A 'Lasciviously LA' Lunch With Crime Novelist James Ellroy

Ellroy's new novel, Perfidia, follows the Los Angeles police response to a brutal murder on the eve of Pearl Harbor. In a vintage steakhouse, the author discusses the book and his tech-free lifestyle.

Horton Meets A ... Who? Introducing The Kwuggerbug, From Seuss' 'Lost Stories'

NPR | Sept. 08, 2014 6:41 a.m.

Seuss died in 1991, but a new collection of his lesser-known work comes this week. Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories includes four tales Seuss originally wrote as magazine columns.

If These Shorts Could Talk ... New Book Tells 'Worn Stories'

NPR | Aug. 30, 2014 9:33 a.m.

In her new collection Worn Stories, Emily Spivack compiles odes to beloved pieces of clothing, written by celebrities and fashionistas.

Portland Booster Of Writers Marks 30 Years

AP | Sept. 05, 2014 8:15 a.m.

Calvin Trillin, Elizabeth Gilbert and local poet Zach Schomburg are among those scheduled to appear at a birthday bash Literary Arts is throwing for itself as it marks its 30th anniversary.

Nuclear 'Command And Control': A History Of False Alarms And Near Catastrophes

NPR | Aug. 11, 2014 12:33 p.m.

Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation, spent six years researching America's nuclear weapons. In Command and Control, he details explosions, false attack alerts and accidentally dropped bombs.

A Different Kind Of Conan: 'The Legend Of Bold Riley'

OPB | July 31, 2014 midnight

Portland-based author and graphic artist Leia Weathington brings a fresh perspective and a wide range of artists to the epic adventure genre in her graphic novel series The Legend of Bold Riley.

On 'Tomlinson Hill,' Journalist Seeks Truth And Reconciliation

NPR | July 21, 2014 1:36 p.m.

Chris Tomlinson covered conflict, including apartheid in Africa, for 11 years. Then the great, great grandson of Texas slaveholders realized he needed to write a book about his family's history.

The Monstrous And The Beautiful Dance In 'White Van'

NPR |Sept. 16, 2014 4:03 a.m.

Musician John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats tries his hand at fiction in Wolf in White Van, the story of a disfigured genius who creates an immersive roleplaying game set in an imagined world.

Book News: Agent Denies That Oscar Pistorius Is Writing A Memoir

NPR |Sept. 15, 2014 6:46 a.m.

Also: writers ask Amazon's board to end battle with Hachette; notable books coming out this week.

In The Quest To Make A Difference, 'A Path Appears'

NPR |Sept. 14, 2014 10:22 a.m.

Everyone wants to "make a difference" but the question is: how? Journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn set out to find the answer in their new book, A Path Appears.

Sprinting Toward Epiphany: Talking With A Songwriter Turned Novelist

NPR |Sept. 14, 2014 8:56 a.m.

"It's sort of like comparing making a fire and building a house," says John Darnielle.

A Fresh Take On Dystopia In 'Chimpanzee'

NPR |Sept. 14, 2014 2:29 a.m.

Dystopian literature usually focuses on global ills — climate change, GMO food, nuclear war. But Darin Bradley's new novel takes off from an economic collapse and the plight of student-loan debtors.

In Margaret Atwood's Latest, The Past Is Powerfully Present

NPR |Sept. 13, 2014 3:39 p.m.

Her new collection, Stone Mattress, features characters still shaped by events in their youth. She's also working on a project that's all about the future: a book that won't be read for a century.

Wendy Davis Tells Of Her Own Difficult Abortions In 'Forgetting'

NPR |Sept. 13, 2014 9:47 a.m.

A champion of abortion rights, the Texas gubernatorial candidate reveals she terminated two of her pregnancies — once because her life was endangered.

The 'Witch With No Name' Rides Into The Sunset, In Style

NPR |Sept. 13, 2014 7:03 a.m.

Kim Harrison bids farewell to her long-running Hollows series of urban fantasies in spectacular fashion; reviewer Amal El-Mohtar calls Witch "a rollercoaster ride of interlocking shenanigans."

'The Dog': Dubious Dealings In Dubai

NPR |Sept. 13, 2014 2:36 a.m.

There are no winners in Joseph O'Neill's new novel The Dog, just a long downward spiral into stalemate as the nameless narrator flees a bad breakup and gets mired in shady financial dealings in Dubai.

As Independence Vote Approaches, A Spirited Novel About The Scottish Experience

NPR |Sept. 12, 2014 5:12 p.m.

Next week the people of Scotland vote on whether to become independent from the U.K. Author Marie Mutsuki Mockett recommends a book that illuminates the Scottish psyche, Iain Banks' The Crow Road.

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This year, Oregon's award-winning poet laureate William Stafford would have turned 100. We explore his life and the impact he had across the state and genre.

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