Looking for something fun AND literary to do this month? Check out these events:
September 15th, 10:30a-12:30p – Local Author Showcase @ Troutdale Library (free)
Buck is local Troutdale author Bill Flynn’s sequel to the apocalyptic novel Shut Down.Buck tells the story of Corbett, Oregon, one of the larger self-sustaining colonies, two years after economic collapse. Readers are introduced to the character Buck, who is rescued by members of the Corbett colony. Buck struggles to recover from his wounds while helping the people of Corbett defend themselves against a gruesome attack by a desperate band of killers. Join Bill Flynn for a lively discussion and then stay for a book signing. Books will be available for purchase by the author.
September 16th, 7pm – Junot Diaz @ the Bagdad ($26.95)
Junot Díaz‘s first novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, arrived like a thunderclap, topping best-of-the-year lists and winning a host of major awards, including the Pulitzer Prize. Now Díaz turns his prodigious talent to the haunting, impossible power of love. The stories in This Is How You Lose Her (Riverhead), by turns hilarious and devastating, raucous and tender, lay bare the infinite longing and inevitable weaknesses of our all-too-human hearts. They capture the heat of new passion, the recklessness with which we betray what we most treasure, and the torture we go through to mend what we’ve broken beyond repair. Please note: This ticketed event takes place at the Bagdad Theater, 3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Tickets, $26.95, include admission and a copy of This Is How You Lose Her and are available at the box offices of the Bagdad Theater and the Crystal Ballroom, online at Etix.com, or by phone at 855-227-8499. Books distributed at event.
September 16th, 7:30pm – CALYX Journal Reading @ Powell’s Burnside (free)
A landmark in feminist publishing, CALYX Journal has served as a creative forum for diverse voices for over 36 years — including women of color, lesbian and queer writers, aging and young women, and emerging writers. Join us for a reading featuring the best and brightest CALYX authors from the Summer 2012 issue, including Stephanie Lenox, Katherine Malmo, Darlene Pagán, and Penelope Scambly Schott.
September 20th, 7pm – Steven Erikson @ Powell’s Cedar Hills Crossing (free)
Steven Erikson entered the pantheon of great fantasy writers with his debut, Gardens of the Moon. Now Erikson returns with a trilogy that takes place millennia before the events of the Malazan Book of the Fallen. Forge of Darkness (Tor) introduces readers to Kurald Galain, the warren of Darkness, and tells an epic tale of a realm whose fate plays a crucial role in shaping the world of the Malazan Empire.
September 23rd, 4pm – Colin Meloy & Carson Ellis @ the Bagdad ($17.99)
In Under Wildwood (Balzer & Bray), Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis reveal new dimensions of the epic fantasy-adventure series begun with Wildwood. Ever since Prue McKeel returned home from the Impassable Wilderness after rescuing her brother from the malevolent Dowager Governess, life has been pretty dull. Her mind is constantly returning to Wildwood, where her friend Curtis still remains as a bandit-in-training. But all is not well in that world. A hard winter has come and discord reigns in the wake of the so-called Bicycle Coup. Dark assassins with mysterious motives conspire to settle the scores of an unknown client. Under a growing threat, Prue is drawn back into Wildwood, where she and Curtis will face their greatest challenge yet: to save themselves and the lives of their friends, and to bring unity to a divided country. Please note: This ticketed event takes place at the Bagdad Theater, 3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Tickets, $17.99, include admission and a copy of Under Wildwoodand are available at the box offices of the Bagdad Theater and the Crystal Ballroom, online at Etix.com, or by phone at 855-227-8499. Books distributed at event.
September 26th, 7pm – Verse in Person, Poetry Readings @ Powell’s Cedars Hill Crossing (free)
Listen to Oregon poets read from their works. This monthly program is organized by local poets to highlight two to three poets each reading.
September 27th, 7pm – Michael Chabon @ Northwest Library (free)
An intimate epic, a NorCal Middlemarch set to the funky beat of classic vinyl soul-jazz and pulsing with a virtuosic, pyrotechnical style all its own, Michael Chabon‘sTelegraph Avenue (Harper) is the great American novel we’ve been waiting for. Generous, imaginative, funny, moving, humane, Chabon’s “radiant masterpiece will be the talk of the season” (Booklist).
September 29th, 3pm – The Book & Poetry Club @ The Living Room (free)
Share your poetry and other creative writing for free at The Book & Poetry Club! This club provides a safe, encouraging, and creative environment with a strict no criticism rule for people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities to share their writing and enjoy the writing of others.