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Allen Pierleoni

Authors On Stage Coordinator/Interviewer

Allen Pierleoni grew up in Miami, where he checked out so many books at his middle- and high-school libraries that the librarians expressed concern to his teachers.

His first job out of the University of Florida was at the Miami Herald, as an editor and writer for its Sunday magazine, Tropic. There, he developed his interviewing skills, specializing in profiles of area authors and celebrities.

In later chapters, he continued his career at the San Jose Mercury News and the Sacramento Bee.

During his last 16 (of 30) years at the Bee, he curated the Sacramento Bee Book Club. That involved drafting nationally known, bestselling authors to appear for the BBC, interviewing them and writing subsequent print and online stories, and conducting conversations with them on stage in front of audiences of up to 1,200.

He also wrote two weekly columns for the Bee's "Books" page, covering publishing and genre trends, national and regional authors, and book- and author-related events in Northern California.

Now he's thrilled to have helped turn a concept into reality with Authors On Stage the third piece of the Cap Radio Reads triumvirate, and to help new friends move the plot along.

    Stories by Allen Pierleoni

  • Walter Isaacson And Alice Hoffman Are Waiting To Go Home With You

    November 17, 2017

    Looking for your next big read? Try the new entry in Stieg Larsson’s “Millennium” series, or Walter Isaacson’s examination of Leonardo da Vinci. Then there’s "The Rules of Magic" by Alice Hoffman and "Warcross" by Marie Lu. And then....

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    Lee Child Has Sold 100 Million Books. There Must Be A Reason

    November 3, 2017

    The New York Times best-selling author talks about his iconic character, Jack Reacher (“I do him no favors”), his latest book, his next novel and his surprising guilty pleasure.

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    Alafair Burke Is Next Up For Authors On Stage, With ‘The Wife’

    October 27, 2017

    New York Times best-selling mystery-suspense novelist Alafair Burke leads readers on a twisted path of secrets, betrayal and shocking surprises in the domestic thriller "The Wife."

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    Are We Going To Mars? Let's Save Earth First, Says Kim Stanley Robinson

    October 20, 2017

    The notion of colonizing and terraforming Mars has gained momentum recently in pop culture. Speculative-fiction novelist Kim Stanley Robinson says this makes for a “great story,” but cautions would-be colonists not to lose sight of "a few new facts."

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    In The Sci-Fi Universe, Kim Stanley Robinson Is Part Of A Bright Constellation

    October 13, 2017

    The award-winning author says science fiction is more than a literary genre—it's also a supportive and tight-knit community of writers scattered all over the world.

  • Can Global Warming Have A 'Silver Lining'?

    October 6, 2017

    In “New York: 2140,” New York Times best-selling writer Kim Stanley Robinson takes us into a time when global warming has caused massive flooding around the world. Could there be a silver lining in this case?

  • CapRadio Reads

    CapRadio Reads is a traditional book club as well as special events with authors. Join us for conversations about books, authors and the world of words.

  • Between the Lines

    A blog featuring author interviews, news on new books and author-related events around town, by CapRadio's "Authors On Stage" host, Allen Pierleoni.