Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Loaded Questions is back!

Loaded Questions has been away for far too long! However, we would like to announce that we are back and better than ever with a new staff, exciting upcoming interviews and more literary news! Please feel free to post our return on your sites/blogs. Your support is greatly appreciated!

What's on the horizon?

Our third interview with the talented and hilarious Mary Roach author of previous best-sellers Stiff: The Curious Case of Human Cadavers, Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife and Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex.

The interview comes on the heels of the release of Roach's fourth novel, Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void. The book's product description reads: Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human. How much can a person give up? How much weirdness can they take? What happens to you when you can’t walk for a year? have sex? smell flowers? What happens if you vomit in your helmet during a space walk? Is it possible for the human body to survive a bailout at 17,000 miles per hour? To answer these questions, space agencies set up all manner of quizzical and startlingly bizarre space simulations. As Mary Roach discovers, it’s possible to preview space without ever leaving Earth. From the space shuttle training toilet to a crash test of NASA’s new space capsule (cadaver filling in for astronaut), Roach takes us on a surreally entertaining trip into the science of life in space and space on Earth.

I received my copy yesterday and am giddy at the prospect of tearing into it this evening. From the few glimpses I have taken so far I can say without hesitation that Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void represents Roach at her very best. Stay tuned for the interview. In the meantime you can read our first interview with Roach and the second for the release of Bonk. 

We've also lined up an interview with David Nicholls author of the acclaimed novel One Day. The UK's The Guardian wrote that with his latest work Nicholls "has drawn on all his comic and literary gifts to produce a novel that is not only roaringly funny but also memorable, moving and, in its own unassuming, unpretentious way, rather profound." The book garnered author, whose previous books include Starter for Ten: A Novel, A Question of Attraction : A Novel and The Understudy: A Novel, rave reviews from The New York Times to Entertainment Weekly. I spoke to Nicholls recently, he's currently on the set of the movie adaptation of One Day staring Anne Hathaway. We are very much looking forward to sharing this interview with you.

Are you enamored by books? Have an interest in conducting author interviews or writing book reviews? Loaded Questions has already added four new members to its staff but we are still looking for individuals who have an interest in the above activities. Joining our staff is a great way to have contact with your favorite authors and to get your hands on early book releases for you to write about and read. Contact us with you information and interests if you think you'd fit the bill.


Marg said...

Welcome back! I must confess that I thought that you were gone for good, so it was a very pleasant surprise to see new posts in my feedreader today!

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