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Astral Road Media Co-Founder Rich Fahle is also the Exec. Producer of Book View Now on PBS.org, covering book festivals, fairs and other literary events. Watch for new author interviews below.

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Octavia Spencer: â��I Never Felt Like a Rock Star Until I Wrote a Book”

Octavia Spencer is not only an Academy Award-winning actress, but also an author that kids adore. Octavia�s second book in her popular Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective series is out now, titled The Sweetest Heist in History.In this interview for Book View Now on PBS.org at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Octavia spoke with Astral Road Media co-founder Rich...

Author Bryan Stevenson on Race in America and Just Mercy

I have been angry and heartbroken and very frustrated these past two days since the news of the senseless shooting at the Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston. To now, my previous social posts have all just been bitter knee-jerk noise, so I've abandoned them. But I think this short clip from my conversation with author, attorney and activist Bryan Stevenson...

Ransom Riggs
Ransom Riggs On Saying YES to a Writing Career

Ransom Riggs did, indeed, say YES to a lot of different things, thereby setting himself up to hit the bulls eye, unexpectedly, and form a career out of writing fiction.Ransom sat down with Rich Fahle of Astral Road Media at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books to say he always assumed he�d be making films for a living after...

Jon Scieszka
Jon Scieszka On A Writing Life That Satisfies

Frank Einstein and the Electro-Finger is the 2nd book in the Frank Einstein series by writer, Jon Scieszka.Jon sat down with Rich Fahle, of Astral Road Media, at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books to talk about his new book as well as a host of other topics related to his inspiring career as an author of books for...

Brian Grazer
Brian Grazer on Curating his Originality

A lot of people know Brian Grazer as a successful American TV and film producer. What they don�t know is that Brian has been making a concerted effort to seek out advice and learn from a diverse group of individuals for over 30 years.Every two weeks or so, Brian will meet with an accomplished person from some field other than...

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Bestselling Author Sarah Dessen: “I Was Sure That My Career Was Over”

It's hard to believe that hugely successful young adult author Sarah Dessen, with eleven previous bestsellers to her name, could lose confidence in her writing.But that's exactly where she found herself, grinding through a book twelve storyline she had lost faith in, staring into the abyss, absolutely convinced her writing career was finished.Where did her confidence go?In this interview with...

Nicholas Kristof�s Inspiring Path

We are a society of planners and organizers. As creative beings, we use our best assumptions to look forward to create a life and career structure; a logical path to follow that incorporates our best thinking at the time.That was the case for Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and journalist Nicholas Kristof, the co-author of A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity...

Author Lee Child on Starting a Writing Career Later in Life

Lee Child, whose latest Jack Reacher novel, Personal, releases worldwide over the next two weeks, is emphatic about the potential for writing as a second career. �To anybody who is an aspiring writer,� Child said, �this is a great career because not only can you, but you should, start late. I think it's the ideal career to do later in...

Author Ian McEwan on the Struggle to Find Writing Confidence

I love this short video interview with author Ian McEwan, linked above.McEwan�s work is remarkable for its consistency and critical praise. He won the Whitbread Novel of the Year for The Child in Time in 1987. He�s been nominated for the Man Booker prize six times, winning the prize for his novel Amsterdam in 1998. In 2008,...

Author Susan Orlean: How My Chickens Helped Me Decode Twitter

�I first began understanding Twitter when--this will sound funny--but it was when I first got my chickens.�I love this take on decoding Twitter from author Susan Orlean.In this excerpt from an interview we did with Susan at Book Expo America for her book Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend, she discussed her own discovery of Twitter as an...