This Saturday, “State of Wonder” will record three live shows at Literary Arts’ Wordstock, Portland’s Book Festival, with authors Tom Perotta, the creators of “Welcome to Nightvale,” Chuck Klosterman, Katie Kitamura and more. We’d love to see you there.
- Tom Perrotta — Few living authors have been as successful on the page and the screen as Tom Perrotta. His best-selling novels “Election” and “Little Children” were both adapted into Academy Award-nominated films, and his book “The Leftovers” was adapted into an award-winning HBO series. Perrotta’s latest novel, “Mrs. Fletcher,” follows a mother’s sexual awakening following her son’s departure for college.
- Jeffrey Cranor and Joseph Fink — The creators of the hit podcast “Welcome To Night Vale,” a fictional radio show about a small town full of strange happenings (imagine Lake Wobegon meets “Twin Peaks”). The two just released their second spinoff novel, “It Devours!”
- Morgan Parker and Tommy Pico — Two poets and friends behind two of the most anticipated collections of the year. Morgan Parker wrote an ode to Beyoncé (“There are More Beautiful Things than Beyoncé”) that is really an ode to black women everywhere, and Tommy Pico wrote a “Nature Poem” that is anything but the nature poem you might expect to read. They co-host a much-beloved reading series in New York called Poets with Attitude, and that’s exactly what they’ll be bringing to our Wordstock stage.
- Chuck Klosterman — In his latest book, “Chuck Klosterman X: A Highly Specific, Defiantly Incomplete History of the Early 21st Century,” the prolific music and culture writer tackles subjects from KISS to Kobe Bryant, Taylor Swift to Tim Tebow, with his unique incisiveness and wit.
- Katie Kitamura — The “New Yorker” hailed Katie Kitamura as “visionary” and wrote that, in her new novel, “A Separation,” “she has made consciousness her territory. The book is all mind, and an observant, taut, astringent mind it is.” The novel follows a literary translator as she searches Greece for her missing husband.
- Hannah Tinti — Hannah Tinti is one of those gloriously creative writers whose plots sparkle with suspense and emotion. Her new novel, “The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley,” tells a coming-of-age story about a daughter, her father, and his criminal past. Ann Patchett called it “one part Quentin Tarantino, one part Scheherazade, and twelve parts wild innovation.”