Recent Posts by Nicole Bonia

Out of Twenty: Brian Payton, The Author of The Wind Is Not A River, Answers Seven Questions

In this version of twenty questions, I send a list of questions to a willing  author and they choose their own interview by handpicking the questions (and how many!) they want to answer. Brian Payton is the author of  The Wind Is Not  River. Here is what Brian had to say about reading, writing, and the relevance of historical fiction. Would you give us a bit of introduction and let my readers know who you are, how you got started writing, and what kind ...

Review: A Walk Among Tombstones by Lawrence Block

Sometimes it takes a book being turned into a movie to spur me to reading a writer's work, or in this case, get back to it. With A Walk Among Tombstones, Liam Neeson and Dan Stevens are providing the impetus to return to the writing of Lawrence Block in anticipation of seeing the movie. I was introduced to Block back in 2011, when I read his most recent entry in the Matthew Scudder series entitled ...

E.B. Moore, Author of An Unseemly Wife, Answers Ten Questions

In this version of twenty questions, I send a list of questions to a willing  author and they choose their own interview by handpicking the questions (and how many!) they want to answer. E.B. Moore is the author of  An Unseemly Wife. Here is what E.B. had to say about reading, writing, and how family stories inspired her writing. Would you give us a bit of introduction and let my readers know who you are, how you got started writing, and what kind of books ...

Out of Twenty: Martha Woodroof, Author of Small Blessings, Answers 6 Questions

In this version of twenty questions, I send a list of questions to a willing  author and they choose their own interview by handpicking the questions (and how many!) they want to answer. Martha Woodroof is the author of  Small Blessings. Here is what Martha had to say about reading, writing, and making a bucket list helped her publish her novel. Would you give us a bit of introduction and let my readers know who you are, how you got started writing, and ...

Weekend E-Reading: Americanah & The Vacationers

While I am a big fan of reading books and turning pages, I read in fits and starts on my Nook and tablet. Books act as great physical reminders to me of their actual existence. I find that I forget about the books that I have downloaded. This weekend is all about making an active push to take a look at what I have going there and to finish some of the books I forgot I had. Americanah ...

Out of Twenty: Thrity Umrigar, Author of The Story Hour, Answers 12 Questions

In this version of twenty questions, I send a list of questions to a willing  author and they choose their own interview by handpicking the questions (and how many!) they want to answer. Thrity Umrigar is the author of  The Story Hour.  Here is what Thrity had to say about reading, writing, and whether talking solves problems. As a published author, what’s been the biggest surprise about life after the publication of your first book? Honestly, it's been the kindness of readers.  People who ...

Tatiana de Rosnay, Mhairi McFarlane, Emma Healey| Reading Roundup

The Other Story by Tatiana de Rosnay: I've been trying to read a novel by de Rosnay since the success of Sarah's Key (I still haven't read it). The premise of this novel appealed to me more than the execution, and I think that's mostly a result of the jacket copy promising "a journey to uncover the truth that took him from the Basque coast to St. Petersburg". They get to that journey, but not very ...

Literary Movie News: Jennifer Lawrence & Bradley Cooper in the Movie Adaptation of Ron Rash’s Serena

Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper are reuniting to star in Ron Rash's Serena, and the only thing I am worried about is that I haven't read the book yet. The trailer makes it look all kinds of angsty and dramatic, it's also period piece to boost, ya'll. The goal will be to read it before I see the movie, and my motivation to do this is doubled by the fact that I've read some of ...

Out of Twenty: Denise Mina, Author of Red Road, Answers Seven Questions

In this version of twenty questions, I send a list of questions to a willing  author and they choose their own interview by handpicked which questions (and how many!) they want to answer. Denise Mina is the author of  Red Road, the fourth book in her Scottish detective series featuring Alex Morrow.  Here is what Denise had to say about reading, writing, and taking the reader into a different world. Would you give us a bit of introduction and let my readers know who ...

All Day And A Night by Alafair Burke

Generally speaking, character likability isn't all that  high on my list of priorities in enjoying, or even choosing a book to read. Numerous factors are considered ahead of that (setting, tone, atmosphere, subject matter, whether I think it'll be a compelling read). However, there are some natural exceptions to those rules—romance for one. Have you ever read a romance novel where you didn't like either of the lead characters? Doesn't happen very often. I would also hazard a guess that murder ...

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