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Mon, February 4th, 2013
Hostile Questions: Cara McKenna
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

I don’t know about you, but when I’m in the mood to see perspiring torsos, seductively blowing manes of hair, and high-riding skirts, I head right on over to the website of Cara McKenna and gawk at the book jackets and synopses, which tease me with everything from the erotic promise of an “unheated subway […]


Tue, January 22nd, 2013
Hostile Questions: Paolo Bacigalupi
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Paolo Bacigalupi really knows how to draw the hostility out of a questioner. Winner of the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, Printz, and a National Book Award finalist, he’s got just the kind of medal-laden shelf that I live to upend. So it’s freaking killing me that I can’t quite do it. Y’all read The Drowned Cities? […]


Mon, January 14th, 2013
Hostile Questions: Maggie Stiefvater
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Maggie Stiefvater loves animals!!! Having put out a number of books on doggies (Shiver), horsies (The Scorpio Races), and birdies (The Raven Boys), she’s clearly in line for one of those hilarious guest spots on late-night TV where she brings out the funny orangutan and it climbs all over Jay Leno. Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha! What fun! Well, […]


Mon, January 7th, 2013
Hostile Questions: Lex Thomas
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Quarantine: The Loners by Lex Thomas was one of my favorite YA debuts of 2012: your basic we’re-all-stuck-inside-this-high-school-and-will-probably-all-kill-one-another-before-it’s-over thriller lifted to giddy heights by remorseless plot twists and a refusal to stop making the absolute worst thing ever happen over and over again. Its inglorious glories were enough to land it on our 2012 Editors’ […]


Tue, December 18th, 2012
The Craig Johnson Collection
Posted by: Keir Graff

With a title like “The Craig Johnson Collection,” you might think I’m referring to a catalog of Western wear that includes distressed Wranglers, sweat-stained Stetsons, and cowpie-crusted Tony Lama boots. But I’m referring to Christmas in Absaroka County, Penguin’s special e-collection of short stories by the Wyoming author who’s become a fan favorite for his Walt Longmire mysteries. I’m proud to […]


Mon, December 17th, 2012
Hostile Questions: James Greer
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

James Greer has led a life ripe for the hostile questioning. He’s a former editor of Spin magazine. (Magazines? Ha! Look how those turned out!) He’s the screenwriter behind several films, including Max Keeble’s Big Move and Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector. (The jokes write themselves!) He’s the author of several books, including the […]


Mon, December 10th, 2012
Hostile Questions: Adam Selzer
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Adam Selzer: Do you know that name? Well, you might. He has published over 10 books since 2007 and maintains blogs on everything from Chicago history to naughty playground songs to retro YA. In short, he’s the type of unstoppable word-producing machine who scares writers-block-plagued let-me-try-this-sentence-one-more-time hunt-and-peckers straight out of the room. But none of […]


Mon, December 3rd, 2012
Hostile Questions: Andrew Smith
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Hey, remember when you were reading Andrew Smith‘s The Marbury Lens and were like “Gosh, this is a nice story about two friends learning some important life lessons and OH CHRIST WHAT THE DAMN HELL NO WAY CHOKE PUKE SCREAM CRY”? Good times, huh? Well, that’s Smith in a nutshell: burning your brain out with […]


Mon, November 26th, 2012
Hostile Questions: Sam Weller
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

When you think Ray Bradbury, what do you think of next? Well, yeah, Martians, but after that? Yeah, OK, futuristic book burnings, of course. But after that? Anyway, somewhere not too far down the list is Sam Weller, the world’s leading expert on the late legend. Weller’s indispensable biography, The Bradbury Chronicles, was followed up […]


Wed, November 21st, 2012
Hostile Questions: Laini Taylor
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Laini Taylor is perhaps best known for Lips Touch: Three Times and the trilogy beginning with Daughter of Smoke and Bone and the newly released Days of Blood and Starlight. Well, that and the pink hair. Pink hair is hard to pull off. Just ask those authors who have tried and failed: R.L. Stine, Agatha […]





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