“The desire to work has to be fierce.” In conversation with Peyton Marshall

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I had a wonderful time interviewing Peyton Marshall about her book, Goodhouse, about the writing process, and about staying sane throughout the cycles of a book. Here’s a passage that I think paints well the constant contrast between beauty and violence in the book: I went silent then, feeling as if I had invoked some … continue reading »

Dog-Eared & Dispatched

Dog-Eared and Dispatched: Nov. 23, 2014

Welcome to this week’s reckoning with the world of literary culture. We take a look at the National Book Awards, the Apple settlement, and whether ebook subscription services will last. Read on! Ursula K. Le Guin | Photo copyright Marian Wood Kolisch As you have probably heard by now, Phil Klay has won this year’s … continue reading »

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Kate Gray’s Carry the Sky


Welcome to the November 2014 episode of Late Night Debut. This month’s episode features Kate Gray’s debut novel, Carry the Sky, from Forest Avenue Press. “Carry the Sky is full of unforgettable characters and images, each word carefully chosen, like a perfect fold in a paper crane, creating a graceful neck, strong tail, and mighty wings, perched on the edge of the … continue reading »

“Whose baby child are you?” In conversation with Breena Clarke

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Russell’s Knob, the village he brought her to, was secreted. It was a hide, a hush-up, a keep-quiet-about spot, a conceal-and-bottle-up sanctuary, a curtain, a disguise, a dissemble place. The homesteads that formed it were laid so that they were encountered singly—knots along a string. If one homestead was set upon, folk could fall back … continue reading »

Dog-Eared & Dispatched

Dog-Eared & Dispatched: November 16, 2014

Portland didn’t have a blizzard this week and, in other non-news, Hachette and Amazon have a contract. Also in this week’s rundown of book culture: we a take a look at the Marketplace Fairness Act and top level domains (not as fun as they sound), with award notices galore in the footnotes. Read on, read … continue reading »