Tom Spanbauer, critically acclaimed author and founder of Dangerous Writing.

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Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Tom Spanbauer, critically acclaimed author and founder of Dangerous Writing.

Between the Covers welcomes local author and writing teacher Tom Spanbauer to discuss his new novel, I Loved You More. 

"I Loved You More," (Hawthorne Books, 2014) is a rich and expansive tale of love, sex, and heartbreak covering twenty-five years. At the heart of the story is a love triangle: two men, one woman. In 1980's New York, Ben forms a bond with his macho friend, Hank, who is straight. Ben is gay but has had occasional relationships with women. Almost a decade later in Portland, Oregon, a now-ill Ben falls for Ruth, his writing student. As Ben has found out with Hank, loving has its limits. Ben introduces Hank to Ruth, and the real trouble starts.

Set against a world of writers and artists, New York’s Lower East Side in the wild eighties, the drab confining Idaho of Ben’s youth, Portland in his middle age, and the many places in between, the complex world revealed in I Loved You More---written in the poisoned, lyrical voice of Ben---is the author’s most complex and wise novel to date."

Leigh Anne Kranz hosts.

About the Author:
Tom Spanbauer is the critically acclaimed author and founder of Dangerous Writing. As a writer he has explored issues of race, of sexual identity, of how we make a family for ourselves in order to surmount the limitations of the families into which we are born.

His five  published novels Faraway PlacesThe Man Who Fell In Love With The MoonIn The City Of Shy HuntersNow Is The Hour, and I Loved You More (Hawthorne Books, April 2014), are notable for their combination of a fresh and lyrical prose style with solid storytelling.

As a teacher his innovative approach combines close attention to language with a large-hearted openness to what he calls 'the sore place'--that place within each of us that is the source for stories that no one else can tell. His introductory workshop is an underground legend among emerging writers in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. The community of writers that has formed around him is dedicated to the proposition that "Fiction is the lie that tells the truth truer."
Tom lives, writes, and teaches in Portland Oregon.
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