Written Interviews

Maine Women Magazine: Strout, Again

‘She honestly just showed up,’ Strout says. ‘I could see her in her car, nosing it into the marina.’ Olive had aged; she appeared to now be in her early 80s. ‘She was poking along with her cane. I just saw her so clearly that I thought, “OK, I guess I will have to write this down.’’”
— Mary Pols, Maine Women Magazine

I sat down for an interview with Mary Pols recently for the current issue of Maine Women Magazine.

Mary Pols, “Strout, Again,” Maine Women Magazine, July 31, 2019.

New Yorker Interview & Excerpt from Olive, Again

I never intended to return to Olive Kitteridge. I really thought I was done with her, and she with me. But a few years ago I was in a European city, alone for a weekend, and I went to a café, and she just showed up. That’s all I can say. She showed up with a force, the way she did the very first time, and I could not ignore her.
— "Elizabeth Strout on Returning to Olive Kitteridge"

The current issue of The New Yorker includes an interview with me about my new book OLIVE, AGAIN and an excerpt from it, the short story “Motherless Child.”

Elizabeth Strout, “Motherless Child,” The New Yorker (August 5 & 12, 2019 Issue), July 29, 2019.
Deborah Treisman, “Elizabeth Strout on Returning to Olive Kitteridge,” The New Yorker , July 29, 2019.

The Atlantic: When Memories Are True Even When They’re Not

The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Elizabeth Strout discusses Louise Glück’s poem “Nostos” and the powerful way literature can harbor recollection.

Glück seems to be saying that childhood is the only constant, immutable thing, while everything that comes after that—“the rest,” she says, our whole adult life—occurs in the shifty arena of memory. Our whole present tense takes place in the shadows of the original, pure impressions of childhood.
— Elizabeth Strout
"By Heart: When Memories Are True Even When They’re Not"
Joe Fassler, The Atlantic, May 2, 2017