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November 2012 – Upcoming Literary Events

2 Nov

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

November 1 – December 16 – A Poet’s Letters: The Correspondence of William Stafford @ Central Library (free)

Poet William Stafford (1914-1993), National Book Award winner and United States Poet Laureate, was one of the last of the generation of writers who greatly valued the preservation of correspondence. This exhibition draws from some 30,000 original letters housed at the William Stafford Archives at Lewis & Clark College, where Stafford taught for 30 years. The letters illustrate the many facets of a successful and productive writing life.

Correspondence on exhibit includes exchanges with editors, trade and fine press publishers, illustrators, academic colleagues, writers of all ages seeking advice, and fellow poets (among them, Marvin Bell, Robert Bly, Gerard Burns, James Dickey, Donald Hall, Lawson Inada, John Haines, Richard Hugo, Ted Kooser, Philip Levine, W.S. Merwin, Naomi Shihab Nye and James Wright).

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

November 4th, 4:30pm – Sci-Fi Authorfest 6 @ Powell’s Cedar Hills (free)

A starfleet of science-fiction and fantasy authors descends for one galactic booksigning event. Attending authors include:

      Alma Alexander * Kevin James Breaux * Alyx Dellamonica * Ru Emerson * Mark Ferrari * Barb & J C Hendee * M K Hobson * Louise Marley * Michael Martin * Todd McCaffrey * Devon Monk * Peter Orullian * Shannon Page * J A Pitts * Phyllis Irene Radford * Deborah Ross * Ken Scholes * Mike Shepherd/Moscoe * Dave Smeds * Brent Weeks * Daniel Wilson * Matt Youngmark

November 5th, 7:30pm – Deb Perelman of The Smitten Kitchen @ Powell’s Burnside (free)

Food-blogging phenom Deb Perelman — home cook, mom, photographer, and celebrated author of SmittenKitchen.com — presents The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook(Knopf). With the same warmth, candor, and can-do spirit her blog is known for, Perelman offers more than 100 recipes, all gorgeously illustrated with hundreds of her beautiful color photographs.

Preorder a signed edition of The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook .

November 7th, 7:30pm – Whitney Otto @ Powell’s Burnside (free)

Bestselling author Whitney Otto offers a finely woven, textured inquiry into the intersecting lives of eight famous female photographers. Crisscrossing the world and a century,Eight Girls Taking Pictures (Scribner) is Otto’s most ambitious book: a bold, immersive, and unforgettable narrative that shows how the art, loves, and lives of the past influence our present.

Preorder a signed edition of Eight Girls Taking Pictures .

November 7-11 – The Nature of Words Annual Literary Festival (free – $110)

The Nature of Words annual literary festival, Central Oregon’s premier literary event, takes place each November in Bend, Oregon. Now in its eighth year, The Nature of Words brings nationally acclaimed authors to Bend for five days of readings, workshops, lectures, and a gala author dinner. The Nature of Words has featured more than sixty acclaimed authors since its inception.

Tickets to the 2012 festival are available online by clicking here. For questions, call 541-647-2233.

November 8th, 7:30-9:30pm – Smalldoggies Reading Series @ Literary Arts (free)

Smalldoggies Magazine and Reading Series will host Brian S. Ellis, Lidia Yuknaavitch and Rick Klaras @LiteraryArts.

November 9th, 7pm – Jennifer Worick @ Powell’s Cedar Hills (free)

A humor book inspired by the blog of the same name,Things I Want to Punch in the Face (Prospect Park Books) by bestselling author Jennifer Worick offers: 1) a humorous way to convey annoyance or frustration over those little things in life that bug, 2) petty peeves warranting a tongue-in-cheek lashing but involving no physical retribution, and 3) an expression made wildly popular by the blog.

Preorder a signed edition of Things I Want to Punch in the Face .

November 13th, 6:40pm – Escape to Gold Mountain: A Graphic History of the Chinese in North America @ PSU School of Business Room 190 (free)

David Wong, a prominent architect in Vancouver, Canada and the author of the upcoming graphic novel Escape to Gold Mountain: A Graphic History of the Chinese in North America, will talk about his new book and the history of Chinese immigration to and settlement in North America.

The schedule includes a book talk as well as pre-lecture book sales & signing event.

November 14th, 5:30-7pm – Women of Color Zine Workshop @ PSU Women’s Resource Center (free)

The Women of Color Zine Workshops are an opportunity for local women of color to become involved in writing, self-publishing, and activism. Come out and join us as we start a new year of workshops! Open to all! For more information, contact Tonya Jones at tljones29@yahoo.com.

November 16th, 10:30-12:30pm – Using the Oregonian Historical Archives @ Central Library (free)

Part of a series – sign up at the Multnomah County Library web site

November 20th, 7pm – Fred Armisen & Carrie Brownstein @ Bagdad Theater ($16.99 includes admission & a copy of Portlandia: A Guide for Visitors)

Fred Armisen is an actor, comedian, and musician best known as a cast member of Saturday Night LiveCarrie Brownstein is an actor, comedian, and musician best known as the guitar player and vocalist for the legendary indie-rock band Sleater-Kinney. Together, they are the co-creators and stars of the Peabody Award-winning sketch-comedy series Portlandia, which is now filming its third season… and releasing its first book, Portlandia: A Guide for Visitors (Grand Central Publishing). Please Note: Tickets for this special event, $16.99, include admission and a copy of Portlandia: A Guide for Visitors, and are available at the box offices of the Bagdad Theater and Crystal Ballroom, online at Etix.com, or by phone at 855-227-8499. Books will be distributed at the event.

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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.

Modern African-American Writers & Poets

31 Jan

Considering that this is the Writing Center blog, I realized today that it’d probably be a good idea to throw reading and literature onto the fire.

Luckily, Black History Month starts tomorrow so I’ll be doing my best to post each day about an African-American/black writer or poet. Since the Writing Center is closed for the rest of the week these posts will start next week. There are so many amazing artists to choose from so I’ll be doubling up on some days.

All of that being said, I do have a confession to make that I’m hoping you lovely readers can help out with. I’ve been swimming in academia for so long that I’m pretty out of the loop when it comes to any contemporary writers. Many of the writers I’ll be posting about are still, thankfully, writing but I know there are many, many out there that I’m just not aware of so let me know in the comments. What contemporary African-American/black writers or poets do you think we should all know about?

I did a bit of research and found the following links that I hope you all will enjoy:

* Chris Volk gives a fantastic interview about black writers and literature; read it here.

* Our fabulous Multnomah County Library has some great links.

* The Cincinnati Library has an extensive list; check it out here.

* For graphic novel fans, here’s a list of 25 recommended by the Library Journal.

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