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OPB’s Family Matters

Sat, Nov 5, 2016 from 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm PDT
1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205

Three conversations on the ties that bind. Charles Bock discusses his new novel Alice and Oliver, a portrait of a young family’s journey through a medical crisis, with OPB’s Anna Griffin; Christopher Rothko on his new book about his father, Mark Rothko: From the Inside Out interviewed by OPB’s Eric Slade; and Rob Spillman on his memoir All Tomorrow’s Parties and growing up like Eloise at the Plaza, but in the concert halls and opera houses of Cold War Europe, and his return to Berlin as a young newlywed immediately after the fall of the wall, in conversation with OPB’s Dave Blanchard.

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Charles Bock

Charles Bock is the author of the novel Beautiful Children, which was a New York Times bestseller and notable book of the year and won the Sue Kaufmann Prize for best first novel from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His fiction and non-fiction has appeared in Harper's, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Slate, as well as in numerous anthologies. His lives with his wife, Leslie Jamison, and his daughter in New York City.
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Christopher Rothko

Christopher Rothko is the second of Mark and Mary Alice Rothko's two children. He attended Yale University, where he received a B.A. in Literature. He holds a Doctorate in Psychology from The University of Michigan. He has worked as a clinical psychologist and has also written for national publications as a classical music critic. He is the editor of his father's book of philosophical writings, The Artist's Reality: Philosophies of Art published in 2004. His new book of essays, Mark Rothko from the Inside Out, was published in 2015 by Yale University Press. Dr. Rothko has helped prepare more than two dozen Rothko exhibitions at museums and galleries around the globe and has lectured on his father's work at institutions such as the National Gallery of Art, Washington; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Getty Museum, Los Angeles; The Hermitage Museum; The Fondation Beyeler, Basel, and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. Dr. Rothko is Chair of the Board of the Rothko Chapel, an ecumenical chapel designed by his father and whose mission is to champion human rights and foster interfaith understanding.
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Anna Griffin

Anna Griffin is the news director for Oregon Public Broadcasting. Before OPB, Anna spent 11 years as a reporter and editor at The Oregonian and 10 years as a reporter at the Charlotte Observer. She served as a 2011-12 Nieman fellow at Harvard University. Anna graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in journalism. She minored in screaming about the college basketball team. When she's not at work, Anna is busy raising her two children and wondering what the concept of "free time" actually means.
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Eric Slade

Eric Slade is an award-winning producer for Oregon Art Beat at Oregon Public Broadcasting. Prior to joining OPB, Eric worked as an independent producer for various OPB programs, including History Detectives, Art Beat and Essential Lens. He also has 15 years of experience as a filmmaker in San Francisco. He produced two feature-length documentaries that won a combined eight Best Documentary awards and a Golden Gate Award from the San Francisco International Film Festival. Eric was born and raised in Portland and earned a bachelor of science from Emerson College in Boston.
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Dave Blanchard

Dave Blanchard is a producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting's daily talk show, Think Out Loud. He came to OPB by way of Seattle's NPR-affiliate station KUOW, where he worked for a number of shows including Weekday, The Conversation, and Speakers' Forum. Dave graduated from Whitman College in Walla, Walla with a degree in philosophy in 2009.
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Rob Spillman

Rob Spillman is editor of Tin House magazine. He was recently awarded the PEN/Nora Magid Award for Editing, as well as CLMP’s Energizer Award for Exceptional Acts of Literary Citizenship, and VIDA’s Vido Award. His writing has appeared in Boston ReviewGQ, The New York Times Book ReviewRolling StoneSports IllustratedVogue, and Worth, among others. His memoir, All Tomorrow’s Parties, was released by Grove Press in 2016, and he is currently a lecturer in Columbia University’s MFA graduate writing program. Visit Rob online at robspillman.com
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