American author Lester Goran died this week on February 6th. Goran grew up in Oakland, a neighbourhood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which is frequently used as the setting in many of his novels. In 1960, Goran joined the faculty at the University of Miami, where he became a professor of English in 1974. His numerous works include Maria Light (1962), The Candy Butcher’s Farewell (1964), The Keeper of Secrets (1971), Tales from the Irish Club: A Collection of Short Stories (1996), and Bing Crosby’s Last Song (1998), one of the many works set in Goran’s hometown. In 2008, Australian writer Matthew Asprey interviewed Goran, which was first published in issue #1 of his Contrappasso Magazine. The entire interview can be accessed here.