David Mitchell: The Powells.com Interview
By Kirsten Berg June 29, 2010
The writing of David Mitchell exhibits an exuberant imagination, a technical mastery, and a love of language from the very first page of his first book, Ghostwritten, to the final page of his most recent, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet. His style is ever changing; Cloud Atlas tastes so very...
Justin Cronin: The Powells.com Interview
By Jill Owens June 15, 2010
Justin Cronin is the literary celebrity of the summer. He was the star of this year's book industry convention, he's recently appeared on Good Morning, America, and he had to go straight from this interview to talk to NPR about his new book, The Passage, an epic, post-apocalyptic novel that's both...
Aimee Bender: The Powells.com Interview
By Jill Owens May 24, 2010
Aimee Bender is an agent of wonder and awe. Her stories and novels are magical, poignant, intelligent, disturbing, and surreal; they're conduits for transforming everyday experience into electric, emotional truth. (That's a lot of adjectives, for sure, but she's mercurial like that.) As the Denver...
Regretsy: The Powells.com Interview with April Winchell
By Megan May 17, 2010
Etsy.com, the online marketplace where thousands of crafters peddle their handmade wares, has been largely responsible for sparking a DIY renaissance. If you visit the site at any given moment, you'll find a rotating roster of beautiful, boutique-worthy pieces gracing the front page ...
Scott Turow: The Powells.com Interview
By Chris Bolton May 14, 2010
Scott Turow had the kind of breakthrough every writer dreams about. He'd composed his first novel by hand on the train to and from his day job as a lawyer in Chicago. When Presumed Innocent was published in 1987, it earned rapturous reviews and became a huge bestseller — helping to...
Brady Udall: The Powells.com Interview
By Jill Owens May 4, 2010
Healing from the damage inflicted by an absent father and a chronically depressed mother, polygamist Golden Richards has learned to cherish family above all else. He'll be the first to admit, however, that juggling four wives, 28 children, and a full-time contracting business tests his resolve...
William T. Vollmann: The Powells.com Interview
By Jimmy Cline April 19, 2010
After winning the National Book Award for Europe Central in 2005, William T. Vollmann has unleashed a curious assortment of nonfiction upon the world of contemporary literature. He wrote a short piece for the Great Discoveries series on the 16th-century astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus, traveled...
John Banville: The Powells.com Interview
By Jill Owens April 5, 2010
John Banville's eighteenth novel, The Sea, won the prestigious Booker Prize in 2005. The Boston Globe raved, "[T]reacherously smart, and haunting...its story of a ravaged self in search of a reason to go on is cloaked in wave after wave of magnificent but hardly consoling prose." After its...
Karl Marlantes: The Powells.com Interview
By Chris Faatz March 23, 2010
War has always been a rich source for literary excavation. From The Iliad to War and Peace, from All Quiet on the Western Front to The Things They Carried, writers have drawn rich and universal insights from the depths of the most horrendous experiences that humanity has faced. Vietnam is no...
Joe Hill's Sympathy for the Devil
By Chris Bolton March 5, 2010
Joe Hill made a name for himself with his crackling debut novel, Heart-Shaped Box, the story of an aging rock star who buys a ghost on the Internet, only to discover he's unleashed a vengeful spirit. The book was hailed by the New York Times as "a wild, mesmerizing, perversely witty tale of...