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State of Wonder at Wordstock

Sat, Nov 11, 2017 from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm PST
1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205

Katie Kitamura’s newest work reads like Daphne DuMaurier for the 21stcentury. The author and art critic talks to us about estrangements driving her gripping exploration of human connection, A Separation. And Hannah Tinti tells about crafting the dark family history that became her lest book, The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley. How much do we know about our parents? How much can we bear to know? The Washington Post calls it “a master class of literary suspense.” Also we meet the celebrated pop critic Chuck Klosterman (But What If We’re Wrong?, Chuck Klosterman X), who decides and recodes everything from Taylor Swift to Kobe Bryant, Stephen Malkmus to Lou Reed. We’ll check in on his new essay collection. With OPB’s April Baer and OPB’s Aaron Scott.

Katie Kitamura

Katie Kitamura is a critic and novelist living in New York City. She is the author of Gone to the Forest and The Longshot, both of which were finalists for the New York Public Library's Young Lions Fiction Award. A recipient of a Lannan Residency Fellowship, Kitamura has written for The New York TimesThe GuardianGranta, BOMB, Triple Canopy and is a regular contributor to Frieze. Her most recent novel is A Separation.
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Hannah Tinti

Hannah Tinti grew up in Salem, Massachusetts. Her short story collection Animal Crackers was a runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway Award. Her bestselling novel The Good Thief won the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and an American Library Association Alex Award, and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Her most recent book is The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley. Tinti is the co-founder and executive editor of the award-winning literary magazine One Story.
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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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