Frank Bill lives in Corydon, Indiana. He works at a paint factory. He has observed as the economy has soured in his part of rural Indiana. The good factory jobs are vanishing. Meth labs flourish. Crime is soaring.
Bill keeps a notebook handy and he scribbles down story ideas inspired by the devastation he sees around him. His first book, "Crimes in Southern Indiana" is dark and violent and nearly impossible to put down.
In this interview Bill talks about his inspirations-the rejections-and how he finally broke through and got his stuff published.
Nicole Krauss has established herself as one of our leading American novelists with books like "The History of Love" and "Man Walks into a Room." She has further solidified that status with the amazing "Great House" which is just coming out in paperback. It is the story of a desk and a lot more.
On August 22, 1911 the Leonardo Da Vinci masterpiece, the Mona Lisa, was stolen from the Louvre Museum in Paris. It took a couple of years to recover the painting. It had been taken by an Italian nationalist who hoped to repatriate the painting back to Italy.