Text and Image in Portland

If you define literature as book-shaped text only, Portland isn’t high up on the list of US destinations known for their literary production. Storytelling, however, can take many forms in and across many media. Portland’s comic book and zine communities are great examples of making and celebrating artwork that combines visual and textual elements into a unified whole.
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Sherman Alexie: The Absolutely True Diary of A Part-Time Indian

During my week in Seattle, Sherman Alexie was everywhere: He was mentioned during a city tour, recommended at the library, named as one of the contributors to the annual collection What to Read in the Rain by BFI, and I was just one week late to see him read from his new book at Hugo House, a memoir about his recently deceased mother called You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me. Sherman Alexie: The Absolutely True Diary of A Part-Time Indian weiterlesen

A Literary Portrait of Seattle

Before arriving in Seattle, notions of the Pacific Northwest as rainy and gray prevailed, the perfect setting for the evolution of Grunge in the nineties. Contrary to these expectations, I was met with A Literary Portrait of Seattle weiterlesen

Tracing „A Tale For The Time Being“ on Cortes Island

A Tale for The Time Being (Canongate, 2013) is a book about connections – between and in spite of people, time, and place. The story is set in motion when Ruth, who lives on Cortes, one of the Discovery Islands at the northern end of Georgia Strait, finds a mysterious piece of flotsam Tracing „A Tale For The Time Being“ on Cortes Island weiterlesen

Verses Festival of Words 2017: A Visitor’s Perspective

Since I couldn’t get in touch with the festival organizers or participants, this article is about my personal impressions of Verses 2017. For more information, visit the festival’s website or the interviews here and here.

„Hi, I’m A, and I use they/them pronouns.“ They wave into the group of people sitting on wooden cinema chairs in the backroom of Havana Café. The person beside them continues. “I’m B, hello. She/her.” She looks to her right. “C. They/them.” The round continues until the about twenty participants have introduced themselves. Verses Festival of Words 2017: A Visitor’s Perspective weiterlesen

Story Layers: Tracing Minority Histories in British Columbia

Places are always more than what meets the eye; the stories of previous and current inhabitants are inscribed in them. These stories can be visualized and perpetuated in many different ways: Murals, street signs, and plaques inform and interpret on site, and the number of websites and apps to enhance your visit technologically is increasing. While they often only tell the story of the dominant group at the time, there are initiatives dedicated to amplify the voices behind minority histories. Story Layers: Tracing Minority Histories in British Columbia weiterlesen