Books & Talks

Books

Catching Up with Oregon Book Award Finalist Emme Lund

Across her fiction and essays for the likes of Time magazine and the Rumpus, the Portland author elucidates trans and queer narratives.

01/24/2023 By Matthew Trueherz

Oregon Book Awards

Literary Arts Announces 2023 Oregon Book Award Finalists

A time-travel novel set in 2085, personal stories of immigration, queer coming-of-age tales, and more.

01/24/2023 By Matthew Trueherz

Book Review

Katherine Dunn’s Posthumously Published ‘Toad’ Cuts Deep

'Toad,' the predecessor to one of Portland's most famous novels, was culled from the archives of Lewis & Clark College, where it sat unpublished for the last 50 years.

11/22/2022 By Matthew Trueherz

Books

Reese Witherspoon Wasn’t at the Portland Book Festival, Per Se

Taylor Jenkins Reid, Tom Perrotta, and other Witherspoon-adjacent authors came out for the 2022 Portland Book Festival.

11/08/2022 By Matthew Trueherz

Book Review

Portland Thorns Captain Christine Sinclair on Her New Memoir, ‘Playing the Long Game’

The famously private Portland Thorns captain, Canadian gold medalist, and University of Portland alum has some strong words for her country.

11/03/2022 By Margaret Seiler

Books

The Best Way to Do the 2022 Portland Book Festival

Portland’s annual literary celebration can get overwhelming. Here’s how we’d tackle it if we were you.

10/31/2022 By Conner Reed and Matthew Trueherz

Books

Your Oregon-Made Fall Reading List

Curl up by the fire with new titles from Lidia Yuknavitch, Colin Meloy, Christine Sinclair, and more.

10/26/2022 By Conner Reed and Matthew Trueherz

Food News

4 Fascinating Facts from Newly Released Book Lost Restaurants of Portland, OR

The nostalgia-fueled book chronicles 20 now-closed restaurants, from Henry Thiele’s to the Hollywood Burger Bar, with history, recipes, and personal accounts.

10/05/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Books

5 Takeaways from Colin Meloy’s Eerie New Middle-Grade Thriller

‘The Stars Did Wander Darkling,’ an ’80s adventure set on the Oregon Coast, is on shelves now.

09/23/2022 By Conner Reed

Books

Portland Book Festival Announces 2022 Lineup

More than 80 authors will convene on the South Park Blocks for the first fully in-person festival since 2019.

09/15/2022 By Matthew Trueherz

Home Decor

Q&A: Emily Henderson and The New Design Rules

The Oregon-born blogger and author makes grout treatments and selecting carpet samples relatable in her new how-to book on design and décor.

08/09/2022 By Shannon Daehnke

Audio

Bill Oakley’s Space: 1969 Is an Absurd, Rewarding Sci-Fi Romp

The Natasha Lyonne-starring “audiobook” imagines an alternate future where Kennedy was never assassinated.

08/01/2022 By Conner Reed

Interview

Denial Presents a Compellingly Low-Key Vision of Post-Revolution Portland

The latest book from author/screenwriter Jon Raymond depicts transformative climate action ... and then whatever comes next.

07/22/2022 By Conner Reed

Summer Reads

‘City Beautiful,’ a Short Story by Portland Writer Callum Angus

Looking for an offbeat beach read? We asked an Oregon Book Award–nominated author to tell us a story set in Portland in the summer of 2022.

07/01/2022 By Callum Angus Illustrations by Katie Leimbach

Books, Books, Books

Portland's Flagship Downtown Library Is Getting a Face-Lift—And Closing for 3 Months!

The Multnomah County Central Library building will be closed to the public from August 1 to November 1 for a face-lift.

06/21/2022 By Julia Silverman

Events

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