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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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
January 9, 2013
Lev Grossman is an American novelist and journalist, notably the author of the novels Warp (1997), Codex (2004), The Magicians (2009) and The Magician King (2011). He is a senior writer and book critic for Time.
The Magician King, the sequel to The Magicians, returns readers to the magical land of Fillory.
October 20, 2012
Hedrick Smith is a Pulitzer Prize-winning former reporter and editor for The New York Times, an Emmy Award-winning producer/correspondent for the PBS show Frontline, and author of several books.
He was educated at The Choate School (now Choate Rosemary Hall) in Wallingford, Connecticut and at Williams College, and did graduate work at Oxford University. He was a reporter for the New... More
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