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...
Adam Levin: The Powells.com Interview
By Jill Owens November 15, 2010
Adam Levin's debut novel, The Instructions, is a mountain of a book — over a thousand pages long, published by McSweeney's in a single beautiful volume. The Instructions is the story of Gurion Maccabee, a 10-year old who believes he might be the Messiah. It takes place over only four days, and...
Nikki McClure: The Powells.com Interview
By Megan November 1, 2010
Even if you don't recognize her name, odds are you'll recognize the striking work of Olympia artist Nikki McClure. Using an X-ACTO knife, she cuts detailed pictures from a single sheet of paper, creating bold images depicting simple everyday scenes, with a knack for magnifying poignancy through...
Myla Goldberg: The Powells.com Interview
By Jill Owens October 18, 2010
The irresistibly charming Myla Goldberg impressed millions of readers with her bestselling debut novel, Bee Season, in 2000. The New York Times Book Review marveled, "[F]ervidly intelligent....Bee Season flickers past like a dream, and it is artful indeed," and Publishers Weekly pronounced, "[A]...
Benjamin Percy: The Powells.com Interview
By Jill Owens October 3, 2010
Benjamin Percy lit up the literary scene a few years ago with his second collection of short stories, Refresh, Refresh. The title story won a Pushcart Prize, a Plimpton Prize, and was anthologized in The Best American Short Stories 2006, for good reason. Peter Straub raved, "Benjamin Percy moves...
David Rakoff: The Powells.com Interview
By Farley September 21, 2010
If the title of David Rakoff's new book, Half Empty, seems to portend a celebration of pessimism, you're only half right. Yes, in these essays hopes are raised only to be dashed. Rakoff's Big Acting Break ends in failure; the sunny sky's-the-limit optimism of the dot-com boom proves a chimera; the...