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Author Snapshot: Anne Simpson

March 14, 2008 admin 0

She dazzles us with lyricism, with meter and cadence as well as story. That should not surprise: Anne Simpson, the novelist, came after Anne Simpson, the poet, at least for the purposes of her bibliography. Simpson’s first published collection, 2000’s Light Falls Through You, was the winner of the Gerald Lampert Award and the Atlantic Poetry Prize. Her debut novel came the following year: Canterbury Beach (Viking Canada) was published to much applause in 2001. […]

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Author Snapshot: Sandra Gulland

February 22, 2008 admin 1

Sandra Gulland’s many fans have had a long wait. It has been nearly eight years since the publication of The Last Great Dance on Earth, the final installment in Gulland’s acclaimed Josephine Bonaparte trilogy.But the wait is over now or — for some readers — nearly so. Gulland’s most recent book, Mistress of the Sun was published this month in Canada by HarperCollins and will be published in the US in June by Touchstone Fireside. […]

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Author Snapshot: Cornelia Read

February 18, 2008 admin 5

It does not at this point seem possible that Cornelia Read’s debut novel was published just two years ago. Field of Darkness from 2006 was enthusiastically reviewed, widely praised and would come to be nominated for just about everything for which it was eligible, including the Edgar Award, the RT Book Club Critics Choice, the Gumshoe, the Audie, the Macavity and the Barry awards for best debut novel. Read’s latest book, The Crazy School (Grand […]

Interview: Richard Marinick

January 17, 2008 admin 0

Today in January Magazine, Cameron Hughes chats with novelist Richard Marinick, author of 2004’s Boyos and, more recently, In for a Pound. In an affectionate preamble to the interview, Hughes says: It is my fear that Richard Marinick’s novels will be overshadowed by his past. You see, he was a prolific thief of armored cars. To put it in crime-fiction terms, he was the Parker of his thievery gang, the planner. But he was caught […]

Interview: M.J. Rose, Author of The Reincarnationist

September 8, 2007 admin 0

M.J. Rose talks about her new novel, the danger-strewn path she’s taken to become a bestselling author, the definition of the word “thriller” and who, really, should be self-publishing. Or not: So many self published authors tell me they’ve self published after being rejected by one or two agents and/or one or two publishers who have criticized the quality of their work. Said it wasn’t well written, or original or needed more work. Those are […]

Interview: Andrea MacPherson, Author of Beyond the Blue and Natural Disasters

August 14, 2007 admin 0

Novelist and poet Andrea MacPherson is having a banner year. Her second novel, Beyond the Blue, impressed critics when it was released early in 2007. And now — four years late, yet somehow right on time — the debut of her first collection of poetry, Natural Disasters, is confirming that she has those chops as well. In her January Magazine interview, MacPherson chats about the connections between poetry and prose, the joys of writing and […]

Interview: Declan Hughes author of The Color of Blood

June 18, 2007 admin 0

The author of a brace of highly regarded novels of Irish suspense chats with January Magazine contributing editor Kevin Burton Smith about his influences — both literary and musical — his letter from Pete Townshend and how we’re all walking in Snoopy’s shadow. Says Hughes: I think it’s Ross Macdonald I’m most influenced by. If Hammett took murder out of the rose garden and put it back in the alley where it belongs, Macdonald told […]