State By State, a "wonderful...beguiling" collection (Publishers Weekly, starred review) of 50 original essays, resurrects a landmark effort from the 1930s when the Federal Writers' Project commissioned America's best authors "to describe America to Americans." What do we talk about when we talk about our states?
Why are we so excited about State by State? Is it because this is a truly kick-ass book that every American (and everyone else, as well) should be — and, we predict, soon will be — hungrily devouring?
Or because we liked the book so much we had to go and make a film about it?
Or both of the above and then some?
But don't just take our word for it — check out Carolyn Kellogg's piece in the Los Angeles Times!
Whatever the reason, you should join us next Monday, September 22nd, along with Live Wire's Courtenay Hameister, State by State editor Sean Wilsey, author Daphne Beal, and other special guests at a one-night-only Portland screening of our 35-minute film about the book, which stars 19 of its contributors — Anthony Bourdain, Susan Orlean, David Rakoff, Alison Bechdel, and others. (Click here to read more about the event!)
And, hey, why not make it a whole weekend? On Saturday night, State by State will be the focus of the next Live Wire!, an independently produced radio variety show recorded in front of a live audience at the Aladdin Theater and broadcast on Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB). Special guests include co-editor Sean Wilsey and our own, esteemed Dave Weich (producer of the film), who will be joined by three of the book's contributing authors: Carrie Brownstein (NPR blogger and former member of Sleater-Kinney), Daphne Beal (In the Land of No Right Angles), and Lydia Millet (How the Dead Dream).
If you aren't excited yet... you aren't paying attention!
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