Encounters with Authors
This collection features twenty articles on and/or interviews with authors, all originally written between 1979 and 1984. The authors span a wide range of styles—from poets to playwrights to writers of popular fiction to science fiction and more. While there is some indication that each of the authors were well-known at some time, I personally am only familiar with the works of Tennessee Williams and Chaim Potok. Some of the other writers included are names I’m vaguely familiar with, but never really read (Andre Norton, B. F. Skinner, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings). But the majority are unfamiliar…and dead—each chapter ends with an update, usually describing when and how that author died since the article was originally written.
I suppose there is some historical interest in these articles, but since only a very few are about authors I know, my interest in the collection is somewhat limited. I might wish for a similar collection of interviews with more familiar authors, but perhaps that would be too disillusioning. The interviews with the two authors whose works I had previously read and enjoyed left me feeling distaste for the authors as people. Other unknowns surprised me and made me want to search out their works.
Chris Hayden has been working at City Book Review since 2012, so that makes him the keeper of knowledge. He manages the office and book reviewers (all 200 of them!), which is no small feat. If you’re looking at the book reviews here, you’re seeing them because he sent the books out for review. Without him, this place would fall apart, because no one else in the office knows how to use the postage machine. Two words: job security.
|Author||Dale Andrew White|
|Page Count||172 pages|
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