Pop Culture Deep Dive

2021 Was the Year of Millennial Ambivalence

What ‘Solar Power’ and ‘Beautiful World, Where Are You’ taught me about processing the mess of 2021

12/31/2021 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

Year in Review

The Best Oregon-Made Movies, Books, Music & Art of 2021

From Shrill’s finale to Third Angle's Sanctuaries to Nicolas Cage's Pig, it was quite a year.

12/08/2021 By Conner Reed, Julia Silverman, and Fiona McCann

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

Pomo Picks

Top Things to Do in Portland This Week: Nov 11–17

Hasan Minhaj hits the Schnitz, a Kurosawa film festival rolls on at the Clinton, the in-person Book Festival returns, and more

11/11/2021 By Conner Reed

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

Culture

Prominent Portland Artists Name Their Favorite Local Creators

We asked some of the Rose City's brightest which Portlanders have helped them through the pandemic.

10/11/2021 By Conner Reed

Books

New Book Explores Portland’s Historic and Underappreciated Cemeteries

The Portland authors talk about their new book, 'Historic Cemeteries of Portland, Oregon'. Plus: they recommend five cemeteries for spooky-season sleuthing.

10/08/2021 By Gabriel Granillo

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

Business

Powell's Books Gets into the Beer Game

For one day only, drinking beer can help save independent bookstores

10/04/2021 By Karly Quadros

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

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

Culture

On This Day in Portland Art History...

Autumn is a fruitful time for the arts. Here are some key fall-month high points in Stumptown's history.

09/20/2021 By Conner Reed Illustrations by James Heimer

Books

A New Cultural Atlas Spotlights the Cities of the Upper Left

The story of Portland, Seattle, and San Francisco, told via gorgeously illustrated maps, from two PSU geography professors and their student collaborators.

09/01/2021 By Julia Silverman

Pomo Picks

10 Can't-Miss Shows Coming to Portland This Fall

John Waters, Hasan Minhaj, and Perfume Genius are coming to town—plus, local favorites like the Portland Book Festival and Time-Based Art Festival return.

08/24/2021 By Conner Reed