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Portland literati (right, clothed) enjoy fancy appetizers amid classical sculpture (left, nude) at the 2008 Oregon Book Awards, Nov. 10.
Oregon Book Awards:
No shirt? No Shoes? No problem.
Oregon Book Awards
OBA winners
abridged but authoritative history of the written word
Distinguished Writer Award
wailing, dancing back and forth, and rhythmically joggling his right hand
horse-like whinny and a fluttery hand gesture
purple-patterned Native American blanket
wicked-looking eskimo story teller's knife
carved from 100-year-old walrus bone
Queer Portland
Left to right: Authors Jacob Anderson-Minshall, Diane Anderson-Minshall, Beren deMotier, Marc Acito and moderator Ariel Gore.
Queer Portland Panel:
Queer Portland panel.
The Brides of March
Attack of the Theater People
Hip Mama
Latecomers lined the walls and stood in the back of the room for lack of chairs.
d self-censorship the perceived dichotomy between queer-themed literature and the mainstream.
The Brides of March
book deal canceled after she refused to remove explicit homosexual content.
Andre Dubus
Reading from his novel
author Andre Dubus III assumed different dialects when portraying different characters. The experience was not unlike a bedtime story.
Andre Dubus III:
He just happens to be tall and healthy and easy to understand.
Garden of Last Days
House of Sand and Fog
excited to meet two of his own favorite authors, Stewart O'Nan and William Least Heat-Moon.