Patricia Engel on Infinite Country

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“The story of this family is a common one. It’s the reality of so many people I know and love, yet it’s one I never saw depicted in any novel,” says Patricia Engel in this video about the inspiration behind her new novel, Infinite Country (Avid Reader Press, 2021), which is featured in Page One in the March/April issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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To All the Boys: Always and Forever

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To All the Boys: Always and Forever is the final installment of the three-part Netflix film series based on the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before YA novel series by Jenny Han. The series follows high schooler Lara Jean Song Covey, played by Lana Condor, and her relationship with her former crush Peter Kavinsky, played by Noah Centineo.

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Nadia Owusu: Aftershocks

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“I am the blue chair island. I rock and the island rocks. I pull at a blue thread on the chair’s arm. I pull a hangnail from the third finger on my right hand.” In this Books Are Magic virtual event, Nadia Owusu reads from her debut memoir, Aftershocks (Simon & Schuster, 2021), and speaks with author Catherine E. McKinley.

Zeyn Joukhadar on The Thirty Names of Night

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“To me, it was really important to do justice to the complexity of the lives of queer and trans people in my community, and the lives of queer and trans people of color more broadly.” In this Simon & Schuster video, Zeyn Joukhadar speaks about the journey of the protagonist in his second novel, The Thirty Names of Night (Atria Books, 2020). For more Joukhadar, read his installment of Ten Questions.

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Bookshelf Tour With Mary Beth Keane

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Mary Beth Keane, author of the novel Ask Again, Yes (Scribner, 2020), gives a tour of the various bookshelves in her home as part of Simon & Schuster’s Bookshelf Tour video series in which authors provide a glimpse of the books they’ve accumulated on their shelves, share details about how their books are (or aren’t) organized, and talk about the independent bookstores they support.

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Run Me to Earth

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“The book may be an act of imagination, it could be a work of fiction, but it’s based on something that absolutely happened, no matter how unbelievable it seems.” Paul Yoon talks about the shadow history of the United States’ secret war in Laos during the 1960s that inspired his second novel, Run Me to Earth (Simon & Schuster, 2020).

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How We Fight for Our Lives

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“I wanted to encapsulate the experience I was having, and particularly the memories in terms of what they mean to me now, as someone who’s thirty-three years old.” At Unbound, a literary series copresented by BAM and Greenlight Bookstore, Saeed Jones talks about the drive that compelled him to write his debut memoir, How We Fight for Our Lives (Simon & Schuster, 2019), which is featured in Page One in the November/December issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

The Dearly Beloved

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“My experience at church was of community....most importantly I got to be part of this community where everyone was searching for the meaning of life in their relationship with each other.” Cara Wall talks about the inspiration behind her debut novel, The Dearly Beloved (Simon & Schuster, 2019), a story about two couples navigating faith and social change in New York City’s Greenwich Village in the 1960s.

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The Need

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“The ‘need’ is many things in the book...a child’s need for milk and then also the mother’s need for the child to relieve her of the milk and the mother’s need for her children, that love going two directions.” On BRIC TV’s 112BK, Helen Phillips talks about her second novel, The Need (Simon & Schuster, 2019), different reactions to the book, her own experiences as a mother, and some of the inspiration for its themes. For more Phillips, read her answers to Ten Questions about her novel.

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A Particular Kind of Black Man

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“The protagonist of my novel is forced to construct a persona because the persona that he inherits from his father and from society doesn’t match who he actually is.” Nigerian American author Tope Folarin, winner of the 2013 Caine Prize for African Writing, talks about the theme of identity construction in his debut novel, A Particular Kind of Black Man (Simon & Schuster, 2019).

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