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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July 30, 2014
I met Lisa many years ago, and I have interviewed her every time she came through Portland, and read her books even if she didn't. Her novels illustrate the lives and tribulations of the Chinese in China, and after they migrated here.
This is from her website, describing her latest work, China Dolls:
It’s 1938 in San Francisco: a world’s fair is... More
July 16, 2014
Here in the U.S. from her home on the Goulburn River in Victoria, Australia is Courtney Collins with The Untold (Amy Einhorn/Putnam), a debut novel that has won accolades in Australia (where it was nominated for virtually every award of consequence) and beyond. It’s the story of an intrepid young woman living and persevering through harrowing circumstances in outback country... More
May 15, 2014
Justin Go was born in Los Angeles. He studied at the University of California, Berkeley and University College London. The Steady Running of the Hour is his first novel and is being published in twenty languages.
At present Justin is at work on a second novel.
May 14, 2014
Linda Greenlaw isn't a woman who shies away from a challenge—a nationally renowned swordfish boat captain made famous in the film The Perfect Storm, Greenlaw is also a bestselling author and a television celebrity.
Her latest book, Lifesaving Lessons, is a memoir of her becoming a reluctant foster mother to a troubled teenager with a dark secret. Linda is also a... More
April 16, 2014
Nicole Mones is an American novelist and food writer. As of March 2013 she has published four novels, entitled Lost in Translation, which appeared in 1998, A Cup of Light (2002), and The Last Chinese Chef, (2007), and in March 2014, Night in Shanghai. Lost in Translation won the 2000 Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize awarded by the Susan B. Anthony... More
Emma Donoghue is an Irish-born playwright, literary historian and novelist now living in Canada. Her 2010 novel Room was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize and an international best-seller. Donoghue's 1995 novel Hood won the Stonewall Book Award and Slammerkin (2000) won the Ferro-Grumley Award for Lesbian Fiction.
I spoke with her about her latest novel, Frog Music.
March 13, 2014
Erin Lindsay McCabe is what we call a "good interview." Bright, articulate, and thoughtful about her work.
The novel is the story of a young woman in 1862 who disguises herself as a man so she can accompany her husband as he goes to fight in the Civil War. There were several real-life examples of this in the Civil War, and... More
March 7, 2014
Molly Antopol is a recent Wallace Stegner Fellow and current Jones Lecturer at Stanford University. She’s a recipient of the 5 Under 35 award from the National Book Foundation. Her debut story collection, The UnAmericans, is forthcoming from W.W. Norton on February 3, 2014, and in six other countries. The book is a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers... More
February 13, 2014
Harriet Scott Chessman has written what used to be referred to as a “slim volume.” While not taking a great many pages to do so, she has created a deep story of guilt, redemption and the varieties of love.
Each of her characters bears a burden, and each deals with it more-or-less well. The end of the book leaves us to... More
February 12, 2014
My favorite story about Ruth Ozeki’s early film career was that she developed icky and disgusting fluids for special effects in cheap horror movies. I am so jealous.
Ruth is a fine novelist, and her latest, A Tale for the Time Being was short-listed for the prestigious Man-Booker Prize. (Yeah, jealous again.) It is now out in paperback.
She is also a... More