Trombold?s latest work, ?Reading Portland: The City in Prose,? is a history of the city through 80 selections of short stories, autobiographies, news reports and more. It explores Portland?s contradictory history as a place of libertarian freedom, gambling and utopian aspiration and includes works by Rudyard Kipling, Stewart Holbrook, Carl Abbot, James Beard, Ursula LeGuin, and Beverly Cleary, among others.
Trombold is also the editor of ?Reading Seattle,? which includes works by authors such as Horace R. Cayton, John Okada and Sherman Alexie. The book tells the story of the last seven decades of Seattle and delves into the rich history of the neighborhoods and districts within the city. Trombold has also published scholarly articles on the Pacific Northwest, modernism, ethnicity and post-colonial theory.
Trombold received a bachelor?s degree from Reed College, a master?s degree from the University of Washington and a doctorate in English from Columbia University. He has taught English most recently at the University of Portland and Linfield College.
The reading, which is the first in this year?s Reading at the Nick series, is sponsored by the Linfield English Department and Friends of Nicholson Library. For more information, call Susan Barnes Whyte, college librarian, at 503-883-2517.