” The Enchanted is narrated by a nameless, omniscient death row inmate, who sees far and wide and deep as well. Through him we learn the stories that led the inmates to prison, as well as the unbearable reality that is prison. ‘The cell coagulates with an acrid smell that the boy doesn’t know but instantly recognizes. …
Oooh, I just love a good holiday gift guide! So after I helped put one together for Queen Anne Book Company, I surfed the websites of the independent bookstores of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association and found MORE. Take a browse. You might even want to share your favorite lists because not everyone is lucky …
On a college trip to England, I wandered off by myself to explore a small town. I wanted to find a bookstore, and I wanted to find a very specific book. It was not a book I had ever seen, yet I thought it must exist. As I entered a secondhand and antiquarian bookstore, I …
We’re pleased to introduce Amber James as a contributing editor to NWBL. James is a freelance all-star and part-time Powell’s cashier who’s been a volunteer for PNBA for several years. Lately, she’s been helping us out with social media. Our Portland readers can meet Amber tomorrow (Saturday the 25th) at Powell’s 41st Anniversary Block Party (music, authors, …
“Portlander Vanessa Veselka has written a phenomenal debut novel that kicks ass and takes names. Zazen (which is set in an slightly alternate universe, but is still wonderfully and satirically recognizable as Portland) is a brilliant, moving, maddening, punk-rock novel that will give you fury and hope.”— Jill Owens, Powells.com. Buy Zazen from Powell’s.
“As Damascus, Mohr's third novel, is set in a bar, the comparisons to Charles Bukowski are inevitable. However, Mohr's worldview is far less caustic than Bukowski's. He gives readers a novel that pulls off the nearly impossible feat of breaking their hearts while lifting their souls and finds a lust for life in characters that …
We were intrigued when we found out that Indigo Editing Senior Editor (and NWBL contributor!) Kristin Thiel has a story in the new collection Men Undressed: Women Writers and the Male Sexual Experience. The anthology’s editors asked women to explore sexuality from a male point of view—to engage in “fictional cross-dressing” that, as the press materials for the …