Arts & Life

Portland's Pander Brothers Go Dark With 'Girlfiend'

OPB | April 08, 2015

Their new graphic novel tells the story of a bright-eyed young vampire in Seattle who falls for a mere mortal. Find out more about their collaborative process and see a slideshow of their work.

'Spinster' Celebrates The Single Ladies

NPR | April 19, 2015

Writer Kate Bolick says that, growing up, she just assumed she'd get married some day — but it hasn't happened. Her new book looks at five women who upend traditional assumptions about women's lives.

Jon Krakauer Tells A 'Depressingly Typical' Story Of College Town Rapes

NPR | April 19, 2015

Krakauer's Missoula looks at stories of women who have been sexually assaulted by people they know. He says rape is unlike other crimes because in other crimes, "the victim isn't assumed to be lying."

More Books

Meet The Finalists: Ken Kesey Award For Fiction

OPB | April 10, 2015 8:49 a.m.

The Oregon Book Awards will be given out on Monday. State of Wonder talks with the five finalists for the Ken Kesey Award for Fiction.

State of Wonder

Welcome to Geronimo Johnson's 'Braggsville'

OPB | March 6, 2015 6:55 p.m.

The writer on staff at OSU Cascades' Low-Residency MFA program is getting raves for his second novel. He talks with us about race in his stories, on his decision to dig into street theater, and more.

State of Wonder

Illustrator Carson Ellis Crafts An Image of Home

OPB | Feb. 19, 2015 7:52 p.m.

The celebrated artist behind the Wildwood books and The Decemberists’s album covers releases her first children’s book. It’s called “Home,” which is where we visited her.

State of Wonder

Miranda July Novel Embraces Awkward

OPB | Jan. 23, 2015 2:38 p.m.

July's "The First Bad Man" explores intimacy, motherhood, sex, and self-defense.

Books | Arts | Entertainment

Yoda? Is It Thou? Figure In 14th-Century Manuscript Looks Familiar

NPR | April 18, 2015 12:26 p.m.

A long time ago, in a place far away, a manuscript was created with an enigmatic figure who looks a great deal like a certain little — and yet powerful — green guy from the Star Wars films.

Books | Arts | World

'Orhan's Inheritance' Is The Weight Of History

NPR | April 18, 2015 7:59 a.m.

Aline Ohanesian's debut novel attempts to make sense of the events of 100 years ago, when the Ottoman Empire began forcing Armenians out of their homes in Turkey, leaving more than a million dead.

Nation | Books | Elections | Food | World

#NPRreads: From The Hell Of The North To 'Trash' Food

NPR | April 17, 2015 11:38 a.m.

We highlight a 160-mile cycling race, reminiscences of an interview with the Oklahoma City bomber, the Finnish prison system, the nuclear deal with Iran, and the meaning of calling someone "trash."

Books | Arts

'All The Rage' Has All The Despair, And All The Confusion, Too

NPR | April 15, 2015 7:03 a.m.

Courtney Summers' new YA novel centers on a girl who was raped at a party, and the community that mostly doesn't believe her. Critic Tasha Robinson says the book's portrait of trauma packs a punch.

Business | Books | Arts | World | Economy

From Horses To High-Rises: An Insider 'Unmasks' China's Economic Rise

NPR | April 15, 2015 5:11 a.m.

Over the past 25 years, former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson watched China turn into the world's second largest economy. He explains what could halt the country's massive growth.

Books | Arts

'The Fishermen' Ventures Into Dark Waters

NPR | April 15, 2015 4 a.m.

Chigozie Obioma's novel follows a group of young boys who disobey their elders to spend afternoons fishing on the banks of an unlucky river, and the terrible consequences that flow from that choice.

Books | Arts

'The Children's Crusade': A Heavily Plotted Family Saga To Dive Into And Savor

NPR | April 14, 2015 11:29 a.m.

Ann Packer's latest is about a young Navy doctor who, after the Korean War, builds a house south of San Francisco. Fifty years later, his four adult children argue over the property's fate.

Books | Arts

'Cold Silver' Drags Epic Fantasy Through The Mud, Wonderfully

NPR | April 14, 2015 7:15 a.m.

Alex Marshall — rumored to be the pseudonym of a big-name fantasy author — creates a memorable heroine in Cobalt Zosia, a retired general who's drawn back into blood and struggle against her will.

Books | Arts

'Gutshot' Is Gloriously Grand Guignol

NPR | April 14, 2015 4:03 a.m.

Amelia Gray's new story collection is brimming with gore, guts, madness and deviance. Reviewer Colin Dwyer says Gray is reclaiming a place in literature for our bloody, clumsy, inconvenient bodies.

Books | Arts

Take It From David Brooks: Career Success 'Doesn't Make You Happy'

NPR | April 13, 2015 2:40 p.m.

The New York Times columnist wrote The Road to Character after seeing the gratitude for life of people who tutor immigrants. He thought, "I've achieved career success ... but I haven't achieved that."