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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December 23, 2014
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
August 21, 2014
I have interviewed Harley for several of his books over the years. He has written many, published a few, and keeps on going. I admire him.
This from his website:
I am an old freelance writer and author of many books, short stories, articles, and newspaper columns. Just to make this web page a bit more accessible, if it works here's a... More
August 6, 2014
I first spoke with Tom for his novel The Imperfectionists. If you have not read it, I recommend that you hunt down a copy. He was in Portland for his new book, The Rise and Fall of Great Powers. He is a terrific interview. This from Wikipedia:
Tom Rachman is an English/Canadian novelist. His debut novel is The Imperfectionists, published in... More
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.