Leila Mottley on Nightcrawling

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“I like to journal from my characters’ perspectives and immerse myself entirely.” In this Late Night With Seth Meyers interview, Leila Mottley speaks about staying up late writing her debut novel, Nightcrawling (Knopf, 2022). Mottley is featured in “First Fiction 2022” in the July/August issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Kazuo Ishiguro on Fiction

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In this Knopf video, Kazuo Ishiguro, who was awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature, speaks about what he calls “double-cross metaphors” and how “tilting the reality of the world just a little bit” in his stories provides inspiration. For more Ishiguro, read “Never Let Me Go: A Profile of Kazuo Ishiguro” by John Freeman from the May/June 2005 issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Michelle Zauner on Crying in H Mart

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“Suddenly I wasn’t thinking about my mom losing her hair, or my mom losing weight, I was thinking about us in Korea eating patbingsu,” says Michelle Zauner in this CBS Sunday Morning interview about her best-selling memoir, Crying in H Mart (Knopf, 2021), and finding comfort in the Korean-owned supermarket chain after losing her mother to cancer.

Weather and Activism

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“The novel in general is about what it means to start widening your circles of care.” Jenny Offill talks about her latest novel, Weather (Knopf, 2020), the dread she feels about the climate, and what brings her hope in this interview with Mary Laura Philpott for A Word on Words. Offill speaks about starting the Writers Rebel NYC branch in “Writers Confront Climate Crisis” in the March/April issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Toni Morrison on Beloved

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“I am convinced that the more I am well-known, the better known I am, the easier it is for other writers to come along,” says Toni Morrison in this 1987 interview with PBS NewsHour’s Charlayne Hunter-Gault on her success as an author and what inspired her novel Beloved, which won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize in fiction.

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Adventures in Moviegoing With Jhumpa Lahiri

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“My father was raised in Calcutta, in the neighborhood where all of these Bengali films were shot,” says Pulitzer Prize–winning author Jhumpa Lahiri about growing up surrounded by Bengali cinema and how it influenced her second novel, The Lowland (Knopf, 2013), in this 2017 interview for Criterion Collection.

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