In Conversation: On Burnt Sugar: A Novel & The Archer

Avni Doshi‘s Burnt Sugar: A Novel is a story of love and betrayal between a mother and her daughter, who now confronts the task of caring for a woman who never cared for her. It’s a journey into shifting memories and the subjective nature of truth. In Shruti Swamy’s The Archer, a young Indian woman discovers kathak, …

In Conversation: On Dream Girl: A Novel & The Dark Hours

In Dream Girl: A Novel, Laura Lippman shares the story of writer Gerry Andersen, injured in a freak fall and confined to a hospital bed in his high-rise apartment. Then late one night, the phone rings – and the caller claims to be the “real” Aubrey, the title character from Andersen’s most successful novel, Dream Girl. But there is no “real” Aubrey, …

In Conversation: On Pinkie Promises

Polly, the protagonist of Senator Elizabeth Warren and Charlene Chua’s Pinkie Promises, knows she’s strong and capable. But whenever she offers to help her uncle or brother or neighbor, they tell her: “That’s not what girls do.” Then Polly goes to a rally to meet a woman running for president, and they make a pinkie promise to remember all the things that girls do. …

In Conversation: On Piranesi

Susanna Clarke’s Piranesi is set in a dreamlike alternative reality, where the house inhabited by its namesake protagonist is no ordinary building: Within its infinite labyrinth of halls, an ocean is imprisoned. And as Piranesi explores his dwelling, a terrible truth begins to unravel. Moderated by Madeline Miller, author of Circe. …

In Conversation: On Somebody’s Daughter: A Memoir & An American Marriage: A Novel.

Somebody’s Daughter: A Memoir is Ashley C. Ford‘s powerful debut work, a story of growing up a poor Black girl in Indiana battling her body and her environment, within a family fragmented by incarceration. For Celestial and Roy, the couple at the center of Tayari Jones‘ An American Marriage: A Novel, the American dream in sight. …

In Conversation: On Animal: A Novel

In Animal: A Novel, Lisa Taddeo tells the story of Joan, who – even after spending a lifetime enduring the cruelties of men – witnesses an unbelievably shocking act of violence. And in its aftermath she unravels a horrific event from her childhood that empowers her to finally strike back. Moderated by Natasha Lunn, author of the upcoming Conversations on Love: Lovers, …

Lee Child: On Better Off Dead: A Jack Reacher Novel.

Jack Reacher was heading west and walking under the desert when he came upon a curious scene: A Jeep crashed into the only tree for miles around, with a woman slumped over its steering wheel. Is she dead? No – and nothing is what it seems. In Better Off Dead: A Jack Reacher Novel, the 26th installment of the Reacher saga, …

In Conversation: On Wyman and the Florida Knights

In Larry Baker’s novel Wyman and the Florida Knights, Peter Wyman, the most famous portrait painter in America, just wants to go into hiding and disappear. Then a cashier in St. Augustine tells him about Knightville. “Ex-boyfriend of mine came from there and told me it was full of crazies,” she said. Which sounds just about perfect to Peter. …

In Conversation: On Three Sisters: A Novel & Send for Me: A Novel

Inspired by true events, Heather Morris’ Three Sisters: A Novel tells the story of Livia, Magda, and Cibi. After surviving Auschwitz, the sisters learn that to find true peace and happiness they must face the ghosts of their past, including the secrets they have kept from each other. Based on letters from Lauren Fox’s own family, …

In Conversation: On Today a Woman Went Mad in the Supermarket: Stories

Today a Woman Went Mad in the Supermarket: Stories is a collection written by Hilma Wolitzer. Most of these stories were originally published in the 1960s and ’70s in such magazines as Esquire and The Saturday Evening Post, with a new work bringing Wolitzer’s early characters – the author is now in her 90s – into the present. …

In Conversation: On The Joy and Light Bus Company

In The Joy and Light Bus Company, the latest installment of Alexander McCall Smith’s the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi must move on two fronts at once, protecting Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni while solving an inheritance case. Moderated by Ian Rankin, author of the Inspector Rebus novels. …

In Conversation: On The Jealousy Man and Other Stories

The Jealousy Man and Other Stories, a collection of 12 short works by Jo Nesbø, serves as a showcase for his dexterity in exploring the dark corners of the human heart. These tales take us on a journey of twisted minds and vengeful souls. Moderated by Marilyn Stasio, former longtime crime columnist for The New York Times. …

In Conversation: On Speculative Los Angeles

Denise Hamilton commissioned the 14 stories (including one of her own) that comprise Speculative Los Angeles. Each is set in a different neighborhood of the city and filled with local color, landmarks, and flavor – but each also reimagines the metropolis in very different ways. Joining her are contributing writers Alex Espinoza and S. Qiouyi Lu. …

In Conversation: On No One Goes Alone: A Novel

Erik Larson’s No One Goes Alone: A Novel (Random House Audio) is a ghost story grounded in history. It’s 1905, and psychologist William James leads an expedition to a remote isle in search of answers after a family inexplicably vanishes. Were there paranormal forces at work? Soon, the investigators are unsure whether they can trust their own eyes, …

In Conversation: On Late City: A Novel

Robert Olen Butler‘s Late City: A Novel centers around former newspaperman Sam Cunningham as he prepares to die. The conversation between the dying man and a surprising God covers much of the early 20th century. And as it unfolds, Sam is amazed at what he still has left to learn about himself. Moderated by Marrie Stone, …

In Conversation: On Aftershocks: A Memoir

In Aftershocks: A Memoir, Brooklyn-based writer and urban planner Nadia Owusu tells a tale of constant change and loss. Her father, a Ghanaian United Nations official, was constantly moving and then died when she was 13. Her mother had already abandoned her when she was just 2, then reappeared only to vanish again. The only firm ground she stands upon is the one written into existence by her own hand. …

72nd Annual National Book Awards

Miami Book Fair joins the National Book Foundation to livestream the National Book Awards from New York City! Tune in to be among the first to learn who the winners are across its five categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Young People’s Literature, and Translation.
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An Evening With Sandra Cisneros & Jan Beatty: On Martita, I Remember You/Martita, te recuerdo

In Martita, I Remember You/Martita, te recuerdo by Sandra Cisneros, Corina finds a letter written by a friend from her days in Paris, where she once escaped to be a writer. They have lost touch since, but Corina’s intense friendships with Martita and Paola is what gives that time a certain glow. Now the letter has brought those days back with breathtaking immediacy. …

In Conversation: On The Book of Form and Emptiness

Ruth Ozeki’s The Book of Form and Emptiness: A Novel follows 13-year-old Benny Oh, who, a year after his father’s death, begins to hear voices. They belong to random objects scattered within his home – a sneaker, a broken Christmas ornament, a piece of wilted lettuce – but in time, also a book, one that narrates his life and teaches him to listen to the things that truly matter. …

In Conversation: On What’s Mine and Yours: A Novel

Naima Coster’s What’s Mine and Yours: A Novel tells the story of two families, one Black, the other white Latino, unexpectedly coming together. Her tale moves between the years and from North Carolina to Paris, exploring the unique organism that is each family, what breaks them apart, and how they come back together. Moderated by author and Today co-host Jenna Bush Hager. …

In Conversation: On We Run the Tides: A Novel

The changing lives of the teenage girls at the center of We Run the Tides: A Novel are a mirror to the story of pre-tech boom San Francisco. Vendela Vida’s book is a portrait of a place on the brink of radical transformation. Moderated by essayist and critic Maris Kreizman, host of The Maris Review podcast on LitHub Radio. …

In Conversation: On The Sweetness of Water: A Novel

In The Sweetness of Water: A Novel, Nathan Harris shares the story of brothers Prentiss and Landry, freed by the Emancipation Proclamation in the waning days of the Civil War and seeking refuge – and the means to make their way north to reunite with the mother who was sold away when they were boys. Moderated by author Luis Alberto Urrea. …

In Conversation: On The Removed: A Novel

In telling the story of the Echota family, Brandon Hobson‘s The Removed: A Novel also offers a meditation on family, grief, home, and the power of stories on both a personal and ancestral level. Moderated by author Kelli Jo Ford. …

In Conversation: On The Mad Women’s Ball: A Novel & Mrs. March: A Novel

In Victoria Mas’ The Mad Women’s Ball: A Novel, the dazzling displays of hypnotism on women who have been deemed mad and cast from society in 1885 Paris’ Salpêtrière Asylum hide a wicked truth – these women are not sick, just inconvenient. Among them is 19-year-old protagonist Eugenie, who is determined to escape from the asylum and the bonds of her gender. …

In Conversation: On The Island of Missing Trees: A Novel

The Island of Missing Trees: A Novel by Elif Shafak tells a story of young love, war, and the trees of a place, rooted on the ground beneath and inextricably entwined within our histories. Moderated by Ellen Book, Miami-Dade Public Library System. …

In Conversation: On The Butterfly Lampshade: A Novel

The Butterfly Lampshade: A Novel is Aimee Bender’s poignant tale of a mother, a daughter, mental illness, and the continuously shifting barrier between the mind and the world. Moderated by Mitzi Rapkin, host of the podcast First Draft: A Dialogue on Writing. …

In Conversation: On Talk to Me: A Novel

In Talk to Me: A Novel by T.C. Boyle, an animal behaviorist teaches Sam, his young chimp, to speak in sign language. But in time, this raises more questions: What if it were possible to talk to members of another species and exchange ideas, and have a meeting of minds? Moderated by author Brad Thor. …

In Conversation: On Perestroika in Paris: A Novel

Paras, short for “Perestroika,” is a racehorse at a track west of Paris. When she finds the door of her stall open, she wanders off all the way to the great city, finding adventure and an unlikely cast of characters with which to share it. From Jane Smiley, Perestroika in Paris: A Novel celebrates curiosity, ingenuity, and the desire of all creatures for true love and freedom. …