I first met David Arnold at the Anderson’s YA Event in October 2015. We had a wonderful conversation over a beer in the lobby about the book community and it was such a fun time. I immediately went home and read Mosquitoland and loved his voice so much. David is one of those authors who writes just amazingly touching stories that will impact you even ages after you’ve read it. He graciously agreed to do a fun Thanksgiving interview with us to celebrate the holiday, but before I share that with you, here are the details about his books!
After the sudden collapse of her family, Mim Malone is dragged from her home in northern Ohio to the “wastelands” of Mississippi, where she lives in a medicated milieu with her dad and new stepmom. Before the dust has a chance to settle, she learns her mother is sick back in Cleveland.
So she ditches her new life and hops aboard a northbound Greyhound bus to her real home and her real mother, meeting a quirky cast of fellow travelers along the way. But when her thousand-mile journey takes a few turns she could never see coming, Mim must confront her own demons, redefining her notions of love, loyalty, and what it means to be sane.
Told in an unforgettable, kaleidoscopic voice, “Mosquitoland” is a modern American odyssey, as hilarious as it is heartbreaking.
Victor Benucci and Madeline Falco have a story to tell.
It begins with the death of Vic’s father.
It ends with the murder of Mad’s uncle.
The Hackensack Police Department would very much like to hear it.
But in order to tell their story, Vic and Mad must focus on all the chapters in between.
This is a story about:
1. A coded mission to scatter ashes across New Jersey.
2. The momentous nature of the Palisades in winter.
3. One dormant submarine.
4. Two songs about flowers.
5. Being cool in the traditional sense.
6. Sunsets & ice cream & orchards & graveyards.
7. Simultaneous extreme opposites.
8. A narrow escape from a war-torn country.
9. A story collector.
10. How to listen to someone who does not talk.
11. Falling in love with a painting.
12. Falling in love with a song.
13. Falling in love.
Thanksgiving Interview with David Arnold
Do you have any fun Thanksgiving traditions?
Growing up, my family spent Thanksgiving with my aunt and uncle and cousin—we basically ate way too much and then watched some combination of the old Pink Panther movies, Best of Carol Burnett, and A Christmas Story. (I know. Don’t be jealous.)
Do you have a favorite Thanksgiving pie?
I’m not usually a pie guy, but my wife started making this apple pie with orange juice I think? And then lots of cinnamon. Yeah, it’s pretty much heavenly.
What’s your most creative leftover turkey idea?
I mean I know we have like turkey sandwiches and turkey soups and even turkey burgers, but why no turkey tacos? A little onion and cilantro and lime and boom—turkey taco. #turkeytaco
If you could have any 3 authors at your Thanksgiving table, who would they be and why? (Living or dead!)
I mean… if it’s only three, I pick Adam Silvera, Becky Albertalli, Jasmine Warga, and Courtney Stevens. In other news, I suck at math.
What are you most thankful for this season?
Other than my wife’s apple pie recipe? You know, I’m pretty much a homebody. So I’m grateful to have a home with more than I need, a home that feels like home, and I’m grateful that home is populated with my two favorite people in the world.
Thank you so much for joining us and indulging my questions!
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