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Our bookseller Jacky got the chance to ask one of her favorite authors five questions. Of course she couldn't stop at just five...
Gary Shteyngart is the author of Little Failure, one of our Best Books of 2014.
Little Failure by Gary Shteyngart
Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart
The Russian Debutante's Handbook by Gary Shteyngart

1. All of your insecurity-ridden characters speaks volumes to me, in so many ways. Will we ever meet a Shteyngart protagonist that is confident, suave and just generally not as self-loathing?

Oh, yeah, the character in the book I'm working on is not a COMPLETE loser! He actually thinks he's suave and confident. And he loves himself like any good American. Of course, train wreck ensues.



Our bookseller Sandra got the chance to ask one of her favorite authors five questions. Of course she couldn't stop at just five...
Jamie Ford is the bestselling author of Songs of Willow Frost, one of our Best Books of 2013.
Songs of Willow FrostJamie Ford
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and SweetJamie Ford

January 27, 2009 I was working at the SeaTac Airport, and at the time, I was employed by Borders Books and we were featuring a brand new release, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet . I was hooked from page one and began recommending this book to everyone I spoke to. When Borders sadly went out of business, I continued to carry the torch, becoming the Book Manager for Hudson Booksellers at SeaTac. I promoted Songs of Willow Frost  with a review in our Best Books of 2013  brochure.

Thank you! And I’m sorry about Charlotte on page 184. I tried to talk her out of it.



Our bookseller Matt got the chance to ask one of his favorite authors five questions. Patrick DeWitt is the author of Undermajordomo Minor, one of our Best Books of 2015.
Undermajordomo MinorPatrick DeWitt
The Sisters BrothersPatrick DeWitt
AblutionsPatrick DeWitt

1. The New York Times  review of Undermajordomo  begins by focusing on your handling of genre in each of your first three books which are so very different from each other. Is genre a helpful starting point for you when you begin a book? Is it something you consider? As in “now I’m going to write a western” etc., or is there something more organic to your approach?

I do seem to take solace in having a set starting point: The Sisters Brother being a western, Undermajordomo Minor being fable-influenced. There’s a comfort in the familiarity of an established landscape, but the fun part comes later, when I’m veering off course and towards more personal terrain.



Our bookseller Sydne got the chance to ask one of her favorite authors five questions. Of course she couldn't stop at just five...
Karin Slaughter is the bestselling author of over a dozen thrillers, most recently Pretty Girls.
Pretty GirlsKarin Slaughter
Cop TownKarin Slaughter
CriminalKarin Slaughter

1. Conventional wisdom says “write what you know”. What is it that draws you to dark situations with peril and violence?

I think it’s the same thing that draws the majority of crime readers (which, actually, is the majority of readers because crime is by far the most popular genre). I want to know why people do bad things. I suppose this comes from growing up just outside of Atlanta during the time of the Atlanta Child Murders. I was certainly not the demographic of the victims, but I remember quite clearly having this epiphany that children could be hurt. That had never occurred to me before because I basically lived in Mayberry. This revelation was something that informed my reading as well as my writing.


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