Hotseat: Bad Religion Singer Greg Graffin

The Bad Religion singer explains why Paul McCartney is a nihilist.

Greg Graffin has been singing—or yelling—for decades about a lot of the ideas in his new book, Population Wars: A New Perspective on Competition and Coexistence (Thomas Dunne Books, 320 pages, $27   More
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 CASEY JARMAN

Best Portland Words

Best of Portland
Best Robot Overlord  If you want to escape an evil robot trying to kill you, head for uneven ground and always run toward the sun. The lowered contrast from the glare might just glitch out the a   More
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 WW Culture Staff

2015 Oregon Book Awards Winners Announced

Cari Luna, Emily Kendal Frey, Alex Tizon pick up prizes.


Arts & Books
Female writers dominated the fiction, drama and poetry categories in the 2015 Oregon Book Awards, handed out in a ceremony at Portland's Gerding Theater last night. Women picked up five of six prizes in those categories, including all five awarded by judges. Meanwhile, men took away both nonfiction awards. Debut novelist Cari Luna won arguably the highest profile prize, the Ken Kesey Award ...   More
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Best Thing I Read

Favorite books read in 2014 by some of our favorite local writers.

The Wilds by Julia Elliott: a very well-written book of short stories that are creepy and weird in the good way. In the title story, a girl wearing a homemade crown of bird skulls tells of getti   More
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 WW Culture Staff

Portland Fall Book Picks

Fall Arts
James Ellroy James Ellroy’s novels inhabit a nostalgic zone, where women are dames and cops throw back whiskey to take the edge off after a day at a grisly crime scene. His “L.A. Quartet”��   More
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 PENELOPE BASS

Headout: Wordstock Panel Picker

Which 2013 Wordstock panels should you attend?

Click on image for a larger version!ILLUSTRATION: Heather BlackGO: The Wordstock Festival writers’ panels are at the Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., wordstockfesti   More
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

TechfestNW Dispatches: Andy Merkin, Guillermo del Toro and the Future of Stories

The Future of Books. Maybe.


Arts & Books
In the smaller of two stages at Techfest NW, Musicfest NW's little-sister technology festival in which smart people talk about what they do and love, an audience of mostly techies gathered to attend a discussion by Mirada Studios' Andy Merkin. Mirada Studios, if you didn't know, is the studio founded by filmmaker Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth), a hellaciously inventive visual storyteller ...   More
Friday, September 6, 2013 JOE DONOVAN

Lunch Pail Tales

Adult story time, with sandwiches.

Don’t worry, there aren’t any beanbag chairs, and these books of stories don’t have any pretty pictures. Lunch Pail Tales: A Story Hour for Grown-ups is exactly what it sounds like: an adult   More
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 MITCH LILLIE

Judyth Vary Baker, Me & Lee

Love means never having to say you shot the president.

As the 50th anniversary of the John F. Kennedy assassination nears, in 2013, two out of three Americans still believe Lee Harvey Oswald did not act alone in murdering the president. Judyth Vary    More
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 MATT BUCKINGHAM

Readings Go Rock 'n' Roll

A Q&A with the creators of This! Fest.


Arts & Books
Sellwood's the Woods will host This! Fest, a new literature and music festival, this Friday and Saturday, Sept. 9-10, with readings from more than 26 prominent Portland writers and 18 musical performances. (Read more about the festival in this week's Headout.)Jeremy Hadley, the festival's official organizer, says the idea was spawned by himself and three friends: Wilson Vediner (of local band Point ...   More
Wednesday, September 7, 2011 by Maggie Summers


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