We interviewed over a dozen writers, artists, and social activists at the 2015 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. Check out our interviews with Tavis SmileyCynthia BondKaren Bender, and Robert Putnam, and stay tuned for upcoming interviews with Mallory Ortberg, Issa Rae, John Scalzi, Heidi Julavits, Rashad Robinson, and many more.

LARB AV talks with actress and writer Octavia Spencer, author of the Randi Rhodes children’s mystery novels. She talks about her love of mysteries as a young child, growing up with dyslexia, and juggling a writing career with her busy acting schedule.