By Ed Goldberg
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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.
||CleanSally Stember||Sally Stember is a local playwright who has begun turning her dramas into novels. Cate Darringer is the eponymous girl, and focus, of this book. She is a feisty kid living in the Oklahoma territory in the 1890s. Never a dull moment in Cate's world. I spoke with Sally at our studios at All Classical Portland.||11/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanElizabeth Fournier||I have known Elizabeth Fournier for almost 25 years. Like anyone who gets to meet her, I was surprised to hear that her ambition was to be a funeral director. Below is a paragraph from her website. We spoke about her book, The Green Reaper: Memoirs of an Eco-mortician. I live in a lovely, rural county in Oregon where we are allowed to bury our loved ones in our own backyards. Yes, I said backyards. And as the undertaker overseeing five small towns, I have personally buried people in their own backyards. I am known as The Green Reaper, a name I have affectionately been given as the green burial funeral director, educator and advocate who is always ready to lend a hand, or a shovel. My funeral parlor is in a town named Boring and is anything but. My mortuary is a remodeled goat barn that sits on 30 acres of country land, filled with old farming equipment and horses. I live on the land with my husband and baby, and have only a general store/gas station as a neighbor. And the scenic Clackamas River. I have had the pleasure of assisting people with sustainable burial options. I love helping in this aspect of death. It truly makes people's eyes sparkle to feel as though their last act on earth contributes to a positive purpose. Those who have laid loved ones to rest in this setting have found comfort in knowing the body will return to the earth as the circle of life continues||11/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCindy Brown||I have known Cindy Brown, a local Portland author, since her first book, Macdeath, was published. (You can hear the interview on this site.) Her protagonist is Ivy Meadows, actress in local theater productions in Arizona, and an amateur sleuth. Cindy's latest book is Ivy Get Your Gun. Was the shooting of an actor in a melodrama an accident, or murder most foul? And, why does someone want to sabotage a theme park based in a ghost town? And, where do the feral chihuahuas come in? Listen to the interview.||9/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSalman Rushdie||I have been interviewing authors for almost 25 years, but this is the first time I have spoken with a writer who is a potential Nobel laureate. Salman Rushdie is an acclaimed novelist and writer of short stories and essays. He has won numerous prestigious awards for his work, including the Booker Prize and the James Joyce award. He holds honorary doctorates and fellowships from from six European and six American universities. He is also a great interview, and a humorous one. His latest novel is The Golden House, published by Random House. He will be in Portland on September 14 on the Live Wire radio program. See below for details. http://www.livewireradio.org/||9/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCraig Allen||Craig Allen has been a listener to our radio station since it went on the air. Always a friendly face and ready with a quip, he is also a great volunteer. Now, it seems, also an author, and a good one. He has produced a trilogy in the spy/thriller genre. I spoke with him about the first volume, The Molecatcher.||8/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSarah Sentilles||Sarah Sentilles is a moral force. I spoke with her at the All Classical studios. In a book that is, by turns, humorous, provoctative and horrifying, she makes a case for the power of the image and its effect on the viewer. This is from her website: In Draw Your Weapons, Sentilles tells the true stories of Howard, a conscientious objector from World War II, and Miles, a former prison guard at Abu Ghraib and, in the process, she challenges conventional thinking about how war is waged, witnessed, and resisted. The pacifist and the soldier both create art in response to war – Howard builds a violin; Miles paints portraits of detainees.||8/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAndrea Avery||In her own words: I was going to be a pianist. I was not crazy to think so. By some magic of genetics and environment, the keys rose to meet my fingers and music came. And then, too soon, by some inverted miracle of genetics and environment, rheumatoid arthritis appeared. The keys still rose to meet my fingers, but my curling fingers recoiled. For too long, I tried to be arthritic and a pianist. I interviewed Andrea at her home, and the line is a bit shaky, but the story is worth it.||8/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAriel Levy||I have been interviewing creative people for 40 years, but I am not a journalist. I have no training in the journalistic standards for doing an interview, and I like it that way, because I think it allows for a more natural conversation. But, even my minimal objective distance went missing when I spoke with Ariel Levy. She is a staff writer for the New Yorker, and the author of two books, the most recent being The Rules Do Not Apply, a memoir of a trying time in her life, when she lost “a son, a spouse, and a house.” She is instantly warm and forthcoming as a subject, and appealing as a person, and I suspect that if she ever interviewed me, my darkest secrets would be yielded up at once. In fact, some of that happened.||5/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLisa See||I have known Lisa See for about 20 years, and have spoken with her for each of her books, since the second one. Here is information about her taken from her website. In her beloved New York Times bestsellers Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, Shanghai Girls, Dreams of Joy, and, most recently, China Dolls, Lisa See has brilliantly illuminated the strong bonds between women. These books have been celebrated for their authentic, deeply researched, lyrical stories about Chinese characters and cultures. Now, in The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane (Scribner, March 2017), See incorporates impressive research on international adoption, the history of the Akha people in China, and Pu’er tea farming and customs to tell a powerful story about a family separated by circumstances, culture, and distance. The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane paints an unforgettable portrait of a little-known region and its people and celebrates the unbreakable connection between mothers and daughters. Booklist has called the novel “an extraordinary homage to unconditional love.”||4/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGreg Iles||I first interviewed Greg for his second book, The Bone Tree. To catch up to the story, I had to read almost 1700 pages. And, it was a breeze. The definition of page-turners: great action and characters, a terrific story. The third book of the trilogy, Mississippi Blood, is out now. I spoke with Greg by phone.||4/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|