Interviews Archive

Interview: Johanna Adorján, author of An Exclusive Love

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Joanna Adorján talks with SMITH about her new memoir, An Exclusive Love, a story about her grandparents’ suicides.

Interview: Angela Balcita, author of Moonface: A True Romance

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Angela Balcita talks to SMITH about changing expectations, the realization that memoir is only “a moment in time,” and why a recent New York Times piece infuriated her.

Interview: Dave Itzkoff, author of Cocaine’s Son

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Dave Itzkoff talks with SMITH about his new memoir, Cocaine’s Son.

Interview: Mira Bartók, author of The Memory Palace

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Mira Bartók talks about her writing process, her mother’s letters and journal entries, and the metaphor of a memory palace in her new memoir, The Memory Palace.

Interview: Allen Shawn, author of Twin: A Memoir

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Allen Shawn, author of a new memoir, Twin, speaks about his twin sister, his family, and how writing and composing are closely related.

Interview: Heather Havrilesky, author of Disaster Preparedness: A Memoir

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

Heather Havrilesky talks about scraping her narrative raw and about how she began writing her new book, Disaster Preparedness–a memoir about her family and childhood.

Interview: Aaron Eske, author of My Family, A Symphony: A Memoir of Global Adoption

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Aaron Eske, author of the new memoir, My Family, A Symphony, talks with Lisa Qiu about growing up in rural Nebraska with siblings that are all internationally adopted.

Interview: Julie Klam, author of You Had Me at Woof: How Dogs Taught Me the Secrets of Happiness

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

I write nonfiction, so that’s a different set of choices to make. Unlike fiction, a memoir has not been written before you try to sell it. Once you’re in this process of writing, you’re already in the marketing.
Sometimes life doesn’t give us what we want, it gives us who we need. Julie Klam’s second book, [...]

Interview: Catherine Gildiner, author of After the Falls: Coming of Age in the Sixties

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Vivian Chum talks with Catherine Gildiner about her newest memoir, After the Falls, and what it meant to be a teenager in the ’60s in America.

Interview: Heather Sellers, author of You Don’t Look Like Anyone I Know: A True Story of Family, Face Blindness, and Forgiveness

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Heather Sellers, author of the new memoir You Don’t Look Like Anyone I Know, talks with Vivian Chum about face blindness, writing memoir, and family.

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