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
New at Authors Road
Interview with Daniel Handler (allegedly Lemony Snicket)
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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The world has lost another great storyteller, Michael Blake. Michael died of heart failure on May 2, 2015 after long struggles with cancer. His book and movie, Dances with Wolves, won awards and hearts around the world. Since our 2012 interview with him we've heard from dozens of people, scholars and fans writing to thank him for his work and dedication to writing, horses, Native peoples and more. His life was rich with passion and we were lucky to have him enrich ours with his tales.
It is with great sorrow that we share the news of the death of a great writer, one of best we had the honor to interview: Ivan Doig on April 9th, 2015. Mr. Doig was a finalist for the National Book Award, a Wallace Stegner Fellow, last year's winner of the Willamette Writer's Lifetime Achievement Award, and a remarkable writer and story-teller, as great as any America has honed. He will be missed by all who've read his work or known his smile and wisdom. His final book, Last Bus to Wisdom, will be out in August.