Sakkadoo: Russia’s Boris Akunin on “The Way of the Writer”

In Author Interview by Daniel Kalder

Russian novelist Grigory Chkhartishvili, a.k.a. Boris Akunin, is an international publishing phenomenon. A scholar of Japanese language and culture, and a former literary translator, he wrote his first novel, The White Queen — starring the now famous literary detective Erast Fandorin — at the age of 40. In the 13 years since its publication, Akunin has sold tens of millions …

Meg Wolitzer Talks About Humor, Film, and The End of Sex

In Author Interview, News by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox NEW YORK—This week, novelist Meg Wolitzer releases her new book, THE UNCOUPLING, about a strange spell that is cast over the community of Stellar Plains, New Jersey that compels the women to stop having sex. Based on the comedy by Aristophanes “Lysistrata,” THE UNCOUPLING is signature Wolitzer as it tackles a serious issue that has deep …

Myth and Memory in South Africa: David Schmahmann’s Ivory from Paradise

In Author Interview by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The year 2011 marks the end of a busy decade for Boston-based novelist David Schmahmann. It was a period that he spent thinking, exploring and writing a great deal about his birthplace…South Africa. The decade was bookended by the publication of two seminal books about the country: 2001’s John Gardner Book Award-winning Empire Settings, a drama about the relationship …