The Story of the Book

 

Four Surprising Influences on 

We Love You, Charlie Freeman

by Kaitlyn Greenidge

 

We asked First Novel Prize finalist Kaitlyn Greenidge to talk about some of the unusual influences behind her fantastic novel We Love You, Charlie FreemanHere, she discusses how a powerful nonfiction book, a country music song, a holiday movie, and a little corner of Boston all contributed to her debut novel. 

 

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The Influence of Journalism in Fiction

by Elliot Ackerman

 

Fallujah, Aleppo, Gaziantep. These are all cities that we hear about in the news, but we don't think about the stories contained within them. In this essay, former Marine and writer Elliot Ackerman reflects on his life as a journalist, and how his news stories have made their way into his new novel, Dark at the Crossing.

 

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Writing to Destroy Memory

by Claudia Casper

 

In this post, Claudia Casper, author of the new book The Mercy Journals, shares how General Roméo Dallaire, the Canadian general who led the UN Peacekeeping mission in Rwanda, inspired her to write about genocide and its ramifications on individuals and society. 

 

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Five Surprising Influences on You Will Know Me

by Megan Abbott

 

We asked Megan Abbott to talk about some of the influences behind her new hit book You Will Know Me. Here she discusses how a television show about football, movies about ballet, and a book on parenting helped shape her novel centered on gymnastics.  

 

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What Else Would a Young Film Star Wear? 

by Maggie O'Farrell 

 

In this essay, Maggie O'Farrell, author of the new novel This Must Be the Place, writes about how an unforgettable dress found its way into her fiction.

 

 

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The Story of the Book 

 

In this feature we ask some of your favorite authors to give insight into their books. Find out what's behind the pages!