musical icon and legendary bassist Victor L. Wooten comes The Music Lesson, the story of a struggling young musician who wanted music to be his life, and who wanted his life to be great. In this INK Q&A, Wooten shares his favorite breakfast, what inspires him to write, and more!
Mario Batali
From Mario Batali, the superstar chef and author of Molto Italiano, comes Italian Grill, a full-color handbook on Italian grilling filled with simple recipes for pizza, fish, poultry, meat, and vegetables. In this Q&A, Batali dishes on author Jim Harrison, why he loves his Crocs, and more!
Siri Hustvedt
From the author of What I Loved, The Sorrows of an American is a soaring feat of storytelling about the immigrant experience and the ghosts that haunt families from one generation to another. In this INK Q&A, Siri Hustvedt shares her strangest job working for a medical historian, why fiction can lie, and more!
Eric Weiner
The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World takes the reader from America to Iceland to India in search of happiness, or, in the crabby author's case, moments of "un-unhappiness." With engaging wit and surprising insights, Eric Weiner offers travelers of all moods some interesting new ideas for sunnier destinations and dispositions.
Pope Brock
Pope Brock's Charlatan is a remarkably rich historical narrative that tells the forgotten story of America's most ingenious con man and one man's decades-long battle to bring him to justice. In this Q&A, Brock discusses his strangest job, hails Hill Street Blues, and more!
Peter Carey
The latest novel from the two-time Booker Prize-winning author of Theft: A Love Story, His Illegal Self is an achingly beautiful story of the love between a young woman and a little boy. In this INK Q&A, Peter Carey discusses his literary pilgrimage to Faulkner's home, why he writes, and more.
Jennifer Finney Boylan
From the bestselling author of She's Not There comes I'm Looking through You, Jennifer Finney Boylan's buoyant, unforgettable memoir about growing up in a haunted house — and making peace with the ghosts that dwell in the heart. In this INK Q&A, Boylan shares her most interest job, what she misses most about being a man, and more!
Tim Dorsey
Batten the hatches, don the life jackets, and take cover — Serge A. Storms is setting sail on a cruise ship to hell in Atomic Lobster, the latest manic adventure from the acclaimed author of Hurricane Punch. In this INK Q&A, Tim Dorsey describes his Jack Kerouac pilgrimage, shares his idea of absolute happiness, and more!
Joshilyn Jackson
When the ghost of a little girl appears in her bedroom one morning, everything Laurel holds dear is suddenly thrown into question in The Girl Who Stopped Swimming, the latest novel from Joshilyn Jackson. In this Q&A, Jackson describes her strangest job as a puppeteer, her difficult literary pilgrimage, and more!
Bart D. Ehrman
In God's Problem, top Bible scholar and New York Times-bestselling author of Misquoting Jesus Bart D. Ehrman challenges the varied and contradictory biblical explanations for why an all-powerful God allows suffering. In this INK Q&A, Ehrman shares his love of single malt scotch, describes how he's living in absolute happiness, and more!
Kim Harrison
In The Outlaw Demon Wails, the riveting new tale in Kim Harrison's bestselling Hollows series, vampire and bounty hunter extraordinaire Rachel Morgan must play a dangerous game in which the prize is her immortal soul. In this INK Q&A, Harrison shares her vision of the ideal life, describes why she writes, and more!
Kyle Mills
From Kyle Mills, author of the award-winning The Second Horseman, comes an all-too-plausible eco-thriller, Darkness Falls, in which a new bacteria with a voracious appetite for oil threatens the worlds energy supply. Booklist cheers, "Mills has done it again: another up-all-night read (with nightmares to follow)." In this INK Q&A, Mills shares his passion for rock climbing, his favorite first sentence, and more!
George R. R. Martin
George R. R. Martin, the New York Times-bestselling author of the Song of Ice and Fire series, returns with a rare treat for readers: Dreamsongs, two collections of the best of his short fiction. In this INK Q&A, Martin discusses the influence of music on his work, his secret desire to be a caped crusader, and more.
Ha Jin
Ha Jin From the acclaimed, National Book Award-winning author of Waiting and War Trash comes A Free Life, a new novel that eloquently re-imagines the American immigrant saga. "Capacious, pointillistic, empathic, and tender...affirms humankind's essential mission, to honor life," raves Booklist. In this Q&A, Ha Jin wonders what Lolita would be like as an adult, explains why writers have to be great liars, and more.
Alan Lightman
Alan Lightman From the acclaimed author of the national bestseller Einstein's Dreams comes Ghost, a stunning and disturbing new novel about one man's encounter with the unfathomable that Booklist calls a "brilliantly orchestrated and gripping tale." In this Q&A, Alan Lightman reveals the strangest job he's ever had (in a drive-in theater), discusses how his favorite pair of shoes has survived for thirty-five years, and more.
Ken Foster
Ken Foster Ken Foster knows that a dog can change a person's life, and that several dogs can change even more. Dogs I Have Met: And the People They Found, his all-new follow-up to the nationwide bestseller, The Dogs Who Found Me is a collection of stories about people whose lives were changed by dogs in need. In this INK Q&A, Foster shares his many quirky jobs (including working for Snoop Dogg), the wonders of meeting dogs at book readings, and more.
Greil Marcus
Greil Marcus In The Shape of Things to Come, the past and the present merge in the most extraordinary and surprising ways. From Greil Marcus, the author of Mystery Train and Lipstick Traces, comes an exhilarating and provocative investigation of the tangle of American identity. In this INK Q&A, Marcus reflects upon the strangest job he's ever had, his literary pilgrimages, and more.
Ann Packer
Ann Packer Ann Packer's newest novel, Songs without Words, is the stunning follow-up to her bestselling The Dive from Clausen's Pier that takes readers on a journey into a life-long friendship tested by a harrowing crisis. In this INK Q&A, Ann Packer explains what makes a good liar, gets lost in a Charles Baxter book, and more.
Wesley Stace
By George unveils the fascinating Fisher family — its weak men, its dominant women, its disgruntled boys, and its shocking and dramatic secrets. At once bitingly funny and exquisitely tender, Wesley Stace's novel is the unforgettable journey of two boys separated by years but driven by the desire to find a voice. In this INK Q&A, Stace shares his favorite pair of shoes (picture included!), why book lovers should get to know Patrick Hamilton, and more!
Laura Moriarty
From Laura Moriarty, the critically acclaimed author of The Center of Everything, comes The Rest of Her Life, a luminous, provocative, and ultimately redemptive look at how even mothers and daughters with the best intentions can be blind to the harm they do to each other. In this INK Q&A, Moriarty describes the best breakfast of her life (on the morning of her friend's funeral), why she loves connecting with her readers, and more!
Kate Blackwell
The twelve stories in Kate Blackwell's debut collection, You Won't Remember This, illuminate the lives of men and women who appear as unremarkable as your next-door-neighbor until their lives explode quietly on the page. In this INK Q&A, Blackwell describes her literary pilgrimage, shares her vision of the ideal life, and more!
Jerry Stahl
From the bestselling author of the memoir Permanent Midnight and the novel I, Fatty comes Love Without, a long-awaited collection of short stories. Jerry Stahl's perverse yet often touching tales plumb the depths of eccentric romance, sex-starved adolescence, mid-life crisis, and family dysfunction. In this exclusive INK Q&A, Stahl plumbs the depths of his own life, sharing which fictional character he'd like to date, his literary pilgrimage, and more!
Paulina Porizkova
From perennial '80s cover girl to your bookshelf — supermodel Paulina Porizkova culls a lifetime of experience for her first novel, A Model Summer, which exposes the glamorous and gritty world of modeling. In this INK Q&A, Porizkova reveals which fictional character she'd like to date, shares her favorite wicked indulgence, and more!
Pete Jordan
From underground cult hero "Dishwasher Pete" comes Dishwasher, the story of one man's twelve-year, cross-country quest to wash dishes in all 50 states and how he abandoned his mission for love. In this exclusive Q&A, Pete Jordan tells us about life as a turtle, his favorite pair of shoes (which aren't long for this world), and more!
Richard Flanagan
From the internationally acclaimed author of Gould's Book of Fish comes The Unknown Terrorist, an astonishing new novel that offers a riveting portrayal of a society driven by fear. ("The most searing and powerful book I have ever read about how our fears of terrorism are twisting and diminishing us in chilling fashion," raves the Oregonian.) In this INK Q&A, Richard Flanagan shares his all-time favorite novels, the strangest job he's ever had, and more!
Daniel H. Wilson
In Where's My Jetpack?, roboticist Daniel Wilson takes a hilarious look at the future imagined through movies, television, and comic books. He reveals which technologies are already available and those that do not yet exist — explaining what stands in the way of making them real. In this INK Q&A, Wilson reveals why he writes, what makes his favorite pair of shoes better than any other, and more!
Neil McMahon
In Lone Creek, an edgy thriller set on his home turf of Montana, Neil McMahon interweaves the story of family dynasties and an unsolved mystery, all against the backdrop of the beautiful, hard Western landscape. In this INK Q&A, McMahon weighs in on his favorite characters in history, whether authors on tour are wilder than rock bands, and more!
Ken Ross
In A Mathematician at the Ballpark, professor Ken Ross reveals the math behind the stats. This lively and accessible book shows baseball fans how to harness the power of made predictions and better understand the game. And in this INK Q&A, Ross shares his favorite book as a kid, his best and worst subjects in school, and more!
Monica Drake
Resisting easy classification, Monica Drake's acclaimed debut novel, Clown Girl, blends the bizarre, the humorous, and the gritty with stunning skill. In this INK Q&A, Drake reveals her favorite characters in history, the strangest job she's had, why psychic dogs have her number, and more!
Miranda Beverly-Whittemore
From Miranda Beverly-Whittemore, the acclaimed author of The Effects of Light, comes Set Me Free, a compelling new novel of love, betrayal, and brotherhood that Publishers Weekly hails as an "intriguing read." Read Miranda Beverly-Whittemore's INK Q&A and pick up a copy of Set Me Free today.
Joanna Scott
Joanna Scott describes her latest book, Everybody Loves Somebody, as "a set of stories spanning the 20th century, spun around experiences of love, loss, and gain -- a history (in miniature) of ordinary emotions." Read Joanna Scott's INK Q&A and pick up a copy of Everybody Loves Somebody today.
Kevin Brockmeier
Kevin Brockmeier describes his novel, The Brief History of the Dead, thusly: "In some ways it's a survival narrative, in other ways a post-apocalyptic character study, and in still other ways a sort of jigsaw story about the connections we forge with each other." Read our Q&A with Brockmeier for more on his latest and a list of his favorite authors.
Stephen Goodwin
According to the author, Dream Golf is "the story of Bandon Dunes, a place that has already become a legend in American golf." Goodwin may have mastered his golf swing, but is he ready to survive our sand trap of questions?
Jane Hamilton
Jane Hamilton's latest novel, When Madeline Was Young, combines the bestselling author's "wish to write about a happy marriage, plus write a book that deals with war." Find out more about Jane Hamilton and her new book in our INK Q&A.
Michael Cox
In Michael Cox's words, The Meaning of Night, is "a historical novel, set mainly in the mid-1850s, that attempts to re-create the literary ambience of mid-Victorian Sensation fiction." In Cox's Q&A find out more about Sensation fiction, his favorite authors, and more.
Wendy Spero
Award-winning comedian Wendy Spero's "Microthrills" is a clever and profoundly funny collection of true stories about the mini highs in life. Here she shares her secrets in finding "adventure in small things, like Twizzlers and finger puppets."
Ayun Halliday
Ayun Halliday, author of previous books about travel, parenting, and job hopping, including No Touch Monkey, which Bitch magazine called "shamefully entertaining," returns with Dirty Sugar Cookies. In this Q&A, she shares her thoughts on shoes, blogs, and a smorgasbord of other delights.
Gordon Dahlquist
Gordon Dahlquist describes his blockbuster debut novel, The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters as "an epic adventure, with elements of romance, mystery, and even a stripe of Victorian science-fiction." Find out more in this exclusive Q&A, including his thoughts on Jane Austen, Robert Coover, and fencing.
Jason Roberts
In his debut book, A Sense of the World: How A Blind Man Became History's Greatest Traveler, Jason Roberts brilliantly illuminates the life of a virtually unknown nineteenth-century explorer. Here Roberts shares his thoughts on Pippi Longstocking, Kurt Vonnegut, The Flaming Lips, and many others.
Julia Glass
Julia Glass's Three Junes was the winner of the 2002 National Book Award for Fiction, as well as a New York Times Notable Book. The Oregonian calls her new novel, The Whole World Over, "a wise book, with breadth as well as depth." In our INK Q&A, Glass describes her idea of absolute happiness, her favorite literary first line, and her favorite indulgence.
Carolyn Parkhurst
Carolyn Parkhurst's novel Lost and Found "deserves to be as big a hit as the reality shows it genially pokes fun at," according to Booklist. In our INK Q&A, Parkhurst shares some of her literary inspirations and answers our call for the best Simpsons episode of all time, admitting: "This is something I've thought about quite a bit."
Rachel Sherman
Rachel Sherman describes her first collection of stories, The First Hurt, as being "about people who are going through adolescence, pursuing and avoiding sexual experiences, and having conflict in families or relationships." Here, Sherman discusses the only way she can relax, her ideal form of happiness, and much more.
Ivan Doig
A paean to a vanished way of life and the eccentric individuals and idiosyncratic institutions that made it fertile, The Whistling Season is Ivan Doig at his evocative best. In our INK Q&A, Doig discusses his Doig's favorite opening line, why he writes, and more.
Mark Siegel
Mark Siegel is the Editorial Director of First Second Publishing, a company that aims for high quality, literate graphic novels for a wide age-range, with such books as Grady Klein's The Lost Colony" and Eddie Campbell's The Fate of the Artist. In this INK Q&A, Siegel weighs in with his opinions on the best "Simpsons" episode ever, some of his favorite contemporary illustrators, and more.
A. M. Homes
Will A. M. Homes's new novel, This Book Will Save Your Life, really save your life? We make no promises, but we're pretty sure this A. M. Homes Q&A will make your newly saved life a little more interesting.
Robert St. John
Robert St. John, author of Deep South Staples: How to Survive in a Southern Kitchen without a Can of Cream of Mushroom Soup, shares his favorite literary first line, describes a breakfast that's so good "it might have been worth the drive from South Mississippi just to eat the sausage," and offers his final thought.
Heather McGowan
In Heather McGowan's own words, her latest novel, Duchess of Nothing, is "the story of a woman living in Rome with her boyfriend, Edmund, and his seven-year-old half-brother. During Edmund's absences the narrator educates the boy in life, love, sunglasses, and marriage." Read about Heather's favorite breakfast and her obsession with HBO's brilliant series The Wire.
Elinor Lipman
In this INK Q&A, Elinor Lipman describes her eighth book, My Latest Grievance, offers her favorite literary first line, describes the best breakfast she's ever had (in Portland of all places!), confesses her guilty pleasure, shares a heartwarming experience she had with a reader, and more.
June Casagrande
June Casagrande, author of Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies, reveals which story she'd like to live in, offers a favorite passage from Kurt Vonnegut, and shares her favorite Simpsons episode (and Dan Castellaneta's favorite episode, to boot!).
Julia Alvarez
Julia Alvarez describes her latest novel, Saving the World: "[A]s the Seamus Heaney poem says, hope and history can sometimes be made to 'rhyme.' This novel is about two women, one contemporary and one historical, who want desperately for this rhyme to happen." Read the INK Q&A to find out which fictional character Alvarez would like to date, her favorite passage from another writer, the last good book she read, and other juicy tidbits.
George Saunders
George Saunders, the beloved author of Pastoralia and, most recently, The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil, is terrified that he'll sever his own penis with a knife. To learn more about this and other fascinating details of the author whom Esquire magazine called "a provocateur, a moralist, a zealot, a lefty, and a funny, funny writer," read the INK Q&A that had our office in stitches.
Anne Lamott
Shedding light on life as a religious liberal, Plan B: Futher Thoughts on Faith is Anne Lamott's antidote to our increasingly fraught times. Here she reveals what keeps her going, which includes plain Greek yogurt and Alice Waters's granola.
Ross King
Ross King's The Judgment of Paris is the story of artistic rivalry and cultural upheaval leading to the birth of Impressionism. Here King shares his thoughts on his latest book, as well as many recommended titles from other authors.
Marjorie Kowalski Cole
Winner of Barbara Kingsolver's Bellwether Prize, Marjorie Kowalski Cole's Correcting the Landscape follows the fate of an Alaskan newspaper editor as he fights for the natural environment against big business. In this INK Q&A, Cole explains why writers aren't necessarily the best liars, offers a favorite passage from Joseph Conrad, and shares her current favorite indulgence.
Max Barry
Jennifer Government author, Max Barry, describes his latest book, Company, as "a novel about a guy who goes to work for a big corporation and discovers that nobody is too sure what it actually does." Here Barry reveals his fondness for Celsius and the writing of Neal Stephenson, and shares his vision for an ideal life.
Bill Gaston
Bill Gaston's latest novel, Sointula, "involves three people who undertake three separate but related adventures." Gaston's Q&A reveals his deepest, darkest secrets, including what makes writers the best liars of all, what writers talk about when they're playing poker, and why writers are wilder on tour than rock stars.
Julie Powell
On the eve of her thirtieth birthday, Julie Powell (no relation) decided to enrich her life by cooking all 524 recipes in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking in one year. She lived to tell the tale in Julie and Julia, and now she endures our INK Q&A, as well. Learn which fictional character she'd like to date, what she dislikes most, and her favorite character in history (other than Mrs. Child, of course).
Barbara Ehrenreich
In Bait and Switch, the author of the bestselling Nickel and Dimed goes undercover again, this time as a white-collar job seeker. In our INK Q&A, Ehrenreich leads us into a white-collar Wonderland, explains why nonfiction writers aren't very good liars, and shares her vision of an ideal life (hint: it involves dancing).
Elizabeth Kostova
Elizabeth Kostova, author of the smash blockbuster The Historian, has the answers to our questions about her favorite author, breakfast in Turkey, and shoes (of course, shoes).
Lee Child employees are raving about One Shot, Lee Child's latest Jack Reacher novel: Miriam calls it "the best roller coaster ride of this season," while Georgie lauds, "Try as I might, I just I couldn't put it down. Absolutely riveting!" Here the bestselling author recommends his favorite reading and pontificates on the longevity of shoes.
Donald Hall
Donald Hall's celebrated book of poems Without was written for his wife, Jane Kenyon, who died in 1995. Hall returns to this powerful territory in The Best Day the Worst Day, a work of prose that is equally "a work of art, love, and generous genius" (Boston Globe). Here, Hall explains his fondness for Hester Prynne, suggests an author he thinks others should read, and shares his take on baked beans.
Christopher Rice
In this INK Q&A, Christopher Rice, author of The Snow Garden and, his latest, Light before Day, shares his opinions on the master of the mystery genre, the fictional character he would most like to date, and an interesting experience with a young fan's stomach.
Simon Singh
Simon Singh author of Big Bang: The Origin of the Universe here reveals the last good book he read, his objection to astrology ("It is horribly sad that (despite five thousand years of scientific advance) there are still hundreds of millions of people who believe in astrology and other hippy dippy claptrap"), and whether he prefers Fahrenheit, Celsius, or Kelvin.
Chuck Klosterman
Author of the irreverent Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs, Klosterman describes his newest book (a "narrative about love, death, and (to a lesser degree) Rod Stewart, Radiohead, and KISS"), explains why no good liar would ever claim to be a good liar, and reveals his fear of the Minotaur.
Dave King
Dave King, author of The Ha-Ha, has registered on just about every "New Writers to Watch" list in the book industry, and with good reason. Here King politely explains his admiration of Marge Simpson as Blanch Dubois, his propensity toward Greek gods, and his sympathy for poor liars.
Susan Orlean
In our newest INK Q&A, My Kind of Place author Susan Orlean — who really looks nothing at all like Meryl Streep — shares her idea of a travel story ("any journey I've taken as a writer, rather than, say, a review of the best place for shish kebabs in Istanbul"); how a dead battery led her to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (and nearly caused her to miss her next flight); her elusive quest to locate a lost diner where she had an "amazingly good short stack"; and the most interesting experience she's had with one of her readers.
Jim Wallis
On activism, favorite writers, and his latest book, God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It, Jim Wallis answers our questions.
Brunonia Barry
In Brunonia Barry's debut gothic thriller The Lace Reader, a young woman descended from a long line of mind readers and fortune-tellers returns to her hometown of Salem, Massachusetts, for rest and relaxation. Any tranquility in her life is short-lived, however, when her aunt drowns under mysterious circumstances. In this INK Q&A, Barry shares her favorite places to swim, her delicious cold swordfish breakfast, and more!
Marie Brenner
Marie Brenner's Apples and Oranges asks a universal question: how can two people from the same family turn out so entirely differently? The New Yorker calls it an "elegiac memoir....At once comic and tinged with regret."
       Adam Schell
In Adam Schell's extravagant, inventive debut novel, Tomato Rhapsody, love's heart beats tomato red under a sultry Tuscan sun. "Schell displays the finesse of a master chef as he spices up the story with a delicious array of humorous subplots — ranging from the bawdy to the sweet — guaranteed to appeal to discerning literary palates," praises Booklist.

Lisa See
From Lisa See, author of the bestsellers Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and Peony in Love, Shanghai Girls is a stunning new novel about two sisters who leave Shanghai to find new lives in 1930s Los Angeles. "[A]n accomplished and absorbing novel," cheers Publishers Weekly.
Huston Smith
Renowned world-religion scholar Huston Smith has encountered many of the people who have shaped the 20th century — including Mother Teresa, Robert Oppenheimer, and Noam Chomsky. His amazing life and stories make up the inspirational memoir Tales of Wonder.
Arthur Phillips
In The Song Is You, bestselling author Arthur Phillips delivers a love story and a uniquely heartbreaking dark comedy about obsession and loss. It is a closely observed tale of love in the digital age that blurs the line between the longing for intimacy and the longing for oblivion. Jill from enthuses, "The Song Is You is Phillips's best book yet, as smart and intricate as Prague, but more generous and poignant."
Chris Cleave
From the author of the international bestseller Incendiary comes Little Bee, a haunting novel about the tenuous friendship that blooms between two disparate strangers — one an illegal Nigerian refugee, the other a recent widow from suburban London. "Cleave is a nerves-of-steel storyteller of stealthy power, and this is a novel as resplendent and menacing as life itself," cheers Booklist (starred review).
Philip Kerr
Philip Kerr returns with his best-loved character, Bernie Gunther, in A Quiet Flame, the fifth novel in what is now a series — a tight, twisting, compelling thriller that is firmly rooted in history. "Kerr...cleverly and plausibly grafts history onto a fast-paced thriller plot," raves Publishers Weekly (starred review).
Amy Dickinson
Replacing the late Ann Landers, Amy Dickinson has made a career out of helping others through her internationally syndicated advice column "Ask Amy." Readers love her for her honesty and for the fact that her motto is "I make the mistakes so you don't have to." In The Mighty Queen of Freeville (an "irresistible memoir [that] reads like a letter from an upbeat best friend," raves Publishers Weekly), she shares those mistakes and her remarkable story.
Abraham Verghese
Cutting for Stone is a stunning debut novel from Abraham Verghese, the author of My Own Country — an enthralling family saga of Africa and America, fathers and sons, doctors and patients, exile and home. "With all the traits of a great 19th century novel...Cutting for Stone is destined for success," cheers the San Francisco Chronicle.
Jonah Lehrer
From the acclaimed author of Proust Was a Neuroscientist comes a fascinating look at the new science of decision-making. In How We Decide, Jonah Lehrer explores two questions: How does the human mind make decisions, and how can those decisions be made better?
Nami Mun
In raw and beautiful prose, debut novelist Nami Mun delivers Miles from Nowhere, the story of a young woman who is at once tough and vulnerable, world-weary and naive, faced with insurmountable odds and yet fiercely determined to survive. In the process, Mun creates one of the most indelible characters in recent fiction. "[E]xplosive....[A] gritty and empathic coming-of-age tale," praises Booklist (starred review).
Steven Johnson
In The Invention of Air, bestselling author Steven Johnson (The Ghost Map) recounts the story of Joseph Priestley — scientist and theologian, protege of Benjamin Franklin — an 18th-century radical thinker who played pivotal roles in the invention of ecosystem science, the founding of the Unitarian Church, and the intellectual development of the U.S. "[S]ucceeds like a shot of the purest oxygen," raves Publishers Weekly.
Greg Witt
Experienced tour leader and trekker extraordinaire Greg Witt brings cultural sensitivity and humor, as well as concise practical information, to Ultimate Adventures: A Rough Guide to Adventure Travel. Whether your appetite for adrenaline takes you to arctic freezes, ocean depths, or sweltering deserts, this book will tell you the how, why, and when to plan your ultimate adventure.
Mac Montandon
Jetpack Dreams is a hilarious pop-socio-cultural history of the greatest invention that never was — the jetpack — and a participatory journey through the bizarre subculture of jetpack enthusiasts in search of a working model. Publishers Weekly declares, "This snappily written, often funny book should attract dreamers of both sexes and all ages."
Wally Lamb
Number one New York Times-bestselling author and two-time Oprah's Book Club pick Wally Lamb delivers his first novel in over a decade — an extraordinary work of prodigious scope and ambition that explores the consequences of violent events, and the chaos that ensues. "[A] tour de force," proclaims Entertainment Weekly. "The Hour I First Believed is his best yet (Grade: A)."
David Liss
From the bestselling, award-winning author of A Conspiracy of Paper comes his most powerful historical mystery yet. Set in post-Revolutionary War America, The Whiskey Rebels is a superb rendering of a vivid and perilous age. "A raucous mix of historical fiction and action-adventure thriller," hails Booklist.
Gregory Maguire
The eagerly awaited third book in Gregory Maguire's beloved Wicked trilogy has arrived! At once a portrait of a would-be survivor and a panoramic glimpse of a world gone shrill with war fever, A Lion Among Men is written with the sympathy and power that have made his books contemporary classics. "An absolute must-read for fans of this ever-evolving dark fairy tale," cheers Booklist.
Simon Hopkinson
Second Helpings of Roast Chicken is the sequel to the phenomenally successful Roast Chicken and Other Stories, which was voted as the most useful cookbook of all time by Waitrose Food Illustrated. This new book takes 47 of Simon Hopkinson's favorite ingredients as a starting point and provides new inspiration to Hopkinson's many fans.
Dave Zirin
In A People's History of Sports in the United States, sportswriter Dave Zirin offers a rollicking, rebellious, myth-busting history of sports in America that puts politics in the ring with pop culture. Booklist calls it a "thought-provoking, contrarian take on American sport." In this INK Q&A, Zirin describes his literary pilgrimage to Powell's, explains why writers are better liars than other people (maybe), and more!
Dave Boling
David Boling's debut novel Guernica is an extraordinary epic of love, family, and war set in the Basque town of Guernica before, during, and after its destruction by the German Luftwaffe during the Spanish Civil War. In this INK Q&A, Boling reveals the strangest jobs he's ever had, shares the question that compels him to write, and more!
Rachel Kushner
An astonishingly wise, ambitious, and riveting first novel set in the American community in Cuba during the years leading to Castro's revolution, Telex from Cuba is a masterful debut that will put Rachel Kushner on the map of American fiction. In this INK Q&A, Kushner shares the joys of a paper route, reveals her strangest interaction with a reader, and more!
Michael Meyer
Michael Meyer's The Last Days of Old Beijing is a fascinating, intimate portrait of Beijing as pictured through the lens of its oldest neighborhood, facing destruction as the city, and China, relentlessly modernizes. In this INK Q&A, Meyer offers five great books about cities, shares his vision of the afterlife, and more!
David Ebershoff
The new novel from the author of The Danish Girl and Pasadena, The 19th Wife is a spellbinding work of literary suspense, set against the history of the Mormon Church, that combines historical fiction with a modern-day mystery. "Great fun to read with its enticing characters, swift dialogue, and neatly structured plot," praises Booklist (starred review).
Shan Sa
From the author of Empress comes Alexander and Alestria, an ambitious, richly layered tale of Alexander the Great, which entwines his historical legacy with a fantastic love affair set in a wartime between Western and Eastern civilizations. In this INK Q&A, author Shan Sa discusses the relaxation of talking to trees, her idea of absolute happiness, and more!
Mark Alpert
An exciting new thriller — and science — writer, Mark Alpert, presents Final Theory, an action-packed debut that seamlessly weaves issues of science, history, and politics with white-knuckle chases and a gun battle that crosses into the extra dimensions of space and time. In this INK Q&A, Alpert explains why The Prisoner is the best TV series ever, how fun it is to write about a "smarter, braver, stronger, sexier" version of oneself, and more!
Leni Zumas
In Farewell Navigator, her dazzling premier collection of short stories, Leni Zumas shines a bright light into the far corners of a dark, dreamlike America populated by a cast of characters on the brink of survival. In this INK Q&A, Zumas shares her forbidden love for Ponyboy, what she has in common with Barack Obama, and more.
Edward Dolnick
Edward Dolnick, the Edgar Award-winning author of The Rescue Artist, is back with The Forger's Spell, the riveting story of the brilliant con man — "the world's most famous art forger" (the New York Times) — who perpetrated the greatest art hoax of the 20th century.
Andre Dubus III
From Andre Dubus III, author of the New York Times bestseller and Oprah Book Club selection House of Sand and Fog, comes The Garden of Last Days, a big-hearted, painful, page-turning novel set in the seamy underside of American life at the moment before the world changed. In this INK Q&A, Dubus describes his early job as a bounty hunter, why working out relaxes him, and more!
Steve Martini
Murder reaches deep into the halls of the U.S. Supreme Court in Shadow of Power, the electrifying new thriller by Steve Martini featuring defense attorney Paul Madriani. In this INK Q&A, Martini explains his love of Lincoln and Jefferson, despite a disillusionment with politicians, plus offers up two of his favorite book passages, and more.
Dan White
In The Cactus Eaters, the hilarious and harrowing account of a young couple's hike along the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail, Dan White shares the hardships they face as he and his girlfriend confront nature, themselves, and each other. In this INK Q&A, White shares his strangest job, his favorite book about Bigfoot, and more!
Taras Grescoe
An eye-opening look at aquaculture that does for seafood what Fast Food Nation did for beef. From North American Red Lobsters to fish farms and research centers in China, Taras Grescoe's Bottomfeeder takes readers on an illuminating tour through the 55-billion-dollar-a-year seafood industry.
Ann Patchett
While grads may have little idea of what's coming next, there's great pleasure to be found in not knowing and not having everything defined. Bestselling author Ann Patchett shares her wit and heartfelt advice in What Now?, a beautiful gift book that is sure to become a perennial favorite. In this INK Q&A, Patchett describes crashing Eudora Welty's funeral, shares her favorite author who didn't get the attention he deserves, and more!
Joanne Harris
In The Girl with No Shadow, New York Times bestselling author Joanne Harris returns with an exquisite treat that continues the story begun in her novel Chocolat. Runemarks, Harris's first foray into YA fantasy, is a fresh, funny, and wonderfully irreverent new take on the old Norse tales. In this INK Q&A, Harris becomes the first author to answer every single question of our Q&A — including her favorite TV series, which fictional character she'd like to date, and, well... all of them!
Jeff Gordinier
Taking off from his controversial Details essay "Has Generation X Already Peaked?" Jeff Gordinier conducts an eye-opening journey in his quest to find the essence of X. Like Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs and The Tipping Point, X Saves the World flips conventional wisdom on its head and expertly captures the spirit of a strange and crucial era in American society. In this Q&A, Gordinier shares his vision of the ideal life (hint: olive oil), literary pilgrimage to "pester" Paul Bowles, and more!
Scott Huler
In No-Man's Lands, writer and NPR contributor Scott Huler follows the route of Homer's Odyssey to learn what this great work offers three thousand years later. In this Q&A, Huler sings the praises of Joss Whedon's Firefly, describes a photo tour of his best breakfasts around the world, and more!
Samantha Hunt
From the author of the acclaimed debut novel The Seas, The Invention of Everything Else luminously resurrects one of the greatest scientists of all time, Nikola Tesla, while magically transporting us — à la Steven Millhauser and Michael Chabon — to an early 20th-century New York City thrumming with energy, wonder, and possibility. In this INK Q&A, Hunt discusses her fascination with Tesla, why cheating at Monopoly as a young girl helped prepare her to become a writer, and more!
Charles Baxter
In his extraordinary new novel, Soul Thief, National Book Award finalist Charles Baxter delivers one of his most beautifully wrought and unexpected works of fiction: at once lyrical and eerie, acutely observant in its sensual and emotional detail and audaciously metaphysical in its underpinnings. In this INK Q&A, Baxter shares his favorite one-word indulgence, describes an interesting experience with a reader, and more!
Laurie R. King
Building to an astounding climax on an ancient English estate, Laurie R. King's Touchstone is both a harrowing thriller by a master of the genre and a thought-provoking exploration of the forces that drive history — and human destinies. In this INK Q&A, King shares the strangest job she's ever had, explains why writers are terrible liars, and more.
Tony Earley
The small dramas of teenage love get caught in the crosswinds of a war in The Blue Star, Tony Earley's sequel to his 2001 bestseller Jim the Boy. Now a teenager, Jim returns in another tender and wise story of young love on the eve of World War II. In this INK Q&A, Earley shares his ideal life, his favorite disaster books, and more!
Tracy Chevalier
Now in paperback: the bestselling author of Girl with a Pearl Earring returns with Burning Bright, a brilliantly rendered, sweeping, and thoroughly engaging story about William Blake's London. With her fine eye for historical detail, Tracy Chevalier composes a "wonderfully vivid portrait of 18th-century London" (Time Out London). In this INK Q&A, Chevalier explains why cats rule, how she ended up sorting pickled snakes one summer, and more!
Taylor Clark
Part Fast Food Nation, part Bobos in Paradise, Taylor Clark's Starbucked provides an objective, meticulously reported story of how the coffeehouse movement changed everyday lives, from evolving neighborhoods and workplaces to the ways people shop, socialize, and self-medicate. "An absorbing account bolstered by solid reporting," raves Kirkus Reviews. In this INK Q&A, Clark recommends his favorite biographer, reveals why he isn't on American Idol, and more!
Dean Koontz
Dean Koontz delivers suspense for all seasons with his transcendent new thriller, The Darkest Evening of the Year — a heart-pounding tour de force featuring a dedicated dog rescuer, a very special golden retriever, and the murderous adversaries they must face together. In this INK Q&A, Koontz explains why it's hard for a writer to deliver an original novel each time, shares his passion for burnt toast, and more.
Michael Chabon
Michael Chabon Gentlemen of the Road is a rollicking saga by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, set 1,000 years ago along the ancient Silk Road, and telling the tale of two wandering adventurers and unlikely soul mates. In this Q&A, Chabon shares his reverence for "visionary cranks," details his dream pilgrimage to the land of Conan's origin, and more.
Cesar Millan
Cesar Millan In Be the Pack Leader, bestselling author Cesar Millan takes his principles of dog psychology a step further, showing you how to develop the calm-assertive energy of a successful pack leader and use it to improve your dog's life — and your own. In this INK Q&A, Cesar Millan shares his methods for relaxation, his idea of absolute happiness, and more.
Steve Erickson
Steve Erickson In Steve Erickson's latest novel, Zeroville, a film-obsessed ex-seminarian with images of Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift tattooed on his head arrives on Hollywood Boulevard in 1969. Through encounters with former starlets, burglars, political guerillas, punk musicians, and veteran filmmakers, he discovers the secret that lies in every movie ever made. In this INK Q&A, Erickson describes the best breakfast of his life in the midst of a military uprising, discusses the artists who inspire him, and more.
Frank Schaeffer
Frank Schaeffer With its up-close portraits of the leading figures of the American evangelical movement, recovered evangelical Frank Schaeffer's Crazy for God is a uniquely revealing and powerful memoir, which tells its story with empathy, humor, and bite. In our INK Q&A, Schaeffer shares his strangest job working for The 700 Club, a perfect caviar kiss for breakfast, and more.
Jeff Parker
Jeff Parker Skateboarder, restaurant worker, and punk rocker wannabe, the antihero of Ovenman adds a new twist to the classic coming-of-age story. Jeff Parker's laugh-out-loud funny first novel follows a contemporary Everyguy through the strange twists of a woefully complicated life. In this INK Q&A, Parker shares which fictional character he'd like to date, the most interesting job he's had, and more.
Kate Christensen
Kate Christensen From the acclaimed author of The Epicure's Lament, The Great Man is Kate Christensen's scintillating comedy of life among the avant-garde in this story of a New York City painter living in the heroic generation of the 1940s and 1950s. In this INK Q&A, Christensen shares her favorite passage from another writer, sings the praises of her comfy "nurse shoes," and more.
Amy Bloom
In her brilliant new novel, Away, which is at once heartbreaking, romantic, and completely unforgettable, Amy Bloom pens the epic and intimate story of young Lillian Leyb, who after her family is destroyed in a Russian pogrom comes to America alone, determined to make her way in a new land. In this INK Q&A, Bloom tells us why her best breakfast is also her favorite indulgence and her idea of absolute happiness, shares five books worth rereading, and more!
Kimberlee Auerbach
Kimberlee Auerbach's one-woman show, "Tarot Reading," sold out in New York, prompting rave reviews from notable writers and social critics. Now Auerbach brings her utterly original humor to her unforgettable memoir, The Devil, the Lovers, and Me. In this unabashed INK Q&A, Auerbach reveals which fictional character she crushes on, what she does to (ahem) relax, and more!
Gerd Gigerenzer
In the tradition of Blink and Freakonomics, Gut Feelings is an exploration of the myriad influences and factors (nature and nurture) that affect how the mind works, grounded in cutting-edge research and conveyed through compelling real-life examples. In this INK Q&A, author Gerd Gigerenzer shares a favorite sentence from another writer, why people believe women are intuitive but men are rational, and more!
Richard K. Morgan
The future isn't what it used to be since Richard K. Morgan arrived on the scene with his bestselling Takeshi Kovacs series. Now, in Thirteen, Morgan radically reshapes and recharges science fiction yet again. Read the Q&A to learn more about Thirteen, Morgan's love of Celsius, and his six essential book recommendations for modern humans.
Jacqueline Carey
The highly anticipated follow-up to Kushiel's Scion, New York Times bestselling author Jacqueline Carey's newest book, Kushiel's Justice, continues a new trilogy set in the same extraordinary world as her Kushiel's Avatar saga. In this exclusive Q&A, Carey describes the best breakfast of her life, shares her favorite historical characters, and more!
Willy Vlautin
Willy Vlautin's "gritty debut" (Publishers Weekly), The Motel Life, explores the frustrations and failed dreams of two Nevada brothers — on the run after a hit-and-run accident — who, forgotten by society, and short on luck and hope, desperately cling to the edge of modern life.
Michelle Goldberg
In Kingdom Coming, an "important work of investigative journalism" (Esquire), senior political reporter Michelle Goldberg discusses how the growing influence of dominionism — the doctrine that Christians have the right to rule nonbelievers — is threatening the foundations of democracy. Read this INK Q&A to discover the strangest job Goldberg has ever had, why Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a modern-day feminist fairy tale, and more!
Nathan Englander
The long-awaited first novel from the author of the award-winning short story collection For the Relief of Unbearable Urges, The Ministry of Special Cases is a stunning historical tale set at the start of Argentina's Dirty War, a hallucinatory journey into a forbidden city and a world of terror. Hails Kirkus Reviews, "Englander's story collection promised a brilliant future, and that promise is here fulfilled beyond all expectations."
Harlan Coben
Twenty years ago, four teenagers at summer camp walked into the woods at night. Two were found murdered, and the others were never seen again. Four families had their lives changed forever. Now, two decades later, they are about to change again. The Woods is the latest white-knuckled thriller from bestselling author Harlan Coben, a novel that Library Journal praises as "one of Coben's best." Read our INK Q&A to find out the strangest job Coben's had, what fictional character he'd like to date, and much, much more!
Jim Butcher
In White Night, the latest novel of Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files (now a hit series on the Sci-Fi Channel), professional wizard Harry Dresden is investigating a series of deaths when he uncovers a conspiracy within the White Council of Wizards that threatens not only him, but those closest to him. Check out the series Entertainment Weekly calls "Buffy the Vampire Slayer starring Philip Marlowe" — and read our exclusive INK Q&A with Jim Butcher.
Dennis Cass
In Head Case, Dennis Cass infiltrates the world of neuroscience and becomes a human guinea pig on a darkly comic journey to understand the human brain and find out what makes us who we are. Read Dennis Cass's INK Q&A and pick up your copy of Head Case today!
William Dietrich
In William Dietrich's "superb historical thriller" (Publishers Weekly), Napoleon's Pyramids, an 18th-century explorer travels to Egypt as part of Napoleon's great expedition, where he stumbles into a deadly six-thousand-year-old mystery. Read William Dietrich's INK Q&A and pick up a copy of Napoleon's Pyramids today.
Eric Dezenhall
A perfect mix of The West Wing, The Godfather, and Gone with the Wind, Spinning Dixie is an epic novel full of adventure, romance, and unforgettable characters that will have readers laughing out loud. Read the INK Q&A from author Eric Dezenhall and order your copy of Spinning Dixie today.
Daniel Kalla
Rage Therapy is a compelling psychological thriller that draws on author Daniel Kalla's behind-the-scenes medical experience to probe the darkest compulsions of the human mind. Read Kalla's INK Q&A to learn more about what makes him tick.
Erik Larson
Devil in the White City author Erik Larson describes his latest book, Thunderstruck, as "a work of narrative nonfiction centered on two converging stories [that] intersect in what may be the most celebrated criminal chase of the twentieth century, eclipsing even O. J. Simpson's freeway odyssey."
David Kamp
According to David Kamp, The United States of Arugula is about how "in the last half-century or so, American food has undergone a tremendous change for the better." In his Q&A, Kamp elaborates on the changing American tastebud, A. J. Liebling, blogs, budgies, and more.
Mark Haddon
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time author Mark Haddon describes his newest novel, A Spot of Bother, as "a hilarious black comedy about skin cancer, nervous breakdown, graphic self-harm and lusty gay sex."
Thom Hartmann
Air America syndicated radio host and award-winning author, Thom Hartmann shares his thoughts on the Founders and their ideals of government, his favorite authors, and his recipe for "absolute happiness."
Tom Lutz
Tom Lutz?s Doing Nothing is a witty, wide-ranging cultural history of our attitudes toward work — and getting out of it. This examination of slackers and layabouts, and their impact on the working world snagged a starred review from Publishers Weekly, and praise from the Washington Post. In this Q&A, Lutz offers a slew of recent books that he recommends.
Shelley Jackson
Shelley Jackson's first novel, Half Life, has been called "Grotesque, inventive, and moving...the most unusual and accomplished book you'll read this year," by Jill of Read Jackson's Q&A and learn more about her love of Pippi Longstocking, among others.
David Long
David Long's new novel, The Inhabited World, is, as he puts it, "an unconventional ghost story" — the story of a man who committed suicide and is now lost in a kind of purgatory, haunting his old house. In our Q&A, Long writes, "I don?t want readers thinking it's a grim book. It isn't. It has its moments of humor and sexiness, and ultimately it's an upbeat story."
Clare Sambrook
Clare Sambrook's debut novel, Hide and Seek, has garnered rave reviews and been compared to the likes of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. In this INK Q&A, Sambrook discusses the inspiration for her book, her most embarrassing moment, and just some of the things she dislikes most.
Amy Ephron
Amy Ephron's One Sunday Morning is a "Whartonesque novel of manners" (Kirkus) that reads like "a Jazz Age take on Sex and the City" (Entertainment Weekly). Here, Ephron names the fictional character she'd most like to date, and shares a particularly embarrassing moment from her childhood.
Grady Klein
Described as "Asterix in America," Grady Klein's The Lost Colony is a skillfully crafted, richly illustrated, and always hilarious tale of a mysterious island unknown to the rest of the world, in nineteenth-century America. Here Klein shares the fictional character he'd like to marry, a final thought for all eternity, and more.
Emmanuel Guibert
The first book in an exciting new series by one of France's most talented comics authors, Emmanuel Guibert's Sardine in Outer Space stars a little girl named Sardine in goofy space adventures that involve cosmic squids, masters of the universe, talking clouds, and evil beings. In this INK Q&A, Guibert has her characters speak for her.
Eddie Campbell
Eddie Campbell was the artist of Alan Moore's graphic novel From Hell, in addition to his own autobiographical graphic novels, Alec: Three-Piece Suit ("About as good as comics ever get" — Neil Gaiman) and his most recent, The Fate of the Artist ("Marvelous" — Publishers Weekly, starred review). Campbell responds to our INK Q&A in the most appropriate way — with comic panels.
Eric Schlosser
Eric Schlosser exposed the gritty underbelly of the fast food industry in Fast Food Nation. Now, in Chew on This, he's taking his message to teenagers, prime targets in the marketing of fast food. He wants teens to know where their food comes from so they can make educated choices about what they eat. In our exclusive Q&A Schlosser talks about his new book, explains why he thinks writers are bad liars, and much more.
Debbie Stoller
Writes Debbie Stoller, "Stitch 'n' Bitch Crochet: The Happy Hooker is an introduction to the ways of the hook. Crocheting has been treated like the red-haired stepchild of knitting for too long...." In this INK Q&A, Stoller shares her favorite passage from another writer, the best breakfast she's ever had, and a gaggle of other fascinating tidbits.
John Hodgman
Author John Hodgman describes his book, The Areas of My Expertise, as "a compendium of fascinating trivia and historical oddities in the tradition of The Book of Lists, though different in that all of the amazing true facts in my book are entirely made up by me." In this INK Q&A, Hodgman lets us know what he's doing when he isn't inventing fake trivia, titles his own biography, and shares his favorite literary first line.
David James Duncan
In this INK Q&A, the beloved author of The River Why, The Brothers K, and, his latest, God Laughs and Plays, explains why he'd rather date his wife than any fictional character, offers some of his favorite passages from other writers, and shares his boundless love for his Patagonia wading shoes.
Christopher Moore
Just as unexpected as you would expect from the author of The Stupidest Angel, Christopher Moore's INK Q&A reveals his crush on Jasper Fford's Thursday Next, explains why he'd like to live inside The Three Little Pigs (hint: chinny-chin-chin sizzles oh so deliciously in a frying pan), and describes his latest novel, A Dirty Job.
Tim Flannery
"The Weather Makers is about the history and future impact of climate change," says the author, Tim Flannery, who offers a bevy of savory answers to our INK Q&A questions. Find out his favorite sentence from another writer, how he found the last good book he read, where he had the best breakfast of his life.
Jonathan Ames
Jonathan Ames's new book, I Love You More Than You Know, is a collection of essays, on a wide variety of subjects including Mike Tyson, aging family members, phallic buildings the world over, Club Med, and zits. In this exclusive Q&A, Ames discusses why he'd like to date Anna Karenina, his favorite wicked indulgence, and his envy of Tarzan's upbringing.
Myla Goldberg
Here Myla Goldberg, author of Bee Season and her latest Wickett's Remedy, discusses the appeal of "the whole having-sex-in-trees thing," her post-4th grade wish to live inside James's giant peach, and the strange charm of her Fluevog boots.
Suzanne Hansen
The babysitter to the stars, Suzanne Hansen tells all in You'll Never Nanny in This Town Again. Her INK Q&A proves just as eye-opening as she reveals her idea of true happiness, her motivation for writing, and some of her favorite things.
Elliot Perlman
The Reasons I Won't Be Coming is a collection of stories full of passion and intelligence, from the author of the critically acclaimed novel Seven Types of Ambiguity. In this INK Q&A, Elliot Perlman shares with us the ideal title of his biography, an author readers shouldn't forget, which fictional character he'd like to date (and how dating her would be redemptive), and more.
Po Bronson
Po Bronson is determined to bust some myths about the traditional family in his latest tome, Why Do I Love These People? He does a good job busting some more here in our INK Q&A, too. Journalist integrity be damned, Po insists, "Writers, on the whole, are worse at telling the truth than other people." Prepared to be enlightened by the ever-illuminating Po Bronson.
Paul Neilan
"Hilarious," Publishers Weekly raves about Apathy and Other Small Victories, Paul Neilan's debut novel: "Neilan spins many sparkling comic riffs on the tawdriness and sterility of American life." In this exclusive INK Q&A, Neilan explains his disdain for bananas, the fictional character he fell in love with in high school, and why writers are better liars than other people.
Siri Hustvedt
Siri Hustvedt's latest, Mysteries of the Rectangle, is a collection of essays on painting. So it's no surprise that the acclaimed author takes inspiration from some of the great artists of the world, with a little Charles Dickens thrown in for good measure.
Anthony Bourdain
Anthony BourdainThe high-profile chef and bestselling author of Kitchen Confidential and A Cook's Tour tackles our INK Q&A with his usual aplomb and irreverence: "I wanted to do a cookbook that would be the exact opposite of the usual ghostwritten cocktail-table food porn." Read on to find out Bourdain's favorite section of the newspaper, why he dreams of a three-star restaurant on the beach, and how the best Simpsons episodes have monkeys in them.
Steve Almond
Library Journal applauds Steve Almond's new book, The Evil B.B. Chow and Other Stories, for "throw[ing] in enough sex, wit, and brutal honesty to revive interest in the short story format." In this Q&A for, Almond muses on the reasons writers can be "cowardly weenies," his favorite breakfast (homemade... with pork!), and his idea of absolute happiness.
Nicole Krauss
Nicole Krauss, author of The HIstory of Love ("a beautiful and incredibly imaginative novel" -Michal,, describes her penchant for Rembrandt, world peace, and all things Leo.
Mark Kurlansky
Describing his latest, Mark Kurlansky (author of Cod and Salt) says, "The Big Oyster — through oysters — tells the story of the growth and development of New York City. It has the peculiar distinction of being a book about both food and raw sewage disposal, a dubious combination." In this revealing Q&A, Kurlansky shares his favorite breakfast in Jamaica, explains why he writes, and reveals which painters have influenced him.
Pam Houston
In 1990, Best American Short Stories introduced a revelatory new voice in fiction — rough but intimate, independent but openhearted. Three best-selling collections later, Sight Hound is the novel devoted Pam Houston fans have long awaited. In this exclusive Q&A, Houston reveals her passion for dogs and sports of all kinds, and the story behind her favorite pair of shoes: Italian Holstein cow-fur pumps.
Jared Diamond
Acclaimed author Jared Diamond is back with Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, which analyzes why some societies crash and others thrive. In this INK Q&A, Diamond explains why he'd like to date his wife's (imaginary) identical twin sister, what makes his favorite pair of shoes better than the rest ("I bought the shoes in June of 1970, and continue to wear them"), and his idea of absolute happiness.
Augusten Burroughs
The author of two hilarious memoirs (Running with Scissors and Dry) praises none other than Tracy Kidder (another INK Q&A victim). He also chooses to date Ernest Hemingway so he can warn him: "Someday you'll be known only for your coffee tables and credenzas."
Jonathan Lethem
It's official: Jonathan Lethem, author of Motherless Brooklyn and Fortress of Solutide, is one of the finest writers of his generation. Now "the new poet of Brooklyn" discusses important issues like his favorite novelist, the sports section, liars, and Beatle boots.
Eric Hansen
"I am probably best known," writes Eric Hansen, "for my travel writing...but what I have finally come to realize is that one of the most interesting places on earth is my mind and where it takes me when I let it wander." Fortunately for readers everywhere, Hansen has recorded these internal wanderings in book after excellent book, including his latest collection of essays, The Bird Man and the Lap Dancer.
Amy Stewart
Amy Stewart describes her latest book, Flower Confidential, as "a behind-the-scenes look at the global cut-flower industry." In this INK Q&A, Stewart shares her literary crush, confesses her favorite indulgence, and recommends five great gardening novels.
Tracy Kidder
The author of Mountains beyond Mountains quotes a hefty chunk of Moby Dick, prefers the sports page (since the other news is "mostly dreadful these days and often, or so it seems to me, inaccurately reported"), and recommends Stuart Dybek's most recent book.
Stacy Perman
With In-N-Out Burger, Stacy Perman investigates the inside story of the renegade, family-owned burger chain that evokes a passionate following unlike any other.
Margot Berwin
A rollicking debut novel about plant magic, spiritual discovery, and romantic fever in the jungles of Mexico, Hothouse Flower and the Nine Plants of Desire follows a divorced advertising executive on an adventure she never meant to take in the Yucatan, alone, learning more than she ever wanted to know about the rain forest and herself.
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