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Lauren Grodstein’s new novel, OUR SHORT HISTORY, looks into the choices that parents make when faced with their own mortality. The author’s inspiration for this novel came about after losing three friends to ovarian cancer, two with children still in elementary school. Ms. Grodstein sits down with Ana Maria in Minneapolis to discuss her own experiences with motherhood, her “other professional life” running an MFA program, and her current focus on essay writing.When asked about his most marked quality as a writer, “Hearts of Men” author Nickolas Butler answers that it’s sincerity. That quality is evident in this heartfelt interview. Learn the writerly superpower he’d most like to possess and the personal advice an airplane seatmate offered after a bumpy ride.