Some people get excited about meeting rock stars. Here at Bookish, we get excited about chatting with our favorite authors. 2018 was an exceptional year, and we got to talk to many of the writers whose work we admire most. To celebrate the end of the year, we’ve rounded up seven fan-favorite Bookish interviews of 2018. Read on and enjoy!
“Right now to me, America is in a crisis of constant misunderstandings. Some of it is willful ignorance, but some of it is not willful and it requires people to explain things.”
“Imagine how the world would react and how people would treat you if you were defined by the thing you are most ashamed of. It’s so easy to take away a person’s humanity by just describing the crime, but once you fill in the rest of the story you create a human.”
“I think we all hit a moment like that in our lives, when we realize that we don’t understand how the world works at all—or where we fit into it.”
“I wrote this book for my teenage self, so it’s all about themes that were important to my young self: questioning your identity and gender, but also your creative aspirations and the person you want to be.”
This short interview with author Jen Wang about identity and belonging had a big impact on our readers.
“I think whenever we write, we’re trying as authors to step into another person’s experience and we’re trying to enable that experience for a reader. Being able to step into a life that is not your own—that’s why people read.”
Rebecca Makkai talked about the experience of writing two separate storylines as well as the important role that empathy plays in her work.
“The word ‘DILF’ being associated with my book is one of the best things ever.”
Maurene Goo dished on her love of Los Angeles and crafting a beloved literary DILF.
“A lot of life is watching certainties get obliterated.”