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Interview With Writer Christopher Aslan Alexander

In books, memoir, nonfiction, writing on October 25, 2010 at 12:43 pm

 

Christopher Aslan Alexander

Christopher Aslan Alexander. Photo courtesy of CA Alexander.

An introduction to the author of A Carpet Ride To Khiva: Seven Years on the Silk Road (Totem Books, 2010). Christopher Aslan Alexander originally traveled to the walled city of Khiva, Uzbekistan to write a guidebook. He fell in love with the city, and stayed to work with UNESCO to develop a traditional, fair trade carpet-weaving workshop. In this interview Alexander mentions, “I had no prior experience with carpet weaving or carpet history before I went to Khiva, and yet, somewhere along the line, I became an expert.” A Carpet Ride to Khiva chronicles his adventure.

 

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Interview With Writer Brian Switek

In books, essays, nonfiction, writing on October 18, 2010 at 6:11 pm

 

Brian Switek

Brian Switek. Photo by Tracey Switek (2010).

An introduction to the author of Written in Stone: Evolution, the Fossil Record, and Our Place in Nature (Bellevue Literary Press), which releases this November. Brian Switek is also the author of the science blog Laelaps and Smithsonian magazine’s Dinosaur Tracking.

 

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Interview With Writer Mary Roach

In books, nonfiction, writing on September 3, 2010 at 6:32 pm
Mary Roach

Mary Roach. Photo by Marissa Bell Toffoli (2010).

An introduction to the author of Stiff, Spook, Bonk, and most recently, Packing for Mars. Mary Roach began her career as a freelance copy editor, and went on to research and write articles for magazines and journals. While writing is her business, she admitted it can be a lonely one: “Writing can be such a solitary pursuit. Sometimes I go to writing conferences just because I think it would be fun to spend time with other writers.”

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Interview With Writer Oren Harman

In biography, books, nonfiction, writing on July 25, 2010 at 7:49 pm
Oren Harman

Oren Harman. Photo by Marissa Bell Toffoli (2010).

An introduction to the author of the new book The Price of Altruism: George Price and the Search for the Origins of Kindness (WW Norton & Company). Harman is also the chair of the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at Bar Ilan University in Israel. Read the rest of this entry »

Interview With Writers & Indie Filmmakers Logan & Noah Miller

In books, directors, editors, film, memoir, nonfiction, writing on April 14, 2010 at 6:15 pm
Logan & Noah Miller

Logan & Noah Miller. Photo by Marissa Bell Toffoli (2010).

An introduction to the brothers who wrote the book Either You’re In Or You’re In the Way about writing, directing, editing, and starring in the independent film Touching Home. Read the full interview with Logan & Noah Miller on Suite101.com. (First published on Suite101.com in April 2010.) Read the rest of this entry »

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