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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John Mauceri

March 23, 2020

John Mauceri

Many people know John Mauceri from his work as conductor for the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. What is less known is that the orchestra was re-created after a forty-year gap just for him to conduct. He has conducted around the world in a variety of classical formats, and is also an academic and an author. I… More

In Another Place

January 3, 2020

Susan Mailer

Susan Mailer is the first-born daughter of Norman Mailer and the author of In Another Place: With and Without My Father Norman Mailer. As one might suspect, this memoir is not the usual story. I found it entertaining and informative, especially since I was an admirer of her father’s work. She called from Chile, the… More

Jarett Kobek

December 30, 2019

Jarett Kobek

Jarett Kobek is a Turkish-American writer living in California. He is the author of the novella ATTA (2011) and the novel I Hate the Internet (2016), an international best seller that has appeared, or is scheduled to appear, in seven languages. His current novel is Only Americans Burn in Hell, a kind of Swiftian, take… More


November 12, 2019

Holly George-Warren

I had the opportunity to see Janis Joplin perform at the Fillmore East. She was astonishing. Her untimely death was a blow to the 60s music scene, and felt personally by her fans. There has been much misinformation over the years about Janis’s life, some of it her own creation. Holly George-Warren has done a… More

book cover: hidden history of the supreme court

October 14, 2019

Thom Hartmann

[This interview is unabashedly left progressive. Even if you consider yourself a conservative, I urge you to listen. Thom Hartmann is a scholar of American history and politics and I have not found him to get his facts wrong.] Talkers Magazine ranks Thom as the #1 progressive talk show host in America, with a cumulative… More

the dearly beloved book cover

October 11, 2019

Cara Wall

Cara Wall is a graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and Stanford University. While at Iowa, Cara taught fiction writing in the undergraduate creative writing department as well as at the Iowa Young Writer’s Studio in her capacity of founder and inaugural director. She went on to teach middle school English and History and has… More

August 30, 2019

Kira Jane Buxton

Kira Jane Buxton’s writing has appeared in The New York Times,, McSweeney’s, The Rumpus, Huffington Post and more. She calls the tropical utopia of Seattle home and spends her time with three cats, a dog, two crows, a charm of hummingbirds and a husband. Her latest book is Hollow Kingdom. I spoke with Kira… More

August 2, 2019

Michael Benanav

Michael Benanav is an author In addition to his books, Michael writes and/or shoots for The New York Times, Lonely Planet, The Christian Science Monitor Magazine, Geographical, Afar,, Wend and Hand/Eye among others. His photographic work has been selected to appear in the National Geographic book, Rarely Seen: Images of the Extraordinary and he’s… More

July 12, 2019

Mona Awad

Mona Awad was born in Montreal and has lived in the US since 2009. Her debut novel, 13 WAYS OF LOOKING AT A FAT GIRL (Penguin), won the Amazon Best First Novel Award, the Colorado Book Award and was shortlisted for the Giller Prize and the Arab American Book Award. It was also long-listed for… More

June 28, 2019

Erica Ferencik

Erica Ferencik is a Massachusetts-based novelist, screenwriter and stand-up comic. Ferencik was born in Urbana, Illinois and later obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in painting and French from University of Massachusetts and later a Master of Arts in creative writing from Boston University. Ferencik did stand-up comedy for ten years at various comedy clubs… More

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