Interview

James Patterson Talks His New, Portland-Set Thriller

The 74-year-old discusses his new Beaver State thriller, getting dinner with the Clintons, and his upcoming collaboration with Dolly Parton.

08/13/2021 By Conner Reed

Books

In Easy Crafts for the Insane, the Inventor of “Adulting” Rebuilds Herself One Paper Star at a Time

Kelly Williams Brown had a terrible 700 days. In a new memoir, she talks about how paper folding helped her through it.

07/23/2021 By Conner Reed

Summer Reads

Three Sisters: A Short Story by Guadalupe García McCall

"Maria tossed her hair out of her face and sat up with a jerk. She leaned forward, distorting her image on the screen. Her lips became pale, and her left eye...

07/14/2021 By Guadalupe García McCall

Summer Reads

Niyi and the Tan Stucco House: A Short Story by Olufunke Grace Bankole

"Stomping-boot-by-stomping-boot, Niyi cracked down the sidewalk. At the pink house with blue trim, he bent forward to smell the pine tree smell, as his baba ...

07/14/2021 By Olufunke Grace Bankole

Books

Portland’s Only Brick-and-Mortar Black-Owned Bookstore Reopens on Division

Third Eye Books and Gifts will throw its doors back open on June 20 at an all-new location.

06/18/2021 By Conner Reed

Books

Genevieve Hudson’s Buzzy Novel Boys of Alabama Addresses Southern Masculinity and More

The South, says Hudson, “feels like the landscape culturally and emotionally that shaped me to be who I am.”

06/16/2021 By Aliya Hall

Footnotes

LISTEN AGAIN: What Albert Camus's 'The Plague' Can Teach Us About the Pandemic

Courtney Campbell on The Plague, the lessons we’ve learned from this pandemic, and how philosophy will continue to play a role in our everyday lives.

06/11/2021 By Gabriel Granillo

Q&A

Writing, Memory, and Mental Health: An Interview with Portland Writer Emilly Prado

Her new book, Funeral for Flaca, hits shelves July 1.

06/06/2021 By Nick Campigli

Publishing

Portland Is Getting the World's First Communal Zine Tricycle

Sarah Mirk is creating a hand-built “zine trike” that local creators can use to pedal (and peddle) their wares.

05/15/2021 By Julia Silverman

Books

This Portlander Can Teach You How to Make Your Own Stylish Shoes

Rachel Corry's new book The Sandalmaking Workshop lays out everything you need—from patterns to step-by-step instructions—to make your own shoes.

05/10/2021 By Eden Dawn

Interview

Portland Author Willy Vlautin Talks Gentrification and the Changing City

His new book, The Night Always Comes, is out this month.

04/30/2021 By Fiona McCann

Books

New Portland-Produced Book Teaches Kids and Parents about Anti-Asian Hate

A Kids Book About Anti-Asian Hate talks about what it means to be Asian American and how to use your voice to stand up to hatred.

04/20/2021 By Aurora Biggers

Profile

Japanese Breakfast’s Michelle Zauner Is Ready to Feel Again

With the release of her first book, Crying in H Mart, and third album, Jubilee, the Eugene native is exorcising her grief and looking for somet...

04/16/2021 By Conner Reed

Interior Design

How to Make Vintage Shopping Work for Your Home

Portland interior designer Max Humphrey's new book, Modern Americana, shows how the old can be new.

04/13/2021 By Reina Harwood

Footnotes

LISTEN: How Beverly Cleary Wrote about Motherhood, Parenting, and Portland

Portland Monthly’s news editor talks with Portland-based author Lydia Kiesling about the late writer's enduring legacy.

04/09/2021 By Gabriel Granillo

Poetry

The First Recorded Reading of Allen Ginsberg’s Howl Took Place in Portland. Now You Can Own It on Vinyl.

Two-time Grammy winner Cheryl Pawelski has headed up the restoration and release of the historic 1956 recording.

04/01/2021 By Conner Reed

Essay

What Ramona Quimby Taught Me about Taking Up Space

YA author and Portlander Renée Watson on how meeting Ramona Quimby changed her life.

03/30/2021 By Renée Watson

Books

Literary Arts Announces 2021 Oregon Book Award Finalists

A queer coming-of-age novel, a children’s mystery, a fictional film club, and more

03/29/2021 By Aurora Biggers

News

Oregonians Remember Beverly Cleary

‘I’m just so sad. I think she becomes a little piece of you, and all of a sudden that little piece is gone, yet carries on, and I'm so grateful for what she's contributed. She brought a lot of joy to our family.’

03/27/2021 By Conner Reed

Design

3 New Portland Books that Just Look Good

Impress your friends by sporting these new book on your coffee table—but you should also read them too.

03/19/2021 By Marty Patail