Stephen Dau: The Powells.com Interview
By Jill Owens February 14, 2012
Stephen Dau's The Book of Jonas is a marvelous, lyrical debut that examines the effects of war on everyone involved. Dau weaves together the stories of Jonas, a teenage refugee from an unnamed Muslim country who comes to live in Pittsburgh after American soldiers destroy his village, Christopher,...
Ben Marcus: The Powells.com Interview
By Jill Owens January 24, 2012
Ben Marcus's books The Age of Wire and String and Notable American Women were considered "experimental" fiction because of his unconventional use of narrative, character, and language. His newest novel, The Flame Alphabet, begins with an unconventional idea: Language becomes toxic to adults ...
Naomi Benaron: The Powells.com Interview
By Jill Owens January 3, 2012
Running the Rift is the most recent winner of the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction, as awarded by Barbara Kingsolver. It's also an extraordinarily beautiful and heartfelt book. Naomi Benaron tells the story of Jean Patrick Nkuba, a gifted Tutsi boy growing up in Rwanda in the...
Tony Horwitz: The Powells.com Interview
By C. P. Farley December 5, 2011
Tony Horwitz got his start as a journalist at the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel in Indiana and later at the Sydney Morning Herald in Australia (where he met his wife, celebrated author Geraldine Brooks). He cut his teeth at the Wall Street Journal, first as an overseas war correspondent and later as a...
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...