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Interview: Douglas Wolk, author of All of the Marvels: A Journey to the Ends of the Biggest Story Ever Told

Oct 14, 2021

Comics writer, critic, journalist and teacher Douglas Wolk is the author of the Eisner Award-winning READING COMICS and the host of the podcast “The Voice of Latveria.” Over the course of just five years, he read all 27,000+ comics that make up the Marvel Universe thus far, from Alpha Flight to Omega the Unknown. Michael Barson, Senior Publicity Executive at Melville House, talks to Wolk about this fascinating project, which he chronicles in his latest book, ALL OF THE MARVELS. In Wolk’s hands, the mammoth Marvel narrative becomes a fun-house-mirror history of the past 60 years, from the atomic night terrors of the Cold War to the technocracy and political division of the present day.

Interview: J.P. Smith, author of The Summoning

Sep 23, 2021

THE SUMMONING, J.P. Smith’s ninth novel, revolves around a 9/11 widow whose daughter is in a coma from a fall after witnessing what appeared to be an accidental death. To make ends meet, she acts as a medium, reaching out and offering assistance to those who lost loved ones on that tragic September day. In this interview conducted by Michael Barson, Senior Publicity Executive at Melville House, Smith talks about why he enjoys creating fresh characters with each new book he writes, how he came up with the plot line for his latest psychological thriller, and why he had to make a last-minute change to the ending of his debut novel.

Interview: Samira Shackle, author of Karachi Vice: Life and Death in a Divided City

Sep 9, 2021

Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city, is a place of political turbulence in which those who have power wield it with brutal and partisan force. It takes an insider to know where is safe, who to trust and what makes Karachi tick. In KARACHI VICE, Samira Shackle explores the city of her mother’s birth in the company of a handful of Karachiites. Michael Barson, Senior Publicity Executive at Melville House, talks to Shackle about her inspiration for writing this powerful debut and the biggest culture shock she experienced after moving to Karachi from London in 2012. She also explains why she believes the population of Karachi has risen so dramatically since 1947 despite the violence and severely inadequate services, identifies the biggest potential challenge they will face over the next five years, and points to three works of narrative nonfiction that influenced her approach to writing KARACHI VICE.

Interview: Rob Leininger, author of Gumshoe Gone

Sep 9, 2021

Rob Leininger revived the hardboiled PI venue somewhat modeled after Travis McGee and Sam Spade, but in the humorous vein of Carl Hiaasen and Tim Dorsey. Kidnapped by a gorgeous gal in Reno, Mortimer Angel disappears for several days. When he finally makes contact with family and friends, he’s on a new case, one that takes him on an unexpected journey. That becomes a new case with more unexpected journeys. He travels more roads than ever before and ends up in a place he never could have predicted. Mort is gone. GUMSHOE GONE is the sixth book in this mystery-with-a-message series set in Nevada --- and Wyoming, as well as other western states. In this interview, Leininger chats with’s Dean Murphy about the current Mortimer Angel adventure, Mort’s world and a typical day in Leininger’s life.

Interview: Alan Maimon, author of Twilight in Hazard: An Appalachian Reckoning

Jun 11, 2021

TWILIGHT IN HAZARD is investigative reporter and Pulitzer Prize finalist Alan Maimon’s troubling account of how a perfect storm of events made a devastating impact on the residents in small Appalachian towns --- a case of severe and accelerating rural distress that, over the past 20 years, has expanded to send tremors through the rest of America. In this interview conducted by Michael Barson, Senior Publicity Executive at Melville House, Maimon talks about the challenges he faced when he was assigned to report on life in rural Eastern Kentucky following a two-year stint at the New York Times’s Berlin bureau, the urgent need to demystify the region so it can be understood by the rest of the country, and the possibility of income-generating hope on the horizon.