Books Charles Portis Books by Charles Portis Charles Portis has written books about: Mysteries, Thrillers & Crime Fiction Nonfiction Biography & Memoir Facebook Twitter Google+ Email NPR stories about Charles Portis Book Reviews Portis 'Miscellany' Makes A High-'Velocity' Collection Fresh Air October 25, 2012 True Grit author Charles Portis is the cult writer for people who hate cult writers. He hasn't published a book since 1991, and reviewer John Powers says the short pieces collected in Escape Velocity have been treasured for decades, passed around like samizdat by Portis fans. Portis 'Miscellany' Makes A High-'Velocity' Collection Listen · 5:50 5:50 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/163624535/163624902" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript Excerpt: 'True Grit' June 8, 2006 Excerpted from True Grit by Charles Portis, selected by author George Pelecanos for his summer reading recommendation. You Must Read This Pelecanos on the Enduring Power of 'True Grit' June 2, 2006 True Grit is a tale of vengeance told in the deceptively innocent voice of a 14-year-old frontier girl. George Pelecanos, master of noir fiction set in contemporary Washington, D.C., hails it as "one of the very best American novels."