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Archives - October 2013

Author Talk: Graeme Simsion, author of The Rosie Project

Oct 11, 2013

In THE ROSIE PROJECT, Graeme Simsion introduces us to Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially inept genetics professor. When Don decides it’s time he found a wife, he develops the “Wife Project,” a scientific study to find the idle partner. In this interview, Simsion shares how his own experience allowed him to write a character who only sees the world as “data.” He also describes the process of transforming his original screenplay into a book, and how a formulaic approach to screenwriting both helped and hindered his work.

Author Talk: Jo Baker, author of Longbourn

Oct 11, 2013

Jo Baker has finally written the book we wanted but didn’t even know it: LONGBOURN, a reimagining of Jane Austen’s PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. Unlike the original, Baker’s version is told from the perspective of Sarah, an orphaned housemaid working in the Bennet household, Longbourn. But there is just as much romance, heartbreak and intrigue downstairs at Longbourn as there is upstairs. When a mysterious new footman arrives, the orderly realm of the servants’ hall threatens to be completely, perhaps irrevocably, upended. In this interview, Baker opens up about the inspiration behind her unique take on PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, as well as the obstacles she had to deal with in rewriting a beloved classic. She also imagines what it would be like to meet Austen in person --- although she’s reluctant to think about how the revered writer would react to Baker’s take on her masterpiece.