fiction http://kut.org en Author Graeme Simsion on Asperger's, 'The Rosie Project' and Its Sequel http://kut.org/post/author-graeme-simsion-aspergers-rosie-project-and-its-sequel <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you read fiction, and you don’t know about &nbsp;"</span><a href="http://books.simonandschuster.com/Rosie-Project/Graeme-Simsion/9781476729091" style="line-height: 1.5;">The Rosie Project</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">," you’re missing something. The book was a&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/20/books/review/graeme-simsions-rosie-project.html?_r=0" style="line-height: 1.5;">breakout hit</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;all over the world, raking in reviews ranging from&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/jan/05/rosie-project-graeme-simsion-review" style="line-height: 1.5;">merely exuberant</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;to down right&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16181775-the-rosie-project" style="line-height: 1.5;">delirious</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;So what’s all the fuss about?</span></p><p>"The Rosie Project" is a flat-out fun read by an author who appears to have a lot of different interests dosed with a healthy sense of humor. But b<span style="line-height: 1.5;">elieve it or not, the book started out as high drama.</span></p><p>"This is the story of Don Tillman," author Graeme&nbsp;Simsion&nbsp;tells The Texas Standard's Emily Donahue.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/155996598&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 19:57:37 +0000 Emily Donahue 10677 at http://kut.org Author Graeme Simsion on Asperger's, 'The Rosie Project' and Its Sequel Joel Dicker Shares 'The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair' http://kut.org/post/joel-dicker-shares-truth-about-harry-quebert-affair <p>Joel Dicker is the author of the international bestseller, "The Truth About the Harry&nbsp;Quebert&nbsp;Affair." The 28-year-old author seems – on the surface – to have a lot in common with his protagonist.&nbsp;</p><p>Dicker's novel is a blockbuster, first in Europe and now in the U.S. The same's true with the hero of his book, Marcus Goldman. But in the book, Goldman finds himself wrapped up in several layers of self-angst and mystery, at the center of which are 1) a murder and 2) his mentor.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/154650103&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 12:45:00 +0000 Emily Donahue 10616 at http://kut.org Joel Dicker Shares 'The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair' Novelist Elizabeth Strout Talks About 'The Burgess Boys' http://kut.org/post/novelist-elizabeth-strout-talks-about-burgess-boys <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The novel</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;"</em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Burgess-Boys-Elizabeth-Strout-ebook/dp/B009MYAWIA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1397594376&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=Burgess+Boys" style="line-height: 1.5;">The Burgess Boys</a>"<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> took the nation by storm last year. <span style="line-height: 1.5;">This month, the novel is available in paperback.</span></span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The follow-up to </span><a href="http://www.elizabethstrout.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Elizabeth Strout’s</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Books/chapter-and-verse/2009/0420/olive-kitteridge-takes-2009-pulitzer-prize-for-fiction" style="line-height: 1.5;">Pulitzer Prize winning novel</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;"<a href="http://www.amazon.com/Olive-Kitteridge-Stories-ELIZABETH-STROUT-ebook/dp/B0013TRR80/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1397594395&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=Olive+Kitteridge" style="line-height: 1.5;">Olive </a></span><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Olive-Kitteridge-Stories-ELIZABETH-STROUT-ebook/dp/B0013TRR80/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1397594395&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=Olive+Kitteridge" style="line-height: 1.5;">Kitteridge</a>"<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;spent weeks atop the <em>New York Times</em> bestseller list and months making the rounds of book-circles. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Elizabeth </span>Strout<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> visited with the&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Texas Standard's&nbsp;</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Emily Donahue&nbsp;to talk about her book. Listen to their conversation in the audio player below.</span></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/144868719&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:49:53 +0000 Emily Donahue 10225 at http://kut.org Novelist Elizabeth Strout Talks About 'The Burgess Boys' Best-Selling Author Jen Lancaster Kicks Off 'Twisted' Book Tour in Austin http://kut.org/post/best-selling-author-jen-lancaster-kicks-twisted-book-tour-austin <p>I caught up with Jen Lancaster as she was heading to the airport. In the background, her dogs were barking a welcome to the guy who cleans up their “messes” from the back yard. “The best 11 dollars I ever spent in my life,” Lancaster says. “I don’t know what he does with it but that is not my concern [though]; I hope it’s going to a farmer somewhere to be used as fertilizer.”</p><p>In&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">her new novel,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“</span><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Twisted-Sisters-Jen-Lancaster/dp/0451239652" style="line-height: 1.5;">Twisted Sisters</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">,” &nbsp;Jen Lancaster has written a story of sibling rivalry run amok. A story of three sisters – one of which is deeply unhappy in her life but doesn’t realize it&nbsp;–&nbsp;and who transforms her relationships with her sisters in a highly unorthodox way.</span></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/133033476&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 17:57:06 +0000 Emily Donahue 9712 at http://kut.org Best-Selling Author Jen Lancaster Kicks Off 'Twisted' Book Tour in Austin