April 2013 – Upcoming Literary Events

3 Apr


Looking for something fun AND literary to do this month? Check out these events:

through May 12th – lone goose: the papers of a working fine press @ Central Library, Collins Gallery (free)

This exhibition is open during Central Library’s hours of operation.

Sandy Tilcock is a perfectionist in her endeavors of letterpress printing, bookbinding, and box making. A resident of Oregon for most of her life, she began making books in Eugene under the name Moon Mountain Bookworks before she received her M.F.A. in Book Arts in 1987 at the University of Alabama, where she studied with Richard-Gabriel Rummonds.

Returning to Eugene, she began her first Oregon press, the lone goose press. Working with distinguished authors, including Barry Lopez, Terry Tempest Williams, Naomi Shihab Nye and Kim Stafford, her work focused on writings related to the environment and the natural world. Her recent work has broadened to include some of the more dynamic and innovative younger poets working today, including Michael and Matthew Dickman, Carl Adamshick and Michael McGriff.

Several years ago, Tilcock began giving her vast and organized archives of papers related to the press to the John Wilson Special Collections at Multnomah County Library. This exhibition features work from the very beginning of her book arts endeavors up to some of the most recent work she’s created, and includes proof prints, book dummies, correspondence, object related to her work, and finished art work of books, broadsides, and printed ephemera.

For more information, contact John Wilson Special Collections Librarian Jim Carmin at 503.988.6287.

April 1st, 7:30p – How to Travel the World on $50 a Day @Powell’s Hawthorne (free)

For more than half a decade, Matt Kepnes (a.k.a. Nomadic Matt) has been showing readers of his enormously popular travel blog that traveling isn’t expensive and that it’s affordable to all. He proves that as long as you think out of the box and travel like a local, your trip doesn’t have to break your bank, nor do you need to give up luxury. How to Travel the World on $50 a Day (Perigee) reveals Nomadic Matt’s tips, tricks, and secrets to comfortable budget travel based on his experience traveling the world without giving up the sushi meals and comfortable beds he enjoys. Whether it’s a two-week, two-month, or two-year trip, Nomadic Matt shows you how to stretch your money further so you can travel cheaper, smarter, and longer.

April 3rd, 6:30p – Exhibition Lecture & Book Signing with Lois Leveen @ Reed College, Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery (free)

The Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College, is proud to present a body of original, Civil War drawings from the Becker Collection at Boston College. The Becker Collection contains over six hundred previously unexhibited and undocumented drawings by American artist Joseph Becker  and his colleagues – nineteenth-century artists who worked as artist-reporters for Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper during the Civil War.

Lois Leveen, the celebrated author of The Secrets of Mary Bowser will discusses women, race, and the Civil War, in response to the drawings from the Becker Collection.

At a time when photography could only capture staged or still moments, the Special Artists risked their lives in order to witness history as it unfolded around them. The drawings in the Becker Collection depict many of the Civil War’s defining moments and rituals. Having survived the vagaries of battle, travel, and editorial whim, they are among the era’s most informative artifacts.

As the United States observes the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, these remarkable works of art provide invaluable insight into the contributions that nineteenth-century pictorial artists made to the development of American journalism, and the history of American art.

April 4th, 7p – Oregon Book Awards Finalist Reading @ Literary Arts (free)

Kerry Cohen, Jean Esteve, Ruth Feldmen, Ismet Prcic, Alexis Smith, Toni Hanner will be reading from their Oregon Book Awards finalist submissions.

April 4th, 7p – Karen Russell @ Powell’s Cedar Hills (free)

From the author of the New York Times bestseller Swamplandia! — a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize — comes Vampires in the Lemon Grove (Knopf), a magical new collection of stories that showcases Karen Russell‘s gifts at their inimitable best. A dejected teenager discovers that the universe is communicating with him through talismanic objects left behind in a seagull’s nest. A community of girls held captive in a silk factory slowly transmute into human silkworms, spinning delicate threads from their own bellies, and escape by seizing the means of production for their own revolutionary ends. A massage therapist discovers she has the power to heal by manipulating the tattoos on a war veteran’s lower torso. Russell’s wondrous new work displays a young writer of superlative originality and invention coming into the full range and scale of her powers.

April 6th, 4p – Cat Winters @ Powell’s Cedar Hills (free)

In 1918, the world seems on the verge of apocalypse. Americans roam the streets in gauze masks to ward off the deadly Spanish influenza, and the government ships young men to the front lines of a brutal war, creating an atmosphere of fear and confusion. Sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches as desperate mourners flock to séances and spirit photographers for comfort, but she herself has never believed in ghosts. During her bleakest moment, however, she’s forced to rethink her entire way of looking at life and death, for her first love — a boy who died in battle — returns in spirit form. But what does he want from her? Featuring haunting archival early-20th century photographs,Cat Winters‘s In the Shadow of Blackbirds (Amulet Books) is a tense, romantic story set in a past that is eerily like our own time.

April 8th, 7:30p – 26th Annual Oregon Book Awards Ceremony @ Gerding Theater at the Armory ($10-$50 plus service fees — $50 includes premium seating & contribution to the Oregon Book Awards & Fellowships Program)

Join Literary Arts’ annual celebration of the state’s most accomplished writers in the genres of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, young readers, and drama. Vanity Fair editor Elissa Schappell will host the ceremony. Tickets at BrownPaperTickets.com. Vote for the 2013 Readers’ Choice Award at OregonLive.com/Books.

April 9th, 7:30p – Mary Roach @ Powell’s Burnside (free)

The alimentary canal is classic Mary Roach terrain: the questions explored in Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal (W. W. Norton) are as taboo, in their way, as the cadavers in Stiff and every bit as surreal as the universe of zero gravity explored in Packing for Mars. Why is crunchy food so appealing? Why is it so hard to find words for flavors and smells? Why doesn’t the stomach digest itself? How much can you eat before your stomach bursts? Can constipation kill you? Did it kill Elvis? In Gulp, we meet scientists who tackle the questions no one else thinks of — or has the courage to ask. We go on location to a pet-food taste-test lab, to a fecal transplant, and into a live stomach to observe the fate of a meal. With Roach at our side, we travel the world, meeting murderers and mad scientists, Eskimos and exorcists (who have occasionally administered holy water rectally), rabbis and terrorists — who, it turns out, for practical reasons do not conceal bombs in their digestive tracts. Like all of Roach’s books, Gulp is as much about human beings as it is about human bodies.

April 10th, 6-8p – Tim Wise @ PSU, Stott Center Gym ($5)

You are invited to an evening with Tim Wise.  A presentation not to be missed, Wise is a best-selling author and lecturer on racism and privilege in today’s society.

Wise was recently named by Utne Reader as one of “25 Visionaries Who are Changing Your World.”  He is the author of six books, including his newest “Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority.” He has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs, is a regular contributor to discussions about race on CNN, and has been featured on ABC’s “20/20.”

Tickets are required for all attendees, and can be obtained at the PSU Box Office inside the Broadway entrance of Smith Memorial Student Union.  The event is free to PSU students, faculty and staff.  The cost for the general public is $5.

The event is presented by the Associated Students of Portland State University,  DMSS Cultural Centers, SBA Diversity Programs, Food Action Collective, Cesar Chavez Committee and the Office of Global Diversity and Inclusion.

For additional information contact Global Diversity & Inclusion at 503-725-5919 or www.pdx.edu/diversity.

April 16th, 6:30-7:30p – Lucy Knisley Loves Food: An Evening with Graphic Memoirist @ Central Library, US Bank Room (free)

The daughter of a chef and a gourmet, this talented young cartoonist comes by her obsession honestly. In her forthright, thoughtful, and funny memoir, Lucy traces key episodes in her life thus far, framed by what she was eating at the time and lessons learned about food, cooking, and life. Each chapter is bookended with an illustrated recipe — many of them treasured family dishes, and a few of them Lucy’s original inventions. In this presentation, Lucy will talk about food and family and their importance in our lives. Relish: My Life in the Kitchenwill be published by First Second Books in April.

April 17th, 7p – An Evening of Teen Fiction @ Powell’s Cedar Hills (free)

Join us for an evening of teen fiction featuring seven authors presenting their newest works: Leigh Bardugo withShadow and Bone (Henry Holt), Mindee Arnett with The Nightmare Affair (Tor), Ingrid Paulson with Valkyrie Rising(Harper Teen), Sarah Fine with Sanctum (Amazon Children’s Publishing), Kody Keplinger with Shut Out (Poppy Books), Kristin Halbrook withNobody But Us (Harper Teen), and Lisa Desrochers with Last Rite (Tor). Joanna Volpe, president of New Leaf Literary, will moderate a panel discussion with the authors following the readings.

April 21st, 7:30p – Gilbert Hernandez @ Powell’s Burnside (free)

Marble Season (Drawn & Quarterly) is the semiautobiographical novel by the acclaimed cartoonist Gilbert Hernandez, author of the epic masterpiece Palomar and co-creator, with his brothers, Jaime and Mario, of the groundbreaking Love and Rockets comic book series. Marble Season tells the untold stories from the early years of these American comic legends but also portrays the reality of life in a large family in 1960s suburban California. Pop-culture references — TV shows, comic books, and music — saturate this evocative story of a young family navigating cultural and neighborhood norms set against the golden age of the American dream and the silver age of comics. An all-ages story, Marble Season masterfully explores the redemptive and timeless power of storytelling and role play in childhood, making it a coming-of-age story that is as resonant with the children of today as with the children of the ’60s.

April 24th, 5:30-7:30p – Comics Book Buzz @ Central Library, US Bank Room (free)

What are the editors and publishers of this year’s graphic novels talking about? The comics that they want to get into the hands of readers? The newest from your favorite artists and from some up-and-coming new talent? Come to Comics Book Buzz to find out! Join Michael Martens from Dark Horse, Tom Shimmin from Oni Press and Brett Warnock from Top Shelf Comix as they share the titles for adults and children they see their colleagues reading, talking about and promoting. They’ll have a nice selection of galleys and fun raffle items!  If that isn’t enough … special appearance by not one, but two comics creators: Joshua Williamson and Vinny Navarrete who will be promoting their new books Sketch Monsters V1 & V2! Presented in connection with theStumptown Comics Festival.

April 24th, 7:30p – On Mount Hood @ Powell’s Burnside (free)

Jon Bell‘s On Mount Hood: A Biography of Oregon’s Perilous Peak (Sasquatch) is a contemporary, first-person narrative biography of Oregon’s greatest mountain, featuring stories full of adventure and tragedy, history and geology, people and places, trivia and lore. The mountain itself helps create the notorious Oregon rains and deep alpine snows, and paved the way for snowboarding in the mid-1980s. Its forests provide some of the purest drinking water in the world, and its snowy peak captures the attention of the nation almost every time it wreaks fatal havoc on climbers seeking the summit.On Mount Hood builds a compelling story of a legendary mountain and its impact on the people who live in its shadow, and includes interviews with a forest activist, a volcanologist, and a para-rescue jumper.

April 26th, 7:30p – Daniel Kine @ Powell’s Burnside (free)

Daniel Kine‘s Up Nights (Ooligan) is a classic road novel for a new generation. With direct, unrelenting prose, Kine tells the story of Arthur, a college-aged American man making a living by taking advantage of happenstance. Arthur struggles to navigate his life alongside a childhood friend, Francis; their one-time mentor, Bill; and Bill’s on-again-off-again girlfriend, Vita. The four of them seek experiences that make them feel alive, looking for something to counter their ever-growing sense of futility and desperation. Francis searches for truth about his childhood, Bill and Vita briefly recover their lost love, and Arthur forms a fleeting connection with Rosalie, a stranger he meets in New Orleans. Through empty relationships, addictions, and brushes with the law, these individuals reach out to each other and to the lost and damaged people they encounter along the way. Lidia Yuknavitch, author ofDora: A Headcase and The Chronology of Water: A Memoir, joins Kine for a conversation about his book.

April 28th, 2p – Augusten Burroughs @ Powell’s Burnside (free)

Augusten Burroughs, bestselling author of Running with Scissors, returns with This Is How: Surviving What You Think You Can’t (Picador), a groundbreaking book that explores how to survive the “un-survivable” and will challenge the conventional notion of self-help books. If you’re fat and fail every diet, if you’re thin but can’t get thin enough, if you lose your job, if your child dies, if you are diagnosed with cancer, if you always end up with exactly the wrong kind of person, if you always end up alone, if you can’t get over the past, if your parents are insane and ruining your life, if you really and truly wish you were dead, if you feel like it’s your destiny to be a star, if you believe life has a grudge against you, if you don’t want to have sex with your spouse and don’t know why, if you feel so ashamed, if you’re lost in life. If you have ever wondered, “How am I supposed to survive this?” This is how.

April 28th, 2p – Portland Hill Walks meets @ Powell’s Hawthorne (free)

Laura Foster‘s Portland Hill Walks: 24 Explorations in Parks and Neighborhoods, Completely Revised and Expanded (Timber Press) features 24 miniature adventures stocked with stunning views, hidden stairways, leafy byways, urban forests, and places to sit, eat, and soak in the local scene. Whether you feel like meandering through old streetcar neighborhoods or climbing a lava dome, there is a hill walk for every mood. New walks take you up to Willamette Stone State Park, across the St. Johns Bridge, down to the South Waterfront (with a ride on the aerial tram), along a stream in Gresham, and up Mounts Talbert and Scott. Portland is a walking city, and Portland Hill Walks will inspire you to enjoy it to its fullest! Join author Laura Foster for a four-mile guided walk to nearby Mt. Tabor and back. Please note that this walk will take place rain or shine, will last about two and a half hours, and will feature often-steep terrain.


Have a literary event you’d like to publish here? Do you know of a fun event that’s missing from this list? Please comment on this post & I’ll update for our readers.


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