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Tom Spanbauer Honored With Literary Arts Award

OPB | April 14, 2015

The Portland author and creator of Dangerous Writing won The Oregon Book Award for lifetime achievement.

Portland Musician Turns To Prose With New Memoir

OPB | Jan. 27, 2015

TUESDAY: Singer-songwriter Nick Jaina's memoir "Get It While You Can" is a meditation on fear, freedom, heartbreak, and what it means to be a successful artist. 

David Shields and Caleb Powell Disagree

OPB | Jan. 20, 2015

TUESDAY: The writers David Shields and Caleb Powell spent a weekend arguing with each other and then turned their quarrel into a book: "I Think You're Totally Wrong."

Author James McBride On Manhood, Family, And Abolitionist John Brown

OPB | Jan. 01, 2015

THURSDAY: We're listening back to our conversation with author and National Book Award winner James McBride.

Listening Back To The William Stafford Centennial

OPB | Dec. 25, 2014

THURSDAY: For our Christmas day rebroadcast, we bring you the show we recorded on January 17 this year, the day that would have been the 100th birthday of the late poet laureate.

Author Tom Spanbauer On Real Life With HIV

OPB | Dec. 01, 2014

MONDAY: Tom Spanbauer has written fiction about people who live with HIV, but he joins us today to talk about how he's dealt with the disease himself since 1988.

Joshua Wolf Shenk On Creative Collaboration

OPB | Nov. 27, 2014

THURSDAY: Shenk's new book "Powers of Two" analyzes how creativity and innovation work in partnership. 

Gary Ferguson Talks About "The Carry Home"

OPB | Nov. 25, 2014

TUESDAY: After his wife died in a canoeing accident, Gary Ferguson found solace and healing in the wilderness.

Ursula K. Le Guin Draws Spotlight At National Book Awards

OPB | Nov. 20, 2014

THURSDAY: The legendary Northwest author delivered an impassioned speech last night at the National Book Awards, where she received the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

"Lowriders In Space" Is A Unique Graphic Novel For Kids

OPB | Nov. 04, 2014

TUESDAY: "Lowriders In Space" follows the interstellar adventures of mechanic Lupe Impala and her sidekicks El Chavo Flapjack Octopus and Elirio Malaria.

Charles D'Ambrosio Talks About Writing, Family, And Faith

OPB | Nov. 03, 2014

MONDAY: Charles D'Ambrosio's new collection of essays is called Loitering.

David Wolman On "Epic" Story Of Pipino, Gentleman Thief

OPB | Oct. 30, 2014

THURSDAY: Portland writer David Woman tells us about a new magazine focused on long-form, true stories, and about the piece he co-authored for it — about a successful Italian thief.

Leon Panetta Takes Issue With Obama In "Worthy Fights"

OPB | Oct. 24, 2014

FRIDAY: We catch up with former U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta to talk about some of the issues in his new memoir.

Atul Gawande Talks About "Being Mortal"

OPB | Oct. 21, 2014

TUESDAY: Surgeon and author Atul Gawande joins us at OPB with an audience to talk about his new book, "Being Mortal."

James McBride's "The Good Lord Bird" Reimagines Abolitionist History

OPB | Oct. 16, 2014

THURSDAY: James McBride's novel "The Good Lord Bird"  is a darkly humorous dramatization of the story of fiery abolitionist John Brown. Reserve your free tickets here.

Author David Mitchell Discusses Language, Autism, And Mortality

OPB | Oct. 13, 2014

MONDAY: David Mitchell discusses his work, his writing influences, parenting a child who has autism, growing up with a stammer, and the spiritual themes that inform his work.

Peyton Marshall Imagines A Chilling Future In "Goodhouse"

OPB | Sept. 30, 2014

TUESDAY: In her debut novel "Goodhouse," Portland writer Peyton Marshall imagines a world where boys with certain genetic markers for violent tendencies are sent to prison-like boarding schools to learn "right-thinking."

Joshua Wolf Shenk Looks At The Power Of Creative Pairs

OPB | Sept. 24, 2014

WEDNESDAY: Shenk's new book "Powers of Two" analyzes how creativity and innovation work in partnership.

Possible Changes Ahead For The Oregon Youth Authority

OPB | Sept. 17, 2014

WEDNESDAY: Lawmakers heard a report this week about a possible reorganization of the state's youth correction system.

Calvin Trillin Talks About Politics And Family At Literary Arts

OPB | Sept. 08, 2014

MONDAY: Calvin Trillin was the first speaker in the Literary Arts lecture series 30 years ago. He joins us today to talk about his writing career.