Renowned Writers Come to Portland State for "Authors Month" in February
Author: Angela D. Abel, Office of Marketing and Communications (503-725-3773)
Posted: February 7, 2006

Portland State University’s Literary Alliance presents Authors Month, bringing nationally renowned authors to campus for readings and book signings from their latest works.

The readings are free and open to the public and will be followed by a hosted reception. Each event takes place in the Smith Memorial Student Union, Vanport Room 338 (1825 SW Broadway). For more information, contact Peggy Savage at 503-725-9528 or The Literary Alliance is a collaboration between Portland State University’s Department of English, Friends of blaise_mukherjee.jpgEnglish, the Literary Arts Council and the Center for Excellence in Writing.

Bharati Mukherjee and Clark Blaise, Wednesday, February 8, 2006, 7:30 p.m.
Bharati Mukherjee, award winning author of The Middleman and Other Stories, appears jointly with her husband, Canadian novelist Clark Blaise. The author of several books of fiction, Mukherjee is considered to be one of the most important American writers of the late 20th century. Blaise is the author of 20 books, including fiction, non-fiction and several collections of short stories. His most recent biography is Time Lord: Sir Sanford Fleming and the Creation of Standard Time.

Klam.jpgMatt Klam, Wednesday, February 15, 2006, 7:30 p.m.
Matt Klam, named one of the 20 best young fiction writers in America by The New Yorker, is the author of Sam the Cat and Other Stories. His work has been featured in The New Yorker, Harper's, Allure, GQ, The Washington Post Magazine and The New York Times Magazine, where he is a contributing writer.



Melissa Bank, Wednesday, February 22, 2006, 6:30 p.m.
Melissa Bank, author of the bestselling novel A Girl’s Guide to Hunting and Fishing, will read from her new novel, The Wonder Spot, a series of interconnected stories chronicling the bittersweet misadventures of a middle child. Winner of the 1993 Nelson Algren Award for short fiction, Bank has published stories in The North American Review, Zoetrope, Ascent and Other Voices.


Tom Spanbauer, PLEASE NOTE: Mr. Spanbauer's reading has been moved to May 15, 2006.

This reading will kick off a book tour for his new novel Now Is the Hour (Houghton Mifflin), coming out May 15, 2006. This is an advance sale opportunity for readers to get a signed copy of the book, a story of self-awakening, the complex bonds of family and ultimately of America during a period of tremendous upheaval. Spanbauer is the author of Faraway Places and In the City of Shy Hunters. His novel, The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon, was winner of the 1992 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award for best fiction.

This is the first year that Portland State has presented Authors Month. The series began Wednesday, February 1, with a reading by Leerom Medovoi, Department of English faculty, from his new book Rebels: Youth and the Cold War Origins of Identity.

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Peggy Savage (503-725-9528)
Portland State University Literary Alliance

For Immediate Release (#06-022)