1. “Hot weather opens the skull of a city, exposing its white brain, and its heart of nerves, which sizzle like the wires inside a lightbulb. And there exudes a sour extra-human smell that makes the very stone seem flesh-alive, webbed and pulsing.”

    ― Truman Capote, Summer Crossing: http://powells.us/153KMwI

     

  2. "Let’s face it — intimacy is terrifying."

    Author Sheila Heti is using her time as a guest-blogger at Powells.com to ask advice from fellow authors. Today, she talks to Susan Swan: http://powells.us/14q2JTD

     
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  4. Rebecca Lee is here signing copies of Bobcat!

    We think this will be the best book of short stories you read this year. (Seriously, do yourself a favor and get a copy: http://powells.us/136aRrG)

     

  5. "Despite modern sensitivities, experience tells me most sons are still birthed solely to be thrown into a lifelong cage fight with their fathers.

    Blame it on nature if you will, this exercise in testosterone management, this cruel Darwinian doctrine impelling one generation of angry, imperfect males to give birth to another generation of angrier, even more imperfect males. Considering Oedipal tradition, I happen to believe all this happens to keep the entire globe from going up in flames on a biweekly basis. My father in particular — largely by fault of the modern day Sparta referred to by most Americans as Massachusetts — was never able to integrate his bellicose New England credos* into suburban Colorado, where he and my mother had decided to make their home. But me, on the other hand, that was another story. I was fair game. Even though I never competed in sports, the man had named me after a Patriots Running Back. For all that is sacred, I didn’t stand a chance.”

    Read the rest of Samuel Sattin’s post on the Powells.com blog: http://powells.us/126i36W

    *Roughly: fuck you for looking at anyone or anything without utter indignation.

     
  6. Our latest Indiespensable author is here signing books!

    Read an interview with Anthony Marra about the book that made several Powell’s staffers cry (no small feat) on our blog: http://powells.us/11xvdcH

     
  7. Join us at Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing tomorrow, April 17, at 7pm for an evening with seven YA authors, including Leigh Bardugo, Mindee Arnett, Ingrid Paulson, Sarah Fine, Kody Keplinger, Kristin Halbrook, and Lisa Desrochers.

    More details here: http://powells.us/110APMp

     

  8. Five books related to the young adults in your life, and the issues they care about:


    Does Jesus Really Love Me?: A Gay Christian’s Pilgrimage in Search of God in America by Jeff Chu
    This is one of the most important books I’ve read recently. It’s about being gay and Christian in America, by one of the most intelligent, sensitive, unflinching, and gifted writers around. It gets to the heart of one of the most difficult conversations we need to have in this country about sexual identity and faith — a topic that is a huge concern to so many of the college students I meet around the U.S., and to me, too.

    Feed by M. T. Anderson
    If you have not read this novel, you are depriving yourself of one of the most chilling portraits of the potential negative effects of technology and its relationship to consumer culture ever written. It is more than a must. It’s practically prophetic. The author is absolutely brilliant, and he’s been awarded with more than one National Book Award nomination for his ability to weave that brilliance into a compelling novel that gets to the heart of some of the most important and difficult topics that face us today — and does so fearlessly.

    Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers by Christian Smith
    Yes, it’s a publication of findings from a major study so, no, it’s not the easiest read, but it’s really good stuff. It provides super-excellent research on attitudes about faith and spirituality among young adults in America, and I recommend it highly. Whether or not the young adults in your life admit it openly, they care deeply about spirituality and religion, and it’s important to pay attention to this subject in their lives.

    Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture by Ariel Levy
    A must-read in thinking about gender, girls, women, and the state of “feminism” today — as it’s been hijacked by people who don’t know a thing about feminism. Levy’s writing is courageous and smart, and she gets to the heart of one of the depressing realities of today’s girls and women — that somehow, what Levy calls “raunch” has come to be associated as “feminist” — and wrongly so.

    Hooking Up: Sex, Dating, and Relationships on Campus by Kathleen A. Bogle
    This is an excellent introduction to hooking up — what it is, and how it shows up on college campuses today — by a top-notch sociologist, and someone who cares deeply about young people, too.

    Read the rest of our Q&A with Donna Freitas here: http://powells.us/10xq2ZV

     
  9. To celebrate Small Press Month, we’re proud to host the sixth annual marathon reading of small press authors, Smallpressapalooza. This year’s lineup features readings by Oregon Book Award finalist Carrie Seitzinger, memoirists Lindsey Kugler and Chloe Caldwell, zinester Aaron Dactyl (Railroad Semantics), novelist Barry Graham, fiction writers Nancy Rommelmann, Janey Smith, and Jeremy Robert Johnson, and poets W. Vandoren Wheeler, Thomas Patrick Levy, Mindy Nettifee, Donald Dunbar, and Susan Denning. Hosted by Powell’s small press champion, Kevin Sampsell.

    Smallpressapalooza Lineup: March 18, 2013 

    6:00 Carrie Anna Seitzinger Fall Ill Medicine
    6:15 Susan Denning She Preferred to Read the Knives
    6:30 Chloe Caldwell Legs Get Led Astray
    6:45 (break)
    7:00 W. Vandoren Wheeler The Accidentalist
    7:15 Thomas Levy I Don’t Mind If You’re Feeling Alone
    7:30 Lindsey Kugler Here
    7:45 (break)
    8:00 Barry Graham The Book of Man
    8:15 Aaron Dactyl Railroad Semantics 7
    8:30 Nancy Rommelmann Transportation
    8:45 (break)
    9:00 Donald Dunbar Eyelid Lick
    9:15 Mindy Nettifee Glitter in the Blood
    9:30 Janey Smith Animals
    9:45 Jeremy Robert Johnson We Live Inside You

     
  10. "That old adage of writing comes to mind: write the book you need to read. But I wanted to write a book that someone else might need to read. There’s nothing more sacred to me — more important to me — than a book. Maybe I feel we don’t connect personally with films the way we do with books, the way I hold a book to my heart when it moves me or grasp it like I might never let it go. I admit, I like to hug books. I’m not sure a movie ever meant that much to me; I know it’s different for other people. I don’t believe a movie has ever changed me or saved me, but there’s easily 20 books on my bookshelf that pulled me out of something or pushed me in another direction or showed me something I needed to see.” — Marjorie Celona

    Click through to read more of Marjorie’s original essay at Powells.com.