The Best Books of the Year So Far: "The Feather Thief"

Clever and informative, Kirk Wallace Johnson's tale of the strangest museum heist you've never heard of is number three on our list of the best books of 2018 so far. Here's our interview with Johnson, originally published on May 9, 2018.

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The 20th Anniversary Covers: Brian Selznick's Take on Harry Potter

What did Brian Selznick think when he got tapped to create 20th anniversary covers for Harry Potter? We asked him that and more...

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The Best Books of the Year So Far: "The Great Alone"

Kristin Hannah thrilled (and chilled) us with her tale of both fractured family and psyche, landing in the second spot on our list of the best books of 2018 so far. Here's our interview with Hannah, originally published on February 5, 2018.

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Marisha Pessl: Neverworld Wake

Marisha Pessl, author of the highly acclaimed novels Night Film and Special Topics in Calamity Physics, recently published her first young adult novel. We met over biscuits to talk about it.

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Suspense in Seattle: When Ruth Ware Came to Town

We caught up with bestselling mystery-thriller author Ruth Ware on the Seattle leg of her book tour for The Death of Mrs. Westaway.  And now we can't wait for her to return.  

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Native American Tradition and Modern Oakland Spark Conflict and Hope in "There There"

"There There" author Tommy Orange speaks with us about identity, Gertrude Stein, and the challenges of growing up as a Native American in urban Oakland, California.

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James Patterson on Why He Wrote "The President Is Missing"

James Patterson sits down with us to talk about co-writing "The President Is Missing" with President Clinton and why the threat at the core of the novel is more dire than we believe.

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All Families Are Unorthodox In Their Own Ways: Stephen McCauley on "My Ex-Life"

The author of The Object of My Affection returns with another wry look at an unusual domestic arrangement...

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Deborah Harkness Expands Her All Souls Trilogy

In 2011, Deborah Harkness won the loyalty of readers with her first novel, "A Discovery of Witches." Now she adds to the rich world of her All Souls trilogy...and gives hints about more stories to come.

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The Strangest Museum Heist You've Never Heard Of

Rare dead birds, obsessive fly-tiers, a small natural history museum in England, and a golden flute all play crucial roles in a fascinating crime.

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For Those Who Have Already Rocked

Twilight of the Gods salutes you. We spoke with author Steven Hyden about the "end of classic rock" as many of its stars embark on their farewell tours—its lasting influence, bad records that are secretly good records, and whether or not rock is really dead.

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Madeleine Albright Sounds a Warning on the Global Rise of Fascism

We speak with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright about the historic and current rise of fascism, the danger of hypernationalism, and how to get out of our own echo chambers.

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Seeing Both the Forest and the Trees: Richard Powers's "The Overstory"

National Book Award winning author Richard Powers talks with us about complex communication between trees, humanity's place in the world, and the potential positive intersection between nature and technology.

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Sloane Crosley on "Look Alive Out There"

The ever clever and delightfully cheeky author discusses having her cake and eating it too, cheating death, and finding the funny where you think there would be none...

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Glam Rock Explodes inside Science Fiction with "Space Opera"

Catherynne M. Valente talks with us about sentience, Eurovision, the dark roots of glam rock, and making jokes in space.

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