The Oregonian, Bookmarks: Tin House, PSU, Amy Stewart, Leni Zumas, Junot Diaz, World Book Night
Author: David Santen, Office of University Communications, Portland State University
Posted: April 16, 2012
by Jeff Baker, The Oregonian • April 13, 2012

Amy Stewart is the first Tin House writer-in-residence at Portland State University.

Stewart is the author of several popular books on the natural world, including "Wicked Bugs," "Wicked Plants" and "Flower Confidential."

She's already on campus and, according to her blog, is auditing a drawing class and a class on the French Revolution and is eavesdropping on amusing conversations about kombucha in local coffee shops.

Stewart is teaching a nonfiction workshop at PSU and is living in an apartment provided by Tin House near its Northwest Portland offices. A public appearance is scheduled for May 11 at the First Unitarian Church.

The writer-in-residence program is one of several partnerships between Tin House and PSU. This term, Charles D'Ambrosio is teaching an intensive master class on Anthony Doerr that will culminate in a public reading and interview on May 18. Doerr lives in Boise and is a regular instructor at the Tin House Writers' Workshop, as is D'Ambrosio.

Tin House Books is about to publish "The Listeners," the first novel by Leni Zumas, who joined the PSU English department last fall.

More literary news from Portland State: Junot Diaz, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao," will speak at the 48th annual Nina Mae Kellogg Awards Ceremony at 5:30 p.m. April 30. The ceremony honors award winners in Portland State's English department. Diaz, a native of the Dominican Republic, teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His previous book is "Drown," a collection of short stories.

And more from Tin House: The literary magazine is celebrating the release of its science issue with a science fair. The evening will include readings by Zumas and others, music from Pure Bathing Culture and White Hinterland, experiments, vintage films and more.

8 p.m. Wednesday, Holocene, 1001 S.E. Morrison St.

World Book Night is one week away. On April 23, thousands of volunteers around the country will deliver hundreds of thousands of free books to those who don't normally have access to books. The event began in Britain last year and is expected to spread to more countries in the future.

Thirty books were chosen for delivery, among them "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian" by Seattle author Sherman Alexie, and "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot.

The Multnomah County Library and several local bookstores are participating in World Book Night.

--Jeff Baker, on Twitter