episode 19: Amanda Bullock talks Wordstock and books – so many books

It’s Wordstock season in Portland, the time of year when book lovers extrovert for a day, leave the safety of their reading nooks to gather around authors all over the park blocks in downtown Portland. Amanda Bullock, Director of Public Programs at Literary Arts, joined us to talk about what goes into putting on this major holiday for book lovers. We probed for juicy stories of writers behaving badly, talked about stalking chefs, and got the lowdown on all the books we’ll be reading in the coming year. We’ve moved away from the exhaustive list, but here are some of the books Amanda mentioned that have delighted, moved, awed, or otherwise gut punched her in the last little while.

Sing, Unburied, Sing – Jesmyn Ward
Wait Till You See Me Dance – Deb Olin Unferth
The Dark Stories – Samantha Hunt
My Misspent Youth – Meghan Daum
Animals Strike Curious Poses – Elena Passarello
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI – David Grann
We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy – Ta-Nehisi Coates
On Immunity: An Inoculation – Eula Biss
Flings: Stories – Justin Taylor
Against Everything: Essays – Mark Greif
The Answers: A Novel – Catherine Lacey
Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel – George Saunders
Everything is Flammable – Gabrielle Bell


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