John Grisham

International best-selling author John Grisham discusses his novel “The Guardians.” 

John Grisham is the author of more than thirty novels, one work of non-fiction, a collection of stories and seven novels for young readers. A master of the legal thriller, nine of his novels have been turned into films – “The Firm,” “The Pelican Brief,” “The Client,” “A Time to Kill,” “The Rainmaker,” “The Chamber,” “A Painted House,” “The Runaway Jury” and “Skipping Christmas.” There are currently more than 300 million John Grisham books in print worldwide, which have been translated into 40 languages. His 2019 novel, “The Guardians,” has a strong social-justice component that shows how wrongful convictions happen. 

When he’s not writing, Grisham devotes time to charitable causes including serving as the local Little League commissioner. The six ballfields he built on his property have played host to more than 350 kids on 26 Little League teams. 

Junot Díaz

Author Junot Díaz talks about incorporating experiences from his own life into his novels, the power of literature and his 2018 children’s book, “Islandborn.”

Junot Díaz is the author of the critically acclaimed “Drown; The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,” which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and “This Is How You Lose Her,” a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist. A graduate of Rutgers University, Díaz is currently the fiction editor at Boston Review and the Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

 

Walter Mosley

Author Walter Mosley talks about writing crime fiction, book-to-movie adaptations and incorporating racial issues into his storytelling.

Walter Mosley is a best-selling author. A Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America, he has won numerous awards, including the Anisfield-Wolf Award, a Grammy, a PEN USA’s Lifetime Achievement Award and several NAACP Image awards. His books have been translated into more than twenty languages. Mosley’s short fiction has appeared in a wide array of publications, including The New Yorker, GQ, Esquire, The Los Angeles Times Magazine and Playboy, and his nonfiction has been published in The New York Times Book Review, The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek and The Nation.

 

Amy Bloom

Author Amy Bloom talks about her writing process, background in psychotherapy and latest novel, “White Houses.”

Amy Bloom is the author of two New York Times bestsellers, three collections of short stories, a children’s book and a collection of essays. She has been a nominee for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Bloom has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, O Magazine and Vogue.

Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood is an award-winning author of more than 40 volumes of poetry, children’s literature, fiction and nonfiction. She’s best known for her novels, including “The Edible Woman,” “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “The Blind Assassin,” which won the Booker Prize in 2000. Her novel “The Heart Goes Last” was published in 2015.

Thomas Mallon

Thomas Mallon is a novelist and critic who has written numerous novels and works of non-fiction. His 2012 novel, “Watergate,” was a finalist for the PEN /​ Faulkner Award. He frequently contributes to The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review and The Atlantic. His novel, “Finale: A Novel of the Reagan Years,” was published in 2015.

Joyce Carol Oates

Joyce Carol Oates is one of the most distinguished and critically-acclaimed fiction writers in America. She is a recipient of the National Medal of Humanities, the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Book Award and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction and has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Her works of fiction include “We Were the Mulvaneys,” “Blonde” and “The Accursed.” Her collection of stories, “Lovely, Dark, Deep: Stories,” was published in September of 2014.

Russell Banks

Russell Banks is an admired and accomplished American novelist whose credits include “Affliction” and “The Sweet Hereafter,” which were made into movies. His novel, “Lost Memory of Skin,” was published in 2011.

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