Jason Breedlove: The Powells.com Interview
By Kevin Sampsell March 24, 2011
About a year ago, a rather large and imposing man named Jason Breedlove came in to the store to see if we would carry his self-published book. He explained to me that it was a collection of writings he had done while in prison. I admit that I was skeptical of the book's quality at first. For...
Donald Lopez: The Powells.com Interview
By Chris Faatz March 21, 2011
Donald Lopez is the Arthur E. Link Distinguished University Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies at the University of Michigan. He currently serves as chair of the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures and as chair of the Michigan Society of Fellows. His books include Elaborations on...
Small Press Conversation: Mike Young and Jamie Iredell
By Kevin Sampsell March 16, 2011
In my opinion, it would be pretty hard to find two other authors coming out of the small-press world right now who are more exciting than Mike Young and Jamie Iredell. Mike Young is only 24 years old, but his writing seems wrapped around a wisdom that goes beyond his years. Not only is he wise,...
Tea Obreht: The Powells.com Interview
By Jill Owens March 8, 2011
Téa Obreht was born in the former Yugoslavia and moved to America when she was 12. Now 25, she's the youngest of the 2010 New Yorker's 20 under 40 writers and the only one not to have a book published at the time the list came out. Her first novel, The Tiger's Wife, more than explains the...
Andre Dubus III: The Powells.com Interview
By Jill Owens February 25, 2011
Andre Dubus III is most famous for his third book, House of Sand and Fog, an Oprah's Book Club pick that was made into an Academy Award-nominated movie. The Boston Globe lauded it as "a page-turner with a beating heart." His next novel, The Garden of Last Days, was the mesmerizing story of the...
Urban Waite: The Powells.com Interview
By Megan February 7, 2011
Make sure you've got a few hours to kill the moment you pick up The Terror of Living. Urban Waite's debut novel is smart, breathlessly paced, and over-the-top in the best possible way. Set in the Pacific Northwest, the story follows Phil Hunt, an ex-con who's turned his life around, except for a...
Karen Russell: The Powells.com Interview
By Jill Owens January 24, 2011
In 2006, Karen Russell's marvelous collection of stories, St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves, charmed critics and readers alike, and was a great favorite among Powell's employees, too. Entertainment Weekly raved, "Weird, wonderful....These stories are part Flannery O'Connor, part Gabriel...
Hannah Pittard: The Powells.com Interview
By Megan January 10, 2011
We are seriously smitten with Hannah Pittard. Her debut novel, The Fates Will Find Their Way, is an eerie, perfectly pitched recounting of adolescence that skillfully captures the blurred line between the tangible and the imagined. The story is told from the collective perspective of a group of...
Molly O'Neill: The Powells.com Interview
By Megan December 13, 2010
Ten years ago, former New York Times food columnist Molly O'Neill hit the road. She drove coast to coast, on dirt roads and asphalt, through big cities and tiny villages, on a mission to peek into kitchens and debunk rumors that Americans were no longer cooking at home. She was right — after...
Steve Martin: The Powells.com Interview
By Jill Owens November 29, 2010
Steve Martin's latest novel, An Object of Beauty, focuses on Lacey Yeager, an ambitious, fascinating, somewhat amoral art dealer and rising star in the New York City art world of the past couple of decades. The New York Times Book Review raved, "The expertise of Martin, himself a longtime...