Interviewing David Nicholls, Erika Johansen, Wally Lamb, & More

Never mind that David Nicholls’s affecting and freshly told Us has been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, with the shortlist to be announced September 9. Fans of the British scallynovelist/screenwriter will have to wait until late October to read it. Fortunately, I had the opportunity to interview the genial and insightful Nicholls in New York this July, and to learn more about his new novel you can go straight to Prepub Alert: Video Interviews to see our talk.

And that’s not all. You’ll also have a chance to see Erika Johansen, whose The Queen of the Tearling was a LibraryReads pick and is being developed as a film, with Emma Watson as star and executive producer. Then there’s Wally Lamb, whose We Are Water comes out in paperback this month; Mitch Albom, whose The First Phone Call from Heaven comes out in paperback this fall; and Helene Wecker, author of last year’s atmospheric The Golem and the Jinni.

Coming soon: Chats with Katy Simpson Smith about her beautifully wrought debut novel, The Story of Land and Sea, and Alan Cumming—yes, Alan Cumming!—about his surprisingly new memoir, Not My Father’s Son. Life isn’t always a cabaret, but check it out:  these authors will make you want to sing.

Barbara Hoffert About Barbara Hoffert

Barbara Hoffert (, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Prepub Alert; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president, treasurer, and awards chair of the National Book Critics Circle.