Late Night Conversation, hosted by Lidia Yuknavitch
Tonight our featured guest is Tom Spanbauer in conversation with guest host, Lidia Yuknavitch. Tom’s latest novel I Loved You More was recently published by Hawthorne Books. Other titles by Tom Spanbauer include Faraway Places, The Man Who Fell In Love With The Moon, and Now Is The Hour.
Lidia Yuknavitch is a Portland-based author with titles available from Hawthorne Books. Lidia’s books include The Chronology of Water: A Memoir and the novel Dora: A Headcase. She cohosted an Act 2 segment of Late Night Debut with author Vanessa Veselka in January, 2013.
Lidia’s conversation with Tom was recorded at Literary Arts in downtown Portland. The mission of Literary Arts is to engage readers, support writers, and inspire the next generation with great literature.
Win a copy of the novel I Loved You More by listening to tonight’s episode and being the first listener to correctly answer the following question: What did Tom call the book that his mother found while he was working a shift as a bus boy at the Holiday Inn?
Tom Spanbauer grew up on a farm twelve miles outside Pocatello, Idaho. He attended St. Joseph’s Catholic School and Highland High School. In 1969, he received his BA in English Literature from Idaho State University. Tom served two years in the Peace Corps in Kenya, East Africa. He returned to Idaho until 1978, when he decided he needed to get out of that state. He moved to New Hampshire, then Vermont, then Key West, Florida. In 1988, Tom studied at Columbia University while waiting tables at Café Un Deux Trois and Odeon and being a super of five buildings on East Fifth Street. In 1988, he received his MFA from Columbia in Fiction. In 1991, Tom settled in Portland, Oregon where he teaches Dangerous Writing in the basement of his house. Forty (more or less forty—-he’s lost count) of his students have published novels and/or memoirs. His novels includeFaraway Places, The Man Who Fell In Love With The Moon, In The City Of Shy Hunters, andNow Is The Hour.
Lidia Yuknavitch is the author of The Chronology of Water: A Memoir and three works of short fiction: Her Other Mouths, Liberty’s Excess, and Real to Reel, as well as a book of literary criticism, Allegories of Violence. Her work has appeared in Ms., The Iowa Review,Exquisite Corpse, Another Chicago Magazine, Fiction International, Zyzzyva, and elsewhere. Her book Real to Reel was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award and she is the recipient of awards and fellowships from Poets and Writers and Literary Arts, Inc. The Chronology of Water won the Oregon Book Award Reader’s Choice 2012 and the PNBA Award 2012. Her work appears in the anthologies Life As We Show It, Forms At War,Wreckage of Reason. She teaches writing, literature, film, and women’s studies in Oregon.