“In Counternarratives, John Keene undertakes a kind of literary
counterarchaeology, a series of fictions that challenge our notion of what
constitutes “real” or “accurate” history. His writing is at turns
playful and erudite, lyric and coldly diagnostic, but always compl...
"Cheston Knapp’s Up Up, Down Down has the uncanny, welcome ability to
make so-called mainstream or dominant culture—white, masculinist,
Christian, frat boy, and so on—appear newly strange, and newly open to
analysis. He has the eye and ear of an anthropologist, a joyousl...
Host Ken Jones talks with Natalie Singer, author of the new memoir
California Calling: A Self-Interrogation, published by Portland’s Hawthorne
Press. Natalie’s work has been published in a number of journals,
magazines, and newspapers, including Literary Mama, the Washingto...
Host Ken Jones talks with James Anderson, author of the new novel Lullaby
Road, and actor and activist Cosme Skywalker Duarte. James is a native of
the Pacific Northwest, born in Seattle, raised in Portland, and a graduate of
Reed College. He founded Breitenbush Books, a pu...
Host Ken Jones talks with Bradley K. Rosen, author of the novel Bunkie
Spills, which chronicles one very long and eventful day in the life of a
group of Los Angeles teenagers in 1976. The book was selected as a Powell’s
Bookstore Staff Top Five Pick for 2017.
Mark Nepo moved and inspired readers and seekers all over the world with his
#1 New York Timesbestseller The Book of Awakening. Beloved as a poet,
teacher, and storyteller, Mark has been called "one of the finest spiritual
guides of our time," "a consummate storyteller," a...
On the Colorado Plateau between slot canyons and rattlesnakes, Jenny
Forrester grew up with her mother and brother in a single-wide trailer
proudly displaying an American flag. Forrester’s powerfully eloquent story
reveals a rural small town comprising God-fearing Republica...
A self-defined misfit makes a powerful case for not fitting in—for
recognizing the beauty, and difficulty, in forging an original path.
A misfit is a person who missed fitting in, a person who fits in badly, or
this: a person who is poorly adapted to new situations and envi...