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to one of Portland's most famous novels, was culled from the archives of Lewis & Clark College, where it sat unpublished for the last 50 years.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

Portland's Flagship Downtown Library Reopens Next Week—Here's Why You Need to Get There Fast

The Central Library is closing again in 2023 for at least six months for more renovations. Plus more library news and notes!

10/27/2022 By Julia Silverman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Books

The Portland Book Festival Announces Star-Studded 2021 Lineup

National names like Brandon Taylor and Maggie Nelson will join local heavy-hitters like Willy Vlautin and Emilly Prado for a hybrid virtual/in-person bonanza.

09/22/2021 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

10 Great (Recent) Books by Oregon Writers

From dystopian novels to nihilistic comedy to multi-continental short stories, we bring you our favorites from local authors from the past 5 years.

03/11/2021 By Fiona McCann

Literature

Ursula K. Le Guin to be Featured on Upcoming USPS Literary Arts Stamp

The Portland science-fiction author will be honored on the 33rd stamp in the series, joining James Baldwin, Flannery O'Connor, and others.

01/15/2021 By Gabriel Granillo

Q & A

The Montenegro Sisters Want You to Fix Your Clothes Instead of Tossing Them

The duos new book Mending Life walks newbie sewers through the process of mending their clothing in visible, stylish ways.

03/04/2020 By Eden Dawn