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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June 21, 2013
Craig Johnson is the author of the Longmire series, books about a Wyoming sheriff who embodies all the virtues of the old-fashioned Western hero. Brave, principled, taciturn, you get it. But, he also is estranged from his adult daughter, and has a foul-mouthed Philadelphia toughie named Vic as his undersheriff. The series is in its second season on A&E cable... More
May 31, 2013
Julia Sweeney worked on one of the better casts of Saturday Night Live. Since she left the show, she has worked as a script writer, done one-woman shows about surviving cancer and becoming an atheist, and written books. Her latest, If It isn't One Thing, It's Your Mother, collects personal essays primarily about her adoption of a Chinese baby, and... More
May 17, 2013
Monica Drake is a Portland novelist whose second book, The Stud Book, is a meditation on overpopulation. Fortunately, it is disguised as a satire on modern life, especially as it is lived here in Portland. Never mind that stupid cable show that claims to be a satire on life in the Rose City. Drake comes much closer to life here,... More
May 13, 2013
Phillip Margolin, in his own words:
I grew up in New York City and Levittown, New York. In 1965, I graduated from the American University in Washington, D.C., with a bachelor's degree in government. I spent 1965 to 1967 in Liberia, West Africa, as a Peace Corps volunteer, and graduated from New York University School of Law in 1970, working my... More
April 1, 2013
Cara Black is a bestselling American mystery writer. She is best known for her Aimée Léduc mystery novels featuring a female Paris-based private investigator. Black is included in the Great Women Mystery Writers by Elizabeth Lindsay, 2nd edition.
Her latest book is "Murder Below Montparnasse." I have spoken with her many times over the years, but this is her first visit... More
Maryka Biaggio is a local Portland author whose new novel, Parlor Games, tells the tale of a small-town girl from Michigan who travels the world looking for the main chance, while being pursued by a relentless Pinkerton detective. Her character, May Dugas, is based on a real woman.
March 15, 2013
Just 22 years old, and a recent graduate of Reed College, Roger Hobbs is doing something right. He has published a crime novel, "Ghostman," which was reviewed favorably twice (!) in the New York Times, once by a notoriously rough reviewer. I spoke with him in our KQAC studios.
March 8, 2013
Lisa may be relied upon to publish one very good mystery/thriller a year. I try to speak with her every time she comes through Portland, but there was no tour this year. I called her at her home in New England to discuss "Touch & Go," her latest.
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