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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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
February 3, 2014
Lisa Gardner is one of the most reliable crime thriller writers. Her books are always good, and sometimes great. I have spoken to her many times over the years, and she is smart and articulate.
I spoke with her at her home in New England about her latest novel, Fear Nothing.
January 21, 2014
Christoper Lord was born in Astoria, Oregon. He now lives in Portland with his partner of twenty years and their Devon Rex, Miss Corey, the inspiration for Simon’s Miss Tox. I spoke with him about his latest novel, The Edwin Drood Murders.
The Droodists have arrived in Dickens Junction. Local bookstore owner Simon Alastair has his hands full in his role... More
January 17, 2014
Christine Finlayson's writing career began at the ripe age of six, when she wrote, illustrated, and "published" a series of construction-paper storybooks, which she tried to sell to kindhearted elderly neighbors. Alas, sales were slow. . . thanks to steep prices and a limited number of elderly neighbors looking for reading material.
After many years as an avid reader, Christine has... More
December 27, 2013
Jane Isenberg's most recent novel, THE BONES AND THE BOOK (Oconee Spirit Press), is the 2013 Willa Award winner in the original softcover fiction category.
Previously she wrote THE BEL BARRETT MYSTERY SERIES (Avon/HarperCollins).
Her first book, a memoir titled GOING BY THE BOOK, (Bergin & Garvey) won the James N. Britton Prize.
Jane earned degrees from Vassar College, Southern Connecticut State College,... More
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