The Portland lit community and Monica Drake’s The Folly of Loving Life

The other night (on Leap Day!) I headed to Powell’s City of Books here in Portland for the release of Monica Drake’s already-lauded new book — her first story collection — The Folly of Loving Life. I love Monica’s work, her two novels and the wonderful essays she publishes, and she also happens to be a … More The Portland lit community and Monica Drake’s The Folly of Loving Life

Ellen Urbani celebrates Landfall at Powell’s, and a bunch of Portland writers hug each other

Last night, I attended the Portland celebration of Ellen Urbani‘s new novel, Landfall, at the Powell’s downtown. Ellen has been getting a lot of much-deserved positive attention for this beautiful, important novel (full disclosure: I blurbed it, but only because I loved it so much), so I knew the turnout would be big, and when … More Ellen Urbani celebrates Landfall at Powell’s, and a bunch of Portland writers hug each other