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Items of interest concerning Hawthorne Books and its authors

Poe Ballantine interviewed by Ken Jones, Host of Between the Covers, KBOO

10 Jul 2018|

Host Ken Jones talks with Poe Ballantine, author of the new book Whirlaway: The Great American Loony Bin, Horseplaying & Record-Collecting Novel, published by Portland’s Hawthorne Books.

Poe has published seven books and hundreds of stories and essays, many of which have appeared in The Sun magazine, along with The Atlantic Monthly and The Coal City Review. And his work has won two Pushcart Prize, and been included in the anthologies The Best American Short Stories 1998 and The Best American...Forward

OTHERPPL with Brad Listi interviews Poe Ballantine

28 Jun 2018|

Otherppl with Brad Listi is a weekly podcast featuring in-depth interviews with today’s leading writers. All episodes—hundreds of them—are available for free. Listen via iTunes, Stitcher, iHeart Radio, or right here on the web. Better yet: download the Otherppl with Brad Listi app. Available for iPhone and Android. Free! If you’d like to support the show, you can do so via Patreon or Paypal.

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Natalie Singer’s California Calling: A Self-Interrogation included in 5 summer beach read books by the Orange County Register

06 Jun 2018|

California Calling: A Self Interrogation by Natalie Singer

Singer’s memoir begins with a Joan Didion quote reminding us that “The prize was California” and a memorable first line, “My affair with California begins long before we meet.” This is as much a California story as it is Singer’s, and it’s as much a poem or song — exquisite snippets of language and metaphor — as it is a memoir about Singer’s life as a young woman, an immigrant, a daughter, and a reporter. There’s...Forward

Mud, Formula and Effervescence: 10 Rules for Good Writing from Poe Ballantine in Writer’s Digest

30 May 2018|

Poet, novelist and short story writer W. Somerset Maugham said there are three rules to writing, but no one knows what they are. Funny, but not true. I’ve published seven books and hundreds of stories and essays, won a few prizes along the way, and I’m here to tell you that there are many stateable rules about good writing, 10 of which, some old, some new, all refined from personal experience, I present to you here. Art will never be a science, and these are my rules of course, but...Forward

“I’m adapting a memoir. It’s called The Chronology of Water. Lidia Yuknavitch is from Portland. I love her novels but her memoires… it’s deeply personal to her. She’s in my blood and I knew that before I met her. As soon as I met her it was like we started this race without any sense of competition. I’m making the movie this summer but other than that, my only goal is just to finish the screenplay and hire a really spectacular actor: I’m going to write the best fucking female...Forward