Emmanuel Hapsis

Best of The Writers’ Block 2012

2012 was a really great year for books and an even better one for KQED's book-lovin' podcast, The Writers' Block. Although, as the program's Producer, every episode is a home run in my book, here's a rundown of a few authors that truly blew me away.

Q+A with Ismet Prcic

Ismet Prcic, the author behind Shards, talks about escaping his war-torn homeland, the In Living Color character he would like to dine with, and much more.

Q+A with Anisse Gross

Anisse Gross recently visited the KQED studios to record an episode of The Writers' Block. Get to know her a little better with this Q+A, in which she talks about her karaoke catalogue, peaking at six years old, and much more!

Q+A with Mira Bartók

Mira Bartók, the author behind The Memory Palace, recently visited the KQED studios to record an episode of The Writers' Block, which will be released next week. Until then, get to know her a little better with this Q+A, in which she talks about memory recall, Hello Kitty, and what her past incarnation would have been.

Q+A with Colm Tóibín

Colm Tóibín, the author behind The Master, recently visited the KQED studios to record an episode of The Writers' Block, which will be released next week. Until then, get to know him a little better with this Q+A, in which he talks about his favorite San Francisco haunts and what his spirit animal would be.

M.I.A.: ///Y/ (MAYA)

Renowned troublemaker M.I.A. just can't help making a scene. More often than not, she can be found spouting off about terrorism, genocide, and the evils of the Almighty Google. Love her or hate her, M.I.A.'s name seems to be on everyone's lips.

Monster in the Dark

We just can't get enough of the apocalypse. The imminent demise of civilization strikes a chord with the public and fuels many of Hollywood's biggest blockbusters (Last Night, Armageddon, Deep Impact, The Day After Tomorrow).