Interview with 2 authors- August 2012
Michael Koryta (pronounced ko-ree-ta)has written nine novels, praised by such authors as Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Michael Connelly and Dennis Lehane, and his most recent novel, THE PROPHET, was called “Friday Night Lights meets In Cold Blood…a flawless performance” by Kirkus. His last three novels, THE RIDGE, THE CYPRESS HOUSE, and SO COLD THE RIVER were all New York Times notable books and nominated for several national and international awards. In addition to winning the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, his novel ENVY THE NIGHT was selected as a Reader’s Digest condensed book. Koryta’s work has been translated into more than twenty languages. A former private investigator and newspaper reporter, Koryta graduated from Indiana University with a degree in criminal justice. He currently lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, and Bloomington, Indiana.
David Vann was born in the Aleutian Islands and spent his childhood in Ketchikan, Alaska.
For 12 years, no agent would send out his first book, Legend of a Suicide, so he went to sea
and became a captain and boat builder. Legend of a Suicidehas now won 10 prizes, including
the Prix Medicis Etranger in France for best foreign novel, the Premi Llibreter in Spain for
best foreign novel, the Grace Paley Prize, a California Book Award, and the L’Express
readers’ prize (France). Being translated into 18 languages, Legend of a Suicide is an
international bestseller and has also been on 40 Best Books of the Year lists in 11 countries,
been selected by the New Yorker Book Club and the Times Book Club, read in full on North
German radio, and will be made into a film by Chris Meloni. David has also been listed for
the Sunday Times Short Story Award, the Story Prize, and others. His novel Caribou Island is
an international bestseller being translated into 18 languages, on 25 Best Books of the Year
lists in 9 countries, shortlisted for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, and will be made
into a film by Bill Guttentag. His new novel, Dirt, has just
been published by HarperCollins. He is the author of the bestselling memoir A Mile Down:
The True Story of a Disastrous Career at Sea and Last Day On Earth: A Portrait of the NIU
School Shooter, winner of the AWP Nonfiction Prize.