Story, Story, Story (Hardcover)

Coversations with American Authors

By Jim Schumoch

Black Heron Press, 9780930773519, 285pp.

Publication Date: January 1, 2010

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Interviews with 18 significant American writers. The interviews were conducted by the author on his radio program, Between the Covers, on KBOO in Portland, Oregon over a seven-year period. More conversational than interview in style, they focus on the interaction between the authors' lives and their literary work. The writers interviewed include Tim O'Brien, Carolyn Kizer, William Styron, William Kennedy, Robert Stone, Thomas McGuane, Carol Shields, Ethan Canin, Tobias Wolff, Paul Theroux, Jim Grimsley, Lorrie Moore, Dagoberto Gilb, Philip Levine, Thom Jones, Robert Wrigley, Stephen Dixon, and Robert Olen Butler.

Praise For Story, Story, Story: Coversations with American Authors

“Schumock has been interviewing award-winning authors on his Portland, Oregon, radio show for seven years and has now compiled a collection of 19 lively and revealing conversations. By maintaining a question-and-answer format, Schumock preserves each writer’s distinct voice, and what a distinguished and outspoken cast he has assembled. Interviewees include William Kennedy, Carol Shields, Robert Stone, Lorrie Moore, Tobias Wolff, Henry Louis Gates Jr., and Philip Levine. The discussions veer from the strictly literary to the magnetically personal, the aesthetic to the anecdotal, a swing that emphasizes the intrinsic role that writing plays in both the inner and the outer lives of a writer. Schumock asks intelligent and penetrating questions as he traces the evolution of each writer’s current book as well as the course of the writer’s career, and his guests respond at length, displaying their innate talent for storytelling, profound involvement with literature, and the curious mesh of the intentional and the unexpected that shapes every work of art.” — Donna SeamanBooklist, November 15, 1998