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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.
March 2, 2018
Jump into this potpourri of fiction and nonfiction to get through winter and into spring.
February 8, 2018
The Davis-based best-seller talks about plotting, publishing, poison, the criminal justice system, San Francisco restaurants and the character he’d most like to hang out with (sort of)
January 31, 2018
Award-winning author Laura Lippman is synonymous with her 12-title Tess Monaghan series, but it’s her 10 stand-alone thrillers that keep readers up all night.
January 15, 2018
Best-selling crime novelist Alafair Burke turns to her second must-read “domestic thriller” in “The Wife,” after “The Ex.”
January 5, 2018
While "The Rules of Magic” is wise and enchanting, “The Woman In the Window” will have you lying awake at night.
December 29, 2017
Award-winning author Robert Crais continues the time-honored tradition of the Los Angeles P.I. with a new entry in his internationally best-selling Elvis Cole-Joe Pike series. We even like the villains.
December 15, 2017
In John Leonard Pielmeier’s 'Hook's Tale,' the award-winning playwright-screenwriter revisits Neverland to tell the real story of Captain Hook. Turns out Peter Pan wasn't so charming after all...
December 8, 2017
In this candid Q&A, the master of suspense says he isn’t sure where his new character came from, and explains why he keeps a copy of his working manuscripts in the refrigerator. Oh, and he offers this advice: Avoid naysayers and get a dog.
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....
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.