113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

A Conversation with Paul Collins, The Literary Detective: Brevity, Clarity, and Narrative Nonfiction

Session Chair: 
Jeremiah Axelrod, Institute for the Study of Los Angeles, Occidental College
Session 5: Friday 5:40-7:10pm
Pavilion West (PH-ET)


  1. Paul Collins, Portland State University
    Historian and memoirist Paul Collins explores through his own work and that of others how "story"—particularly fiction's narrative expectations of pacing, plot, and resolution—subtly shapes which nonfiction materials are seen as publishable. What's left out, and where can these nonfiction counter- and extra-narratives reside? Collins appears regularly on NPR's Weekend Edition as their “literary detective” on odd and forgotten books, edits the Collins Library imprint of McSweeney's Books, and is the recipient of an Oregon Book Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship.
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