Eimear McBride and Discovery

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“It doesn’t interest me to know how a book will end, I have to discover that for myself.” In this video from the National Centre for Writing, Eimear McBride, who won the 2014 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction for her debut novel A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing, speaks about how character and story and the process of discovery are the keys to her writing process.

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The Girl With the Louding Voice

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“For Adunni, a louding voice is a few things: it is the refusal to be silenced by society, it’s the desire to go for everything good and everything positive that can come her way.” In this video, Abi Daré talks about her debut novel, The Girl With the Louding Voice (Dutton, 2020), the main character’s motivations, and how some of the ideas she had for her novel were inspired by her mother’s advice.

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The Body Politic

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“I write from the perspective of the suffering character in this novel but also from his wife and his closest friend,” says Brian Platzer about his second novel, The Body Politic (Atria Books, 2020), which is partially based on his own experiences with a neurological disorder. In this video, Platzer explains the premise of the book and how writing it helped him in his personal life.

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Deacon King Kong

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“One of the reasons why I wrote Deacon King Kong is because I wanted to show a world where people actually got along.” In this video, James McBride, whose novel Deacon King Kong (Riverhead Books, 2020) is featured in Page One in the March/April issue of Poets & Writers Magazine, talks about the inspiration for the novel and shows CBS This Morning host Jeff Glor around the Red Hook neighborhood in Brooklyn where he grew up.

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Hilary Mantel Reads From The Mirror and the Light

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“If you cannot speak truth at a beheading, when can you speak it?” Hilary Mantel reads from The Mirror and the Light (Henry Holt, 2020), the final novel in her trilogy, which began with her Booker Prize–winning novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies.

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Everywhere You Don’t Belong

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“It’s a confusing time to be a teenager in America.” In this Salon interview, Gabriel Bump speaks about the main character of his debut novel, Everywhere You Don’t Belong (Algonquin Books, 2020), an average, quiet teenager growing up in Chicago tackling the social issues around him. For more from Bump, read his installment of Ten Questions

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