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Portland

  • 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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  • Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe

    Zucked (Penguin Press) is the story of how noted tech venture capitalist Roger McNamee, an early mentor to Mark Zuckerberg and investor, woke up to the serious damage Facebook was doing to our society and set out to try to stop it. Zucked is McNamee’s intimate reckoning with the catastrophic failure…

    Zucked (Penguin Press) is the story of how noted tech venture capitalist Roger McNamee, an early mentor to Mark Zuckerberg and investor, woke up to the serious damage Facebook was doing to our society and set out to try to stop it. Zucked is McNamee’s intimate reckoning with the catastrophic failure of the head of one of the most powerful companies to face up to the damage he is doing.

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  • Arthur Sommers & Karen Kearns

    Washington County, Oregon, has grown into one of the most significant high technology and sports apparel centers in the country. Arthur Sommers and Karen Kearns’s Washington County (Arcadia) offers a history of Washington County from the late 19th through the mid-20th century. …

    Washington County, Oregon, has grown into one of the most significant high technology and sports apparel centers in the country. Arthur Sommers and Karen Kearns’s Washington County (Arcadia) offers a history of Washington County from the late 19th through the mid-20th century.

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  • Ross Gay in Conversation With Megan Labrise

    In The Book of Delights (Algonquin), Ross Gay, winner of the NBCC Award for Poetry, offers up a spirited collection of short lyric essays, written daily over a tumultuous year, reminding us of the purpose and pleasure of praising, extolling, and celebrating ordinary wonders. Gay will be joined in …

    In The Book of Delights (Algonquin), Ross Gay, winner of the NBCC Award for Poetry, offers up a spirited collection of short lyric essays, written daily over a tumultuous year, reminding us of the purpose and pleasure of praising, extolling, and celebrating ordinary wonders. Gay will be joined in conversation by Megan Labrise, staff writer at Kirkus Reviews.

    Preorder a signed edition of The Book of Delights: Essays

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  • Brian Fies

    From celebrated author and illustrator Brian Fies comes a firsthand account of the Northern California wildfires of 2017. A Fire Story (Abrams ComicArts) is an honest, unflinching depiction of the wildfires that left homes destroyed, families broken, and a community determined to rebuild. …

    From celebrated author and illustrator Brian Fies comes a firsthand account of the Northern California wildfires of 2017. A Fire Story (Abrams ComicArts) is an honest, unflinching depiction of the wildfires that left homes destroyed, families broken, and a community determined to rebuild.

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  • T Kira Madden in Conversation With Lidia Yuknavitch & Jaquira Díaz

    T Kira Madden’s raw and redemptive memoir, Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls (Bloomsbury), is about coming of age and reckoning with desire as a queer, biracial teenager amidst the fierce contradictions of Boca Raton, Florida. Madden will be joined in conversation by Lidia Yuknavitch, author …

    T Kira Madden’s raw and redemptive memoir, Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls (Bloomsbury), is about coming of age and reckoning with desire as a queer, biracial teenager amidst the fierce contradictions of Boca Raton, Florida. Madden will be joined in conversation by Lidia Yuknavitch, author of The Book of Joan, and Jaquira Díaz, author of the forthcoming memoir, Ordinary Girls.

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  • Marie Bostwick

    “Whatever comes your way, find the happiness in it.” Hope Carpenter received that advice from her mother decades ago. Now, with their four children grown, Hope and her husband, Rick, are suddenly facing an uncertain future, after a forced retirement strains both their savings and their marriage. Hope…

    “Whatever comes your way, find the happiness in it.” Hope Carpenter received that advice from her mother decades ago. Now, with their four children grown, Hope and her husband, Rick, are suddenly facing an uncertain future, after a forced retirement strains both their savings and their marriage. Hope on the Inside (Kensington) is the compelling, heartwarming new novel from Marie Bostwick.

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  • Poets Michael Dickman & Carl Adamshick

    mage-driven and shape-driven, the poems of Michael Dickman’s Days and Days (Knopf) touch on parenthood, childhood, local natural habitats, graffiti culture, roses, and romantic love. Brutal and tender, the spare poems in Carl Adamshick's Birches (Four Way) recount a son's unsentimental and powerful…

    mage-driven and shape-driven, the poems of Michael Dickman’s Days and Days (Knopf) touch on parenthood, childhood, local natural habitats, graffiti culture, roses, and romantic love. Brutal and tender, the spare poems in Carl Adamshick's Birches (Four Way) recount a son's unsentimental and powerful love for his mother, while contemplating, in the wake of her death, what it is to be truly alive.

    Preorder a signed edition of Days and Days: Poems

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  • Yale Series of Younger Poets

    Four winners of the Yale Younger Poets Award read from their collections: Eduardo Corral with Slow Lightning, Airea Matthews with Simulacra, Richard Siken with Crush, and Yanyi with The Year of Blue Water. The poets will be joined by Carl Phillips, outgoing judge for the Yale Series of Younger Poets.…

    Four winners of the Yale Younger Poets Award read from their collections: Eduardo Corral with Slow Lightning, Airea Matthews with Simulacra, Richard Siken with Crush, and Yanyi with The Year of Blue Water. The poets will be joined by Carl Phillips, outgoing judge for the Yale Series of Younger Poets.

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  • Grace Talusan in Conversation With in Conversation With Alex Marzano-Lesnevich

    Winner of the 2017 Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing, Grace Talusan's memoir, The Body Papers (Restless), explores the fraught contours of her life as a Filipino immigrant and survivor of cancer and sexual abuse. Talusan delves into the various bodies, both physical and metaphorical, …

    Winner of the 2017 Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing, Grace Talusan's memoir, The Body Papers (Restless), explores the fraught contours of her life as a Filipino immigrant and survivor of cancer and sexual abuse. Talusan delves into the various bodies, both physical and metaphorical, that comprise her life as a woman, an immigrant, a writer, a survivor, a daughter, and a wife. Talusan will be joined in conversation by Alex Marzano-Lesnevich, author of The Fact of a Body.

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  • Femme Force

    Join us for a dynamite evening of queer femme brilliance: SJ Sindu with Marriage of a Thousand Lies (Soho), Wendy C. Ortiz with Hollywood Notebook (Civil Coping Mechanisms), Barrie Jean Borich with Apocalypse, Darling (Mad Creek), Amber Dawn with Sodom Road Exit (Arsenal Pulp), Ariel Gore with We …

    Join us for a dynamite evening of queer femme brilliance: SJ Sindu with Marriage of a Thousand Lies (Soho), Wendy C. Ortiz with Hollywood Notebook (Civil Coping Mechanisms), Barrie Jean Borich with Apocalypse, Darling (Mad Creek), Amber Dawn with Sodom Road Exit (Arsenal Pulp), Ariel Gore with We Were Witches (Amethyst), and Larissa Lai with The Tiger Flu (Arsenal Pulp).

    Preorder a signed edition of We Were Witches

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  • Women of Resistance: Poems for a New Feminism

    As our resistance rises in strength and momentum, the term femme has come to represent an expansive range of intersecting identities and gender expressions. Join Denice Frohman, Amanda Johnston, Ada Limón, Patricia Smith, Anastacia-Renée, Lauren K. Alleyne, Ryka Aoki, and editors Danielle Barnhart …

    As our resistance rises in strength and momentum, the term femme has come to represent an expansive range of intersecting identities and gender expressions. Join Denice Frohman, Amanda Johnston, Ada Limón, Patricia Smith, Anastacia-Renée, Lauren K. Alleyne, Ryka Aoki, and editors Danielle Barnhart and Iris Mahan, for a powerhouse reading in celebration of all of the poets who breathed life into Women of Resistance: Poems for a New Feminism (OR Books). This event is sponsored by Adelphi University MFA in Creative Writing.

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  • Ally Condie in Conversation With Brendan Reichs

    Ally Condie, bestselling author of the Matched trilogy, returns with The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe (Dutton), the intricately crafted and emotionally gripping story of one young woman’s journey to move beyond the grief and anger that control her – and find the inner strength to chart her own course.…

    Ally Condie, bestselling author of the Matched trilogy, returns with The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe (Dutton), the intricately crafted and emotionally gripping story of one young woman’s journey to move beyond the grief and anger that control her – and find the inner strength to chart her own course. Condie will be joined in conversation by Brendan Reichs, author of the Project Nemesis series.

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  • Lacy M. Johnson, Alexander Chee, Reema Zaman & Marissa Korbel

    Memoir Monday is a monthly reading series and weekly newsletter cocurated by Narratively, The Rumpus, Longreads, Catapult, Tin House, Granta, and Guernica. At a special AWP edition of Memoir Monday, authors Lacy M. Johnson, Alexander Chee, Reema Zaman, and Marissa Korbel join us for a reading of …

    Memoir Monday is a monthly reading series and weekly newsletter cocurated by Narratively, The Rumpus, Longreads, Catapult, Tin House, Granta, and Guernica. At a special AWP edition of Memoir Monday, authors Lacy M. Johnson, Alexander Chee, Reema Zaman, and Marissa Korbel join us for a reading of their work – emceed by Lilly Dancyger, Memoir Editor of Narratively.

    Preorder a signed edition of The Reckonings: Essays

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