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6 Can't-Miss Speakers at TEDx Portland 2022

An anonymous poet, a Meow Wolf cofounder, a stripper-slash-writer, jazz drummer, and plenty of others will grace the Moda Center on May 28.

05/24/2022 By Conner Reed

Literary Road Trip

New Mural in Clatskanie Celebrates Writer Raymond Carver

A free festival this weekend shows off the almost-complete mural and includes a poetry contest and Birdman screening.

05/20/2022 By Margaret Seiler

Poetry

How Oregon's Poet Laureate Launched a Poem Hotline

Oregon poet laureate Anis Mojgani's poem hotline has been brewing for nearly two years.

04/28/2022 By Conner Reed

Books

These Are the Winners of the 2022 Oregon Book Awards

Omar El Akkad, Dao Strom, Cynthia Whitcomb, and four others walked home with prizes from Literary Arts on April 25.

04/26/2022 By Conner Reed

Books

American, Us is a Genre-Bending Chapbook That Explores Incarceration and Latinx Lives

Published by Morpheus Youth Project, the genre-bending chapbook—anchored by work from Emilly Prado and Andres Mendoza—is the Portland nonprofit's final project.

04/13/2022 By Michelle Harris

Q&A

Portland Author Chelsea Bieker Returns with a New Short Story Collection

The Portland author's latest book hits shelves April 5.

04/04/2022 By Karly Quadros

Long Story Short

Meet Portland’s Most Beloved Bookseller

Earl Dizon, of NE Alberta’s Green Bean Books, talks Phantom Tollbooth, Agatha Christie, Anne of Green Gables, and library hopping.

03/24/2022 By Fiona McCann

Books

Literary Arts Announces 2022 Oregon Book Award Finalists

For the first time since 2019, this year's winners will be announced at an in-person ceremony on April 25 at the Armory.

03/07/2022 By Conner Reed

Books

Dolly Parton and James Patterson Team Up with Powell's for a Virtual Event

Stars Dolly Parton and James Patterson are promoting their new book, Run, Rose, Run. Here are all the details for the virtual event, hosted by Powell's.

02/17/2022 By Fiona McCann

Pop Culture Deep Dive

What We Talk About When We Talk About Hanya

The fuss around To Paradise, the third novel from the controversial author of A Little Life, distills our troubled relationship with fiction.

01/20/2022 By Conner Reed

Books

The Best Oregon Books of 2021

Works from Michelle Zauner, Omar El Akkad, Willy Vlautin, Eli Saslow, and many others provided necessary escapes in a weird year.

12/31/2021 By Fiona McCann, Conner Reed, and Karly Quadros

Q & A

Shea Ernshaw’s New Novel Explores the ‘Line between Paradise and Madness’

The latest from the Oregon author follows a string of missing people to a reclusive community buried deep in the forest.

12/15/2021 By Karly Quadros

Books

Portland Author Juhea Kim Looks to Korea in Dazzling Debut Novel

‘Beasts of a Little Land’ is set against the backdrop of the country’s independence.

12/01/2021 By Fiona McCann

Q&A

Michelle Nijhuis on Changing the Conservation Narrative

White Salmon–based writer Michelle Nijhuis talks her latest book, the problematic history of the conservation movement, and what living off the grid taught her.

11/18/2021 By Gabriel Granillo

Books

The Coolest In-Person Events at the 2021 Portland Book Festival

After a five-day virtual fest, PBF will gather downtown for the first time in two years on November 13. Expect nerdy bacchanalia.

11/11/2021 By Conner Reed

Books

Staying Home This Year? Check Out These Virtual Portland Book Festival Events

From Brandon Taylor to Maggie Nelson, these are the must-hit items you can stream from the comfort of your home.

11/08/2021 By Conner Reed

Unsolved Mystery

The Best Books, Films, and Podcasts about D.B. Cooper

Here are some easy reads and listens to dig deeper into the mystery of the Northwest Orient Flight 305 hijacker. 

11/05/2021 By Cami Hughes

Interview

A Portlander Wrote Atlas Obscura’s New Food-Obsessed Book, Gastro Obscura

We talked with Cecily Wong about the book she co-authored, out October 12. Catch her at a virtual Powell’s event October 14.

10/08/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Interview

We Can All Learn So Much from Betty White

In How to be Golden, author Paula Bernstein discusses the beloved actress's magnetism and the lessons we might learn from her long career.

09/29/2021 By Cami Hughes

Q&A

Can Squid Teach Us How to Survive Climate Change?

PNW author and conservation biologist Thor Hanson talks to us about his new book Hurricane Lizards and Plastic Squid.

09/28/2021 By Karly Quadros