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Award-Worthy Books

OPB | Broadcast: Oct. 5, 2011

In anticipation of next week's announcement of the National Book Award finalists right here on TOL we want to know from you: what have you read this year that you think is award-worthy.

Patrick deWitt and "The Sisters Brothers"

OPB | Broadcast: Sept. 23, 2011

Local author Patrick deWitt has been short-listed for Britain's prestigious Man Booker Prize. We'll talk to him about his craft.

Vanessa Veselka's "Zazen"

OPB | Broadcast: June 23, 2011

Portland author Vanessa Veselka's debut novel Zazen offers a bleak but not quite hopeless look at a dystopian world eerily similar to our own.

Northwest Passages: Ellen Waterston

OPB | Broadcast: June 2, 2011

Through her life and her writing, Ellen Waterston captures change in Central Oregon.

Karl Marlantes, 3 Decades Spent On Debut Novel About Vietnam

OPB | Broadcast: May 12, 2011

Seaside native Karl Marlantes spent 30 years writing "Matterhorn," his bestselling novel about the Vietnam war. He served as a Marine in Vietnam.

Northwest Passages: Susan Mach

OPB | Broadcast: April 29, 2011

Playwright Susan Mach won an Oregon Book Award this week for her story about an 1874 kidnapping, The Lost Boy.

Northwest Passages: Graham Salisbury

OPB | Broadcast: April 29, 2011

In this next installment of Northwest Passages we'll speak with Graham Salisbury, a five time winner of an Oregon Book Award.

Rebroadcast: William Kittredge

OPB | Broadcast: March 24, 2011

A rebroadcast of our conversation with William Kittredge.

Northwest Passages: Chelsea Cain

OPB | Broadcast: March 16, 2011

Commune child turned murder mystery writer Chelsea Cain on TOL.

Northwest Passages: Lynn Schooler

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 24, 2011

Acclaimed Alaskan writer Lynn Schooler talks about what he's lost and gained in the wilderness.

Northwest Passages: Elyse Fenton

OPB | Broadcast: Jan. 27, 2011

Poet Elyse Fenton is next in our continuing series of conversations with Northwest writers.

Staff Pick: Brian Doyle

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 30, 2010

Moments to remember with writer Brian Doyle.

Northwest Passages: William Kittredge

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 23, 2010

Emily speaks with iconic Western writer William Kittredge.

Northwest Passages: Lauren Kessler

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 24, 2010

Lauren Kessler writes non-fiction because she's way too interested in real people to make them up.

Northwest Passages: Charles Johnson

OPB | Broadcast: Oct. 29, 2010

MacArthur Fellow and Seattle writer Charles Johnson, on the interconnectedness of everything.

Northwest Passages: Brian Doyle

OPB | Broadcast: Sept. 30, 2010

First time novelist Brian Doyle sings a song of Oregon in Mink River.

Northwest Passages: William Gibson

OPB | Broadcast: Sept. 14, 2010

Legendary sci-fi writer William Gibson's latest book is Zero History. He lives in Vancouver, BC.

Northwest Passages: Jean Auel

OPB | Broadcast: Sept. 9, 2010

Jean Auel wrote her bestselling novel The Clan of the Cave Bear thirty years ago. Her series imagining prehistoric human stories continues with a coming sixth book.

Northwest Passages: Diane Hammond

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 17, 2010

Oregon author Diane Hammond on her life and novels.

Live from Enterprise: Fishtrap

OPB | Broadcast: July 21, 2010

Eastern Oregon authors Bette Husted and Pamela Steele on place, class, teaching, and the Fishtrap writers gathering.