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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.


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March 2013 – Upcoming Literary Events

1 Mar


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

through March 24th – Smoke Signals: The Literature & Culture of Native America @ Central Library (free)

Featuring highlights from the John Wilson Special Collections enhanced by historical items and artifacts provided by the Native American Youth & Family Center, this exhibition offers audiences an inside look at Native American culture and traditions. The library’s Native American collection contains rare early works, such as the first book of poetry by a Canadian Indian woman, Emily Pauline Johnson (Mohawk); scarce first books of important writers of our day, such as Leslie Silko (Laguna Pueblo), N. Scott Momaday (Kiowa), Joy Harjo (Muscogee/Creek) and James Welch (Blackfeet); beautifully printed broadsides of poetry; and manuscripts and correspondence by native writers. The exhibition will also feature rare works by Sherman Alexie (Spokane/Coeur d’Alene), the author featured in Multnomah County Library’s 11th annual community reading project, Everybody Reads 2013.

March 4th, 7p – Oregon Encyclopedia History Night @ Mission Theater (all ages; free)

Ever wandered the neighborhoods of Portland, admiring the variety of homes and wondered, “What the hell is that?” While many similar architectural themes are seen throughout the city, many homes defy classification. Oregon Encyclopedia has partnered with the Architectural Heritage Center for the presentation “Houses Without Names: The Common, Everyday Houses of Portland’s Neighborhoods” by professor of architecture Thomas C. Hubka.

March 5th, 7p – The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination @ Powell’s Cedar Hills (free)

From Victor Frankenstein to Lex Luthor, from Dr. Moreau to Dr. Doom, readers have long been fascinated by insane plans for world domination and the madmen who devise them. Typically, we see these villains through the eyes of good guys. The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination (Tor), however, explores the world of mad scientists and evil geniuses from their own wonderfully twisted point of view. Joining editor John Joseph Adams will be contributors David Levine and Daniel Wilson.

March 5th, 7p – Amber Keyser @ The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th (free)

Amber Keyser will be joining us to talk about “transmedia.” This new buzzword is one every YWW should add to their internal dictionary, as it will most likely be a part of their future. Transmedia is the idea of multiple platforms for delivering a story: film, novels, graphic novels, audio, flash fiction, and interactive websites. As Amber puts it, “Transmedia is about CONNECTION because of fan participation in the story-telling process and because each form of media engages and unites a different set of fans.”

March 5th, 7p – William F. Nolan @ The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th (free)

Willamette Writers welcomes renowned science fiction, fantasy and horror author William F. Nolan, who will speak to the membership on the joys and sorrows of a lifetime of creative writing. With more than 85 books to his credit, plus over a hundred scripts, articles and short stories embracing a dozen genres, William F. Nolan is an official Living Legend (voted that honor by the International Horror Guild in 2002). When he accepted the award, Nolan said “it was better than being a dead legend.” He further posits that he’s “just a hardworking man doing the best he can … and if you’re around long enough, you’ll eventually get attention.”

March 7th, 7:30p – Matt Ruff @ Powell’s Hawthorne (free)

From Matt Ruff, the beloved cult author of Bad Monkeys, comes The Mirage (Harper Perennial), an unprecedented, mind-bending psychological thriller in which an alternate history of 9/11 uncovers startling and harrowing truths about America and the Middle East.

March 8th, 4:30p – Book Fan Friday @ Powell’s Cedar Hills (free)

Book Fan Friday is a workshop for kids 10 to 18 years old who love to write. This month, author Joni Sensel (The Timekeeper’s Moon) will lead a discussion about self-publishing and how to decide if it’s the right choice for you. Join us!

March 9th, 5p – Poetry Out Loud @ Powell’s Cedar Hills (free)

Students at 35 high schools in 21 Oregon communities are preparing to participate in Poetry Out Loud. Now in its eighth year (and reaching nearly 4,000 Oregon students), Poetry Out Loud involves the memorization and recitation of classic poetry. Participants compete for more than $50,000 in college scholarships awarded at the state and national levels. Nationwide, more than 300,000 students are expected to participate. Schools in the Northern and Eastern parts of Oregon, including the Portland metro area, will compete for the chance to advance to the state competition. Join us!

Check out this post for details specific for Lincoln folks.

March 11th, 7p – Joyce Carol Oates @ Powell’s Cedar Hills (free)

A major historical novel from Joyce Carol OatesThe Accursed (Ecco) is an eerie, unforgettable story of possession, power, and loss in early 20th-century Princeton, a cultural crossroads of the powerful and the damned.

March 12th, 7p – PSU Hosts Visiting Writers Reading Series @ PSU Smith Hall, Room 296 (free)

Please join us for the third visiting writers reading of 2013 with poet Mary Szybist.

Mary Szybist is a Portland-based poet and faculty member at Lewis and Clark College. Her appearance will coincide with the publication of her second collection,Incarnadine, by Graywolf Press. Her first book, Granted (2003), was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; she has also received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Library of Congress. The event will also feature a conversation about her approach to poetry with PSU faculty member John Beer.

March 13th, 7p – Supernatural Teen Fiction Extravaganza @ Powell’s Cedar Hills (free)

Join us for an evening of strange and supernatural teen fiction. With us will be six authors presenting their newest works: Elizabeth Fama with Monstrous Beauty (FSG); Jessica Brody with Unremembered (FSG); Marissa Meyer with Scarlet(Feiwel & Friends); Lish McBride with Hold Me Closer, Necromancer (Square Fish); Jennifer Bosworth with Stuck (FSG); and Ann Aguirre with Outpost(Feiwel & Friends).

March 13th, 7p – Poet Timothy Donnelly @ PSU, Smith Hall Room 296 (free)

Timothy Donnelly received the $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award for his second book, The Cloud Corporation (Wave, 2010). Also a Guggenheim Fellow, Donnelly teaches in Columbia University’s Writing Program and serves as poetry editor for the Boston Review.

March 14th, 7p – Patrick deWit t& Michael Helm @ Literary Arts (free)

Patrick deWitt’s The Sisters Brothers was shortlisted for the 2011 Man Booker Prize. It won the Oregon Book Award for fiction in 2012. Michael Helm was born in Saskatchewan. His most recent novel, Cities of Refuge, was shortlisted for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Award.

March 17th, 7:30p – In the Kitchen with the Pike Place Fish Guys @ Powell’s Burnside (free)

Seattle’s Pike Place Fish Market — the country’s top fish market — reels in the world’s best seafood recipes with In the Kitchen with the Pike Place Fish Guys (Penguin Putnam), a cookbook with friendly tips and a sustainability approach that every home cook can master. Contributor and Pike Place head fishmonger Anders Miller will be on-hand to present the book.

March 18th, 6p – Smallpressapalooza @ Powell’s Burnside (free)

To celebrate Small Press Month, we’re proud to host the sixth annual marathon reading of small press authors, Smallpressapalooza. This year’s lineup features readings by Oregon Book Award finalist Carrie Seitzinger, memoirists Lindsey Kugler and Chloe Caldwell, zinester Aaron Dactyl (Railroad Semantics), novelist Barry Graham, fiction writers Nancy RommelmannJaney Smith, and Jeremy Robert Johnson, and poets W. Vandoren WheelerThomas Patrick LevyMindy NettifeeDonald Dunbar, and Susan Denning. Hosted by Powell’s small press champion, Kevin Sampsell.

Smallpressapalooza Lineup

6:00 Carrie Anna Seitzinger Fall Ill Medicine
6:15 Susan Denning She Preferred to Read the Knives
6:30 Chloe Caldwell Legs Get Led Astray
6:45 (break)
7:00 W. Vandoren Wheeler The Accidentalist
7:15 Thomas Levy I Don’t Mind If You’re Feeling Alone
7:30 Lindsey Kugler Here
7:45 (break)
8:00 Barry Graham The Book of Man
8:15 Aaron Dactyl Railroad Semantics 7
8:30 Nancy Rommelmann Transportation
8:45 (break)
9:00 Donald Dunbar Eyelid Lick
9:15 Mindy Nettifee Glitter in the Blood
9:30 Janey Smith Animals
9:45 Jeremy Robert Johnson We Live Inside You

March 18th, 7p – Amanda Coplin @ Powell’s Cedar Hills (free)

In her stunningly original and haunting debut novel,The Orchardist (Harper Perennial), Amanda Coplin evokes a powerful sense of place, mixing tenderness and violence as she spins an engrossing tale of a solitary orchardist who provides shelter to two runaway teenage girls in the untamed American West, and the dramatic consequences of his actions.

March 21st, 7p – Oregon Book Awards Finalists @ Literary Arts Center (free)

Join us on Thursday, March 21 at 7:00 p.m. at LiteraryArts for a reading from Oregon Book Awards Finalists,featuring Nicholas Buccola, Brian Doyle, Scott Farris, Katie Kacvinsky, Carrie Seitzinger, Ceiridwen Terrill, and Leni Zumas, with music by special guest Laura Gibson. Don’t forget to read the work of this year’s finalists, then vote for your favorite to win the 2013 Readers’ Choice Award.

March 22nd, 7:30p – Elissa Altman @ Powell’s Burnside (free)

From James Beard Award-winning writer Elissa Altman comes a story that marries wit to warmth and flavor to passion. With tender and often hilarious honesty (and 27 delicious recipes), Poor Man’s Feast: A Love Story of Comfort, Desire, and the Art of Simple Cooking (Chronicle) is a universal tale of finding sustenance and peace in a world of excess and inauthenticity. It shows us how all our stories are inextricably bound up with what, and how, we feed ourselves and those we love.

March 23rd, 1-3p – Voicecatcher: Readings @ Central Library, Collins Gallery (free)

Celebrate new work by the authors of VoiceCatcher: A Journal of Women’s Voices & Visions. Co-editor Celina Wigle will emcee this lively reading of prose and poetry that captures the diverse voices of local talent. Come prepared to add your voice during our open mic segment. VoiceCatcher is an all-volunteer nonprofit that connects, inspires and empowers women writers and artists in greater Portland/Vancouver.

March 23rd, 4p – Richard Hell @ Powell’s Burnside (free)

Richard Hell‘s I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp(Ecco) is the sharp, lyrical, and no-holds-barred memoir of the iconoclastic writer and musician — progenitor of American and British punk rock — which charts the coming of age of an artist and an indelible era in rock ‘n’ roll history. This event is cosponsored by Music Millennium.

March 25th, 7p – Vintage Tomorrows @ Powell’s Cedar Hills (free)

In Vintage Tomorrows: A Historian and a Futurist Journey through Steampunk into the Future of Technology(O’Reilly Media), futurist Brian David Johnson and cultural historian James Carrott explore steampunk, a cultural movement that’s captivated thousands of artists, designers, makers, hackers, and writers throughout the world.

March 26th, 7p – Shanghai Tunnels & Salty Dogs: Portland’s Lost Waterfront @ Capitol Hill Library, Capitol Hill Meeting Room (free)

Situated at the terminus of both sea lanes and railroads, with easy access to the wheat fields, sawmills and dairies of the Willamette Valley, Portland quickly became a rich and powerful seaport. As the city changed, so too did the role of the sailor — once bartered by shanghai masters, later elevated to well-paid and respected mariner. Author and historian Barney Blalock will share the fascinating history of the Portland waterfront, reading from his book Portland’s Lost Waterfront: Tall Ships, Steam Mills and Sailors’ Boardinghouses.

March 26th, 7:30p – Natalie Goldberg @ Powell’s Burnside (free)

In The True Secret of Writing: Connecting Life with Language (Atria), Natalie Goldberg, beloved teacher and author of Writing Down the Bones, reveals new breakthrough writing guidance as she recounts profound lessons she has learned from a lifetime of teaching and practice. This event is cosponsored by Willamette Writers.

March 27th, 6:30p – Verse in Person: Poetry Readings @ NW Library, Northwest Meeting Room (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.

March 30th, 2p – Demetri Martin @ Powell’s Burnside (free)

In his first book, This Is a Book, comedian Demetri Martin introduced fans and readers to his unique brand of long-form humor writing. Now he returns with an eclectic volume devoted entirely to his trademark drawings and word play. Point Your Face at This (Grand Central) contains hundreds of hilarious drawings and visual jokes, showcasing Martin’s particular penchant for brevity.


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January 2013 – Upcoming Literary Events

5 Jan


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

January 6th, 7:30p – Ursula K. Le Guin @ Powell’s Burnside (free)

In The Unreal and the Real (Small Beer), a two-volume selection of Ursula K. Le Guin‘s best short stories, readers will be delighted, provoked, amused, and faced with the sharp, satirical voice of one of the best short-story writers of the present day. Volume One, Where on Earth, explores Le Guin’s satirical, risky, political, and experimental earthbound stories, while the companion volume, Outer Space, Inner Lands, includes her best-known fantastical stories.

For more about Le Guin, check out her web site.

January 6th, 5p – Summerset Abbey @ Powell’s Cedar Hills (free)

Reminiscent of Downton AbbeySummerset Abbey(Gallery), T. J. Brown‘s first novel in a new series, follows two sisters and their maid as they are suddenly separated by the rigid class divisions within a sprawling aristocratic estate and thrust into an uncertain world on the brink of World War I. Joining Brown will be fellow romance authors Delilah Marvelle (Forever a Lord),Elizabeth Boyle (Along Came a Duke), and Laura Lee Guhrke (Trouble at the Wedding) for a conversation about Edwardian historical fiction.

January 7th, 7:30p – Oregon Writers on Craft @ Powell’s Burnside (free)

A homegrown writing reference book, Brave on the Page: Oregon Writers on Craft and the Creative Life (Forest Avenue Press) is a multi-voiced collection of ruminations about authors’ habits, frustrations, and successes. Above all, it’s a celebration of what it means to be a writer in Oregon. Brave on the Page, edited by Laura Stanfill, features work by 42 Oregon authors, including original interviews and flash essays. Joining Stanfill for the event will be contributors Kristy Athens, Jon Bell, Kate Gray, Robert Hill, Gigi Little, Gina Ochsner, Joanna Rose, Scott Sparling, and Yuvi Zalkow.

January 8th, 7p – Open Poetry Night @ Walters Cultural Arts Center (free)

Informal group of readers and listeners. Join in. 527 E. Main St.
Hillsboro, OR 97123

January 9th, 7p – Scoundrels: Star Wars @ Powell’s Cedar Hills (free)

Ocean’s Eleven meets Star Wars in Timothy Zahn‘sScoundrels: Star Wars (Lucas Books), a classic adventure set just after Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. The Death Star has just been destroyed and Han Solo still needs the money to pay off the bounty on his head. Now the opportunity to make that money and then some has walked into his life in the form of the perfect heist. With nine like-minded scoundrels, he and Chewbacca just might be able to pull it off and live to tell the tale.

January 9th, 7p – Madison HS WITS Students @ BiPartisan Cafe (free)

Join Madison High School students as they read their work at BiPartisan Cafe. This is a Writers in the Schools end-of-residency reading open to the public.

January 10th, 7:30p – Peaceful Places: Portland @ Powell’s Hawthorne (free)

Everybody knows about Portland’s food scene, outdoor recreation, bike lanes, beer pubs, and coffee shops. In short, Portland is a happening town. Seeking out the places or times when the crowds will be elsewhere, Paul Gerald‘s Peaceful Places: Portland (Menasha Ridge) gives readers the essence of what each place is about — what makes it peaceful or inviting. But he does not stint on also giving readers all the detailed info they need to get there at the crowd-free time. The theme that carries throughout the book is a simple one: Portland is a great city, but it’s still a city, and sometimes folks just need a break.

Read more about Paul Gerald and his work at his web site.

January 10th, 7:30p – Jonathan Franzen @ Arlene Schnitzer (subscription needed)

Jonathan Franzen’s books include The CorrectionsFreedomHow to Be Alone and the memoirThe Discomfort Zone. A new essay collection, Farther Away, will appear in April 2012. Freedomwon the 2011 John Gardner Prize for fiction and the Heartland Prize. It was also chosen as one of the New York Times Ten Best Books of 2010 and as a finalist for National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

Check out this Portland Monthly interview or, if you’re not familiar with him, check out his Wiki page.

January 12th, 3p – YA Authors Read @ Annie Bloom’s Books (free)

Ruth Tenzer Feldman (“Blue Thread”), Joy Preble (“Anastasia Forever”) and Emily Whitman (“Wildwing”) talk about writing young-adult fiction and share their works.

January 13th, 7:30p – Gather at the Table @ Powell’s Burnside (free)

Thomas Norman DeWolf, a descendent of slaveholders, and Sharon Leslie Morgan, a descendent of slaves, come together to openly discuss how the legacy of slavery and racism has impacted their lives. Together, they disclose the various difficulties and rewards they experience as individuals striving to heal. Gather at the Table: The Healing Journey of a Daughter of Slavery and a Son of the Slave Trade (Beacon Press) is the chronicle of DeWolf and Morgan’s arduous and, at times, uncomfortable journey. Their book is an inspiring and powerful model for healing individuals and communities.

Check out this fascinating interview with the writers.

January 14th, 7:30p – Dan DeWeese & Michael Heald @ Powell’s Burnside (free)

Following publication of the critically acclaimed debut novel You Don’t Love This Man comes Disorder, a collection of eight stories, six of which have been published in top literary journals and magazines. In prose that can be subtly humorous or uncompromisingly direct, Dan DeWeese reveals the lives of men under tension, in conflict with society and with themselves. Across 11 essays,Michael Heald compulsively measures himself against men like Eli Manning, Ryan Gosling, and Stephen Malkmus, and always comes up short. After a decade of failed relationships, estranged siblings, and abandoned hopes, he may or may not have learned his lesson. Goodbye to the Nervous Apprehension (Perfect Day) is not nearly as depressing as any of this sounds.

DeWeese is a professor at PSU who has graciously sent tutors our way (yay, go Dan!). Check out his web site to learn more about his work. Heald talks to OPB about his essay collection.

January 16th, 7p – An Evening of Supernatural Teen Fiction @ Powell’s Cedar Hills (free)

Kevin Emerson‘s The Lost Code (Katherine Tegen) is Book One of the Atlanteans series — perilous adventures in a grimly plausible dystopian future. In Martha Brockenbrough‘sDevine Intervention (Arthur A. Levine), guardian angel Jerome must keep 16-year-old Heidi safe — if he is to graduate from heaven’s program for wayward teenagers. Sean Beaudoin‘s The Infects (Candlewick) is a feast for the brain. His gory and genuinely hilarious take on zombie culture simultaneously skewers, pays tribute to, and elevates the horror genre. In Cat Patrick‘s Revived (Little, Brown), a secret government agency has developed a drug called Revive that can bring people back from the dead — but the implications are quite sinister.

January 16th, 7p – Susan Jackson Rodgers & Wendy Willis @ Annie Bloom’s Books (free)

Rodgers reads from a short-story collection. Willis reads from a poetry collection.

January 17th, 7p – Wilson HS WITS Students @ Annie Bloom’s (free)

Students worked with fiction writer Carmen Bernier-Grand and playwright Hunt Holman.

January 17th, 7:30p – Ken Jennings @ Powell’s Burnside (free)

Ken Jennings, all-time Jeopardy! champion, delivers an engaging new book, Because I Said So!: The Truth Behind the Myths, Tales, and Warnings Every Generation Passes Down to Its Kids (Scribner), revealing the truth behind all the terrible things our parents used to warn us about. Armed with medical case histories, scientific findings, and even the occasional experiment on himself (or his kids), Jennings exposes countless examples of parental wisdom run amok.

January 18th, 7:30p – Neil Shubin @ Powell’s Burnside (free)

From one of the finest and most popular science writers, and author of Your Inner Fish, comes the answer to a scientific mystery as big as the world itself: How are the events that formed our solar system billions of years ago embedded inside each of us? In The Universe Within: Discovering the Common History of Rocks, Planets, and People (Pantheon), Neil Shubin takes an even more expansive approach to the question of why we look the way we do, making clear how the evolution of the cosmos has profoundly marked our own bodies.

January 19th, 1p – Anna Brentwood & Danita Cahill @ Jan’s Paperbacks (free)

Area authors including Anna Brentwood and Danita Cahill sign copies of their works. 18095 S.W. Tualatin Valley Highway, Aloha, OR 97006

January 19th, 2p – The Ties that Bind: Interweaving Domestic & Civic Life @ Central Library (free)

Over the past few years, many Oregonians have found meaning and connection through what were once known as the domestic arts. Tasks once considered obsolete, such as knitting and baking from scratch, are at the forefront of the DIY (Do-It-Yourself) movement. This renewed interest in the home and handmade things is multigenerational and expanding. Might increased attention to our most personal spaces be connected to the tending of our common civic spaces? Wendy Willis, deputy director for national programs at the National Policy Consensus Center, will examine the connections between domestic life and a healthy civil society, asking participants to consider whether blending together these two notions might help to create a new foundation for civic and political life in Oregon.

January 21st, 7:30p – The Terror Factory @ Powell’s Burnside (free)

A groundbreaking work of investigative journalism,The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI’s Manufactured War on Terrorism (Ig) shows how the FBI, under the guise of engaging in counterterrorism since 9/11, has built a network of more than 15,000 informants whose primary purpose is to infiltrate Muslim communities to create and facilitate phony terrorist plots so that the bureau can then claim victory in the War on Terror. Trevor Aaronson offers unprecedented detail into how the FBI has transformed from a reactive law-enforcement agency to a proactive counterterrorism organization.

January 22nd, 7:30p – Nicole Georges @ Powell’s Burnside (free)

In a charming graphic memoir that Alison Bechdel calls “riveting,” a psychic reading spurs Portland zinester Nicole Georges to uncover an old secret about her father and the family story she never knew. Calling Dr. Laura (Mariner), part coming-of-age and part coming-out story, tells of what happens to you when you are raised in a family of secrets, and what happens to your brain (and heart) when you learn the truth from an unlikely source.

Read more about this fellow Portlander at her web site.

January 23rd, 7p – Verse in Person @ NW Library (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.

January 24th, 7p – Cleveland HS WITS Students @ Tabor Space (free)

Students worked with fiction writer Sara Jaffe, cartoonist John Isaacson, and novelist Mark Pomeroy.

January 27th, 2p – William Stafford Birthday Celebration @ Central Library (free)

Join us for our 13th annual celebration of the work of Oregon’s most famous and beloved poet, William Stafford. Born in 1914, Stafford was a celebrated poet, teacher, mentor, and champion of free speech and thought. He was a professor at Lewis and Clark College, received the National Book Award for Traveling Through the Dark in 1963, was poetry consultant to the Library of Congress (1970-71), and served as Oregon’s Poet Laureate in 1975.  A conscientious objector during World War II, Stafford died in 1993.

January 27th, 7p – Espresso Book Machine: Book Formatting 101 @ IPRC ($15 for members, $25 for nonmembers)

In this class students will learn how to get a manuscript ready to produce a print run of paperback books at Espresso Book Machine! The class will cover page sizing, margins, cover layout, design and creating print ready pdf’s. There will also be tips on font sizes, spacing, copywriting and generating ISBN numbers. By the end of the class you will have practiced all the steps needed for printing on the EBM and students will be prepared to take advantage of the new IPRC and Espresso Book Machine. 1001 SE Division. Buy tickets @ http://www.brownpapertickets.com 

January 29th, 7:30p – Foodopoly @ Powell’s Burnside (free)

Wenonah Hauter, one of the nation’s leading healthy food advocates, believes that the local food movement is not enough to solve America’s food crisis and the public-health debacle it has created. InFoodopoly: The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America (New Press), she takes aim at the massive consolidation and corporate control of food production, which prevents farmers from raising healthy crops and limits the choices that people can make in the grocery store. Through meticulous research, Hauter presents a shocking account of how agricultural policy has been hijacked by lobbyists, driving out independent farmers and food processors. She illustrates how solving this crisis will require a complete structural shift, a grassroots movement to reshape our food system from seed to table — a change that is about politics, not just personal choice.

January 30th, 6p – Portland’s Past in Pictures: Goose Hollow @ NW Library (free)

Dr. Tracy J. Prince will present a slide show of historical photos from her book Portland’s Goose Hollow, showing the earliest days of the frontier city of Portland. Scenes include: the Great Plank Road (Jefferson/Canyon Road);  rare photos of Tanner Creek running in its banks; Guild’s Lake and Couch Lake; Chinese gardeners who terraced the steep slopes of Tanner Creek Gulch to grow vegetables; Native Americans who had encampments in the gulch; horse drawn streetcars; cable cars; Rose Festival performances on Multnomah Field; and many other photos that give a wonderful sense of life in Old Portland.


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December 2012 – Upcoming Literary Events

5 Dec

winter trees

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

December 4th, 7:30p – WITS Student Anthology Reading @ Powell’s Burnside (free)

In 2011-2012, Writers in the Schools (WITS), a program of Literary Arts, hired 21 writers to teach creative writing in 44 public high-school classes in Portland. Students read and wrote poems, plays, fiction, creative nonfiction, and comic arts. Join us for a celebratory reading from the newest WITS anthology, There Is a Fire/Que Hay un Fuego.

December 9th, 7p – Studio Series Poetry @ Stonehenge Studios (free)

Featured readers are Dennis McBride and Dennis Bernstein

December 11th, 7:30p – Calvin Trillin @ Powell’s Burnside (free)

For 40 years, Calvin Trillin has committed funniness all over the place — in the New Yorker, in one-man off-Broadway shows, in his “Deadline Poetry” for the Nation, and more. Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin (Random House) features the best of his humor and organizes it into topics such as high finance and the literary life. In Dogfight: The 2012 Presidential Campaign in Verse (Random House), Trillin satirically skewers Obama and all his Republican challengers.

December 14th, 4:30p – Book Fan Friday @ Powell’s Cedar Hills (free)

Book Fan Friday is a workshop for kids 10 to 18 years old who love to write. This month, author/illustrator Barry Deutsch will talk about creating comics and graphic novels. Join us.

Until December 16th – 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.

December 20th to February 3 – Minuscule & Movable: An Exhibition of Pocket-Sized & Pop-Up Books @ Central Library (free)

In the world of book arts, there are two kinds that are among the most charming: small books and pop-ups. Both genres test the limit of bookmaking. Small books at times appear exactly like their oversize relatives having fine bindings and gilded-edged pages but with miniscule texts and images. Pop-ups appear as regular books until they are opened and their movable pieces reveal delightful three-dimensional surprises. Some smaller books were originally made for portability or to accommodate the small hands of children, while others were made small because their content was controversial and they needed to be easily concealed. Pop-ups bring images to life as three-dimensional models hidden inside the pages of a book but are also made simply to entertain.


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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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Sherman Alexie at the Schnitz

25 Oct
Sherman Alexie

The Everybody Reads 2013 selections are two books by Sherman AlexieThe Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian and Ten Little Indians.

In partnership with Multnomah County Library and The Library FoundationLiterary Arts is pleased to announce an upcoming event with Sherman Alexie at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. This live lecture is the culmination of the community reading project.

Sherman Alexie is one of today’s most captivating and popular writers whose poignant and emotionally resonant stories about Native Americans have won several major literary awards. TheNew York Times has said that in Alexie’s “warm, revealing, invitingly roundabout stories, the central figures come in all shapes and sizes, sharing their wry perspectives on Indian life off the reservation.”If you’re not familiar with Alexie or his work, listen to his engaging conversation with Dave Miller on OPB’s Think Out Loud.

We hope you, your friends and neighbors will join us on March 12, 2013 to hear the author discuss his masterful work which has been inspired by his own experiences growing up on the Spokane Indian reservation.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 7:30 pm
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Prices: $15 – $45


For book group reservations of 8 or more please download our Group Order Form or call us at503.227.2583. Group prices reflect a 30% savings.

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October 2012 – Upcoming Literary Events

5 Oct

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

October 6th, 7pm – 7th Annual Text Ball @ Disjecta ($12 in advance, $15 at the door)

Brought to you by the Independent Publishing Resource Center, in conjunction with Wordstock, the TEXT BALL is Portland’s most unique literary event, where attendees are encouraged to come dressed with text as part of their evening attire. The theme for this year’s Ball is “The Graphic Details.” During the evening, Back Fence PDX producer/host B. Frayn Masters, with AC Dickson, will host live, unscripted storytelling by graphic novelist Nicole Georges, Carson Ellis, as well as a slideshow presentation by Arthur Bradford and work from cartoonist Matt Bors. Julia Kobos will be do a short dirty hop hop number and Zia McCabe from the Dandy Warhols will serve as the evening’s DJ. There will be text-based refreshments and attendees can enjoy word games like Scrabble, giant crossword puzzles, a dirty limerick challenge and a silent auction. The evening will culminate in a costume parade, with literary prizes for best outfits.

 Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Buy tickets here:

Note that costumes are encouraged but definitely not required.

All proceeds from the TEXT BALL benefit the IPRC’s mission to facilitate creative expression, identity, and community by providing access to self-publishing tools and resources.

October 7th @ 7:30p – Banned Books Week Reading @ Powell’s Burnside (free)

Each year hundreds of books are challenged in schools and libraries in the United States. Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Meant to highlight the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship, Powell’s Books and the ACLU of Oregon present an evening of readings by local authors, including Vanessa Veselka, winner of the 2012 PEN/Robert Bingham Prize for Zazen, Phillip Margolin (Gone, But Not Forgotten), April Henry (The Night She Disappeared), Sarah Royal (Creative Cursing: A Mix ‘n’ Match Profanity Generator), and much more!

October 8th, 7:30p – Davy Rothbart @ Powell’s Burnside (free)

Davy Rothbart, author of the national bestsellerFound, is looking for love in all the wrong places. He falls helplessly in unrequited love with pretty much every girl he meets. But even when things don’t work out, Rothbart finds meaning and humor in every moment. In the tradition of David Sedaris and Sloane Crosley, but going places very much his own, the essays inMy Heart Is an Idiot (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) show how things that are seemingly so wrong can be so, so right.

October 9th, 6-7:30p – Wordstock at the Library @ Central Library (free)

Join Wordstock and the Multnomah County Library for a festival “sneak-peek” event at the Central Library.  Portland-based festival authors will read climactic scenes from their newest books; featuring Evan P. Schneider, Jerry McGill and Alexis Smith.

October 11th, 7:30p – Jeffrey Toobin @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall (Subscriptions start at $75)

Jeffrey Toobin is a staff writer at the New Yorker and the bestselling author of The NineToo Close to CallA Vast Conspiracy and The Run of His Life. His forthcoming book, slated for a September release, The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court, is a gripping insider’s account of the momentous ideological war between the John Roberts Supreme Court and the Obama Administration. Toobin is also a senior legal analyst at CNN.

October 12th, 4:30p – Book Fan Friday @ Powell’s Burnside (free)

Book Fan Friday is a workshop for kids 10 to 18 years old who love to write. This month, Tina Wexler of International Creative Management will talk about the life of a literary agent. Please join us.

October 13-14th – Wordstock Festival @ Oregon Convention Center

Celebrate the return of the Northwest’s book and literary festival. This year’s guest authors include Chelsea Cain, Kurt Anderson, Philip Margolin, Storm Large, Erin Morgenstern, Bettye LaVette, Jess Walter, and many more. Tickets will be available at the door. Visit WordstockFestival.comfor details.

October 15th, 7:30p – Sandra Cisneros @ Powell’s Burnside (free)

The internationally acclaimed author of The House on Mango Street gives us a moving tale of loss, grief, and healing: a lyrically told, richly illustrated fable for grown-ups about a woman’s search for a cat that goes missing in the wake of her mother’s death. With full-color illustrations that bring this quest to vivid life, Have You Seen Marie? (Knopf) showcases the storytelling magic of Sandra Cisneros in a tale that reminds us how love, even when it goes astray, does not stay lost forever.

October 15th, 7:30p – Marvel Comics: The Untold Story @ Powell’s Hawthorne (free)

Over the course of a half century, Marvel Comics’ epic universe has become the most elaborate fictional narrative in history and serves as a modern American mythology for millions of readers. Sean Howe‘s Marvel Comics: The Untold Story(Harper) reveals the outsized personalities behind the scenes of this multibillion-dollar enterprise, including Martin Goodman, Stan Lee, and Jack Kirby.

October 17th, 7:30p – Timothy Egan @ Powell’s Burnside (free)

Edward Curtis was a successful photographer, the Annie Leibovitz of his time. But in 1900, at 32 years of age, he gave it all up to pursue his great idea: to capture on film the continent’s original inhabitants before the old ways disappeared. In Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), prizewinning writer Timothy Egan tells the riveting, cinematic story behind the most famous photographs in Native American history — and the driven, brilliant man who made them.

October 24th, 7p – Sherman Alexie @ Bgdad Theater ($27, which includes admission & a copy of Blasphemy)

Sherman Alexie‘s stature as a writer of stories, poems, and novels has soared over the course of his 20-book, 20-year career. A bold and irreverent observer of life among Native Americans in the Pacific Northwest, the daring, versatile, funny, and outrageous Alexie showcases all his talents in his newest book, Blasphemy (Grove Press). This collection unites 15 beloved classics with 15 new stories in one sweeping anthology for devoted fans and first-time readers. Please note: Tickets, $27, include admission and a copy of Blasphemy 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 will be distributed at the event.

October 24th, 7-8p – Verse in Person – Poetry Readings @ Northwest Library (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.

October 30th, 7:30p – Matthew Inman (The Oatmeal) @ Powell’s Burnside (free)

If your cat is kneading you, that’s not affection; it’s checking your internal organs for weakness. If your cat brings you a dead animal, it’s not a gift; it’s a warning. The hilarious serving of cat comics, facts, and instructional guides inHow to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You (Andrews McMeel Publishing) is the latest from New York Times-bestselling-author Matthew Inman of TheOatmeal.com.


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