A Cop and a Clown—Best Literary Premise Ever?

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Portland, Ore., our neighbor to the West, hosts an annual literary festival called Wordstock. BW columnist Ted Rall and I both did readings at this year's conference held Oct.1-10, so I grabbed interviews with some amazing authors while I was there.

Monica Drake's debut novel, Clown Girl was a New York Times bestseller and has been optioned by SNL cast member Kristen Wiig to potentially be made into a movie in 2012.