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A number of publishing houses and well-regarded independent booksellers have placed author interviews on their respective Web sites, but this particular one from the massive Powell's Books in Portland, Oregon may be one of the most intriguing online collections available. Containing over 50 interviews, the authors profiled here include Ann Patchett, David Halberstam, Paul Theroux, Susan Orlean,...
The Paris Review: Interviews

While its celebrated editor George Plimpton, the noted author, critic, and one-time Detroit Lion is no longer with us, the Paris Review continues to delight and stimulate readers around the world. Recently, the Review received a substantial grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to place all of their "Writer at Work" interviews online so that anyone around the world can read them at their...
The Guardian Books Podcast

The Guardian is distinguished for its fine reporting on a range of subjects of great importance, and is well known for its book reviews. The staff also puts out a weekly podcast about the world of books, which bibliophiles will enjoy. Currently, there are over 450 podcasts available, and visitors can scroll through them at their leisure. Some of the recent offerings include conversations with...

The C-SPAN series "Q & A" brings together "interesting people who are making things happen in politics, the media, education, and science & technology in hour-long conversations about their lives and their work." The program started in 2004, and visitors can view all of the past episodes here, along with taking in the latest edition of this engaging program. Visitors can look at This Sunday to...
National Endowment for the Arts: Podcasts, Webcasts & Webinars

Over the past few years, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has conducted a plethora of interviews with America's distinguished roster of talented authors, musicians, painters, and other creative types. A new podcast is released each Thursday, and visitors can browse the offerings here by date or alphabetically. Some of the more recent interviewees include George Wein (noted jazz concert...
Fiction Writers Review

If you want to write, read. And if you want to read about fiction writing, a good place to start is the Fiction Writers Review. Completely free and jam packed with writers writing about writing, this continually updated online periodical will fill you up with ideas and images. Start with the homepage, where you can explore numerous Features, ranging from interviews to essays. Then explore Popular...
MIT Press Podcasts

MIT Press has been publishing academic literature for more than half a century. They publish over 200 books a year, as well as more than 30 award-winning journals. The MIT Press Podcasts, featured here, are posted about half a dozen times a year. In each episode, a newly published author is interviewed about his or her ideas. For example, in Episode 78, Jeffrey Pomeranz, a visiting professor at...
Booknotes: One Book. One Author. One Hour.

Between 1989- 2007, C-SPAN aired the series Booknotes, an hour long interview with a single author of a nonfiction book (the show's tagline: "One Book. One Author. One Hour"). The series was hosted by C-SPAN executive director Brian Lamb, who fastidiously read and annotated the entirety of any book featured on the show prior to interviewing each author. Recently, the staff of George Mason...

For over 25 years, Michael Silverblatt has hosted Bookworm, a weekly half-hour interview with authors broadcasted by KCRW Public Radio out of Santa Monica, California. On the station's website, book fans can listen to the complete archives of this show. Silverblatt has interviewed with luminaries of all genres, including novelists Jamaica Kincaid, Salmon Rushdie, and Louise Erdrich; graphic...
The New Yorker Fiction Podcast

Each month, The New Yorker invites an author to select a short story from the magazine's extensive archive to read aloud for the Fiction Podcast. Fiction editor Deborah Treisman then conducts brief and illuminating interviews with each guest author to accompany these readings, allowing each guest a chance to explain their choice and discuss themes, characters, and literary devices employed in...