'Comics For Change' Tackles Large Oregon Issues In Mini-Comics

A collection of mini-comics tells the stories of 10 of Oregon's community organizers.

Author Phil Klay, Local Veterans Discuss 'Redeployment' And Returning Home

OPB | March 26, 2014 midnight

Think Out Loud invited veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to join in conversation with author Phil Klay. Together they explored what it meant to return home after war.

A Homecoming, Minus The Nostalgia, In Cole's Unsparing 'Thief'

NPR | March 24, 2014 1:24 p.m.

Teju Cole writes of a young man's return to Nigeria in Every Day Is For The Thief. He says his narrator is "somebody who's been away a long time and doesn't want to pretty up the picture at all."

Author Peter Stark Explores Astoria: The Lost Pacific Empire

OPB | March 19, 2014 midnight

Author Peter Stark recounts John Jacob Astor's audacious but doomed plan to create a commercial fur empire in the Northwest.

Poet Nikki Giovanni's 'Chasing Utopia': On Family, Friendship & Food 

OPB | Feb. 27, 2014 2 p.m.

Nikki Giovanni's latest book, Chasing Utopia, is "a hybrid" collection of short stories, poetry and prose exploring memories of family, friends and food.

Book News: A Q&A With Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet Vijay Seshadri

NPR | April 15, 2014 6:16 a.m.

Also: Willy Blackmore writes about the several identities of his grandfather, John Farrar of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and research on reading comprehension for printed vs. digital books.

Horrors Small And Large Haunt 'Birds'

NPR | April 15, 2014 4:03 a.m.

Something mysterious stalks a shepherdess on a remote British island in Evie Wyld's visceral new novel, All The Birds, Singing. Reviewer Annalisa Quinn calls it "a museum of sinister curiosities."

'Grapes Of Wrath' Is 75, But Its Depictions Of Poverty Are Timeless

NPR | April 14, 2014 6:44 a.m.

John Steinbeck's Dust Bowl story is "about haves and have-nots," says one scholar, "and that story is getting increasingly urgent." The book was first published April 14, 1939.

Kristen Wiig, Alice Munro And Negative Space In Fiction

NPR | April 14, 2014 6:22 a.m.

A new film starring Kristen Wiig adapts an Alice Munro short story, filling in huge swaths of negative space that Munro left. But surprisingly, in telling more of the story, the film loses something.

Book News: 'Captain Underpants' Is 2013's Most Vilified Book

NPR | April 14, 2014 4:19 a.m.

Also: Sue Townsend was writing another Adrian Mole novel at the time of her death; the best books coming out this week.

What 'Life In The New Cuba' Is Really Like

NPR | April 13, 2014 4:03 p.m.

American Julia Cooke documented the ways Cuba has changed since Fidel Castro ceded authority to his brother. During her travels, she says, everything she thought she knew was "blown out of the water."

Jackie Collins' Mob Princess Serves Up A Cookbook You Can't Refuse

NPR | April 12, 2014 10:26 a.m.

Collins' The Lucky Santangelo Cookbook is named for her plucky heroine, the daughter of a former gangster. It's got recipes for linguine and the author's eponymous cocktail — but no health food.

Cursed With Mom Guilt? Charlie Brown Might Cure What Ails You

NPR | April 12, 2014 9:03 a.m.

Whenever writer Yiyun Li feels guilty about her parenting choices, she turns to Peanuts for refuge, holding on to the comforting comic strip as tightly as Linus clutches his security blanket.

Poisoned Cigars And A Painful Chapter In Our History

NPR | April 12, 2014 8:54 a.m.

This week saw celebrations for the anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the reveal of the Zunzeo scandal. Paul Reyes and Ralph Eubanks recommend The Cultural Cold War and We Are Not Afraid.

Poetic Take On Black Boxer Lands Punches With Broad Appeal

NPR | April 11, 2014 7:30 a.m.

Boxing has long laid bare American tensions around race. Artists like Adrian Matejka, whose latest book of poetry is based on the life of Jack Johnson, take the conversation outside the ring.

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Featured: William Stafford Centennial

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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