Author Leif Enger on story-light, character-heavy fiction

Leif Enger
Leif Enger is a Minnesota writer.
Courtesy of Grove Atlantic | Robin Enger 2015

Author Leif Enger is a self-described introvert. When he was a reporter for MPR News he would stew in the car on the way to the interview, anticipating the worst. However, once he arrived he became a "chameleon," able to slip into his subject's world.

That love of characters and people has found its way into Enger's fiction writing.

"I've never written a character I didn't like," Enger told host Kerri Miller at the Fitzgerald Theater. He was there to discuss his book, "Virgil Wander."

"I like them all, especially the bad ones," he said.

This conversation was recorded on Wednesday, Oct. 3 for Talking Volumes. Enger also discussed the importance of a good editor and the "damage that Virgil needed" for the book to come together.

Use the audio player above to listen to the entire interview.

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