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Above All Things with Tanis Rideout

Tanis Rideout Talk about lofty aspirations - Canadian author Tanis Rideout set out to recreate in fiction the real life experiences of George Mallory and his crew during their fateful 1924 attempt to summit Everest.

Read an interview with Tanis Rideout, about trying to put herself at that altitude.


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Ayelet Tsabari's Best Place on Earth

Ayelet Tsabari There's poetry in the short story of Toronto's Ayelet Tsabari. The Israeli-Canadian author's debut collection The Best Place on Earth speaks in a language all its own, and explores the individuals and relationships going on behind climate, politics, wars and more, whether in Israel, or on either Canadian coast.


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All About Y: Marjorie Celona Interview

Marjorie Celona
Victoria, BC-born author Marjorie Celona talks to us about growing up, belonging, being nominated for the Giller Prize, and the importance of a dog at one's feet - and of course, all about her debut novel, Y.




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Madeline Miller and The Song of Achilles

Madeline Miller Madeline Miller has a bright future in literature. Enjoy our interview where she discusses Achilles, the power of grief in literature, the Illiad, Watership Down and the thrill of winning the Orange Prize in London ahead of the likes of Ann Patchett, Esi Edugyan and Anne Enright.



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Someone Fierce: Carmen Aguirre

Carmen Aguirre
Vancouver actor and playwright Carmen Aguirre did not have the typical Canadian childhood. Instead, her family participated in the resistance in South America against Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet in the 80s.



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Gareth Gaudin: The Real Comic Book Guy

Gareth Gaudin: The Real Comic Book Guy Co-owner of a comic shop, and author/illustrator of the Magic Teeth Dailies (as well as creator of The Perogy Cat), Gareth Gaudin talks to us about comics, being in the book industry, and the joys and challenges of going to work every day doing what he loves.


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Esi Edugyan's Half Blood Blues

Esi Edugyan
Esi Edugyan is a Victoria, BC-based Canadian novelist whose second book Half Blood Blues, earned more critical acclaim and attention than Edugyan ever expected. Set in the smoky backdrops of WWII Europe jazz clubs and bars, the story is unforgettable and creative, exploring a fresh perspective. Meet the woman behind the words.

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Emma Donoghue and Room

Author Emma DonoghueIrish-Canadian author Emma Donoghue's 2010 novel Room created a bigger buzz than anyone anticipated. A novel with a message of hope despite its incredibly dark subject matter, It made the NYT bestseller list, won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Governor General's Literary Awards.

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Alan Bradley is Still Sweet

Alan Bradley
Award-winning mystery writer Alan Bradley's second novel The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag is proving as popular as his first. The 71-year-old Canadian tells us what's new, what's next, and about the irresistible Ms. Flavia de Luce.

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The Amazing Rabindranath Maharaj

Canadian author Rabindranath Maharaj, author of The Amazing Absorbing BoyRabindranath Maharaj is a Trinidad-born Canadian author. His fourth novel, The Amazing Absorbing Boy, was published in January 2010. Here, Maharaj talks with us about his influences and inspirations, the importance of perception, and the similarities between immigrants and superheroes.

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Denise Chong on Writing About Rights

Canadian author Denise Chong, author of Egg on MaoCanadian author Denise Chong's third book is a nonfiction account of the three Chinese men who threw paint-filled eggs at a giant image of Chairman Mao shortly before the government suppression of democracy campaigners and the infamous Tiananmen Square massacre.

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The Queen of Historical Fiction, Philippa Gregory

Philippa Gregory, author of The White QueenMost famous for her bestselling novel The Other Boleyn Girl, Philippa Gregory has published fifteen novels in total, the latest of which, The White Queen deals with murder, mystery and the fight for the English throne. Read about Gregory's book tastes, research methods, and obsession with the past.

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Amy Stewart's Wicked Plants

Amy Stewart, author of Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical AtrocitiesPsychotic shrubs, vicious vines, and poisonous petals - Amy Stewart's fascination with the beasts and boogeymen of botany makes for a captivating read, complete with stunningly beautiful copper etchings accompanying. Read about her favourite venomous stems, and how she got into poisonous plants in the first place.

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A Quiet Interview with R.J. Ellory

R.J. Ellory, author of A Quiet Belief in AngelsR.J. Ellory is a Brummie author with seven published thrillers under his belt. As far from boastful as possible, Ellory is grateful for his fans and will happily talk about his books anywhere - even a 15 person book club, if they'll have him. But beware, he has a dark past - he revealed that he once did prison time for stealing and eating a chicken from a monastery.

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Jeff Rubin and the Shrinking World

North American leading economist and author Jeff Rubin
In Jeff Rubin's new book Why Your World is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller, the economist discusses how despite investigation into alternate energy sources, the key to our future is going to be energy usage reduction. What does that mean? We'll need to look a lot more to our own backyard for our needs.

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Daniel Kalder on Strangeness

Thriller author Chris Knopf
Daniel Kalder is no stranger to uniqueness. From a self-proclaimed Jesus to a Russian 'mole', Kalder weighs in on interesting people living unusual lives, and their places in his second book, Strange Telescopes.

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Jen Hadfield

Poet Jen Hadfield

Jen Hadfield is a 30-year-old British-Canadian poet whose second collection, Nigh-No-Place, won the 2008 T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry. We chatted with Hadfield about what inspired her, what's next, and a fish market as a muse.

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Chris Knopf on Himself and Sam Acquillo

Thriller author Chris Knopf

When it comes to murder mysteries, Chris Knopf is old school. The author tells us about creating Sam Acquillo, and why he himself prefers the hardboiled, noir detective stories to the modern thrillers of usually published today.


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Digging Deeper

Roderick Gordon & Brian Williams

Step into the dark world of Tunnels with Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams. The co-authors talk to AbeBooks about Deeper - the follow up to their 2007 fantasy bestseller, Tunnels, where teenage hero Will Burrows travels deeper underground and deeper into trouble.

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William Leith is Falling Apart

William Leith

Author William Leith talks to AbeBooks about being hungry, being a worrywart, likening his aging body to war invaders, and his wonderfully named memoir Bits of Me Are Falling Apart.

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Kiran Desai on the Booker

Kiran Desai - The Inheritance of Loss

AbeBooks talks to Kiran Desai about the luxury of the Booker Prize, life on the road and protests against The Inheritance of Loss.

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The Sweetness of Alan Bradley

Alan Bradley

Canadian author Alan Bradley talks about idealism, writing, and his experiences with travel and the media. And of course, all about his novel The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, which won the 2007 Crime Writer's Association Debut Dagger Award.

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Mark Ames

Mark Ames

News of mass killings has everyone wondering "Why?" Mark Ames tells AbeBooks why we're seeing more rage than we did 30 years ago.

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Andrew Davidson

Andrew Davidson

Andrew Davidson talks about his debut novel, The Gargoyle and how he is staying remarkably calm about all the hype and his worldwide book tour.

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MC Beaton

MC Beaton

MC Beaton takes a break from her cigarettes, coffee and writing to talk to us about her bossy heroine, Agatha Raisin, life in the heart of the English countryside, and her favorite authors.

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Beyond the Great Wall

Jeffrey Alford & Naomi Duguid

Is it a cookbook, a travel book or a coffee table photography book? Beyond the Great Wall: Recipes and Travels in the Other China is all of these things.

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Gered Mankowitz: Thoughts Out of His Head

Gered Mankowitz

At just 19 years of age, photographer Gered Mankowitz accompanied the young Rolling Stones on their first big tour of the USA. In an exclusive interview Mankowitz candidly reveals the truth about growing up in the world of rock ‘n’ roll.

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David Andelman on History and Politics

David Andelman

David Andelman, a longtime foreign correspondent, looks at the Treaty of Versailles and how it influenced conflicts around the world.

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Matt Haig

Matt Haig

Matt Haig tells us how he channels Shakespeare, MySpace, and the universal subject of death to write and promote his books.

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On the Brink With Richard Gwyn

Richard Gwyn

AbeBooks talks to Richard Gwyn about his life on the edge, poetry and his newest book, Deep Hanging Out.

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Helen Walsh

Helen Walsh

Helen Walsh talks to AbeBooks' Angie Reinhardt & Victoria Chater about her controversial debut novel Brass, women, and Liverpool nightlife.

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Ranting & Raving With Chuck Palahniuk

Chuck Palahniuk

Chuck Palahniuk, author of Fight Club talks about his new book Rant and why it might be a good idea to bring smelling salts with you to one of his readings.

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Alexander McCall Smith

Alexander McCall Smith, creator of The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, talks about gruesome fairytales, a scary book called Common Sense and Nuclear Warfare and much more in our exclusive interview.

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Meg Gardiner

Meg Gardiner

Meg Gardiner tells us about what it’s like to not be published in your native country, Stephen King, and her international smuggling habits.

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Elisabeth de Feydeau

Elisabeth de Feydeau

The world remains fascinated with the mystique of Marie Antoinette. Elisabeth de Feydeau's A Scented Palace - which traces the story of Jean-Louis Fargeon, Marie's devoted perfumer - offers a fresh scent on the French monarch, her extravagant life and her dramatic demise.

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Lynne Truss

Lynne Truss

Lynne Truss tells us about her favourite bookstore, why she hates cyclists and how she scored ringside seats to the Lennox Lewis/Evander Holyfield fight.

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Julian Barnes

Julian Barnes

Julian Barnes, bestselling author of Arthur & George talks with us about Sherlock Holmes, his favourite bookshop, and not winning the Booker.

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Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain may be blunt but he's always entertaining. The chef-turned-author-turned-TV star tells it like it is when it comes to vegans, Gordon Ramsay, and the worst restaurant in the world.

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Joshua Greene

Joshua Greene

Greene's new book, Here Comes the Sun: The Spiritual and Musical Journey of George Harrison, was sparked by his memories of a meeting with Harrison in December 1969 when the writer was a 19-year-old organ player...

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Nathaniel Fick

Nathaniel Fick

Former US Marine Nathaniel Fick's debut book One Bullet Away recounts his fear, disillusionment and guilt during the 2003 Iraqi invasion. He talks to AbeBooks about the polarized debate over Iraq, why he feels the US is in danger, and how leaving the Marines was the second best decision he has ever made.

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Lisa See

A language, kept secret for centuries in rural China, provides the back-drop to Lisa See’s latest novel, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan - recently reviewed in USA Today & LA Times.

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Chelsea Cain

Chelsea Cain is the author of Confessions of a Teen Sleuth – an entertaining parody of Nancy Drew, which exposes everything you always wanted to know about the heroine from River Heights.

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Anne Perry

Anne Perry has been a published author since 1979 when The Cater Street Hangman hit the bookshelves. Now she has 50 books to her name with Long Spoon Lane – a tale of Victorian terrorism – published in April 2005.

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Jared Diamond

Jared Diamond - the Pulitzer Prize winning author of Guns, Germs and Steel and Why Sex is Fun - reveals why he loves birds and reading Italian in our exclusive author interview.

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Iain Banks

Iain Banks has been one of the UK’s most productive and successful writers for the past 20 years. Find out why he’ll never leave Scotland and won’t be writing any more non-fiction books.

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Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Amy Krouse Rosenthal has grabbed the attention of North America with her entertaining but highly insightful book Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life.

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Yann Martel

Yann Martel talks to AbeBooks about what he's reading, who he'd most like to have coffee with and, his favorite book.Yann Martel is winner of the 2002 Man Booker Prize for his novel Life of Pi.

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Alain de Botton

Alain de Botton’s career has been spent writing books that tackle questions of everyday life. They refer both to his experiences and ideas – and those of artists, philosophers and thinkers of the past.

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Elizabeth Becka

Four long hard years spent as a criminal forensic scientist in Cleveland gave Elizabeth Becka the inspiration for her debut novel - a crime thriller called Trace Evidence.

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Rick Browne

Rick Browne

There may be an international flavour to Rick Browne's recipe collection The Big Book of Barbecue Sides, but in the barbecue master's opinion, nothing tops his Beer Butt Chicken.

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Amy Ephron

One Sunday Morning is the latest offering from LA author Amy Ephron - find out why she thinks it is so hard to keep a secret in our exclusive AbeBooks interview.

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Gary Imlach

Gary Imlach

Broadcaster Gary Imlach recently won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year for his account of his father’s footballing career in the 1950s - My Father and other Working-Class Football Heroes.

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