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  1. Staying after School with Frank McCourt

    "People everywhere brag and whimper about the woes of their early years, but nothing can compare with the Irish version," Frank McCourt famously noted in his debut. The follow-up, 'Tis, picks up where Angela's Ashes left off, and stands as one of the great immigrant stories of our times. "After it was published," however, as McCourt explains, "I had the nagging feeling I'd given teaching short shrift." Now, in Teacher Man, he focuses on his thirty years in the classroom.

  2. Reading Along to the Paul Beatty Shuffle

    Editor Paul Beatty describes Hokum: An Anthology of African-American Humor as "a mix-tape narrative...a sampler of underground classics, rare grooves, and timeless summer jams." The California-born author's own poetry and prose—satirical, dark, gymnastic, and very funny throughout—surely qualifies him for the gig. Indeed, Publishers Weekly confirms, "The volume's general tenor is wild, winking and explosive....A Norton anthology this is not."

  3. From Florence to Pluto with Dava Sobel

    Dava Sobel In 1995, when Dava Sobel published Longitude, science geeks and neophytes alike devoured the story of John Harrison's assault on one of the greatest scientific problems of modern times. Four years later, she returned with Galileo's Daughter, an equally engrossing but altogether different kind of history. Now, in The Planets, Sobel serves up something of a love letter to the solar system, a lyrical portrait of the human race, century after century, gazing into nighttime skies.

  4. A Kinder, Gentler Carl Hiaasen, Still Pissing People Off

    Carl Hiaasen The author of ten gut-busting, page-turning mysteries, two collections of fiery newspaper columns, an indictment of the Disney empire, and now two acclaimed books for young readers, Hoot and Flush, Carl Hiaasen stopped by to talk about his writing, Florida, movie adaptations, discovering Christopher Paolini, and more.

  5. Perhaps Soon Zadie Smith Will Know What She's Doing (and then Just You Watch Out)

    Zadie Smith Has it really been more than five years since White Teeth thrust Zadie Smith to the head of her literary class? In 2002, The Autograph Man prompted's Laura Miller to ask, "What did we do to deserve a young novelist this brilliant, this generous, this alive?" Here to introduce her third novel, On Beauty ("masterly on almost any level," says the Washington Post), Smith discussed mad families, politics, old movie memorabilia, and more.

  6. Clowning with Salman Rushdie

    In September of 2002, Salman Rushdie spent an hour at reflecting on the arc of his career, from the early, attention-grabbing novels to the nonfiction collected in Step Across this Line. Three years later, he returned to discuss Shalimar the Clown, Shakespeare's gift to English-language writers, tightrope walkers, and the book on his bedside table.

  7. Undercover with Barbara Ehrenreich

    The Washington Post calls Bait and Switch "[A] worthy companion to Nickel and Dimed....[A] cautionary tale about the disposability of all American working people—not just those whose parents couldn't send them to the right schools." Before her reading for Powell's at the Bagdad Theater, Barbara Ehrenreich stopped by to discuss going back undercover, universal health insurance, and the absurdity of the job-transition industry.

  8. Bret Easton Ellis Does an Awfully Good Impression of Himself

    Bret Easton Ellis Lunar Park is "remarkable in scope and plot," Georgie Lewis applauds, "an almost masochistic metafiction in which the author plays himself as a suburban dad paying gruesome penance for being Bret Easton Ellis." The author explains, "I wanted to write something fun...a haunted house story... a book that took me back to the enjoyment I got as a kid reading genre fiction."

  9. Aimee Bender's Cabinet of Wonder

    Aimee Bender In 1998, The Girl in the Flammable Skirt introduced a voice of uncommon invention and feeling—"visionary," as Jonathan Lethem aptly described it, "but close to home." Seven years (and one celebrated novel) later, Aimee Bender returns with Willful Creatures, fifteen more stories displaying the author's unfettered imagination side-by-side with an elemental, heartrending compassion for her characters.

  10. Behind the Scenes with Pat Walsh

    Self-proclaimed failed novelist and founding editor of MacAdam Cage, Pat Walsh, draws on his expertise from both sides of the publishing fence. His advice to budding writers in 78 Reasons Why Your Book May Never Be Published and 14 Reasons Why It Just Might, is a wake-up call to navel-gazers everywhere, as well as an immensely entertaining read. Walsh spoke to about vanity presses, championship poker, and the nature of hubris among other things.

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