Multnomah County Library Podcasts (author talks)

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Beloved novelist Tamora Pierce discusses where her ideas come from, where she gets names for her characters, and what books are in store for her readers.

Recorded October 18, 2010

Direct download: 20101018_MCL_TAMORAPIERCE.mp3
Category:Author Talks -- posted at: 4:49pm PDT

Join Wordstock founder Larry Colton and friends for new nonfiction readings by Portland's finest writers of the craft.

Larry Colton, No Ordinary Joes: The Extraordinary True Story of Four Submariners in War and Love and Life (Crown, 2010)

Wendy Burden, Dead End Gene Pool: A Memoir (Gotham, 2010)

Kevin Sampsell, A Common Pornography: A Memoir (Harper Perennial, 2010)

Recorded October 6, 2010

Direct download: 20101006_MCLAuthor_Talks.mp3
Category:Author Talks -- posted at: 10:43am PDT

Every day in the Peace Corps brings a new experience, adventure or lesson. Come listen to journal entries directly from the Peace Corps volunteers who wrote them and pick up your free copy of “A Life Inspired,” a collection of stories written by volunteers (while supplies last). A Peace Corps volunteer who served in Bulgaria will also share her personal experience, answer your questions, and provide tips to guide you through the application process.

About the Panel:
Jenny Ferro
Lesotho, Africa 2002-2006
Primary Education Resource Teacher
Reading: "Peace, Rain, Prosperity"

Vicki Crumpacker
Turkmenistan, Central Asia 2000-2001
Business Advising

Erik Vidstrand
Mauritania, West Africa 1982-1984
Health Extension

http://www.peacecorps.gov

Direct download: 20090714_MCLPeaceCorps.mp3
Category:Author Talks -- posted at: 1:32pm PDT

Central Library hosts readings and presentations commemorating Oregon's late poet .

Featured Participants:


  • Joel Nightingale Berning presents William Stafford as a Minister. Mr. Berning is a third-year Master of Divinity student at Union Theological Seminary in New York City.
  • Kate Gray published her first full-length book of poems, Another Sunset We Survive, in 2007, and was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award.
  • Carlos Reyes is a noted poet, writer and translator whose latest book of poetry, The Book of Shadows; New and Selected Poems, was published in 2009.
  • Penelope Scambly Schott has published several books, including A is for Anne: Mistress Hutchinson Disturbs the Commonwealth, which won the 2008 Oregon Book Award for Poetry.
  • Joseph A. Soldati, host for the program, has published poems and essays. Recent among his published books is Apocalypse Clam.
Direct download: 20100131_MCLWilliamStafford.mp3
Category:Author Talks -- posted at: 5:42pm PDT

Raves about reading Faves @your library. Title Raves: The Great Northwest was an event where people could celebrate their love of reading and local writers. Listen in here for a discussion about who favorite Northwest authors are, what book(s) were read lately and why people liked it.

Leading off the discussion will be a panel of people known around town for their love of reading and books. Sharing their insights about books, writers and writing are:


  • Lono Waiwaiole, whose Wiley crime noir series takes place in Portland
  • Dennis Stovall and Karen Brattain, publishers at PSU’s student-run Ooligan Press
  • Jeff Baker, book editor, The Oregonian


Shared faves with the group -- and the world. Title Raves recommendations are posted on the library’s website.

Direct download: 20090407_MCLTitleRavesGreatNorthwest0.mp3
Category:Author Talks -- posted at: 5:25pm PDT

VoiceCatcher presents prose and poetry from its fourth women writers anthology. The work of six contributing authors will be highlighted. VoiceCatcher's mission is to publish an anthology of Portland-area women's writing reflecting a diversity of voice and genre. They offer a local publishing opportunity that respects, nurtures and promotes local artists.

Web site: http://voicecatcher.org/

Direct download: 20100327_MCLVoiceCatcherAuthorsReading.mp3
Category:Author Talks -- posted at: 4:48pm PDT

Bonnie Jo Campbell’s energy and biting wit make her work both brutal and laugh out-loud funny. All is weird, immediate and raw in Campbell’s stories and poems. Bonnie Jo Campbell’s new story collection, American Salvage, was a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award. She is also the author of the novel Q Road, and the story collection Women & Other Animals. She has won the AWP award for short fiction, the 2008 Eudora Welty fiction prize, and a Pushcart prize, and she was named a Barnes & Noble Great New Writer. The New York Times has called her stories "Bitter but sweetened by humor," and Publisher’s Weekly said Campbell details, "domestic worlds where Martha Stewart would fear to tread."

Presented in partnership with Pacific University's Master of Fine Arts in Writing program.

Direct download: 20100217_MCLWritersTalkingBonnieJoCampbell.mp3
Category:Author Talks -- posted at: 5:04pm PDT

Celebrate Oregon Through Poetry with Liz Nakazawa and Rosemary Lombard

How would you describe Oregon through poetry? Do you have a favorite Oregon poet? Have you written a nature poem about Oregon?  Liz Nakazawa, editor of the anthology "Deer Drink the Moon," read from her book, which features the works of 33 esteemed poets of Oregon. She also invited audience members to share their favorite Oregon nature poems. 

 

 

Direct download: 20091004_MCLDeerDrinktheMoon.mp3
Category:Author Talks -- posted at: 4:41pm PDT

2009 Teen Author Lecture

M.T. Anderson is perhaps best known for his National Book Award and Printz Honor-winning duet, The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation. (Volume 1: The Pox Party and Volume 2: The Kingdom on the Waves.) Feed, his satire on consumerism and the decline of language, is both critically acclaimed and controversial, and has been challenged in many schools, including some here in the Pacific Northwest. He is also the author of several picture books; a vampire novel, Thirsty, published before the current craze; and a series for younger readers, Pals in Peril, (Whales on Stilts, The Clue of the Linoleum Lederhosen, and Jasper Dash and the Flame-Pits of Delaware), which satirizes classic children's adventure books.

Youth Services Director Ellen Fader welcomes the audience, Hillsdale Library Teen Council member Ulysses Duckler introduces Mr. Anderson. Among other topics, Anderson's wide-ranging talk touches on writing as a way to travel through time, how the incessant marketing messages directed at teens attempt to convince them that unless they continue buying, they will always be found wanting, and how a writer's dark vision can be a spur for readers to change a broken world.

Date of Event: October 12, 2009

Target Audience: Teens and Adults

Direct download: 20091012_MCL_MTANDERSONCC.mp3
Category:Author Talks -- posted at: 2:24pm PDT

Three local crafter-writers discuss their writing in the context of the followng questions:  1. How did each of you become crafty authors?  2. What is your best advice for someone who aspires to write a craft book?  3. Name a favorite craft book and/or a local resource for craft supplies.  4. How do you go about searching for interesting craft materials?

Susan Beal is a non-stop crafter and writes the blog, West Coast Crafty. She is the author of Button it Up : 80 Amazing Vintage Button Projects for Necklaces, Bracelets, Embellishments, Housewares & More; Beadsimple : 150 Designs for Earrings, Necklaces, Bracelets, Embellishments, and More :  Essential Techniques for Making Jewelry Just the Way you Want It; and Super Crafty : Over 75 Amazing How-to Projects.  Diane Gilleland is the author of Kanzashi in Bloom : 20 Simple Fold-and-Sew Projects to Wear and Give, and the blog, CraftyPod.  Alicia Paulson is the author of Stitched in Time : Memory-Keeping Projects to Sew and Share and the blog, Posie Gets Cozy.  The audience question and answer period is included.

Direct download: 20090920_MCLWriters_HwdCrafters.mp3
Category:Author Talks -- posted at: 3:12pm PDT