Getting schooled on suds by Garrett Oliver

Posted by on Dec 3, 2011 in, author interviews, Authors, Books | No Comments

My Amazon colleagues and I interview the author of The Oxford Companion to Beer.

More interviews at’s Omnivoracious

Posted by on Sep 17, 2011 in, Authors, Books, Writing | No Comments

Three more of my author interviews at Amazon’s books blog: –Chad Harbach, author of The Art of Fielding –Laura Lippman, whose later novel is The Most Dangerous Thing –George Pelecanos, whose latest is The Cut And here’s a video interview I did with George in 2009, when he visited Seattle for his previous book, The […]

Recent author interviews at

Posted by on Sep 5, 2011 in, Authors, Books, skateboarding, Writing | No Comments

Links to a few of the posts I’ve recently begun contributing to’s books blog, Omnivoracious: Q&A with Thomas Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum, authors of That Used to be Us. video interview/reading with Lev Grossman, author of The Magicians and The Magician King  an interview with Seattle Seahawks coach, Pete Carroll, author of Win Forever […]

“A Day at the Office”: authors Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan & Peter Mountford

Posted by on Jun 14, 2011 in Authors, Books, Journalism, Newspapers, seattle, Writing | No Comments

Cheryl Tan and I worked together nearly fifteen years ago at the Baltimore Sun. She’s since worked as a fashion writer at the Wall Street Journal and recently published her first book, A Tiger in the Kitchen. During her recent visit to Seattle, I got together with Cheryl and local author Peter Mountford (author of […]

‘Light This Candle’ autographed book giveaway

Posted by on May 5, 2011 in Authors, Books, Light This Candle, space | 4 Comments

Today (as I’ve been reminding anyone on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, or Tumblr who’ll listen) is the 50th anniversary of the day Alan Shepard became America’s first spaceman. In commemoration of that event – which provided the title of my 2004 biography of Shepard – I’d like to offer two signed copies of Light This Candle. […]

Review: A Young Man’s Guide to Late Capitalism

Posted by on Apr 5, 2011 in Authors, Books, seattle, Writing | No Comments

A Young Man’s Guide to Late Capitalism by Peter Mountford My rating: 4 of 5 stars In one chapter of my forthcoming biography of Robert Ripley, I recount the eccentric, world-traveling “Believe It or Not” cartoonist’s months-long journey through South America in 1925, during which Ripley writes that Bolivia’s sky-high capital, La Paz, looked as […]

Ireland and the Irish: sentences from Michael Lewis

Posted by on Mar 25, 2011 in Authors, Ireland, Journalism, Writing | One Comment

Last night, while drinking Guinness and reading Pete Dexter’s Spooner, I took a break to catch up on that menacing, guilt-inducing stack of magazines. I got pulled into a Vanity Fair piece by Michael Lewis, and was quickly reminded why he’s among the best non-fiction writers alive. In describing Ireland’s financial collapse, he manages to […]

My interview with author Karen Abbott

Posted by on Mar 21, 2011 in Authors, Books, seattle, Writing | No Comments

I’d briefly met Karen a few years ago in Asheville, NC, during her tour for her first book, Sin in the Second City. She visited Seattle last month to talk at Elliott Bay Book Co. about her new book, American Rose, a biography of Seattle-born Gypsy Rose Lee. We talked about writing, her naughty parrots, Freedom, […]

Dog View Daily

Posted by on Mar 19, 2011 in Authors, seattle, Writing | 3 Comments

Saturday morning, from Mickey’s perspective. Experimental blog posts/pix from Mickey the dog via Droid

My interview with Jonathan Evison

Posted by on Feb 8, 2011 in Authors, Books, seattle, Writing | One Comment

I’m embarrassed to admit that this footage of Evison is more than a year old. It sat on digital ice while I finished work on my Robert Ripley biography. Now that my book is done, and Evison’s latest is out – West Of Here, getting great reviews and named among Amazon’s Best Books of the Month […]