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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March 7, 2013
Local Portland author Anne Hendren earned degrees in Comparative Literature, International Affairs and French from Cornell, Columbia and Wellesley College. She has written articles and edited publications for more than 20 years. Hendren’s bylines showcase wide-ranging interests: the performing arts, literature, electronics and alternative medicine. Her 1999 book, Hidden Lives and Unhistoric Acts recounts how four ninety-year old Idaho women... More
February 15, 2013
Born in the Kingdom of Fife in 1960, Ian Rankin graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1982, and then spent three years writing novels when he was supposed to be working towards a PhD in Scottish Literature. His first Rebus novel was published in 1987, and the Rebus books are now translated into twenty-two languages and are bestsellers on... More
February 14, 2013
David Abrams’ debut novel about the Iraq War, Fobbit, was named a New York Times Notable Book of 2012 and a Best Book of 2012 by Paste Magazine, St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Barnes and Noble. He regularly blogs about the literary life at The Quivering Pen.
Abrams retired in 2008 after a 20-year career in the active-duty Army as a journalist. ... More
February 8, 2013
William Landay is an American novelist. His first novel, Mission Flats, was awarded the John Creasey Dagger (now called the New Blood Dagger) as the best debut crime novel of 2003 by the British Crime Writers Association. His second novel, The Strangler, was shortlisted for the Strand Magazine Critics Award as the best crime novel of 2007. Prior to becoming... More
February 7, 2013
Carla Malden grew up in Los Angeles, California. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from U.C.L.A. with a Bachelor of Arts in English and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society for her academic achievement. She worked extensively in the film business, both in production and development. Along with her father, Academy Award-winning actor Karl Malden, Carla co-authored his critically... More
January 23, 2013
Alafair Burke is a graduate of Stanford Law School and a former Deputy District Attorney in Portland, Oregon. She is now a Professor of Law at Hofstra Law School, where she teaches criminal law and procedure. She is the daughter of the respected crime novelist James Lee Burke. Her latest novel is in her series featuring NYPD Detective Ellie Hatcher.... More
January 22, 2013
Rachel Bertsche is a journalist in Chicago, where she lives with her husband. Her work has appeared in Marie Claire, More, Teen Vogue, Every Day with Rachael Ray, Fitness, Women’s Health, New York, CNN.com, and more. Before leaving New York (and all her friends) for the Midwest, Bertsche was an editor at O, The Oprah Magazine.
MWF Seeking BFF is Rachel's... More
January 12, 2013
Calvin Trillin is a living legend. He has written for Time, The New Yorker and The Nation, among other publications. His subjects include food, travel and politics. He is also a novelist and short-story writer. In recent years, he has bravely picked up the mantle of Ogden Nash as doggerelist-in-chief.
Dogfight, his latest, is mostly tortured verse and a few short-short... More
January 11, 2013
Laura Lippman was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. Lippman is a former reporter for the (now defunct) San Antonio Light and the Baltimore Sun. She is best known for writing a series of novels set in Baltimore and featuring Tess Monaghan, a reporter (like Lippman herself) turned private investigator. Lippman's works have won the Agatha, Anthony,... More
January 10, 2013
Luis Alberto Urrea is a Mexican American poet, novelist, and essayist, the son of a Mexican father and an American mother. His work has won many awards, including the Edgar.
In two heavily researched historical novels, The Hummingbird's Daughter and Queen of America, Urrea tells the story of his great aunt, Teresita Urrea, who was known as "The Saint of Cabora"... More