Portland

  • Marlon James

    Black Leopard, Red Wolf (Riverhead) is the epic new novel, an African Game of Thrones, from Marlon James, the Man Booker Prize-winning author of A Brief History of Seven Killings. In the stunning first book in James’s Dark Star trilogy, myth, fantasy, and history come together to explore what happens…

    Black Leopard, Red Wolf (Riverhead) is the epic new novel, an African Game of Thrones, from Marlon James, the Man Booker Prize-winning author of A Brief History of Seven Killings. In the stunning first book in James’s Dark Star trilogy, myth, fantasy, and history come together to explore what happens when a mercenary is hired to find a missing child. Full of unforgettable characters, Black Leopard, Red Wolf is both surprising and profound as it explores the fundamentals of truth, the limits of power, and our need to understand them both.

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  • Reema Zaman in Conversation With Lidia Yuknavitch

    For too long, through the most intimate acts of erasure, women have been silenced. Now, women everywhere are breaking through the limits placed on us by family, society, and tradition. To find our voices. To make space for ourselves in this world. Now is the moment to reclaim what was once lost, …

    For too long, through the most intimate acts of erasure, women have been silenced. Now, women everywhere are breaking through the limits placed on us by family, society, and tradition. To find our voices. To make space for ourselves in this world. Now is the moment to reclaim what was once lost, stolen, forsaken, or abandoned. Reema Zaman’s I Am Yours (Amberjack) is about Zaman’s fight to protect and free her voice from those who have sought to silence her, for the sake of creating a world where all voices are welcome and respected. Because the voice, without intimacy, will atrophy. Zaman will be joined in conversation by Lidia Yuknavitch, author of The Book of Joan.

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  • Tony Platt

    The contemporary American criminal justice system imprisons more people than any other country in the world. Notorious for its brutal police tactics and unashamed of the astonishing cruelty of its prisons, it regularly turns a blind eye to the institutionalized racism on display 24/7. How did a nation…

    The contemporary American criminal justice system imprisons more people than any other country in the world. Notorious for its brutal police tactics and unashamed of the astonishing cruelty of its prisons, it regularly turns a blind eye to the institutionalized racism on display 24/7. How did a nation supposedly built on the rule of law get to this, and what can be done about it? Tony Platt’s groundbreaking book, Beyond These Walls (St. Martin’s), considers how the current broken system can be fixed and offers a bold plan for structural reforms that would guarantee justice for all.The contemporary American criminal justice system imprisons more people than any other country in the world. Notorious for its brutal police tactics and unashamed of the astonishing cruelty of its prisons, it regularly turns a blind eye to the institutionalized racism on display 24/7. How did a nation supposedly built on the rule of law get to this, and what can be done about it? Tony Platt’s groundbreaking book, Beyond These Walls (St. Martin’s), considers how the current broken system can be fixed and offers a bold plan for structural reforms that would guarantee justice for all.

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  • Tony Platt

    The contemporary American criminal justice system imprisons more people than any other country in the world. Notorious for its brutal police tactics and unashamed of the astonishing cruelty of its prisons, it regularly turns a blind eye to the institutionalized racism on display 24/7. How did a nation…

    The contemporary American criminal justice system imprisons more people than any other country in the world. Notorious for its brutal police tactics and unashamed of the astonishing cruelty of its prisons, it regularly turns a blind eye to the institutionalized racism on display 24/7. How did a nation supposedly built on the rule of law get to this, and what can be done about it? Tony Platt’s groundbreaking book, Beyond These Walls (St. Martin’s), considers how the current broken system can be fixed and offers a bold plan for structural reforms that would guarantee justice for all.The contemporary American criminal justice system imprisons more people than any other country in the world. Notorious for its brutal police tactics and unashamed of the astonishing cruelty of its prisons, it regularly turns a blind eye to the institutionalized racism on display 24/7. How did a nation supposedly built on the rule of law get to this, and what can be done about it? Tony Platt’s groundbreaking book, Beyond These Walls (St. Martin’s), considers how the current broken system can be fixed and offers a bold plan for structural reforms that would guarantee justice for all.

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  • David Biespiel in Conversation With April Baer

    David Biespiel’s Republic Café (University of Washington) is a meditation on love during a time of violence, and a tally of what appears and disappears in every moment. Mindful of epigenetic experience as our bodies become living vessels for history’s tragedies, Biespiel praises not only the …

    David Biespiel’s Republic Café (University of Washington) is a meditation on love during a time of violence, and a tally of what appears and disappears in every moment. Mindful of epigenetic experience as our bodies become living vessels for history’s tragedies, Biespiel praises not only the essentialness of our human memory, but also the sanctity of our flawed, human forgetting. Republic Café details the experience of lovers in Portland, Oregon, on the eve and days following September 11, 2001. Biespiel will be joined in conversation by April Baer, host of OPB’s State of Wonder.

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  • Angie Thomas in Conversation With Laini Taylor

    The highly anticipated second novel from Angie Thomas, author of The Hate U Give, returns to the world of Garden Heights. Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. As the daughter of an underground hip hop legend who died right before he hit big, Bri’s got massive …

    The highly anticipated second novel from Angie Thomas, author of The Hate U Give, returns to the world of Garden Heights. Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. As the daughter of an underground hip hop legend who died right before he hit big, Bri’s got massive shoes to fill. But it’s hard to get your come up when you’re labeled a hoodlum at school, and your fridge at home is empty after your mom loses her job. So Bri pours her anger and frustration into her first song, which goes viral… for all the wrong reasons. Insightful, unflinching, and full of heart, On the Come Up (Balzer & Bray) is an ode to hip hop from one of the most influential literary voices of a generation. Thomas will be joined in conversation by Laini Taylor, author of Muse of Nightmares. Please note: Tickets for this event, $28.99, include admission and a copy of On the Come Up and are available at the Portland'5 box office, all TicketsWest outlets, online at Portland5.com, or by phone at 800-273-1530. Books will be distributed at the event.

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  • Johannes Lichtman

    Jonas Anderson wants a fresh start. He’s made plenty of bad decisions in his life, and at age 28 he’s been fired from yet another teaching position after assigning homework like: Visit a stranger’s funeral and write about it. But, he’s sure a move to Sweden, the country of his mother’s birth, will …

    Jonas Anderson wants a fresh start. He’s made plenty of bad decisions in his life, and at age 28 he’s been fired from yet another teaching position after assigning homework like: Visit a stranger’s funeral and write about it. But, he’s sure a move to Sweden, the country of his mother’s birth, will be just the thing to kick-start a new and improved – and newly sober – Jonas. When he arrives in 2015, the city is struggling with the influx of tens of thousands of Middle Eastern refugees. Driven by an existential need to “do good,” Jonas begins volunteering with an organization that teaches Swedish to young migrants. The connections he makes there, and to one student in particular, might send him down the right path toward fulfillment – if he could just get out of his own way. Johannes Lichtman’s Such Good Work (Simon & Schuster) is a darkly comic novel, brought to life with funny, wry observations and searing questions about our modern world, told with equal measures of grace and wit.

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  • The Empathy Effect

    Empathy is undergoing a new evolution. In a global and interconnected culture, we can no longer afford to identify only with people who seem to be a part of our "tribe." As Dr. Helen Riess has learned, our capacity for empathy is not just an innate trait – it is also a skill that we can learn and …

    Empathy is undergoing a new evolution. In a global and interconnected culture, we can no longer afford to identify only with people who seem to be a part of our "tribe." As Dr. Helen Riess has learned, our capacity for empathy is not just an innate trait – it is also a skill that we can learn and expand. With The Empathy Effect (Sounds True), Dr. Riess presents a definitive resource on empathy: the science behind how it works, new research on how empathy develops from birth to adulthood, and tools for building your capacity to create authentic emotional connection with others.

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  • Douglas Rushkoff

    Team Human (W. W. Norton) is a fiery distillation of digital theorist Douglas Rushkoff’s most urgent thoughts on civilization and human nature. In 100 lean, incisive statements, Rushkoff argues that we are essentially social creatures, and that we achieve our greatest aspirations when we work together…

    Team Human (W. W. Norton) is a fiery distillation of digital theorist Douglas Rushkoff’s most urgent thoughts on civilization and human nature. In 100 lean, incisive statements, Rushkoff argues that we are essentially social creatures, and that we achieve our greatest aspirations when we work together – not as individuals. Yet today, society is threatened by a vast antihuman infrastructure that undermines our ability to connect. Harnessing research on human evolution, biology, and psychology, Rushkoff shows that when we work together we realize greater happiness, productivity, and peace.

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  • Dani Shapiro

    In 2016, through a genealogy website to which she had whimsically submitted her DNA, Dani Shapiro received the stunning news that her father was not her biological father. She woke up one morning and her entire history – the life she had lived – crumbled beneath her. Inheritance (Knopf) is a book …

    In 2016, through a genealogy website to which she had whimsically submitted her DNA, Dani Shapiro received the stunning news that her father was not her biological father. She woke up one morning and her entire history – the life she had lived – crumbled beneath her. Inheritance (Knopf) is a book about secrets – secrets within families, kept out of shame or self-protectiveness; secrets we keep from one another in the name of love. It is the story of a woman’s urgent quest to unlock the story of her own identity, a story that had been scrupulously hidden from her for more than 50 years, years she had spent writing brilliantly, and compulsively, on themes of identity and family history.

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  • The Art of Dying Well: A Practical Guide to a Good End of Life

    The Art of Dying Well (Scribner) is about living as well as possible for as long as possible and adapting successfully to change. Packed with helpful insights and inspiring true stories, journalist and prominent end-of-life speaker Katy Butler shows how to thrive in later life (even when coping with…

    The Art of Dying Well (Scribner) is about living as well as possible for as long as possible and adapting successfully to change. Packed with helpful insights and inspiring true stories, journalist and prominent end-of-life speaker Katy Butler shows how to thrive in later life (even when coping with a chronic medical condition), how to get the best from our health system, and how to make your own “good death” more likely. Butler’s handbook – practical, communal, physical, and sometimes spiritual – will help you make the most of your remaining time, be it decades, years, or months.

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  • Punishment Without Crime

    Punishment Without Crime (Basic) offers an urgent new interpretation of inequality and injustice in America by examining the paradigmatic American offense: the lowly misdemeanor. Legal scholar Alexandra Natapoff reveals the inner workings of a petty offense system that produces over 13 million cases…

    Punishment Without Crime (Basic) offers an urgent new interpretation of inequality and injustice in America by examining the paradigmatic American offense: the lowly misdemeanor. Legal scholar Alexandra Natapoff reveals the inner workings of a petty offense system that produces over 13 million cases each year. People arrested for minor crimes are swept through courts where defendants often lack lawyers, judges process cases in mere minutes, and nearly everyone pleads guilty. As a result, vast numbers of Americans – most of them poor and people of color – are stigmatized as criminals, impoverished through fines and fees, and stripped of driver’s licenses, jobs, and housing.

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  • Christie Aschwanden in Conversation With Peter Frick-Wright

    In recent years recovery has become a sports and fitness buzzword. Anyone who works out or competes at any level is bombarded with the latest recovery products and services: from drinks and shakes to compression sleeves, foam rollers, electrical muscle stimulators, and sleep trackers. In Good to Go…

    In recent years recovery has become a sports and fitness buzzword. Anyone who works out or competes at any level is bombarded with the latest recovery products and services: from drinks and shakes to compression sleeves, foam rollers, electrical muscle stimulators, and sleep trackers. In Good to Go (W. W. Norton), acclaimed FiveThirtyEight science writer Christie Aschwanden takes readers on an entertaining and enlightening tour through this strange world. Aschwanden will be joined in conversation by Peter Frick-Wright, contributing editor for Outside magazine and the host and coproducer of the Outside Podcast.

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  • Eva Hagberg Fisher in Conversation With Sophia Shalmiyev

    Eva Hagberg Fisher spent her lonely youth looking everywhere for connection: drugs, alcohol, therapists, boyfriends, girlfriends. Sometimes she found it, but always temporarily. Then, at age 30, an undiscovered mass in her brain ruptured. So did her life. A brain surgery marked only the beginning of…

    Eva Hagberg Fisher spent her lonely youth looking everywhere for connection: drugs, alcohol, therapists, boyfriends, girlfriends. Sometimes she found it, but always temporarily. Then, at age 30, an undiscovered mass in her brain ruptured. So did her life. A brain surgery marked only the beginning of a long journey, and when her illness hit a critical stage, it forced her to finally admit the long-suppressed truth: she was vulnerable, she needed help, and she longed to grow. She needed true friendship for the first time. Fisher’s How to Be Loved (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) is a luminous memoir about how friendship saved one woman’s life, for anyone who has loved a friend who was sick, grieving, or lost – and for anyone who has struggled to seek or accept help. Fisher will be joined in conversation by Sophia Shalmiyev, author of Mother Winter.

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  • Tricia Levenseller, Erin Summerill & Caitlin Sangster

    In Tricia Levenseller’s Warrior of the Wild (Feiwel & Friends), an 18-year-old chieftain's daughter must find a way to kill her village's oppressive deity if she ever wants to return home. A young king searches for a way to dismantle his father's dark legacy in Erin Summerill’s romantic fantasy, Once…

    In Tricia Levenseller’s Warrior of the Wild (Feiwel & Friends), an 18-year-old chieftain's daughter must find a way to kill her village's oppressive deity if she ever wants to return home. A young king searches for a way to dismantle his father's dark legacy in Erin Summerill’s romantic fantasy, Once a King (Houghton Mifflin). In Caitlin Sangster’s Shatter the Suns (Simon Pulse), Sev must decode her mother's last words to find the cure to Sleeping Sickness – before her enemies find it first.

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  • Tom Barbash

    The Dakota Winters (Ecco) is an evocative and wildly absorbing new novel about the Winters, a family living in New York City’s famed Dakota apartment building in the year leading up to John Lennon’s assassination. By turns hilarious and poignant, Tom Barbash’s new book is a family saga, a social …

    The Dakota Winters (Ecco) is an evocative and wildly absorbing new novel about the Winters, a family living in New York City’s famed Dakota apartment building in the year leading up to John Lennon’s assassination. By turns hilarious and poignant, Tom Barbash’s new book is a family saga, a social novel, and a tale of a critical moment in the history of New York City and the country at large.

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  • Phillip Margolin

    n Phillip Margolin’s The Perfect Alibi (Minotaur), a young woman accuses a prominent local college athlete of rape. Convicted with the help of undisputable DNA evidence, the athlete swears his innocence and threatens both his lawyer and his accuser as he's sent to prison. Margolin, the master of the…

    n Phillip Margolin’s The Perfect Alibi (Minotaur), a young woman accuses a prominent local college athlete of rape. Convicted with the help of undisputable DNA evidence, the athlete swears his innocence and threatens both his lawyer and his accuser as he's sent to prison. Margolin, the master of the legal thriller, returns in one of his twistiest, most compelling crime novels yet.

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  • Richard Chiem in Conversation With Janice Lee

    From one of the most exciting and risk-taking new literary voices, Richard Chiem’s debut novel King of Joy (Soft Skull) is the triumphant, electrifying story of one woman’s quest for survival against all odds, told in the author’s inimitable prose style – equal parts sledgehammer and sweet song. …

    From one of the most exciting and risk-taking new literary voices, Richard Chiem’s debut novel King of Joy (Soft Skull) is the triumphant, electrifying story of one woman’s quest for survival against all odds, told in the author’s inimitable prose style – equal parts sledgehammer and sweet song. Chiem will be joined in conversation by Janice Lee, author of The Sky Isn’t Blue.

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  • Najwa Zebian

    In Sparks of Phoenix (Andrews McMeel), Najwa Zebian’s third book of poetry, she takes her readers on a powerful journey of healing. As the phoenix emerges from its ashes, Zebian emerges ablaze in these pages, not only as a survivor of abuse, but as a teacher and healer for all those who have struggled…

    In Sparks of Phoenix (Andrews McMeel), Najwa Zebian’s third book of poetry, she takes her readers on a powerful journey of healing. As the phoenix emerges from its ashes, Zebian emerges ablaze in these pages, not only as a survivor of abuse, but as a teacher and healer for all those who have struggled to understand, reclaim, and rise above a history of pain.

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  • Young Adult Book Club (Hawthorne)

    The Young Adult Book Club is a group of teens who meet monthly to talk about YA fiction. We’re fans of strong stories, diverse characters, and Rainbow Rowell (of course!). This month our group meets to discuss Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller. Join us!

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