Alex Schulman: From Reading to Writing

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“I read so much, still, because I want to learn how to tell the perfect story.” In this Louisiana Channel interview, Alex Schulman, author most recently of the novel The Survivors (Doubleday, 2021), speaks about the impact reading has had on his life, the power of storytelling, and how he started his writing career as a blogger.

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Rachel Yoder on Nightbitch

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“I love a story with an unreliable character where you’re not quite sure what’s going on. I really wanted to maintain that question and that tension throughout the book.” Rachel Yoder speaks about motherhood, publishing a book during the pandemic, and the writing process for her debut novel, Nightbitch (Doubleday, 2021), in this episode of A Mighty Blaze with Rachel Barenbaum.

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Vinod Busjeet

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Vinod Busjeet speaks about emigration versus immigration and how his debut novel, Silent Winds, Dry Seas (Doubleday, 2021), started out as a memoir in this virtual conversation with NYU Washington, DC lecturer Sydney Boyd. Busjeet is featured in “5 Over 50: 2021” in the November/December issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Colson Whitehead on Harlem Shuffle

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“It’s not all fun, you know, the usual terror of writing a book.” In this Waterstones interview, Colson Whitehead talks about his new novel, Harlem Shuffle (Doubleday, 2021), and how he gave himself permission to write a heist story. The novel is featured in Page One in the September/October issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Inside the Book: Qian Julie Wang

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“My daily life was one of hunger and fear, but all around me I saw skyscrapers and lights and beauty.” In this video, Qian Julie Wang talks about growing up as an undocumented child in New York City and what she hopes readers will take away from her debut memoir, Beautiful Country (Doubleday, 2021).

Merriam-Webster Book Thing: Stacey Abrams

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“Genre writing is an amazing place to try new words out as long as you provide good context.” In this video, Stacey Abrams discusses her love of language and word choice, as well as the writing process for her latest novel, While Justice Sleeps (Doubleday, 2021), with Merriam-Webster editors Ammon Shea and Adam Maid.

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Randall Kenan and Ron Rash

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In this virtual event for Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, North Carolina, the late Randall Kenan, author of the story collection If I Had Two Wings (Norton, 2020), and Ron Rash, author of In the Valley: Stories and a Novella Based on Serena (Doubleday, 2020), read from their books and discuss growing up in the South and their writing. Kenan’s If I Had Two Wings is longlisted for the 2020 National Book Award in fiction.

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Jean Kyoung Frazier

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“Don’t be embarrassed by what you like, just be ready to own it.” A Mighty Blaze’s Rachel Barenbaum speaks with Jean Kyoung Frazier about advice for emerging writers and the inspiration for her debut novel, Pizza Girl (Doubleday, 2020). Frazier is featured in “First Fiction 2020” in the July/August issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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