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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April 24, 2015
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
December 30, 2014
Brian Benson met Rachel in a scenario out of a Bacall/Bogart film. He has written a memoir about a bicycle trip he took with her from his native Wisconsin to her home town here in Portland. It may not have begun as a journey of self-discovery, but you know how these things can work out. Brian spoke with me in... More
December 23, 2014
Craig Johnson is the author of the best-selling Longmire series of novels, the basis for a terrific show on the A&E Network. I have spoken to him a couple of times over the years, and he is a warm and amiable subject.
His latest work is a book of short stories featuring the Longmire regulars.
Valerie Plame was in the news in 2003 when she was outed as a CIA officer by a Washington Post columnist. A major flap ensued. This ended her career in the Company, but opened a door for her to begin writing spy novels (in collaboration with Sarah Lovett). The first, Blowback, was published in 2013. I spoke with her while... More
November 19, 2014
Youthful, ambitious Peter Schoeffer is on the verge of professional success as a scribe in Paris when his foster father, wealthy merchant and bookseller Johann Fust, summons him home to corrupt, feud-plagued Mainz to meet “a most amazing man.” Johann Gutenberg, a driven and caustic inventor, has devised a revolutionary—and to some, blasphemous—method of bookmaking: a machine he calls a... More