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On the Red Couch with Fantasy Novelist Brandon Sanderson

Brandon Sanderson was “anti-books” until an eighth grade teacher introduced him to fantasy novels. He went on to write seven novels during his undergraduate career at BYU while juggling the night shift at a hotel. After many rejections from publishers, … Continue reading

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On the Red Couch with Actress/Author Evangeline Lilly

She’s perhaps best known as Kate Austen from Lost and the pointy-eared elf Tauriel in The Lord of the Rings films. But Evangeline Lilly has another, lesser-known talent: children’s book author. Her first publication is The Squickerwonkers, just released on … Continue reading

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On the Red Couch with Pretty Little Liars’ Sara Shepard

Imagine being sure of your professional calling while your peers played princess and scrambled on monkey bars. “I was one of those kids who didn’t really play dress up or didn’t play outside,” says author Sara Shepard, the mind behind … Continue reading

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On the Red Couch with Author James Patterson

When James Patterson set out to be a writer as a graduate student at Vanderbilt, he says he just wanted to write books that “were as good as they could possibly be.” He wrote some fiction and then started reading … Continue reading

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On the Red Couch With Shebooks’ Peggy Northrop and Laura Fraser

When it comes to reading, women are the more prolific sex. A Pew report revealed that more women have read at least one book in the last year (82% vs 69%) and that they read more than their XY-chromosomed counterparts: … Continue reading

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#flipshopping: Beach Reads

Reading outside is one of the greatest parts of summer. Whether you intend to spend some time at the beach, a lake, a pool, or just hanging out in your backyard, we’ve picked our favorite page-turners just in time for … Continue reading

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Brain Pickings Gets Made for Flipboard

Maria Popova is one of the Internet’s finest hunter-gatherers. Powered by a curious mind and a deep appreciation for creativity, Popova’s Brain Pickings covers anything and everything that could be classified under “interestingness”—in other words, fascinating stuff that makes you … Continue reading

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On the Red Couch with Author James Dashner

Sci-fi author James Dashner wanted to be a writer since he was a kid but decided to try his “backup plan” — finance accounting — first. It gave him a foothold from which he took baby steps toward his dream … Continue reading

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On the Red Couch with Author Margaret Atwood

The Guardian calls the writer Margaret Atwood “literature’s digital doyenne.” The author of more than 40 books of fiction, poetry and critical essays, she’s a prolific Tweeter, with over 400,000 followers. Her fans engage her daily in online conversations about … Continue reading

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On the Red Couch with Author Gretchen Rubin

It\’s been four years since author Gretchen Rubin published The Happiness Project, a book in which she studies happiness and methodically imbues as much of it as possible into her life. Is she still glowing from that euphoric year? What … Continue reading

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