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Hawthorne Books, 2013 reviewed by Allie Angelo Monica Wesolowska’s debut memoir, Holding Silvan: A Brief Life, takes readers on a brutally honest and bittersweet journey as she recounts the birth, short life, and finally the death of her first son, Silvan. While this poignent story opens with the joy of being a new mother—the amazement of

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July 15, 2013

The Laurie Weeks Microinterview

Laurie Weeks finds a muse in the forgotten and unusual, from alchemy to notes written between teenage girls. Her debut novel Zipper Mouth  reflects this multifarious landscape of influence, coming together in a compilation of fragments—ranting letters to Judy Davis and Sylvia Plath, an unrequited fixation on a straight best friend, exalted nightclub epiphanies, devastating morning-after

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November 25, 2012

The Alan Heathcock Microinterview

This month two Portland writers join forces to take on a formidable group of short stories that Publishers Weekly notes “pursues modern American prairie characters through some serious Old Testament muck”:  Alan Heathcock’s  Volt, published last year by  Graywolf Press . Robert Olmstead calls this debut collection “heart-filling and breath-stopping,” and praises its “achingly spare yet mysteriously

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September 25, 2012

The Keetje Kuipers Microinterview

The August edition of Late Night Library’s flagship series features novelist Cai Emmons and poet Dorianne Laux, who met in Portland this summer to discuss Keetje Kuipers’ debut collection of poems, Beautiful in the Mouth. Winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize, Beautiful in the Mouth was published in 2010 by  BOA Editions. Through close readings, Emmons and Laux look

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August 25, 2012

The Lysley Tenorio Microinterview

This month on Late Night Debut New York City-based poet Sam Ross and novelist  Evan P. Schneider  in Portland take on Monstress,  Lysley Tenorio ’s acclaimed debut collection of short stories published by  Ecco , an imprint of HarperCollins. Evan and Sam read “L’amour, CA,” looking at the various forms identity takes in Tenorio’s stories, as

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July 25, 2012

The Daniel Orozco Microinterview

May’s episode of Late Night Debut features co-hosts J. T. Bushnell and Jordan Hartt discussing about Daniel Orozco’s short story collection, Orientation. Orozco’s debut “brings hope for the return of serious short-form storytelling,” says writer Yiyun Li. “Orozco has both the relentlessness and the compassion of a truly great writer.”  We caught up with Daniel, who generously answered

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May 25, 2012

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