In September of 2011, after their youngest daughter graduated from college, George Mason and Salli Slaughter moved out of their Portland home and sold most of their belongings. The couple bought an RV and set forth on an odyssey to interview great American authors. Two years, seventeen states, thirty-nine interviews, and one grandchild later, they have created a fascinating archive called The Authors Road. It’s made up of video and audio recordings spanning a wide range of the American literary landscape.
The couple’s RV — named the “Hardscribble Haciende” — has taken them to writers’ homes across the western United States and as far east as Chicago. (Their truck is named “Rocinante Tres” after Don Quixote’s horse.) Along the way, Mason and Slaughter have spoken with author Tom Robbins and former Oregon Poet Laureate Lawson Inada, as well as experts on Mark Twain, Ernest Hemmingway and John Steinbeck. We’ll talk to Mason and Slaughter about their travels and the writers they have interviewed along the way.
Have you listened to any of the Authors Road interviews? Which American authors would you like to hear interviewed?
Editor’s note: This post has been modified to reflect accurate information.
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