Author Anita Diamant (whose latest book, Day After Night, is on my tbr list) explains how her book ideas originate. I know that lots of authors despise having to address this question, but since I seem to have quite a bit of trouble generating workable ideas, I'm interested in their responses.
Remember Swede Levov, the character Philip Roth created in American Pastoral? The son of the "real" Swede (Swede Masin) has written a book about his father.
A characteristically eloquent and important message, this time on the Toronto International Film Festival situation I mentioned the other day, from Andrew Silow-Carroll.