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The Archive Project - Julia Alvarez


On this episode of Literary Arts: The Archive Project, Dominican-American author Julia Alvarez reflects on her dual childhood in the Dominican Republic and in the United States.

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OPB | Broadcast: June 3, 2020

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The Archive Project - Eavan Boland

OPB | Broadcast: May 27, 2020

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The Archive Project - Terrence McNally

OPB | Broadcast: May 6, 2020

On this episode of "Literary Arts: The Archive Project," we remember renowned playwright Terrence McNally who died of complications from COVID-19 in March 2020. In this talk, McNally discusses his career in theatre and the crucial artistic inspiration and support he received along the way.   

The Archive Project - Lit Crawl 2019

OPB | Broadcast: March 11, 2020

On this episode of "Literary Arts: The Archive Project," we listen to highlights from select events at Portland’s 2019 Lit Crawl, featuring poetry and fiction readings shared by a collection of voices.  

The Archive Project - Susan Orlean

OPB | Broadcast: March 4, 2020

On this episode of "Literary Arts: The Archive Project," journalist and bestselling author, Susan Orlean, talks about what topics spark her interest and her process of writing "The Library Book."

The Archive Project - Min Jin Lee

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 26, 2020

On this episode of "Literary Art: The Archive Project," novelist Min Jin Lee speaks on her writing craft and personal journey to publishing the best-sellers "Pachinko" and "Free Food for Millionaires."  

The Archive Project - Scene of the Crime: Portland Thrillers

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 19, 2020

On this episode of "Literary Arts: The Archive Project," Portland-based authors Rene Denfeld & Phillip Margolin discuss writing thrillers and their most recent novels at the 2019 Portland Book Festival. 

The Archive Project - V.S. Naipaul

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 12, 2020

On this episode of "Literary Arts: The Archive Project," Nobel Prize-winning author, V. S. Naipaul, shares and contextualizes selections from India: A Million Mutinies Now in this event from 1991. 

The Archive Project - Dangerous Love

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 5, 2020

On this episode of "Literary Arts: The Archive Project," Diannely Antigua, Jericho Brown, and Malcolm Tariq discuss the power of poetry and the individual experience at the 2019 Portland Book Festival.

The Archive Project - Elaine May

OPB | Broadcast: Jan. 29, 2020

On this episode of "Literary Arts: The Archive Project," esteemed actor, comedian, director, playwright, and screenwriter, Elaine May, shares insights on the art of writing comedy in this talk from 1997. 

The Archive Project - Tommy Orange

OPB | Broadcast: Jan. 22, 2020

This episode of "Literary Arts: The Archive Project," features author Tommy Orange. He discusses his writing career and acclaimed debut novel, "There There," in an interview at the 2019 Sun Valley Writers’ Conference. 

The Archive Project - Elizabeth McCracken, Karl Marlantes and Daniel Jose Older

OPB | Broadcast: Jan. 15, 2020

This episode of "Literary Arts: The Archive Project," authors Karl Marlantes, Elizabeth McCracken, and Daniel José Older discuss their works in conversation at the 2019 Portland Book Festival.  

The Archive Project - Robert Bly

OPB | Broadcast: Jan. 8, 2020

This week on "Literary Arts: The Archive Project," Robert Bly --  groundbreaking poet, editor, and translator -- shares his poetry in this recording from 2006.  

The Archive Project - Casey Cep and Lara Prescott

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 18, 2019

This episode of "Literary Arts: The Archive Project," features authors Casey Cep and Laura Prescott. They discuss their classic lit-inspired books with moderator Pamela Paul at the 2019 Portland Book Festival.

The Archive Project - Malcolm Gladwell 2019

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 11, 2019

On this episode of "Literary Arts: The Archive Project," bestselling author, New Yorker staffer, and renowned podcast producer, Malcolm Gladwell, discusses his latest book, "Talking to Strangers". 

The Archive Project - Amor Towles

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 4, 2019

On this episode of "Literary Arts: The Archive Project," Amor Towles discusses his celebrated second novel, "A Gentleman in Moscow," with this lecture that explores the historical inspiration for the story and setting.

The Archive Project - Ta-Nehisi Coates 2019

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 27, 2019

On this episode of "The Archive Project," National Book Award-winning writer Ta-Nehisi Coates discusses his debut novel, "The Water Dancer," in an onstage conversation with Renée Watson.  

The Archive Project - George Packer 2019

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 20, 2019

This episode of "Literary Arts: The Archive Project," The Atlantic staff writer George Packer shares from and discusses his recent biography, "Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century."

The Archive Project - Margaret Atwood with Omar El Akkad

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 13, 2019

This episode of "Literary Arts: The Archive Project," features Margaret Atwood, acclaimed novelist, poet, literary critic, and activist in conversation with award-winning journalist and novelist Omar El Akkad.

The Archive Project - David Wolman & Julian Smith

OPB | Broadcast: June 5, 2019

On this episode of "Literary Arts: The Archive Project," David Wolman and Julian Smith discuss their book, "Aloha Rodeo," which spotlights Hawaiian cowboys and a hidden gem from Western America’s history.


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