debuts new feature: exclusive essays by award-winning authors
16, 2002, PORTLAND, OR Powells.com, the Portland-based
independent bookseller touted as the largest used and new bookstore
in the world, has begun offering exclusive essays written for its
web customers by award-winning and bestselling authors. Dubbed "From
the Author," the new web feature debuted this month with original
articles by Julia Glass, Neil Gaiman, and Brady Udall.
Glass, whose debut "Three Junes" is the current selection of Good
Morning America's "Read This" Book Club, explores her literary influences
and inspirations in an 1800-word essay. Gaiman discusses his belief
that novels have genders in relation to the process of writing "American
Gods," the recently crowned 2002 Hugo Award winner for Best Novel.
Udall shares a childhood experience that helped form his idea for
the title character in "The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint," a Book
Sense 76 selection.
"We're thrilled any time we can bring authors and readers together,"
said Michael Powell, president and founder of Powells Books. "We
host hundreds of author events in our stores each year, but we're
always looking for creative ways to provide that author contact
online, as well."
Authors, meanwhile, appreciate the opportunity to connect with
readers. Julia Glass explained, "As a writer, I sometimes long to
talk about myself as a fellow reader, too. Writing my essay for
Powells.com satisfied that craving - and will, I hope, guide other
readers toward a few of the authors I consider personal heroes."
The publication of each new essay is announced in PowellsBooks.news,
a biweekly newsletter emailed to more than 250,000 opt-in subscribers.
Contributing authors scheduled for the coming weeks include Booker
Prize nominee Yann Martel ("Life of Pi") and cultural critic Shawn
Levy ("Ready, Steady, Go").
Powells.com and Powell's Books
An independent bookseller in Portland, Oregon, since 1971, Powell's
City of Books is the largest used and new bookstore in the world.
Powells.com offers the inventory of seven Powell's stores and two
giant warehouses - more than 1.5 million books in all. The award-winning
site features timely content from The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire,
The New Republic, The Christian Science Monitor, Salon.com, Utne
Reader, and others, plus staff picks, monthly contests, and exclusive
author interviews. Qualified orders over $50 ship free to North
American addresses. Yahoo! Internet Life calls the site "a bibliophile's
dream." Forbes magazine rated Powells.com "Best of the Web - Spring
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