5 QUESTIONS

WITH PAULA MCLAIN

Our bookseller Jenn got the chance to ask one of her favorite authors five questions. Of course she couldn't stop at just five...
Paula McLain is the bestselling author of The Paris Wife, and most recently Circling the Sun.
 
Circling the SunPaula McLain
Paris WifePaula McLain
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Stumble, Gorgeous,Paula McLain
 
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Less of HerPaula McLain
 
 
 
 

1. The women you write about have led such exciting and over the top lives, but they aren’t well known in history. How do you choose who to write about?


Actually, it feels a lot like my characters choose me rather than the other way around. I’d never heard Hadley’s name before she reached out to me through the pages of Hemingway’s memoir, A Moveable Feast. I suppose that was part of her appeal, that she was utterly new to me, but more than this even the shadow of her obsessed me instantly. I lunged at biographies, needing to know everything about her, and that’s how I found my way to Hemingway and 1920’s Paris and that entire world.
Nearly the same thing happened when I read Beryl Markham’s West With the Night. The same instant connection; the same recognition that something special was happening, and that I had to know everything I could, immediately, about Beryl. Though I’d just met her, I already knew she would change my life.

5 QUESTIONS

WITH JOHN IRVING

Our bookseller Len got the chance to ask one of his favorite authors five questions. Of course he couldn't stop at just five...
John Irving is the bestselling author of The Cider House Rules, A Prayer for Owen Meany, The World According to Garp, and most recently Avenue of Mysteries.
 
Avenue of MysteriesJohn Irving
A Widow for One Year John Irving
A Son of the CircusJohn Irving
 

1. Do you think men don't read fiction any more?


I never said men don't read fiction anymore. I've said, many times, that women have always read more fiction (and better fiction) than men read. I'm not talking about college students; at that age, I observe that the interest in literary fiction seems to be shared pretty equally between men and women. But women, as they grow older, continue to live more in their imaginations than most men do. Women are the ones I see reading good fiction; men mostly read nonfiction or bad novels. I can't tell you why. I just see this all the time—to the degree that when I do see a grown man reading good fiction, I have to restrain myself from hugging him in surprise and gratitude. Women readers are supporting quality fiction. I'm not alone in this observation. Ask Ian McEwan.

5 QUESTIONS

WITH JUDD APATOW

Our bookseller Len got the chance to ask one of his favorite authors five questions. Of course he couldn't stop at just five...
Judd Apatow is the author of Sick in the Head, one of our Best Books of 2015.
 

1. Would you ever want to revisit Freaks and Geeks   or Undeclared ?


In some ways, I feel like I’m constantly revisiting these shows – or at least, I’m constantly revisiting the ideas and themes that animate these shows, because they’re the ideas and themes that I’m inherently interested in. Feeling like an outcast, feeling misunderstood, being the pissed off kid who ends up in right field and doesn’t feel like the world makes any sense – then relying on your friendships and talents to survive. As a fan I always want people to do reunions or make new episodes, but as a writer I usually prefer to not ruin people’s memories by attempting new episodes.

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5 QUESTIONS

WITH J RYAN STRADAL

Our bookseller Christine got the chance to ask one of her favorite authors five questions. Of course she couldn't stop at just five...
J. Ryan Stradal is the author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest.
 

1. Would a pop-up restaurant make for good reality TV? Where would you like to see the show take place?


I think it'd be a fun idea -- a different pop-up every episode? I'd love to see some of the ones that happen outdoors or in ephemeral/temporary locations. The best ones could be doing for a dining experience what Andy Goldsworthy does with art.

Bestselling Books of 2015

2015 was a great year for books. There were thousands of wonderful titles published and we were lucky to get to recommend them to travelers in our airport stores, as well as to our readers online at HudsonBooksellers.com. Please check out our favorites in our Best Books of the Year feature.
Now that the year is over we can share which books were our top bestsellers. You won't find to many surprises in our list of in-store bestsellers, although Euphoria, You are a Badass, and The Good Girl really took off in paperback. David and Goliath, Emotional Intelligence 2.0, Bossypants, and other titles continued strong runs from last year. Three books from years past that were made into movies this year gave us the opportunity to recommend them to an even larger audience. The Girl on the Train is of course our #1 bestseller of the year and we expected that the first day we read it. The other 2015 titles to make the list are Modern Romance, and the publishing sensations Grey and Go Set a Watchman. 
Our online bestsellers reflect the diverse range of books that corporations, schools, and libraries are buying from us to give to their employees and students (Hint: we offer great bulk discounts). Lots of customers also took advantage of our special pre-order offers for The Wright Brothers, The Bone Labyrinth, and Thing Explainer.
Thank you to everyone who supported Hudson online and in-store last year. We cannot wait to recommend more great books to you in 2016.

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5 QUESTIONS

WITH PAUL FISCHER

Our bookseller Justin got the chance to ask one of his favorite authors five questions. Of course he couldn't stop at just five...
Paul Fischer is the author of A Kim Jong-Il Production, one of our Best Books of 2015.
 

1. Is Kim Jong-Un just as dangerous to the citizens of South Korea as his father was? Has Jong-Un tried to kidnap anyone?


He's certainly as dangerous - possibly even more with every passing week that his regime moves closer and closer to collapsing, which feels inevitable, although it could take months or it could take years. Information is the great threat to the Kims --the more their people know about how well the rest of the world is living and how much they're being lied to, the harder it is to keep a boot on their necks -- and with USB keys and DVDs and the Internet it's harder and harder for the regime to control the flow of information. The constant purges of rivals and dissidents that Kim Jong-Un enacts also demonstrate he has no problem with violence.
There's no evidence that Kim has tried to kidnap anyone (well, any foreigners) and that particular program seems to have been retired in the 1990s. Cyber crime and nuclear threats are more the order of the day. But the North Korean people, who aren't allowed to leave their own country and who in fact can't even leave their own home towns without official permission, are essentially hostages. It's a weird situation where every newborn, essentially, is born in a form of captivity, isolated from free movement and from the outside world. So in that sense...  

5 QUESTIONS

WITH ALEKSANDAR HEMON

Our bookseller Sara got the chance to ask one of her favorite authors five questions. Of course she couldn't stop at just five...
Aleksandar Hemon is the author of The Making of Zombie Wars, one of our Best Books of 2015.
 
The Making of Zombie WarsAleksandar Hemon
The Book of My LivesAleksandar Hemon
Love and ObstaclesAleksandar Hemon
 

1. Why zombies?


There are many reasons I had availed the main character, Joshua Levin, of zombies, most of which I don’t remember. But I do remember the two main ones: zombies are undead, and are, so to speak, incompletely disembodied—their bodies are dead, except for the insatiable hunger for flesh; and their horror is in their multitudiousness, which is why they signify the American fears of masses: masses of immigrants, masses of others, masses of not-us, whereby they wish to devour us, our life, our bodies. I sense that there is something about the exponential increase in zombie (and superhero) narratives after 9/11 and Iraq invasion. So I wanted Joshua to concern himself with zombie wars, while there was an actual war unfolding.  

5 QUESTIONS

WITH TANIA JAMES

Our bookseller Sara got the chance to ask one of her favorite authors five questions. Tania James is the author of The Tusk That Did the Damage, one of our Best Books of 2015.
   

1. Tusk   is set in India on a wildlife park, which is a pretty exotic locale. One of its narrators is an elephant. Did you have to do a lot of research for this novel? Were you surprised by anything you found out?


I did a lot of research for Tusk, at every stage of writing and revision. I found research to be invigorating and empowering, allowing me the authority to write about a scientific field that I don’t often see in fiction and to deepen my connection to the characters. I like what Andrea Barrett has to say on the latter, that “research is a way of understanding what our characters understand.” And I was constantly surprised by what I was learning, but the details that stuck were the ones that contributed to a living image of what I was trying to portray. Like the fact that an Asian elephant has a “finger” on the tip of its trunk, deft enough to pick up a lima bean. It’s such a delicate organ on the end of a hugely powerful organ, which to me suggests something about deftness and grace, traits that elephants aren’t often known for. (The African elephant has two such fingers.)
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