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OPB At Wordstock: The Schedule


OPB hosts a number of events on Saturday, Nov. 7 at Literary Art’s Wordstock. For more info on all events at the book festival, head to the official event calendar


Fields Ballroom

10 a.m. — OPB Presents Simon Winchester
Simon Winchester, author of “The Professor and the Madman,” discusses his new book, “Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World’s Superpowers,” with Morning Edition Host Geoff Norcross.
More info here.

11 a.m. — Think Out Loud with Wendell Pierce
Think Out Loud Host Dave Miller interviews actor Wendell Pierce — known for his work on “The Wire,” “Selma” and “Treme” — about his memoir “The Wind in the Reeds: A Storm, A Play, and the City That Would Not Be Broken,” where Pierce returns to rebuild his family home in post–Hurricane Katrina New Orleans. 
More info here.

12 p.m. — State of Wonder — LIVE!
State of Wonder broadcasts live from Wordstock, featuring Portland Author Ursula K. Le Guin — discussing her most recent work, “Steering the Craft” —  musicians Patterson Hood, Willy Vlautin and  Michael Hurley, and a reading by Patrick deWitt from his new novel “Undermajordomo Minor.”
More info here.

1 p.m. — Oregon Art Beat
Oregon Art Beat Host Katrina Sarson speaks with Brian Doyle about his newest novel, “Martin Marten.” She also speaks with Colin Meloy, author of the “Wildwood” series and frontman for the Decemberists, Lauren Redniss author of “Thunder & Lightning,” and author Cat Winterson on her new novel, “The Uninvited.”
More info here.

2 p.m. — Think Out Loud: Food and Flavor
Mark Schatzker discusses his new book, “The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth About Food and Flavor” with Think Out Loud‘s Dave Miller.

Miller also speaks with some of Portland’s top chefs, Bonnie Morales from Kachka, Priscilla Umeda from Sur La Table Cooking Classes and Chris Carriker from Bluehour Restaurant about the city’s culinary landscape. 
More info here.

3 p.m. — OPB Mix
Weekend Edition’s John Sepulvado hosts a two-hour variety show.

  • Jared Walker, opbmusic, hosts an interview and performance with singer-songwriter Laura Gibson
  • Julie Sabatier, Think Out Loud, interviews authors David Banis and Hunter Shobe on modern cartography in their book, “Portlandness: A Cultural Atlas.
  • Conrad Wilson, OPB News, interviews Alicia Jo Rabins on her new book, “Divinity School.” 
  • Kate Davidson, All Things Considered, interviews Marie Mutsuki Mockett on “Where the Dead Pause and the Japanese Say Goodbye: A Journey”
  • John Sepulvado, Weekend Edition, interviews Renée Watson on her young adult novel, “This Side of Home.”

More info here.

5 p.m. — State of Wonder 
State of Wonder sits down with Portland authors Chelsea Cain, Monica Drake, Suzy Vitello, and Lidia Yuknavitch. They also present “The Meloy Family Hour” with The Decembertists frontman and author of the “Wildwood” series Colin Meloy, his wife Carson Ellis — illustrator of the “Wildwood” series — and author of “The After-Room” and Colin’s sister, Maile Meloy.
More info here.
 

First Congregational United Church of Christ

5 p.m. — OPB’s Think Out Loud with John Irving
Dave Miller interviews John Irving on his new novel, “Avenue of Mysteries.” The best-selling author of many beloved novels, including “The World According to Garp,” “A Prayer for Owen Meany,” and “The Cider House Rules.”
More info here.
 

McMenamins Stage at the Whitsell Auditorium

2 p.m. — Tin House Presents Unexpected Family: Finding Home
In a conversation moderated by OPB’s Allison Frost, Kathleen Alcott, Mary Gaitskill and Claire Vaye Watkins discuss the ad hoc families in their new novels, and finding comfort in unexpected places.
More info here.

OPB Pop-Up Stage

The OPB pop-up stage will play host to a revolving cast of bite-sized interviews with some of our very favorite Wordstock authors. Stop by to hear from writers like Jesse Eisenberg, Diana Nyad, and Patterson Hood, or drop in to tell your own story! We’ll be asking audience members about their favorite books, authors, and literary moments. Answers will air on OPB throughout the month!

11:35 - 11:50 a.m. — Katrina Sarson, Oregon Art Beat, interviews Lauren Redniss, author of “Thunder & Lightning: Weather Past, Present, Future.”

1:10 - 1:25 p.m. — Jerad Walker, opbmusic, interviews Patterson Hood, co-founder of the band Drive-By Truckers.

1:30 - 1:45 p.m. — April Baer, State of Wonder, interviews Sandra Cisneros, author of “The House on Mango Street.”

2:15 - 2:30 p.m. — Julie Sabatier, Think Out Loud, interviews Cathy Camper, author of “Lowriders in Space.”

2:45 - 3:00 p.m. — Katrina Sarson interviews Diana Nyad, author of “Find A Way.”

3:20 - 3:40 p.m. — Aaron Scott, State of Wonder, interviews Jesse Eisenberg, actor and author of “Bream Gives Me Hiccups.”

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