Author Author is an occasional feature of interviews with authors in Portland, either on tour or local writers. Ed Goldberg has been conducting these interviews for almost 20 years. Each interview discusses the author’s current work, thoughts and process for writing.
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June 23, 2015
Jim Shepard is an American author and professor of creative writing and film at Williams College. Shepard's novels and stories often rely on substantial historical research based on real events.
His short fiction has appeared in, among other magazines, Harper’s, McSweeney’s, The Paris Review, The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, DoubleTake, the New Yorker, Granta, Zoetrope: All-Story, and Playboy, and he was a... More
May 29, 2015
Philip Glass is both influential and controversial, but not as much as he used to be. The world may have caught up with him.
I spoke with him by phone, even though he was in Portland, such were the demands on his time. Even after a long day, he was gracious and warm.
The title of his memoir is Words Without Music.... More
May 8, 2015
Greg Iles was born in Germany in 1960, where his father ran the US Embassy Medical Clinic during the height of the Cold War. Iles spent his youth in Natchez, Mississippi, and graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1983. While attending Ole Miss, Greg lived in the cabin where William Faulkner and his brothers listened to countless stories told... More
April 24, 2015
I have known Portlander Chelsea Cain for a long time, and she is a good friend. She is also a "New York Times Best-selling Author." (Fanfare, please.) I missed speaking with her when One Kick was published in 2014, so I was happy to have the opportunity to discuss her career and two series here at All Classical Portland.
Courtney Maum is the humor columnist behind the "Celebrity Book Review" series on Electric Literature, a frequent contributor to The Rumpus, and an advice columnist for Tin House, she splits her time between the Massachusetts Berkshires and New York City. She's also the author of the chapbook "Notes from Mexico" from The Cupboard Press.
I missed speaking with Courtney Maum when... More
March 19, 2015
Dennis Lehane is best known for his novels Mystic River, Shutter Island, and Gone Baby, Gone. His latest, World Gone By, is about a character struggling with moral ambiguity while serving in the mob hierarchy in Florida in 1943. He describes it as the final piece of a triptych.
I have always found his books to transcend genre as novels of... More
February 2, 2015
Judith Glad writes romances, with a difference. I think she is incapable of creating cliched stories, and Improbable Solution is a novel like that, nothing one might expect.
I spoke with her recently at our All Classical studios.
Shawn Levy, once the primary film critic for The Oregonian, is also the author of several books, including biographies of Jerry Lewis, Paul Newman, the Sinatra Rat Pack, and a nice history of swinging London.
His latest, and in many ways his best, book is De Niro: A Life. I spoke with him at our studios in Portland.
January 15, 2015
Charles and Caroline Todd are a mother-and-son writing team who live on the east coast of the United States. Charles and Caroline have a rich storytelling heritage. Both spent many evenings on the porch listening to their fathers and grandfathers reminisce. And a maternal grandmother told marvelous ghost stories. This tradition allows them to write with passion about events before... More
December 31, 2014
Bill Kroger is a traveler, having visited 22 countries in Western and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Far East and the Americas. He is an environmentalist and passionate about the health of our world. He earned degrees in journalism and economics and has been a news reporter-editor, military officer, entrepreneur and a casino pit boss. In his off... More