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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August 14, 2015
Val Brelinski was born and raised in Nampa, Idaho, the daughter of devout evangelical Christians. From 2003 to 2005, she was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, where she was also a Jones Lecturer in fiction writing. She received an MFA from the University of Virginia.
She received prizes for her fiction from the San Francisco Chronicle, The Charlottesville Weekly,... More
August 12, 2015
Polly Dugan lives in Portland, Oregon, and is a reader at Tin House magazine. A former employee of Powell's Books, she is an alumna of the Tin House Writer's Workshop. Dugan's first published story, "A Matter of Time," was Line Zero's Spring 2012 Literary Contest Winner, "Masquerades" (as "One At a Time"), was Narrative's Story of the Week (December 2012),... More
July 22, 2015
Jeannette Hubbard is a volunteer here at All Classical Portland, and is also a very talented writer. Secrets, Lies and Champagne Highs is a social satire set in the hotbed of Sisters, Oregon. It involves blind ambition, betrayal and people working well above the reach of their intelligence. Outcomes can't be good. But, the real people do okay.
NOTE: This interview includes frank discussion of sexual practices. Anyone who might be offended by these concepts should not listen. Thank you.
Korin I. Dushayl is a Portland writer of science fiction erotica. Her latest book, Spyder's Trouble, concerns a ship and crew of smugglers, a powerful dominatrix, Lady Cassandra, who owns the crew members, and a lot of intrigue. This is... More
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