Jim Carroll’s Last Book

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Poet and musician Jim Carroll was putting the finishing touches on a novel when he passed away on September 11, 2009. Next week Viking will publish that novel, The Petting Zoo. This is the music video of The Jim Carroll Band’s “People Who Died,” which appeared on the soundtrack of the 1995 film version of his autobiography, The Basketball Diaries, starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

Tom Rachman

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“Reading is an opportunity to see little aspects of the world and different periods that you can never access yourself...” Tom Rachman talks about how his literary inspirations, such as Dickens, Tolstoy, Virginia Woolf, and George Orwell, have evolved over the years. Rachman’s third novel, The Italian Teacher (Viking, 2018), is featured in Page One in the March/April issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Nnedi Okorafor

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“I see the world as a magical place.” Nnedi Okorafor talks about magical realism, fantasy, and her writing process at the 2015 Aké Arts and Book Festival in Abeokuta, Nigeria. Okorafor is the author most recently of Akata Warrior (Viking, 2017), the second novel in the Akata young adult fantasy series centered around Sunny Nwazue, a Nigerian American girl.

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Naomi Alderman and Margaret Atwood

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“There are big questions about where I take my career, how one makes that decision; to be able to talk about that with somebody who really understands those business questions, as well as the creative questions, is wonderful.” Naomi Alderman, who received the 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction for The Power (Viking, 2017), and Margaret Atwood talk about their experiences being paired together as mentee and mentor, respectively, under the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative program.

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Karan Mahajan

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"I didn't have any intention of representing India accurately or inaccurately. I had a story in mind and I pursued the story ruthlessly." Karan Mahajan speaks about his debut novel, Family Planning (Harper Perennial, 2008), and the creative challenges faced by a new generation of Indian writers. His second novel, The Association of Small Bombs (Viking, 2016), is featured in Page One in the March/April issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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