Padgett Powell: The Powells.com Interview
By Jill Owens September 9, 2015
"Padgett Powell is an extravagantly talented writer," raves The New York Times Book Review. We also think he's one of the funniest, saddest, and most innovative writers that you might not yet have read. His first novel, Edisto, was nominated for the National Book Award, and he's also won the Prix...
Bill Clegg: The Powells.com Interview
By Shawn Donley August 31, 2015
In January of this year, eight months before its release date, the buzz was already starting to build for Bill Clegg's Did You Ever Have a Family. Bookseller colleagues were passing around the few advance reader copies we could get a hold of and telling each other, "You have to read this!" Four...
Eli Gottlieb: The Powells.com Interview
By Jill Owens August 12, 2015
Eli Gottlieb has done something unusual — he's written two novels, 20 years apart, from opposing but connected perspectives. The Boy Who Went Away, his first novel, draws from Gottlieb's own childhood to chronicle a young boy's coming of age in a family with a severely disabled, classically...
Vendela Vida: The Powells.com Interview
By Jill Owens May 26, 2015
Vendela Vida is a force to be reckoned with. She's written four novels and one book of nonfiction; she's a founding editor of the Believer and a cofounder of 826 Valencia, plus she's done some screenwriting. Her newest novel, The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty, is her strongest work yet. In this...
Claire Fuller: The Powells.com Interview
By Shawn Donley March 10, 2015
Our Endless Numbered Days tells the story of eight-year-old Peggy and her survivalist father, James, who inexplicably leave behind their London home and start a new life in an isolated cabin in the woods. Both stylistically rendered and deliberately paced, this book is a testament to the strength...
Erik Larson: The Powells.com Interview
By Rhianna Walton March 9, 2015
I've been a fan of Erik Larson's riveting brand of narrative history for years, and his latest book, Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania, is his finest work yet. Suspenseful and expertly researched, Dead Wake transports the reader to the Atlantic theatre of WWI, where the luxury...
Jill Maxick of Prometheus Books: The Powells.com Interview
By Chris Faatz January 9, 2015
For decades, Prometheus Books has put out titles we both love and respect. Prometheus is the leading publisher in the United States of books on free thought, humanism, and atheism — as well as many more titles that serve to fire up the human mind. In fact, that almost seems to be the sole...
Cecilia Ekbäck: The Powells.com Interview
By Shawn Donley December 30, 2014
During these cold, dark days of winter, there's nothing I enjoy more than losing myself in a book that evokes the mood of the season. Set in Swedish Lapland in the early 18th century, Wolf Winter is a wonderfully atmospheric novel that perfectly captures what it's like to live in a remote,...
Miriam Toews: The Powells.com Interview
By Jill Owens October 28, 2014
Some people are compelled by a restlessness from within; others are shaped by the unwieldy forces around them. In Miriam Toews's poignant new novel following two sisters raised in a small Canadian Mennonite community, siblinghood is a bond strengthened by this dynamic. Elf is now a world-famous...
David Mitchell: The Powells.com Interview
By Jill Owens September 2, 2014
David Mitchell's newest mind-bending, time-skipping novel may be his most accomplished work yet. Written in six sections, one per decade, The Bone Clocks focuses on Holly Sykes, who begins the book in 1984 as a British teenager and ends it as a grandmother in 2043. Holly's otherwise ordinary life...