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Guest Bloggers (360)

Each week invites a new author to be our Guest Blogger. Guests post new blog entries daily, and their featured books are on sale for 30% off the week before and of their tenure.

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  • April 7th - 11th

    Tom Spanbauer

    Tom Spanbauer is a critically acclaimed author and the founder of Dangerous Writing. His novels include I Loved You More, Faraway Places, The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon, In the City of Shy Hunters, and Now Is the Hour. Tom lives, writes, and teaches in Portland, Oregon.

    Most recent: Room to Write (April 11th, 2014)

    Tom Spanbauer is the author of I Loved You More

  • November 11th - 15th

    David and Joe Henry

    David Henry is a screenwriter, and his brother Joe Henry is a songwriter/singer as well as a music producer. Furious Cool is their first book. They are also at work on a screenplay based on Pryor’s life and career.

    Most recent: Why Richard Pryor? Why Us? (November 15th, 2013)

    David and Joe Henry is the author of Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and the World That Made Him

  • October 22nd - November 8th

    Ann Patchett

    Ann Patchett is the author of six novels, including Bel Canto (winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize), and the nonfiction bestsellers What Now? and Truth and Beauty. Her latest book is This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where she is co-owner of Parnassus Books.

    Most recent: The Goldfinch (November 8th, 2013)

    Ann Patchett is the author of This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage

  • October 21st - 25th

    Nathan Williams

    Nathan Williams is the founding editor of Kinfolk magazine and the author of The Kinfolk Table: Recipes for Small Gatherings. He works with a team of photographers, writers, illustrators, and designers in a collaborative effort to encourage a natural approach to entertaining. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

    Most recent: The Kinfolk Table Playlist (October 25th, 2013)

    Nathan Williams is the author of The Kinfolk Table: Recipes for Small Gatherings

  • October 14th - August 28th

    Liz Crain

    Liz Crain is the author of Food Lovers Guide to Portland and Toro Bravo: Stories. Recipes. No Bull. A longtime writer on Pacific Northwest food and drink, her writing has appeared in Cooking Light, Budget Travel, VIA magazine, The Sun magazine, The Progressive, The Guardian, and The Oregonian. She is also an editor and publicity director at Hawthorne Books, as well as co-organizer of the annual Portland Fermentation Festival.

    Most recent: For the Love of Lists (August 28th, 2014)

    Liz Crain is the author of Food Lover's Guide to Portland (2nd edition)

  • October 7th - 11th

    Anthony McCarten

    Anthony McCarten's debut novel, Spinners, won international acclaim and was followed by The English Harem, the award-winning Death of a Superhero, and Show of Hands. He has also written 12 stage plays, including the worldwide success Ladies' Night, and is a filmmaker. Brilliance is his new book.

    Most recent: An Interview with the Author, Part Four (October 11th, 2013)

    Anthony McCarten is the author of Brilliance

  • September 16th - 20th

    Poe Ballantine

    Poe Ballantine currently lives in Chadron, Nebraska. In addition to garnering numerous Pushcart and O. Henry nominations, Ballantine’s work has been included in The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Essays anthologies. His new book is Love and Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere.

    Most recent: Run for the Hills (September 20th, 2013)

    Poe Ballantine is the author of Love and Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere

  • July 22nd - 26th

    Evelyn McDonnell

    Evelyn McDonnell has written or coedited six books, including Mamarama: A Memoir of Sex, Kids and Rock 'n Roll, Rent, and Rock She Wrote: Women Write about Rock, Pop and Rap. Queens of Noise: The Real Story of the Runaways is her latest book.

    Most recent: The Crisis (July 26th, 2013)

    Evelyn McDonnell is the author of Queens of Noise: The Real Story of the Runaways

  • July 15th - 19th

    Adelle Waldman

    Adelle Waldman is the author of The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. A graduate of Brown University and Columbia University's journalism school, she is a freelance journalist and book reviewer. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

    Most recent: A Trip to Portland; or, The Long and Convoluted Story of How My Novel Came to Be: Part Five (July 19th, 2013)

    Adelle Waldman is the author of The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.

  • June 24th - 28th

    Sheila Heti

    Sheila Heti is the author of several books of fiction, including The Middle Stories and Ticknor; and an essay collection written with Misha Glouberman, The Chairs Are Where the People Go. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Bookforum, McSweeney's, n+1, and the Guardian. How Should a Person Be? is her latest book.

    Most recent: Advice Column, Part Five: Sarah Manguso (June 28th, 2013)

    Sheila Heti is the author of How Should a Person Be?

  • June 17th - 20th

    Jami Attenberg

    Jami Attenberg is the author of a story collection, Instant Love, and three novels, The Kept Man, The Melting Season, and, most recently, The Middlesteins, which was nominated for the L.A. Times Book Prize for Fiction. She has contributed essays and criticism to the the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Salon, and many other publications.

    Most recent: Book People (June 20th, 2013)

    Jami Attenberg is the author of The Middlesteins

  • June 10th - 14th

    Wendy Jehanara Tremayne

    Wendy Tremayne was a creative director in New York City before moving to New Mexico, where she built an off-the-grid oasis with her partner, Mikey Sklar. She is the founder of the textile repurposing event Swap-O-Rama-Rama, a conceptual artist, a yogi, a gardener, and a writer. The Good Life Lab is her first book.

    Most recent: They Had a Broken Keyboard; I Bought a Broken Keyboard: Thrift, the New Museum (June 14th, 2013)

    Wendy Jehanara Tremayne is the author of The Good Life Lab: Radical Experiments in Hands-On Living

  • June 3rd - 7th

    Yvette van Boven

    Yvette van Boven is a freelance food stylist and recipe writer and runs a restaurant and catering business with her cousin in Amsterdam. She also illustrates books and magazines. She is the author of the critically acclaimed Home Made and Home Made Winter. Home Made Summer is her latest book.

    Most recent: My Summer Dinner, Part Five: Little Rhubarb Cobblers (June 7th, 2013)

    Yvette van Boven is the author of Home Made Summer

  • May 13th - 17th

    Samuel Sattin

    Samuel Sattin's work has appeared in Salon magazine, The Good Men Project, io9, and Kotaku, and he has been cited in the New Yorker. He is a contributing editor at The Weeklings and author of the debut novel League of Somebodies.

    Most recent: The Sadness of Stooges (May 17th, 2013)

    Samuel Sattin is the author of League of Somebodies

  • May 6th - December 5th

    Benjamin Percy

    Benjamin Percy has won a Whiting Writers' Award, a Plimpton Prize, two Pushcart Prizes, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. He is the author of the novels Red Moon and The Wilding, and two short story collections.

    Most recent: Benjamin Percy: What I'm Giving (December 5th, 2013)

    Benjamin Percy is the author of Red Moon

  • April 29th - December 2nd

    Roman Krznaric

    Roman Krznaric is an Australian cultural thinker and cofounder of The School of Life in London. This post is based on his new book, How Should We Live? Great Ideas from the Past for Everyday Life.

    Most recent: Six Life Lessons from Leo Tolstoy (December 2nd, 2013)

    Roman Krznaric is the author of How to Find Fulfilling Work (School of Life)

  • April 22nd - 26th

    John-Paul Flintoff

    John-Paul Flintoff is an author, broadcaster, and journalist. He has written several books, including Sew Your Own, in which he investigated sweatshops and global resource shortages. He lives in London. How to Change the World is his latest book.

    Most recent: How to Change the World (April 26th, 2013)

    John-Paul Flintoff is the author of How to Change the World (School of Life)

  • April 15th - November 21st

    Monica Drake

    Monica Drake is the author of Clown Girl, winner of an Eric Hoffer Award and an "IPPY" (Independent Publishers Award), and The Stud Book. She has an MFA from the University of Arizona and is currently a faculty member at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, where she is department chair of the newly launched BFA in Writing, a program that blends visual and written arts.

    Most recent: Our Roving Literary Rave (November 21st, 2013)

    Monica Drake is the author of The Stud Book

  • April 8th - 12th

    Becky Ohlsen

    Becky Ohlsen is a freelance writer and critic living in Portland, Oregon. She has written guidebooks to Sweden and the Pacific Northwest as well as reviewed books, film, food, and drink for various publications. Walking Portland is her latest book.

    Most recent: Road Trips and Aimlessness (April 12th, 2013)

    Becky Ohlsen is the author of Walking Portland: 30 Tours of Stumptown's Funky Neighborhoods, Historic Landmarks, Park Trails, Farmers Markets, and Brewpubs (Walking)

  • April 1st - 5th

    Jay Ponteri

    Jay Ponteri directs the undergraduate creative writing program at Marylhurst University and Show: Tell, the Workshop for Teen Writers and Artists. He is the founding editor of both the online literary magazine M Review and HABIT Books. Wedlocked: A Memoir is his first book.

    Most recent: Invasion in the Blue Room! (April 5th, 2013)

    Jay Ponteri is the author of Wedlocked: A Memoir

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