The Authors Road is a
project of Willamette Writers
"Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. They deepen and widen and expand our sense of life: they feed the soul." Ann Lamott
For four years we’ve driven around America meeting and video interviewing many of our best storytellers.
We've spoken with novelists, poets, screen and playwrights, a songwriter, science and sci-fi authors, journalists, publishers, a librarian, experts on five dead masters, and more. And in these chats you will find inspiration, insight, brilliance, and a few good laughs.
It’s a remarkable journey of discovery, and one we’re very proud to share.
We travel with our trusty sidekick, Ella, in a truck we named “Rocinante Tres” (like Don Quixote’s horse and John Steinbeck’s camper-truck in Travels with Charley), hauling a 5th wheel trailer we call “Hardscribble Hacienda” (after the home of an old friend, writer Hugh Mulligan).
On our travels some folks have asked us why we are doing this. Here are our answers:
Keep Authors Road on the road!
You can navigate to interviews by genre (above) or by name (left). Many of our authors write in more than one category. All are worth exploring, no matter what you normally read . . . or write. We hope you enjoy meeting them.
It's FREE and you'll be the first on your block to learn of new interviews. Our schedule is erratic, so it's nice to get a notice when we post. We occasionally add photos and travel essays as well.
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It’s with heavy heart but always bright memories that I write to pass along the sad news that America has lost another great novelist, poet, essayist, screenwriter, and Master of Living to the Edge and Beyond: Jim Harrison died yesterday, fittingly, if that can be said, in his study in Patagonia, Arizona working on a poem.
He was our 21st interview, filmed in his backyard near the Mexican border in 2012 on a cold day as blustery as him. Jim was one of those rare writers whose life was as legendary and full as his many written words. Most people know him by the movies he’s responsible for: Legends of the Fall, Wolf, Revenge. True lovers of the written word know him from his rich poetry and ribald essays. And some know him from his legacy of novellas, articles and essays that enriched our lives.
With great sadness Salli, Ella (our dog who Jim had a particular fondness for) and I mourn the loss of a True Man of Letters . . . and Life.