Interview: Paul Auster

The Book of Paul Auster

by Jill Owens for POWELLS (Jan. 24, 2007)

” Paul Auster has been writing beautiful, metaphysical, mysterious novels for a long time now. Some of them are funnier than others, some more devastating in their conclusions. He’s also written screenplays, poetry collections, essays, plays, and memoirs. His latest, Travels in the Scriptorium, could be seen as a distillation of much of his life’s work — a multi-layered, spare puzzle of existence and creation, conveyed in lovely, minimalist prose. Booklist admires it as “an archly playful and shrewdly philosophical tribute to the transcendence of stories.”  ”

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Published in: on January 26, 2007 at 9:34 am  Leave a Comment  

Interview: Robert Hughes

Critical Overload

by Rachel Cooke for Guardian Unlimited Books (Dec. 24, 2006)

“Robert Hughes lives above a shop that sells very expensive handbags in SoHo, New York. I am quite familiar with these handbags and their price-tags by now, because I’ve been killing time here for a while. I arrived for our date – lunch! in his loft! – too early. Why? Nervous anticipation just drove me on.”

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Published in: on December 28, 2006 at 11:41 am  Leave a Comment  

Read It Online: GLASS ONION: THE BEATLES IN THEIR OWN WORDS (Limited Preview)

from Google Book Search

Authors: Geoffrey Giuliano and Vrnda Devi (De Capo Press/351 pages/1999)

Read details and preview the book here (Limited)

Published in: on December 27, 2006 at 7:32 am  Leave a Comment  

Interview with Philip Gourevitch

Powells.com writer Dave Weich interviews Philip Gourevitch, who’s recently edited The Paris Review Interviews, Vol 1

Published in: on December 13, 2006 at 3:07 pm  Leave a Comment  

Interview with Stephen King

The Once and Future Stephen King

by Jill Owens for Powells.com

“My first Stephen King book was my also first “adult” book — It, clocking in at over a thousand pages. I read It the way many of King’s young readers do — under the covers at night with a flashlight, way past my bedtime. Of course, the book scared me to death. But over the years, it has become apparent that frightening readers, though indisputably one of his strengths, is certainly not the only tool in King’s arsenal. ”

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Published in: on December 13, 2006 at 11:02 am  Leave a Comment  

Interview: Guardian’s First Book Award Winner Yiyun Li

Found In Translation

from Guardian Unlimited Books (Dec 6, 2006)

“Last night, Yiyun Li’s A Thousand Years of Good Prayers won the Guardian First Book Award. She talks to Aida Edemariam about growing up in China, being forced to join the army and how learning English freed her to write.”

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Published in: on December 6, 2006 at 5:49 pm  Leave a Comment  

Interview: Robert Pirsig

The Interview: Robert Pirsig

by Tim Adams for Guardian Unlimited Books (Nov. 19, 2006)

“At 78, Robert Pirsig, probably the most widely read philosopher alive, can look back on many ideas of himself. There is the nine-year-old-boy with the off-the-scale IQ of 170, trying to work out how to connect with his classmates in Minnesota. There is the young GI in Korea picking up a curiosity for Buddhism while helping the locals with their English. There is the radical, manic teacher in Montana making his freshmen sweat over a definition of ‘quality’. There is the homicidal husband sectioned into a course of electric-shock treatment designed to remove all traces of his past. There is the broken-down father trying to bond with his son on a road trip. There is the best-selling author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, offering solutions to the anxieties of a generation. And there is, for a good many years, the reclusive yachtsman, trying to steer a course away from cultish fame.”

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Published in: on November 21, 2006 at 12:13 am  Leave a Comment  

Interview: Claire Tomalin

Under Their Skins

by Aida Edemariam for Guradian Unlimited Books (Nov. 18, 2006)

‘ In Several Strangers, her collection of a lifetime’s reviews and essays interspersed with carefully controlled memoir, Claire Tomalin remembers her eldest daughter telling her that it was only when she was 40, after her first husband had died, and when she published her first book and became literary editor of the New Statesman, that “I became recognisably the person I am now”. Sitting in her Richmond kitchen and gazing out across her well-tended lawn, alert for marauding squirrels, she says it again. “I was so struck by her saying that.” ‘

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Published in: on November 19, 2006 at 10:44 pm  Leave a Comment  

Interview – The Lion In Winter: An Evening With Gore Vidal

The Lion in Winter: An Evening with Gore Vidal

by Jay Parini for Guardian Unlimited Books/Blog

“Last week in New York I interviewed Gore Vidal on stage at the famous 92nd Street Y, where the main auditorium (which holds nearly 1000 people) has been the site of countless readings and lectures over many decades. One of their specialties is the interview, and over the years I’ve spoken to various authors there, from Umberto Eco to Mario Vargas Llosa. I’ve interviewed Vidal (I’m his literary executor, and we’ve been friends for many years) on several occasions in similar settings. It’s always fun. He’s the ideal interviewee: you just dangle a few well-stuffed pinatas in front of him, and hand him a bat. He explodes the thing with delicious grace.”

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Published in: on November 16, 2006 at 10:38 am  Leave a Comment  

Blog: Why I Write…with Michael Morpurgo

Why I Write… is a new series by Guardian Books Blog on ‘authors and their inspirations.’ The first in the series is with Michael Morpurgo. Next week: Tracey Chevalier.

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Published in: on November 14, 2006 at 2:02 pm  Leave a Comment