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 19, 2012
Karen Hagestad Cacy is a former Washington, D.C. cabinet-level speechwriter, and federal transportation lobbyist. She received her B.A. degree in Russian and a Middle East Studies minor from Portland State University, and has attended American University in Cairo and George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
She has lived in northern Japan; Cairo, Egypt; Washington, D.C.; Bend, Oregon; Aptos, California; and Portland,... More
September 10, 2012
Dana Stabenow is an Alaskan author who has produced works in the science fiction, mystery, and suspense/thriller genres. She was born in Anchorage, and I have spoken with her several times over the years, primarily for her mysteries and thrillers.
Restless in the Grave is her 19th Kate Shugak novel. Kate Shugak is an Aleut who lives on a 160-acre homestead... More
September 8, 2012
Blaine Harden is an author and journalist who reports for PBS Frontline and contributes to The Economist. He worked for The Washington Post as a correspondent in Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia, as well as in New York and Seattle. He was also a national correspondent for The New York Times and writer for the Times Magazine.
I remember reading his... More
September 7, 2012
Sometimes it is best just to copy a bio provided by the author: Karen Thompson Walker was born and raised in San Diego, California, where The Age of Miracles is set. She studied English and creative writing at UCLA, where she wrote for the UCLA Daily Bruin. After college, she worked as a newspaper reporter in the San Diego area... More
September 4, 2012
The post-apocalypse thriller is becoming a genre in its own right. Literary authors like Cormac McCarthy have produced books of this type, and I can recall examples from the past 50 years. I spoke with Alex Adams about White Horse, the first in a projected trilogy about life on earth after a virus kills 90% of the world’s population.
The protagonist... More
July 16, 2012
I first met Lisa See when she was touring for her mystery novel, Flower Net. I found her to be smart and engaging, and I liked her book. We have spoken almost every time she has come through Portland since then. She is the author of author of the critically-acclaimed international bestseller, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (2005), followed... More
July 15, 2012
S.L. Stebel has been called “The best writing teacher that ever was!” by Ray Bradbury, a sentiment echoed by the many writers whose lives and craft he’s touched. A lecturer in USC's Master of Professional Writing program, a founding workshop leader of the Santa Barbara Writer's Conference, and a frequent workshop leader at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, S.L.... More
July 13, 2012
I met Ed Sanders briefly in New York in 1967, as we were preparing for the march on the Pentagon, for the purpose of levitating it and exorcizing the resident demons. As we were preparing to do the interview, Sanders told me that we had levitated the building, but had failed to spin it, resulting in the Vietnam War dragging... More
July 12, 2012
Lili Ristagno is a Portland writer, artist and performer. She has been a dancer both with artistic dance companies and in go-go bars. Her self-illustrated book, Short Fuse, was originally self-published, but has been republished in a new and expanded edition.