Oregon Book Award Finalists Announced

Ursula K. Le Guin, Mary Szybist, Joe Sacco and Craig Thompson among nominees.


Arts & Books
The finalists for the 27th annual Oregon Book Awards have just been announced, and it's looking like the highest profile competition may be in the poetry section this year. The full list of nominees is at the bottom of this post. The fiction competition contains a mix of authors tough to put in the same category. The collected short fiction of esteemed science fiction writer Ursula K. ...   More
Monday, January 6, 2014 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Iconic Portland Author Ursula K. Le Guin Talks Anarchy With The Paris Review

Sci-fi writer joins Faulkner and T.S. Eliot as "Art of Fiction" interviewee.


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The Paris Review's "The Art of Fiction" interviews are a ridiculous treasure trove—long-form interviews about the craft of writing conducted with some of the greatest authors of the past 60 years, usually American. Interview subjects in the past couple years have included Jonathan Franzen and Ann Beattie; flip the calendar back a few decades and you find Ernest Hemingway, Vladimir Nabokov, Ralph ...   More
Monday, December 9, 2013 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

The Left Hand of Darkness (Hand2Mouth Theatre/Portland Playhouse)

Androgynous aliens in a world of blue AstroTurf.

When Portland author Ursula K. Le Guin wrote The Left Hand of Darkness in 1969, she imagined it as a thought experiment. What would a world be like, she asked, where humans spent most of their liv   More
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Degender Bender

44 years after publication, Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness still feels radical—and now it has become a play.

In 1969, gender was a fixed concept. The world didn’t know Boy George, David Bowie or Annie Lennox. There were no how-to websites for pursuing ambiguous gender expression. Jeffrey Eugenides hadn   More
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Top 10 Local Books From 2011

Portland is a city of writers and readers. It’s sometimes overwhelming how much talent we’ve got crammed into this town. To wrap up 2011, I thought I’d offer a list of 10 very notable titles   More
Wednesday, December 28, 2011 MARIANNA HANE WILES

Vote: Is Tom Bissell Really Portland's Best Writer?

bissell at home

Arts & Books
A healthy debate is percolating in response to my profile of Tom Bissell, bandying whether he really is the finest writer in Portland. I contend he is. (Commenter Dan Felder sagely notes that Bissell is a Guggenheim Fellow; he's using the estimated $43,000 prize to finish his apostle-tomb book Bones That Shine Like Fire.) But there are lots of alternatives; as soon as I handed Bissell those laurels, ...   More
Thursday, September 22, 2011 by Aaron Mesh


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