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Event Review: Award-Winning Novelist Yaa Gyasi Talks About Finding Home with Students at University of Michigan

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On Tuesday, February 6, Yaa Gyasi, author of the award-winning novel, Homegoing was part of a panel at the 2018 Jill S. Harris Memorial Lecture at the University of Michigan. The event, Homegoing: A Conversation with Yaa Gyasi was structured as a conversational, Q&A format between University of Michigan professors Gaurav Desai and Aida Levy-Hussen and the author herself. I read Homegoing a few months prior to this event and I loved it, so I was excited to to see author Yaa Gyasi in person and listen to her speak about hr book and life as a writer. Gyasi is somewhat soft-spoken, but has a sense of humor and warmth about her that instantly makes you feel comfortable, like talking with…

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BookTrib Q&A: A Futuristic Talk Jordan Philips, Author of ‘Futura: A Novella’

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Dystopian fiction that gives us a bleak view of humanity like The Hunger Games, The Maze Runner series, and The Handmaid’s Tale are at peak popularity. Perhaps this is why Jordan Phillips’ new work, Futura: A Novella seems like it’s coming out of left field. Rather than harsh climates, or totalitarian government regimes where people are fighting to survive every day, Phillips’ novella gives us a utopia that celebrates humanity. Paris 2050, has evolved to a futuristic Nouveau look, unlike the rest of the cities around the world which have turned into ultramodern metropolises. Even in France technology is everywhere, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) has integrated into a society known now as Invisibles. Ruby, an American woman, has just left her long-term relationship, and…

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Allan Topol Takes on China in 13th Novel, ‘Washington Power Play’

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Author Allan Topol is at it again, this time with his latest release and 13th novel, Washington Power Play (SelectBooks, May 16, 2017). Below, Topol discusses how he chose between writing about China or Russia and what his writing has done for him personally. You don’t want to miss this Q&A with Allan Topol below. BookTrib: How is Washington Power Play timely in today’s political climate? Allan Topol: The two critical geopolitical issues at the heart of Washington Power Play are a foreign government’s interference in a U.S. Presidential election and the competition between the U.S. and China for world domination. Both of these issues are at the forefront of the news on a daily basis. With respect to foreign…

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Q&A with Jennifer Donnelly Discussing ‘Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book’ (A No. 1 Amazon Bestseller!)

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content, including this Q&A with Jennifer Donnelly about Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book! New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Donnelly sat down with Bookish to discuss her latest release, the No. 1 teen and YA Amazon bestseller, Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book. Below she discusses how she worked with Disney to make this enchanting tale come together! Belle craves adventure in the great wide somewhere, but she gets more than she bargained for when she opens a mysterious book in the Beast’s library and is transported to a world created by Death herself. Jennifer Donnelly’s middle grade novel, Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book,…

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Interview with Adele Paula Royce and The Little Black Book of Suicide Notes (Video)

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Watch our author video interview, “15 minutes with… Adele Paula Royce,” now! Here, we discuss her debut novel, The Little Black Book of Suicide Notes, what inspired her to write this thought-provoking novel and what other releases she has in store for 2017! You don’t want to miss this interview brought to you by BookTrib.com, a Meryl Moss Media production. Suicide should never be taken lightly. According to the latest research, it is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and has caused immeasurable pain and suffering to families around the world. But what about those who have contemplated suicide and lived to talk about it? What can we learn from those who have looked so directly into the face of death that…

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Dale Wiley Answers Our Burning Questions about ‘Southern Gothic’ and Anderson Cooper!

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Southern Gothic by Dale Wiley (Vesuvian Media) is on sale now and if we’re being honest, it’s a pretty interesting read with an intriguing plot and an ending that will knock your socks off! Want to know more about how Wiley came up with the idea for the novel and what Anderson Cooper has to do with the story?! Find out below. BookTrib: What inspired you to write Southern Gothic? Dale Wiley: I really didn’t have any ideas jumping out at me, and I just decided to try to write a book I would have loved to read. I loved playing with the novel within a novel, and I loved trying to work within the tradition of a “southern” novel. BT:…

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EXCLUSIVE! Jules Moulin on Her New Book and Leaving Hollywood

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Jules Moulin was living the dream in California, writing scripts for Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning television series, when she realized that just wasn’t her dream anymore. After deciding to dedicate herself full-time to her family, Moulin set out on her next career adventure—author. Now with the release of her debut novel, Ally Hughes has Sex Sometimes (Dutton Books, August 25, 2015), Moulin’s career is right where she wants it to be and she’s only just getting started. BookTrib had the pleasure of speaking with Jules Moulin one-on-one and got the scoop on her first book, if she’s still drawn to the Hollywood life and what’s on her TBR list right now. BOOKTRIB: Can you tell us a little more…

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Exclusive! Mia Matthews Talks South Beach, Theater and Philanthropy

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Television and theater star Mia Matthews may have gone on a bit of a hiatus (14 years!) following her Spin City days, but she returned in 2012 and has been on fire ever since. Most recently, Matthews starred in the six-episode Hulu Original Series South Beach as Karen, as well as Nickelodeon’s Every Witch Way as Desdemona. BookTrib had the pleasure of sitting down with the actress to discuss all things South Beach, her charity work and why “author” may soon be added to her list of accomplishments. BOOKTRIB: Let’s talk about South Beach. Tell us about the show and your character, Karen. MIA MATTHEWS: It’s a show about two rival music companies in Miami. And there’s a murder, so…

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Exclusive! Miya Tokumitsu on Why “Do What You Love” is Misleading

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Miya Tokumitsu never imagined when she wrote the article, “In the Name of Love” for JacobinMag.com that it would be picked up by Slate and quickly become an internet sensation. Since then, Tokumitsu has written DO WHAT YOU LOVE and Other Lies About Success and Happiness (Regan Arts, August 2015) in order to help other people realize where work and life should begin and end. Understanding that the mantra, “Do What You Love,” is sending out mixed signals to those entering the work force is something we, as a society, should become much more aware of. But most importantly, what Tokumitsu wants every working person to realize is that giving your all to your job doesn’t necessarily make you a better employee. Having…

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Exclusive: Paul Theroux Discusses Culture and History in the Deep South

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Among our most prolific writers, Paul Theroux has published more than 30 novels and 19 books of non-fiction, many of them travel books, which have brought readers from London to Tokyo, from Panama to China, from Croatia to Kenya, from Burma to India, and to many points in between. However, his latest book, Deep South: Four Seasons on the Back Road (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; September 29, 2015), kept the author closer to home. Theroux spent four seasons on rural roads throughout the southern Unites States. He visited gun shows and small-town churches and spoke to laborers and people who still call the farm up the road “the plantation.” He spoke to the working poor and farming families, social workers and…

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EXCLUSIVE! The Bachelor’s Courtney Robertson Shares Her Reading List

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Hey fans of The Bachelorette, spoilers ahead. You’ve been warned. In honor of Kaitlyn Bristowe getting engaged to the man of her dreams on Monday night to Shawn B., the man who stole her heart, we are sharing The Bachelor Season 16 winner Courtney Robertson’s recommended reading list and an exclusive interview about why she wrote her New York Times bestselling book, I Didn’t Come Here to Make Friends: Confessions of a Reality Show Villain (Dey Street, 2015). Plus, find out how she’s moved on since ending her engagement to Ben. We’ve got it all! Courtney Robertson’s Reading List: 1. The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A. Singer (New Harbinger Publications, November 2013). 2. Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells…

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