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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Erin Morgenstern

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“The themes in the book involve missed opportunities and what it’s like to have something that you wish you’d done before, and you wonder how it would’ve changed your story.” In this video, Erin Morgenstern talks about the themes in her second novel, The Starless Sea (Doubleday, 2019), her writing process, literary genres, and what she’s currently reading.

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A Million Little Pieces

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A Million Little Pieces (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 2003), the controversial and fabricated best-selling memoir by James Frey, has been adapted into a feature film directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson. Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Billy Bob Thornton, and Odessa Young, the film focuses on the life of a young writer seeking treatment for drug and alcohol addiction.

The Nickel Boys

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“You pick the right tool for the job, and sometimes fantasy is a way to open up a story and convey a universal truth, and sometimes realism.” Colson Whitehead speaks with PBS NewsHour’s Jeffrey Brown about his writing process and the true story that inspired his latest novel, The Nickel Boys, which was published this week by Doubleday.

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The Starless Sea

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The Starless Sea (Doubleday, 2019), the follow-up to Erin Morgenstern’s debut novel, The Night Circus, follows a graduate student who discovers a library book that inexplicably tells a story from his own past leading him to a mysterious underground world filled with ancient books, lost cities, pirates, painters, and lovers.

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Ingrid Rojas Contreras

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“I was very lucky to have family members who are all very outgoing and love to hear people talk about them.” On Late Night With Seth Meyers, Ingrid Rojas Contreras talks about how her family and childhood in Colombia inspired her first novel, Fruit of the Drunken Tree (Doubleday, 2018).

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The Water Cure

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Sophie Mackintosh reads from her debut novel, The Water Cure (Doubleday, 2019), at Waterstones bookstore and talks about being influenced by Jeffrey Eugenides’s novel The Virgin Suicides, Yorgos Lanthimos’s film Dogtooth, Joan Lindsay’s novel Picnic at Hanging Rock, and the recent sociopolitical climate.

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