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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.

You'll Be Caught Fast By This Delightful 'Fly Trap'

NPR | June 02, 2015

Fredrik Sjöberg's wry memoir celebrates the beauty of limitations, tiny wonders and intense focus; in Sjöberg's case, a focus on the hoverflies he studies on his home island of Runmarö in Sweden.

'Ghosts' Is An Eerie, Edgy Tale Of Perception And Possession

NPR | June 02, 2015

Paul Tremblay's new novel is, on the surface, a story about a book about a reality show about a real-life event, but reviewer Jason Heller says it becomes an "unsettling conversation about the truth."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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A Century After His Birth, Saul Bellow's Prose Still Sparkles

NPR | June 1, 2015 9:39 a.m.

Bellow's centennial is being marked with reprints and a new biography. Today, critics still savor his metaphor-rich prose; his son remembers the personal pain the great writer caused.

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Rich Housewives Go Under The Microscope In 'Primates Of Park Avenue'

NPR | May 31, 2015 3:20 p.m.

In her new book, social researcher Wednesday Martin examines the sometimes puzzling culture of motherhood in that most exotic of locales — Manhattan's Upper East Side.

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North Korean Defector Reflects On Life 'Under The Same Sky'

NPR | May 30, 2015 3:07 p.m.

In his new memoir, Joseph Kim tells the harrowing tale of his journey from being homeless on the streets of North Korea to a college student in America.

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'Like An Avalanche': Otis Redding's Unstoppable Crossover

NPR | May 30, 2015 3:07 p.m.

"He had an underground kind of appeal that built on itself," says biographer Mark Ribowsky.

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How Bad Risotto Led To A House 'Full Of Yogis': A Critic's Childhood Story

NPR | May 30, 2015 8:14 a.m.

When Will Hodgkinson was a kid, his father, a journalist, was hit with a bad case of food poisoning. Over the long recovery period, he rethought his life — and decided to join the Brahma Kumaris.

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#NPRreads: Diversity In The Legal Profession

NPR | May 29, 2015 12:49 p.m.

We also have stories on the need for female rock critics and on the Soul Patrol, a group of police officers in Boston who patrolled areas like Roxbury in the 1970s.

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#NPRreads: Social Concern And The Drought In California

NPR | May 29, 2015 10:59 a.m.

Also this week, a profile of plus-sized model Tess Holliday, algorithms in plain(ish) English, and suicide clusters in Palo Alto, Calif.

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#NPRreads: Losing A Loved One To Cancer

NPR | May 29, 2015 10:59 a.m.

Also this week, IUDs in Colorado, kinky hair and ideas of beauty, and the fate of Dixie.

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'Trigger Mortis': New Bond Novel Brings Back Pussy Galore

NPR | May 28, 2015 2:37 p.m.

For author Anthony Horowitz, the book is a return to the "true" James Bond. This means an unpublished scene from Ian Fleming himself — and a long-delayed reunion with a franchise favorite.

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'The Water Knife' Cuts Deep

NPR | May 28, 2015 12:29 p.m.

Equal parts thriller and alarm call, Paolo Bacigalupi's new novel depicts a future America ravaged by drought. Reviewer Jason Heller says Bacigalupi keeps the plot taut and the dialogue slashing.