Gregory Maguire: The Powells.com Interview
By Jill Owens November 15, 2011
Gregory Maguire has written many books for children and other novels for adults (here is our 2004 interview with Maguire for Mirror, Mirror), but without question, he's best known for his Wicked Years series and its first book, Wicked, in particular. If you are one of the few who hasn't yet heard...
Jeffrey Eugenides: The Powells.com Interview
By Jill Owens October 17, 2011
Jeffrey Eugenides has written one of the most anticipated books of the year. The Marriage Plot, his third novel, after his beloved debut The Virgin Suicides (1993) and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Middlesex (2002), is an in-depth psychological, intellectual, and spiritual exploration, as well as a...
Jerry West: The Powells.com Interview
By Shawn Donley October 4, 2011
Before there was LeBron, Kobe, Jordan, or Magic, there was Mr. Clutch, Jerry West. His list of accomplishments is mind-blowing: MVP of the NCAA tournament, co-captain of the 1960 Olympic gold-medal team, 14-time NBA All-Star, 1972 NBA champion, and Basketball Hall of Fame inductee both as a player...
Erin Morgenstern: The Powells.com Interview
By Megan September 22, 2011
All this summer, Erin Morgenstern's debut novel, The Night Circus, has been garnering extraordinary buzz in the book world, which is especially remarkable given that it doesn't go on sale until September. Happily, all of the attention is well-deserved. Morgenstern has woven a compelling story...
Roger Ebert: The Powells.com Interview
By Jill Owens September 21, 2011
Roger Ebert, beloved film critic, writer, and, these days, social-media maven, has written a beautiful and moving memoir in Life Itself. Publishers Weekly, in a starred review, described it as "reminiscences both witty and passionate from one of our most important cultural voices." Beginning with...
Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis: The Powells.com Interview
By Jill Owens September 5, 2011
Colin Meloy, lead singer of the band The Decemberists, and his wife, Carson Ellis, an acclaimed artist and illustrator, have collaborated to create Wildwood, a beautiful middle-grade novel set in a fantastical version of Portland, Oregon. The first in a series, Wildwood details the journeys of...
Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch: The Powells.com Interview
By C. P. Farley August 8, 2011
In their new book, The Declaration of Independents, Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch note with alarm: You have to go back to 1946, in the immediate aftermath of World War II, to find spending that equaled as large a percentage of GDP [as it does now]. You need to return to 1945 to find a deficit that...
Chris Ying: The Powells.com Interview
By Megan July 26, 2011
It's safe to say that whatever publisher McSweeney's does, they do with flair. Lucky Peach, their new quarterly food journal, is no exception. Lucky Peach is the brain child of McSweeney's Books co-publisher Chris Ying (who serves as editor-in-chief), acclaimed chef David Chang (of Momofuku fame)...
Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo: The Powells.com Interview
By Chris Faatz July 14, 2011
Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo is a remarkable human being. One of the first western women to be ordained into a Tibetan Buddhist monastic lineage (in the early 1960s), she's been a dedicated and inspiring practitioner ever since, even going so far as to spend 13 years in retreat in a cave in the...
Alice LaPlante: The Powells.com Interview
By Jill Owens July 12, 2011
Alice LaPlante has been teaching writing for 20 years and is the editor of the popular creative-writing textbook Method and Madness, But it wasn't until this year, at age 52, that her first novel was published (by the wonderful independent press Grove/Atlantic). It was worth the wait. Turn of...