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OPB’s State of Wonder

National Book Award finalist Rabih Alamedinne’s The Angel of History is a portrait of Jacob, a Yemeni-born poet, as he revisits the events of his life in Cairo, Beirut, Sana’a, Stockholm, and San Francisco. In Maria Semple’s hilarious new novel Today Will Be Different, Eleanor Flood faces her former and present self as her life starts to go seriously awry over the course of one day. Alexander Chee discusses his novel The Queen of the Night, about one woman’s rise from circus rider to courtesan to world-renowned diva, and is joined by singers from the Portland Opera.

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Rabih Alameddine

Rabih Alameddine is the author of the short story collection The Perv and the novels KoolaidsI, The DivineThe Hakawati; and An Unnecessary Woman, which was a National Book Award Finalist. He divides his time between San Francisco and Beirut. The Angel of History is his most recent novel.
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Alexander Chee

Alexander Chee is a novelist and essayist and an associate professor of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College. He is a contributing editor at The New Republic, an editor at large at The Virginia Quarterly Review, and a critic at large at The Los Angeles Times. He has written the books How to Write an Autobiographical Novel, The Queen of the Night, and Edinburgh.
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Maria Semple

Maria Semple is the author of This One Is Mine and Where'd You Go, Bernadette, which has been translated into eighteen languages. She lives in Seattle.
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April Baer

April Baer hosts the weekly radio arts show, "State of Wonder," at Oregon Public Broadcasting, covering how art is made and consumed. Prior to this assignment, she worked as a reporter and was the local host of "Morning Edition" at OPB. Before coming to OPB in 2004, she worked as a studio engineer, host, reporter and occasional music host at several stations in Ohio. She earned a degree in communications from Ohio State University. April grew up in the Midwest and now lives in Portland.
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Aaron Scott

Aaron Scott is a producer/reporter for the outdoor program “Oregon Field Guide,” where he pursues stories that illuminate cutting-edge science and the natural wonders of the world around us. Previously, he produced OPB’s radio arts show, “State of Wonder,” and his cross-platform reporting for OPB, NPR, "Radiolab," and "This American Life," has won Gracie, Murrow, SPJ, and Mark Twain awards.  Before joining OPB, Aaron was a senior editor at “Portland Monthly,” where he orchestrated the magazine's arts coverage and wrote narrative features. He has master's degrees in journalism and science writing from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and a bachelor’s in religious studies from Grinnell College. He split his childhood between the mountains of Colorado and the valleys of Oregon and, prior to journalism, spent a number of polyphonic years directing publicity for the band Pink Martini.
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