The Birth of Wild Man

An author’s ride from misery to manuscript

Jeff Geiger

Once upon a time, and not all that terribly far back, Jeff Geiger was undergoing what he now describes as “a dark night of the soul.” The Eugene writer had arrived at the artistic crossroads. “I’d been working for, I’d say, at least a decade as what I’d consider to be a serious writer,” he says. Deciding that he was most passionate about young adult fiction, Geiger wrote two such novels that came up bust. They had heart, but “they weren’t selling. It was an incredibly frustrating experience,” he recalls. Continue reading 

Self-Published Round Up

Every once in a while something crazy happens: Someone self-publishes a book and it takes off. The Celestine Prophecy started that way as did Still Alice, and 50 Shades of Grey started off as internet-published Twilight fan fiction. Lane County has a whole host of writers publishing themselves or getting published by a “vanity” press (Hey, it’s not vanity if it’s good!). They, and we, hope one of these books takes off. Here’s just a smidge of what got dropped off at EW this year. Continue reading 

Winter Reading Top Ten

  J. Michaels Staff Picks 160 East Broadway # A (541) 342-2002   Of local interest is Megan Kruse’s Call Me Home. Oregon writer, an uncommonly powerful debut novel. Also in fiction, A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. Astonishing, challenging, upsetting and profoundly moving. Continue reading 

Winter Reading

To steal a name from that vast bookstore in Portland, Eugene is a city of books — and of readers. Our small local bookstores and excellent city library, not to mention free and inexpensive book sources such as Gertie the Bookbus and St. Vincent dePaul, ensure that Lane County’s literary lovers can have a book with their coffee or kombucha to curl up with this winter.  Continue reading 

Winter Reading Top Ten

Top 10 Books at Tsunami Books Lila by Marilynne Robinson. Farrar Straus Giroux, $26. The Co-Creation Handbook by Alida Birch. Luminaire Press, $12.95. Falling From Horses by Molly Gloss. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $25. (See review this issue) Roadside Geology of Oregon, Second Edition by Marli B. Miller. Mountain Press, $26. (See review this issue) The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell. Random House, $30. The Magicians by Lev Grossman. Plume, $16. Continue reading