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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October 10, 2013
If you are Jewish, or grew up in an area where there was a significant Jewish population, you may have fallen in love with deli foods: corned beef, pastrami, knishes, kasha, etc. Many of these foods may be prepared at home, but foodies with current dietary and culinary standards look askance at the animal-fat-rich menu.
Michael Zusman and Nick Zukin have... More
October 9, 2013
I first met Sheri Speede at a fundraising event organized by Edmund Stone for her chimpanzee sanctuary in Cameroon. I am interested in work like this, and in primatology in general.
Sheri is warm, intelligent and deeply committed to her work. Her compassion and empathy for our closest primate relatives has resulted in easing the lives of chimpanzees orphaned by the... More
October 8, 2013
Jonathan Lethem is an American novelist, essayist and short story writer. His first novel, Gun, with Occasional Music, a genre work that mixed elements of science fiction and detective fiction, was published in 1994. It was followed by three more science fiction novels. In 1999, Lethem published Motherless Brooklyn, a National Book Critics Circle Award-winning novel that achieved mainstream success.... More
August 23, 2013
When I first saw the book "My Daughter, My Son" in my mailbox, I may have groaned. It didn't look like the kind of topic I was usually interested in.
After reading 50 pages, the human drama and compelling personalities of the principals had me hooked.
What Luca and his mother Betsie went through is beyond what I can imagine. That they... More
August 22, 2013
I met Chelsea Cain years ago when her Nancy Drew parody, "Confessions of a Teen Sleuth," was published. Like her, it was clever, knowing and funny.
Since that time, she has become a NY Times best-seller with her series about Gretchen Lowell, the Beauty Killer, set in and around Portland. Gretchen is gorgeous and deeply disturbed, a serial killer and sadist.... More
August 1, 2013
Ben Winters is known for the 2009 parody novel Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, which reached the New York Times best seller list in September 2009. His second novel, Android Karenina (Quirk Books), was published in June 2010; his young adult novel, The Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman, was published by HarperCollins on September 21, 2010. Finkleman was nominated... More
July 24, 2013
I first spoke with Robert Weiss when I was still working at KBOO. His memoir, "Fire Mission! the siege at Mortain, Normandy, August 1944," first published as "Enemy North, South, East, West," is published by White Mane Publishing Company. Although most bookstores no longer stock the book, any bookstore will order it. It is a remarkable story of courage, perseverance... More
July 23, 2013
Chris Bohjalian is the critically-acclaimed author of 16 books, including nine New York Times bestsellers. His work has been translated into over 25 languages and three times become movies.
His new novel, The Light in the Ruins, debuted as a New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and national Indiebound bestseller. The book is a re-imagining of Romeo and Juliet set in Tuscany... More
July 18, 2013
Curtis Sittenfeld is the author of the bestselling novels American Wife, Prep, and The Man of My Dreams. Prep was chosen as one of the Ten Best Books of 2005 by The New York Times, and American Wife was chosen as one of the Ten Best Books of 2008 by Time, People, and Entertainment Weekly.
Curtis's non-fiction has appeared in many... More
June 21, 2013
There are some writers I have spoken with several times since I started doing author interviews about 20 years ago. Jeffrey Deaver has become a friend, and I look forward to reading his work. He is best-known for the Lincoln Rhyme series, and his latest, The Kill Room, features that quadriplegic detective and his crew.
If a twisty, mystifying and Byzantine... More