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In a New Book, Ethan Gilsdorf Tracks His Global Quest to Visit the Holiest Nerd-World Sitesnew

A former teenage Dungeons & Dragons nerd, author Ethan Gilsdorf has rediscovered his past obsession and gone global, making pilgrimage to the planet's temples of dorkdom, from a visit to Tolkien's home in the UK to a jam with Boston wizard rockers Harry and the Potters.
Boston Phoenix  |  Mike Miliard  |  10-01-2009  |  Author Profiles & Interviews

Literary Icon Margaret Atwood Discusses Imminent and Avoidable Apocalypsenew

For Atwood, the world of Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood isn't a wild flight of fancy, it's a future extrapolated directly from our present. While her books are not science fiction in the familiar sense they are undeniably fictions informed by science.
Fast Forward Weekly  |  Brendan Harrison  |  09-24-2009  |  Author Profiles & Interviews

Harvey Silverglate Dissects Federal Prosecutors' Corrupt Justicenew

In Three Felonies A Day, the civil liberties watchdog's thesis is as provocative as it is simple: justice has become sufficiently perverted in this nation that federal prosecutors, if they put their minds to it, could find a way to indict almost any one of us for almost anything.
Boston Phoenix  |  Peter Kadzis  |  09-23-2009  |  Author Profiles & Interviews

Character Witness: Stephen Elliott Talks S&M and '20/20'new

Elliott's new book, The Adderall Diaries, is a brilliantly executed memoir disguised as a true crime book.
The Portland Mercury  |  Kevin Sampsell  |  09-18-2009  |  Author Profiles & Interviews

Jesse Sheidlower Gives the F-Word its Duenew

Until 1970, with the release of M.A.S.H., audiences had never heard the f-word in a mainstream Hollywood film. Who catalogs this stuff, and why? Jesse Sheidlower, an editor-at-large of the Oxford English Dictionary, and the author of The F-Word, can't stop talking about fuck.
Boston Phoenix  |  Justine Elias  |  09-16-2009  |  Author Profiles & Interviews

Matt Prior's Life is in the Toilet ... Jess Walter Put Him Therenew

Matt Prior is the protagonist of The Financial Lives of the Poets and a complete figment of Walter's imagination. Walter has taken pains to ensure Matt Prior's life is as shitty as a well-educated white American male's can be.
The Inlander  |  Luke Baumgarten  |  09-10-2009  |  Author Profiles & Interviews

Hunter S. Thompson's Widow Speaks About Her Husband and Her Booknew

Anita Thompson was taking a semester off from college when she met Hunter through a mutual friend in 1999. Soon after, she began organizing the unpublished manuscripts and photographs from his archive, which consisted of about 1,000 boxes in their basement.
New York Press  |  Gerry Visco  |  09-10-2009  |  Author Profiles & Interviews

Memoir 'Traveling with Pomegranates' Offers European Reflectionsnew

Pomegranates goes back 11 years, when Sue Monk Kidd was contemplating trying fiction for the first time. Ann Kidd Taylor had just graduated college, suffering from depression with no clear picture for her life.
Charleston City Paper  |  Jonathan Sanchez  |  09-09-2009  |  Author Profiles & Interviews

Nick Cave's Demons Come Out to Play in 'Bunny Munro'new

While Cave is better known for his music than his prose, it turns out that he's a surprisingly gifted, if slightly deranged, author.
New York Press  |  Jessica Loudis  |  09-03-2009  |  Author Profiles & Interviews

In 'The Sower,' Sex With a Certain Guy Can Cure Everythingnew

Kemble Scott considers his new novel, The Sower -- whose title alludes to the Bible's Parable of the Sower, because Bill broadcasts seed -- Sex and the City crossed with The Da Vinci Code.
East Bay Express  |  Anneli Rufus  |  09-02-2009  |  Author Profiles & Interviews

John Hoerr Returns to the Steel-Making McKeesport of His Youth in His First Novelnew

Unlike his first three books, Monongahela Dusk is a work of fiction. But readers will find plenty of familiar ground, from Hoerr's thoughts on how workers -- not just managers -- can make steel better; the ubiquity of gambling rackets in mill towns; and the red-baiting.
Pittsburgh City Paper  |  Kate Giammarise  |  08-31-2009  |  Author Profiles & Interviews

Randy Jurado Ertll Seeks to Improve Life for Fellow Salvadoran-Americansnew

Ertll, executive director of the Latino advocacy organization El Centro de Accion Social, documents the trials minority children face in America in his new book, Hope in Times of Darkness: A Salvadoran American Experience.
Pasadena Weekly  |  Megan Sebestyen  |  08-31-2009  |  Author Profiles & Interviews

Magic Mixes With Mayhem in the Latest from Rock Star/Novelist 'Dr. Frank'new

Although Frank Portman already knew how to write songs, learning to write books was, at first, "like watching grass grow while hitting your head against a rock." But it was a natural career move for the lifelong book lover.
East Bay Express  |  Anneli Rufus  |  08-26-2009  |  Author Profiles & Interviews

Thriller Writer (And Former CIA Recruit) Joseph Finder Shares Trade Secretsnew

Truth can be stranger than fiction. When Boston thriller writer Joseph Finder discovered how easy it would be for someone to sneak into this country with a fake passport, he didn't put that into his 1995 book Zero Hour. But the one-time CIA recruit hasn't held back on other trade secrets.
Boston Phoenix  |  Clea Simon  |  08-19-2009  |  Author Profiles & Interviews

John Bassett McCleary's 'Hippie Dictionary' Captures Peace & Love for Posteritynew

At first, McCleary says, "The Hippie Dictionary sounded almost like an oxymoron." Yet the more he thought about it, the more he realized that "many new and exciting words and emotions were developed during this profound period of time."
East Bay Express  |  Anneli Rufus  |  08-12-2009  |  Author Profiles & Interviews

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