Books & Talks


Tales of a Late-Blooming Novelist

We sit down with local writer Polly Dugan, whose debut book So Much a Part of You appears this month.

06/02/2014 By Peter Holmstrom


Local Author's Robot Apocalypse Takes Over the World

Author Daniel H. Wilson has won legions of fans with his provocative tales of robot uprisings.

05/29/2014 By Jonathan Frochtzwajg


The Science of Oregon Wine

OMSI's Science Pub unearths the secret behind our world-class pinots: the soil.

05/08/2014 By Peter Holmstrom


Tea and Circumstantial Evidence

Once a month, a bunch of nice ladies (and a few gents) gather for Chinese food and civilized banter about violent crime.

05/01/2014 By Angela Sanders


Portland Monthly: The One-Page Edition | May 2014

We distilled a magazine's worth of stories onto a single page. See the condensed awesomeness!

05/01/2014 With Randy Gragg, Caitlin Feldman, Maya Seaman, and Peter Holmstrom


Local Author Laini Taylor on Monstrous Love Affairs

The best-selling scribe of the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy releases its final chapter and gossips about its big screen adaptation and sex in YA. Apr 16

04/10/2014 By Kelly Clarke


Ian Doescher Returneth to a Galaxy Far, Far Away

The PDX author of NYT-bestseller "William Shakespeare’s Star Wars" talks about the sequel and giving the space worm a soliloquy. "The Empire Striketh Back" comes out today.

03/18/2014 By Peter Holmstrom


Oregon Book Awards: Winners and Winners

Recapping the state's literary Oscars: the wins, the surprises, the speeches, the champagne in the shower. It's all here.

03/18/2014 By Aaron Scott

Books & Talks

Tom Spanbauer: The Godfather of Portland's Writing Scene

Local authors Cheryl Strayed, Chelsea Cain, Monica Drake, and others tell us why Spanbauer is at the heart of Portland's literary world.

03/13/2014 By Aaron Scott


Let Us Now Praise Famous Dead Readers

The Personal Libraries Library (Portland’s most unusual literary collection) re-creates bygone bookshelves.

03/03/2014 By Marco España


Binge on Books at These March Literary Events

This month is a windfall of book and storytelling events, including the Oregon Books Awards, Smallpressapalooza, and Everybody Reads with Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

02/26/2014 By Kristin Leigh


Portland's Latest Prize-Winning Poet Remembers William Stafford

National Book Award winner Mary Szybist reflects on Oregon's verse icon.

02/03/2014 By Jonathan Frochtzwajg


February's Lit and Storytelling Events

There’s a lot of book love to go around this month, from lit-power couple Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis to international author Isabel Allende to the bday bash for William Stafford.

01/29/2014 By Portland Monthly Staff and Kristin Leigh


The Scoop on Powell's Books' Downtown Remodel

Portland's beloved bookstore overhauls its Burnside flagship with the future in mind.

01/21/2014 By Zach Dundas


Into the Woods with Carson Ellis

The illustrator of the Wildwood Chronicles revisits Forest Park on the eve of the trilogy’s finale.

01/21/2014 By Aaron Scott


Q&A: Author Gary Shteyngart

The bestselling author talks about his new memoir, his nickname "Little Failure," and kissing James Franco for his juicy book trailer. He speaks at Powell's on Jan 18.

01/16/2014 By Nathan Tucker


Q&A: Bestselling Author Gretchen Rubin

We chat with Rubin about happiness projects, her creative process, Happier at Home, and her upcoming book about habits, Before and After.

01/16/2014 By Kristin Leigh


January's Top Book and Storytelling Events

Resolve to discover new writers in 2014 with January's literary events.

01/08/2014 By Kristin Leigh


2014 Oregon Book Awards Finalists Announced

Ursula K. Le Guin, Mary Szybist, Graham Salisbury, Joe Sacco, and Craig Thompson round out this year's contenders. Winners announced March 17.

01/06/2014 By Aaron Scott


Q&A: National Book Award–Winning Poet Mary Szybist

The Lewis and Clark professor talks about what it was like to win the biggest poetry award in the US, running into Carrie Brownstein, and why she never considered the book a feminist response to the biblical annunciation until now.

12/17/2013 By Kristin Leigh