PORTLAND -- An author who rocketed to the top of the Amazon best-seller list after a spirited exchange with a Fox News interviewer drew a standing-room-only crowd Tuesday evening to Powell's books.
Many in the line came downtown to hear Reza Aslan based solely on the web-only Fox News interview that went viral.
In it, the reporter continually asks Aslan, author of "Zealot: The Life and Time of Jesus of Nazareth" how a Muslim can write about Christ. In an exchange that lasts 10 minutes, Aslan points out that he is a historian and academic. Why single out his religion, he asks.
The video went viral after it was posted on BuzzFeed last Saturday.
"I had no idea who he was until that interview," a new fan told KGW.
Aslan played up the angle at Powell's.
"So, as you know I'm here to talk about Islam," he told a laughing crowd.
In an interview on The Today Show, Aslan said the publicity from the Fox interview "is about the best thing you can hope for" as an author with a new book.
Robert Long of The American Conservative magazine described Fox religion reporter Lauren Green's "cringe-worthy" interview as "laced with xenophobia, ignorant about the purpose of scholarship, or breathtakingly incurious," all while missing the point of having a discussion about Christ.