See what people are saying about Corporate High School and The Sum of Our Gods!

Praise for

Corporate High School

Benjamin Gorman’s Corporate High School is a must-read for anyone interested in joining the fight to save public education. We proudly proclaim this book as badass and spot on about the fight to save the foundation of our democracy - strong public education for all.
— Marla Kilfoyle, General Manager
Badass Teachers Association
Ben Gorman clearly knows high school students, and the importance of a free and public education for them. Corporate High School is fantastic!
— Tanya Baker
Director of National Programs
National Writing Project
Gorman’s gut-wrenching satire delivers the lesson that when a school is not a school, learning is rebellion and knowledge is a weapon.
— Karen Eisenbray,
author of St. Rage
Corporate High School is a call to action for students and those that believe that public education is the cornerstone of democracy. Corporations have been working to infiltrate public education for decades. The overemphasis of high-stakes standardized tests and scripted curriculum are two very real attempts to cash in on public education while taking the love of learning out of our classrooms. Ben uses his personal experience and his passion for providing a great public school for every student as a call to action for our students. It is time to organize students to demand the schools they deserve.
— Hanna Vaandering
Oregon Education Association

Praise for

The Sum of Our Gods

…an entertaining read from start to finish.”

“…what’s really great about this book is that behind the silliness and absurdity are issues that are real and hard-hitting.”

“The dark humor is just to my liking.
Markus Indie Book Reviews
From the moment God, sitting in a diner, hears Joan Osborne’s ‘What If God Was One of Us?’ and says, ‘I hate this fucking song,’ the reader knows this isn’t just any run-of-the-mill book. Sum is a funny, funny, funny, fast-paced and insightful commentary on religion, social mores and, most importantly, human relations. Even God has marital problems.

“The author gives his audience credit for intelligence, not spelling out or explain too much, but also salting in explanations of various gods and religious beliefs smoothly enough so it doesn’t slow down the narrative. The acceptance of other gods and religious eras is refreshing and he uses it masterfully, weaving together a good plot on top of great character development. To top it off, the voice is spot-on. Funny, knowing and sarcastic.

“A refreshing and needed book in an era of aggressive religiosity, the book also makes the reader examine religious belief. Atheists and agnostics will enjoy it immensely, but anyone with an open mind will appreciate it and look at the deeper meaning; how much of our belief in a ‘superior being’ exists inside our heads? Or is simply a product of our era? Readers aren’t getting the book if one of God’s final statement’s to Joe (‘Don’t trust people who tell you things will work out for the best.’) doesn’t have them laughing and nodding with appreciation. Things worked out for God, but just barely.

“Overall, a book that hits its marks and hits them well. A serious, deep treatment wrapped in hilarity.
Writer's Digest
Judge, 22nd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards
Humorous and thought-provoking...
The Masquerade Crew
This was hysterical. …Such irreverence. I could get behind gods like these. …Verily, you made me laugh. All hail Ixtab. (You can’t be too careful, right?)
— Cass McMain
author of Sunflower

Interviews with

Benjamin Gorman

Interview of The Writing Life with Stephen Long

This was a fun one!

Interview on Literally Literary

Benjamin Gorman, along with author Mary Crawford, was on a television program in McMinnville, Oregon, called Literally Literary:

Interview on the Trimavera Podcast

Benjamin Gorman was interviewed by Christina Bothun. Listen HERE

Interview on Fox 12's More Good Day Oregon

Benjamin and his wife Paige were interviewed about Not a Pipe Publishing's choice to accept Kamila Shamsie's challenge to only publish women authors in 2018:

Check out the video here!

"Local Publishing Company Takes On world Challenge"

Interview on Teacher Talk with Deanne Bass on KMUZ

Listen to the interview or download it from Soundcloud here!

Interview on The National Writing Project's NWP Radio!

Check out Benjamin Gorman's interview with Tanya Baker here

Interview on the Bestselling Fiction Podcast!

Check out Benjamin Gorman's interview with Dan Dynneson on Episode 13 of the Bestselling Fiction Podcast!

Article in the Today's OEA magazine

Check out the two page spread (pages 18 and 19) of the summer 2015 issue of Today's OEA!

Interview on the Carry On Harry Talk Show

Interview on Funemployment Radio!

Benjamin Gorman was interviewed on Funemployment Radio, a great podcast out of Portland, with hosts, Greg Nibler and Sarah X. Dylan. He's on from about the 47 minute mark through to the end, but we encourage everybody to listen to the whole show because Greg and Sarah are great at what they do. Listen HERE.

Interviewed by Morgen Bailey

Benjamin Gorman was interviewed with UK book blogger Morgen Bailey. The interview post also includes an excerpt from the book and a synopsis, so send it to a friend who might be interested in the novel! Check it out HERE.

From the Polk County Itemizer Observer: “Teacher publishes first novel”

November 19, 2013

INDEPENDENCE — Circumventing the frustrating and at times toxic nature of the publishing industry, Central High School English teacher Ben Gorman is publishing his own novel Friday.

“The Sum of Our Gods” is a tale about Joe, who has been cursed to meet with God once a week for coffee and listen to him complain.

Joe has to listen to God complain about family troubles — his son, Jesus, is terminally depressed — and the constant onslaught of Greek, Roman and countless other civilizations’ gods trying to dethrone him.

“I call it gently blasphemous,” Gorman said.

[Read the rest here.]