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Interview with George Dawes Green plus giveaway

May 22, 2009


I’d like to thank George Dawes Green, the author of Ravens, for taking the time to answer a few questions for me.  Here’s what he had to say.

Can you tell us a little bit about your background? (Where you grew up, how you got into writing, education, etc.)

Like yours, Bermuda Onion, my family was always on the move. My father was a dreamy newspaperman drifting from job to job, and we went from Idaho to Canada to New Jersey and New York, and finally wound up on an island off the coast of Brunswick, Georgia, when I was twelve. Having inherited that dreaminess, I was a miserable student. Also I had a condition called hypernychthemeral syndrome, which gave me a 25 hour sleep cycle and threw my school years into a deep twilight. The last grade I really passed was the third (though in NY I did well on the year-end Regents tests, so I kept passing till I landed in Georgia) …

Can you tell us a little about your writing routine?

I write all the time when I’m really rolling … but it takes me a while to get rolling. Years sometimes. Decades.

Since both THE CAVEMAN’S VALENTINE and THE JUROR were made into movies, I’m wondering if there are any movie plans for RAVENS.  If so, who would you like to see playing Shaw and Romeo?

There’s negotiations going on now. But the characters are so complex, and Romeo so sad — I’m not sure a movie will work unless it were done brilliantly. I’m going to guard this one closely. I’d like Paul Newman for Shaw, if he makes himself available again.

I love books, like RAVENS, where the setting is familiar to me.  The setting almost becomes another character for me.  Do you spend a lot of time working on the setting of your books?

I did this time. I drove around and around Brunswick with various guides, and drank in its spirit. Really the ‘Wick is my home — neglected   for too long. I’m in love with it again.

What have you been doing in the 14 years since the publication of your last book?

The time seems to get away. I remember one afternoon clearly, riding bikes with Skye Sullivan on Sapelo Island, trying to chase her down. Hot soupy sand under the wheels, deerflies, dream-slowness, an alligator sunning itself beside the road.

Some of the other days are less vivid.

Who are your favorite authors?

Cheever, Bellow, Calvino, Thomas DeQuincey — that’s a start. Of contemporary Americans, Mary Gaitskill and Annie Dillard leap to mind. I think the world of Dillard’s latest, The Maytrees.

I’d love to know more about The Moth.

It’s a club that I started 11 years ago, a celebration of the art of the raconteur. On a good night, it’s the most riveting entertainment to be  found anywhere. There’s a new Wall Street Journal article that explains it pretty well

Also, a story I recently told has been posted on The Moth podcast.  It’ll give some of the flavor, and tell you something about my relationship with Brunswick as well.

Thanks to the wonderful folks at Hachette Books, I have one set of all three of George Dawes Green’s books to giveaway.  One lucky  winner will receive The Caveman’s Valentine, The Juror and Ravens.   To enter this giveaway,  simply leave a comment on this post.  Contest is open to US and Canadian residents only (no PO Boxes, please).  I will use to determine the winner.  Contest ends at midnight EST, Wednesday, June 3, 2009.  Winner will be announced on Thursday, June 4, 2009.

77 Comments leave one →
  1. May 22, 2009 7:13 am

    Great interview. Your questions were terrific! Please count me in for this giveaway! I’d love to win these books especially given your opinion!


  2. ann marie permalink
    May 22, 2009 7:22 am

    Thanks for the great interview. I can’t wait to see how the Ravens movie will turn out, I loved the other two. Have a great weekend. 🙂

  3. Tammy permalink
    May 22, 2009 8:34 am

    Green sounds like quite a character himself 🙂 Please enter me for the giveaway. I’d love to read all three books, and since my county library doesn’t have them and I’m on a book-purchasing diet, your giveaway would be the perfect solution. Thanks for the opportunity.

  4. May 22, 2009 8:35 am

    Fantastic interview. I am very interested in reading his books — please enter me in the giveaway.

  5. May 22, 2009 8:36 am

    What a wicked awesome opportunity. I had just written down the “Ravens” to pick up the next time I was in a bookstore.

    Please enter me for this drawing. Thank you for the opportunity. Indigo

  6. May 22, 2009 8:37 am

    Excellent interview and a giveaway I’d love to win. I quite enjoyed this interview. It seemed more personal than most I read.

  7. Liyana permalink
    May 22, 2009 8:40 am

    Great interview! I loved reading it.

  8. May 22, 2009 9:18 am

    Great interview – to match the wonderful review your wrote for Ravens.

    I would love to be entered in this contest.

    Mstermind1 at gmail dot com

  9. May 22, 2009 9:33 am

    Love the interview.

    As I am not eligible, I won’t leave my email id!


  10. May 22, 2009 10:21 am

    What a wonderful interview! I’d love to win this set of books!

  11. May 22, 2009 10:41 am


    I had to Google “hypernychthemeral”:
    “A rare chronic form of sleep disorder involving a disturbance of the circadian rhythm. Patients have a consistent one or two hour delay in the time the go to sleep as well as the time they wake up so their sleep pattern doesn’t fit into the 24 hour cycle. Thus, the sleep cycle changes every day which can be very disruptive. It has most often been reported in blind people.”

    Isn’t the human body amazing? I saw the other day where someone had asked for the name of a book that lists every human condition/disease. Impossible. Too many.

    I haven’t read any of his books. I’d love a chance to win. Please count me in. Thank you!

    nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

  12. May 22, 2009 11:01 am

    Kathy, don’t enter me. I just wanted to say that this was a great interview.

  13. May 22, 2009 11:27 am

    What an interesting interview! And after your review of RAVENS yesterday, I’m really eager to read it. Thanks for the chance to win these books!

    geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com

  14. May 22, 2009 12:02 pm

    No need to enter me. I just wanted to check out the interview.

    Didn’t Paul Newman pass away last year?

  15. May 22, 2009 12:05 pm

    super interview. I just loved learning more about Green. Thanks to both of you. And I would love to be entered into the giveaway. BFish[dot]Reads[at]

  16. bridget3420 permalink
    May 22, 2009 1:49 pm

    Count me in:)

  17. May 22, 2009 3:05 pm

    I am EXTREMELY interested in reading this author’s works… especially Ravens based on your review. Oh, please enter me!

    A Novel Menagerie

  18. May 22, 2009 3:41 pm

    Great interview – loved the description of that afternoon on Sapelo Island.

    I’d love to be entered in the giveaway!

  19. May 22, 2009 3:46 pm

    The interview was great. Good Job.

    I would love to be entered into this giveaway.

    tonigomez (at) surewest (dot) net

  20. mindy permalink
    May 22, 2009 5:46 pm

    fabulous interview and thanks for the giveaway

  21. Carol M permalink
    May 22, 2009 6:58 pm

    This is a new author for me. I would love to read these books. Thank you for the giveaway!

  22. Cindy permalink
    May 22, 2009 6:59 pm

    A great interview. I would love to read all three books, it’s a new author for me. I love finding new authors.

    Dutchlvr1 (at

  23. Sharon Walling permalink
    May 22, 2009 7:28 pm

    Great interview. Please enter me in the drawing.

  24. May 22, 2009 7:38 pm

    Sometimes I wonder how I miss some of these authors! I would love a chance to win these books.

    kherbrand at comcast dot net

  25. May 22, 2009 10:12 pm

    Great interview-I would love to read these books.

  26. May 22, 2009 10:24 pm

    Great questions! I’d love to be entered in your giveaway…thanks!

  27. May 22, 2009 10:26 pm

    I’m glad I read your review of Ravens and mentioned I wanted to read it since you snuck in a great giveway. I would love to be entered. 😀

  28. Heather S permalink
    May 22, 2009 10:40 pm

    I’d love to win pretty please!

  29. May 23, 2009 10:02 am

    Thank you for the super interview. I am giving the book in a while so please don’t enter me but I haven’t read it yet…now I can’t wait! Thanks! Karen(Bingo)

  30. May 23, 2009 12:55 pm

    No need to enter me; just posted on Win A Book. Thanks!

  31. scottsgal permalink
    May 23, 2009 1:26 pm

    Enjoyed the interview – please count me in for these great books

  32. Cheryl S. permalink
    May 23, 2009 1:40 pm

    I’d love to read these books – great interview!

    Please count me in – Thanks!

  33. debbie permalink
    May 23, 2009 2:09 pm

    what a great interview. I have read some great reviews on these books. I would love to be included in your giveaway.

  34. Pam permalink
    May 23, 2009 3:47 pm

    I’ve never read these books but I’d like to. Count me in please!

  35. May 23, 2009 5:15 pm

    Great interview, looks like a good set of book.


  36. Teresa W permalink
    May 23, 2009 5:31 pm

    Enjoyed the interview, count me in!

  37. May 23, 2009 6:44 pm

    Great interview and contest!
    Please include me, booksobsession(at)gmail(dot)com


  38. Laura permalink
    May 23, 2009 6:54 pm

    Wonderful interview, I would love to read these books 🙂

  39. Kitten22 permalink
    May 23, 2009 7:18 pm

    This looks great! Please enter me!


  40. Carlene permalink
    May 23, 2009 7:27 pm

    Please include me in your giveaway.

  41. Alexa permalink
    May 23, 2009 7:28 pm

    Awesome interview! Sign me up to win!

  42. May 23, 2009 8:02 pm

    Amazing interview! I loved the answer to your question about what the authors been doing for the past 14 years – his answer was gorgeous!

  43. May 24, 2009 12:15 am

    Great interview! I actually read about George Dawes Green’s work recently from Christopher Moore’s website (he highly recommended The Caveman’s Valentine), so I’d love the opportunity to win these books. Thanks 🙂

  44. May 24, 2009 1:41 am

    Raven sounds like a great book. Good things gone bad, for sure. I’d love a chance to win.


  45. Kate permalink
    May 24, 2009 1:43 am

    great giveaway!! hope i win!

  46. Nicole permalink
    May 24, 2009 1:45 am

    oh wow those books sound great! hope i win!

  47. erica permalink
    May 24, 2009 1:58 am

    ok wow what a great set of books!!!

  48. Belinda McNabb permalink
    May 24, 2009 2:43 am

    They sound awesome. Please enter me in the giveaway

    “Canadian Contests, Freebies, Coupons, Deals, Games and Fun:”

  49. May 24, 2009 8:28 am

    Great interview! I haven’t read anything by him yet and would love to be entered in the contest.

    gaby317nyc AT gmail DOT com

  50. May 24, 2009 10:18 am

    Nice interview. Please enter me. Thanks.

  51. May 24, 2009 4:59 pm

    Please count me in…thanks!


  52. Lethea Benson permalink
    May 24, 2009 8:16 pm

    Great interview, really enjoyed it=)
    I would love to be entered in the giveaway!

    Luvdaylilies at bellsouth dot net

  53. May 24, 2009 8:57 pm

    Thanks for the great giveaway! 🙂

  54. May 24, 2009 11:01 pm

    I’ve never heard of this author so thank you for bringing his books to my attention. They’re going on my wish list if I’m not a winner.

  55. Erica permalink
    May 25, 2009 4:53 am

    wow his books sound so amazing!!

  56. May 25, 2009 4:55 am

    wow looked at the concepts of his books and they sound soooo amaizng!!thanks!

  57. kate permalink
    May 25, 2009 5:01 am

    i would love to be entered!! thanks so much!

  58. Michelle permalink
    May 25, 2009 5:17 am

    wow he’s a great author!! would lvoe to be entered!!!

  59. Stephen K permalink
    May 25, 2009 7:45 am

    I would love to read these. Enter me please.

  60. Amber permalink
    May 25, 2009 11:21 am

    Please enter me 🙂

  61. May 25, 2009 1:55 pm

    Please enter me, you intrigued me with your review of Ravens.


  62. stacybuckeye permalink
    May 25, 2009 5:06 pm

    Wonderful interview, Kathy. I do think he will have a hard time getting Paul Newman in his movie since he passed away last year!

  63. May 25, 2009 5:52 pm

    Sounds great! Please enter me.

  64. May 25, 2009 9:53 pm

    Very interesting interview. I enjoy learning some background on the authors. Kind of strange that it’s been 14 years between books. I have to say I’m curious what Mr. Green has been doing instead of writing. His answer to your question wasn’t very enlightening.

  65. Anita Yancey permalink
    May 26, 2009 1:09 pm

    Nice interview. His books sound great. I would love to read them. Please enter me in your giveaway. Thanks!

  66. Carol permalink
    May 27, 2009 4:55 pm

    I would love to be entered. Thanks.

  67. Joyce Crowder permalink
    May 27, 2009 8:23 pm

    Wonderful interview! Signing up for the Moth!

  68. May 27, 2009 8:47 pm

    I’m surprised that I haven’t heard of these books or of George Dawes Green before. This is a fabulous giveaway. I hope I win, but if I don’t I will certainly give his books a closer look. Great interview!

    akreese (at) hotmail (dot) com

  69. summer permalink
    May 27, 2009 10:36 pm

    I loved the interview. Great Job.

  70. Cindy permalink
    May 28, 2009 10:54 am

    I’d love to be entered in the giveaway. I always like finding a new author.

  71. June 1, 2009 5:47 pm

    Please enter me…Thank you!


  72. Rebecca permalink
    June 1, 2009 6:47 pm

    Great interview! Please add me to the drawing. I would love to win! Thanks for the chance!

  73. Julie permalink
    June 2, 2009 2:33 pm

    I enjoyed your interview, please enter me in this great giveaway!

  74. June 2, 2009 11:02 pm

    Lovely interview!

  75. June 3, 2009 5:51 pm

    Love his writing! Love reading! Yay!

  76. August 2, 2009 8:37 pm

    Enjoyed the interview and am currently finishing up Ravens. Added a link on my FB page.

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