Anthony Doerr on Cloud Cuckoo Land

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“In Cloud Cuckoo Land, I try to tell the story of stewards, people who care deeply about something, and how their actions reverberated through the generations after them,” says Anthony Doerr in this video about the inspiration behind writing his new novel, Cloud Cuckoo Land (Simon & Schuster, 2021), which is featured in Page One in the September/October issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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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.

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