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  • Down From the Mountain: The Life and Death of a Grizzly Bear

    The grizzly is one of North America’s few remaining large predators. Their range is diminished, but they’re spreading across the West again. Descending into valleys where once they were king, bears find the landscape they’d known for eons utterly changed by the new most dominant animal: humans. In …

    The grizzly is one of North America’s few remaining large predators. Their range is diminished, but they’re spreading across the West again. Descending into valleys where once they were king, bears find the landscape they’d known for eons utterly changed by the new most dominant animal: humans. In Down From the Mountain (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), writer, Montana rancher, and conservationist Bryce Andrews tells the story of a grizzly bear named Millie: her life, death, and cubs, and what they reveal about the changing character of the American West.

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  • Mark Doten in Conversation With Justin Taylor

    Twice a week, the president pilots his ultra-luxury airship Trump Sky Alpha (seats start at $50,000), delivering a streaming YouTube address to the nation, in which he trumpets his successes and blasts his enemies – until the day his words plunge the world into nuclear war. In his new novel, Trump …

    Twice a week, the president pilots his ultra-luxury airship Trump Sky Alpha (seats start at $50,000), delivering a streaming YouTube address to the nation, in which he trumpets his successes and blasts his enemies – until the day his words plunge the world into nuclear war. In his new novel, Trump Sky Alpha (Graywolf), Mark Doten, a satirist of unparalleled vision, brilliantly details how the Internet has infiltrated every aspect of our lives, laying the groundwork for the tumult of our current political moment, and, in the kaleidoscopic, queer, all-consuming, parallactic swirl of Trump Sky Alpha, for the future headed our way. Doten will be joined in conversation by Justin Taylor, author of Flings.

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  • Alafair Burke

    From Alafair Burke, author of the runaway hit, The Wife, comes The Better Sister (Harper), another twisty tale of domestic noir. When a prominent Manhattan lawyer is murdered, two estranged sisters – one the dead man’s widow, the other his ex – must set aside mistrust and old resentments… but can …

    From Alafair Burke, author of the runaway hit, The Wife, comes The Better Sister (Harper), another twisty tale of domestic noir. When a prominent Manhattan lawyer is murdered, two estranged sisters – one the dead man’s widow, the other his ex – must set aside mistrust and old resentments… but can they escape their past?

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  • Ungovernable: The Victorian Parent's Guide to Raising Flawless Children

    Feminist historian Therese Oneill is back to educate you on what to expect when you're expecting… a Victorian baby! In Ungovernable (Little, Brown), Oneill conducts an unforgettable tour through the backwards, pseudoscientific, downright bizarre parenting fashions of the Victorians. Endlessly …

    Feminist historian Therese Oneill is back to educate you on what to expect when you're expecting… a Victorian baby! In Ungovernable (Little, Brown), Oneill conducts an unforgettable tour through the backwards, pseudoscientific, downright bizarre parenting fashions of the Victorians. Endlessly surprising, wickedly funny, and filled with juicy historical tidbits and images, Ungovernable provides much-needed perspective on – and comic relief from – the age-old struggle to bring up baby.

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  • Delilah Dawson & Kevin Hearne

    Go big or go gnome. The bestselling authors of Kill the Farm Boy return to the world of Pell, the irreverent fantasy universe that recalls Monty Python and Terry Pratchett. In No Country for Old Gnomes (Del Rey), Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne lovingly tweak the tropes of fantasy. Here you’ll …

    Go big or go gnome. The bestselling authors of Kill the Farm Boy return to the world of Pell, the irreverent fantasy universe that recalls Monty Python and Terry Pratchett. In No Country for Old Gnomes (Del Rey), Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne lovingly tweak the tropes of fantasy. Here you’ll find goofy jokes and whimsical puns, but you’ll also find a diverse, feminist, and lighthearted approach to fantasy that will bring a smile to your face and many fine cheeses to your plate.

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  • Liz Prato

    Liz Prato combines lyricism, research, and humor to explore her role as a white tourist in a seemingly paradisiacal land that has been largely formed and destroyed by white outsiders. In Volcanoes, Palm Trees, and Privilege (Overcup), Hawaiian history, pop culture, and contemporary affairs are …

    Liz Prato combines lyricism, research, and humor to explore her role as a white tourist in a seemingly paradisiacal land that has been largely formed and destroyed by white outsiders. In Volcanoes, Palm Trees, and Privilege (Overcup), Hawaiian history, pop culture, and contemporary affairs are masterfully woven with Prato’s personal narrative of loss and survival in linked essays, offering unique insight into how the touristic ideal of Hawai‘i came to be, and what Hawai‘i is at its core. Prato will be introduced at the event by Karen Karbo, author of In Praise of Difficult Women.

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  • David Vann

    In his riveting new novel, Prix Médicis étranger winner David Vann reimagines his father’s final days. Halibut on the Moon (Grove) traces the roots of mental illness in one man’s life as he attempts to anchor himself to the places and people that once shaped his sense of identity. In vivid and haunting…

    In his riveting new novel, Prix Médicis étranger winner David Vann reimagines his father’s final days. Halibut on the Moon (Grove) traces the roots of mental illness in one man’s life as he attempts to anchor himself to the places and people that once shaped his sense of identity. In vivid and haunting prose, Vann offers us an aching portrait of a mind in peril, searching desperately for some hope of redemption.

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  • Damon Krukowski

    Our voices carry farther than ever before, thanks to digital media. But how are they being heard? In his new book, writer-musician Damon Krukowski examines how the switch from analog to digital audio is changing our perceptions of time, space, love, money, and power. In Ways of Hearing (MIT) – modeled…

    Our voices carry farther than ever before, thanks to digital media. But how are they being heard? In his new book, writer-musician Damon Krukowski examines how the switch from analog to digital audio is changing our perceptions of time, space, love, money, and power. In Ways of Hearing (MIT) – modeled on Ways of Seeing, John Berger's influential 1972 book on visual culture – Krukowski offers readers a set of tools for critical listening in the digital age. Krukowski lays out a choice: Do we want a world enriched by the messiness of noise, or one that strives toward the purity of signal only?

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  • Rob Roberge in Conversation With Joshua Mohr

    When Rob Roberge learns that he’s likely to have developed a progressive memory-eroding disease from years of hard living and frequent concussions, he is terrified by the prospect of becoming a walking shadow. In a desperate attempt to preserve his identity, he sets out to record the most formative…

    When Rob Roberge learns that he’s likely to have developed a progressive memory-eroding disease from years of hard living and frequent concussions, he is terrified by the prospect of becoming a walking shadow. In a desperate attempt to preserve his identity, he sets out to record the most formative moments of his life – ranging from the brutal murder of his childhood girlfriend, to a diagnosis of rapid-cycling bipolar disorder, to opening for indie band Yo La Tengo. As Liar (Future Tense) twists and turns through Roberge’s life, it turns the familiar story of sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll on its head. Roberge will be joined in conversation with Joshua Mohr, author of All This Life.

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  • Paulann Petersen

    Paulann Petersen’s new poetry collection, One Small Sun (Salmon), takes readers from a fur shop in Oregon to a Hyderabadi shrine in India’s subcontinent. Its pages contain a meditation on postmortem photographs, an ode to the female earwig, an elegy for a grandmother’s panache. Tapping deeply into …

    Paulann Petersen’s new poetry collection, One Small Sun (Salmon), takes readers from a fur shop in Oregon to a Hyderabadi shrine in India’s subcontinent. Its pages contain a meditation on postmortem photographs, an ode to the female earwig, an elegy for a grandmother’s panache. Tapping deeply into memory, relying on poetry’s ability to bring alive again what is coded into the blood, these poems ultimately form an arc of an aging woman’s life. This collection tells the tales of what she has always realized, is ever learning, but – only through poetry’s vehicle – can truly know.

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  • Jeremy & Audrey Roloff

    Little People, Big World stars Jeremy and Audrey Roloff share what they learned from their own dating journey in order to equip readers to build godly relationships from their first date to saying "I do" and beyond. In A Love Letter Life (Zondervan), they share vulnerable insights from their own …

    Little People, Big World stars Jeremy and Audrey Roloff share what they learned from their own dating journey in order to equip readers to build godly relationships from their first date to saying "I do" and beyond. In A Love Letter Life (Zondervan), they share vulnerable insights from their own journey, offer perspective on male and female differences in dating, tackle tough topics like purity, give their nine rules for fighting well, suggest fun ideas for connection in a world of technology, and provide fresh advice on independence and boundaries as you seek the love you long for. Please note: A purchase of the Roloffs’ A Love Letter Life is required to join the signing line.

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  • Portland Review 2019 Anthology

    Portland Review has been publishing exceptional prose, poetry, and art since 1956. The journal is produced by the graduate students in Portland State University’s English Department, and, for over 60 years, Portland Review has promoted the works of emerging writers and artists alongside the works of…

    Portland Review has been publishing exceptional prose, poetry, and art since 1956. The journal is produced by the graduate students in Portland State University’s English Department, and, for over 60 years, Portland Review has promoted the works of emerging writers and artists alongside the works of well-established authors. Contributors to the 2019 anthology, Unchartable: On Environmental Unknowns, Amalia Gladhart, Vulsat D. Katsanis, Tracy Daugherty, and Brooke Matson will read from their work and discuss how it relates to the themes of this year’s anthology.

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  • How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy

    Nothing is harder to do these days than nothing. But in a world where our value is determined by 24/7 data productivity… doing nothing may be our most important form of resistance. So argues artist and critic Jenny Odell in How to Do Nothing (Melville House), a field guide to doing nothing. Far from…

    Nothing is harder to do these days than nothing. But in a world where our value is determined by 24/7 data productivity… doing nothing may be our most important form of resistance. So argues artist and critic Jenny Odell in How to Do Nothing (Melville House), a field guide to doing nothing. Far from the anti-technology screed or the back-to-nature meditation we read so often, How to Do Nothing is an action plan for thinking outside of capitalist narratives of efficiency and techno-determinism.

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  • Austin Kleon

    In Steal Like an Artist and Show Your Work!, Austin Kleon gave readers the key to unlock their creativity and showed them how to share it. Now he completes his trilogy with his most inspiring work yet. Keep Going (Workman) shows you how to stay true to and focused on your own creative vision when …

    In Steal Like an Artist and Show Your Work!, Austin Kleon gave readers the key to unlock their creativity and showed them how to share it. Now he completes his trilogy with his most inspiring work yet. Keep Going (Workman) shows you how to stay true to and focused on your own creative vision when the world seems out of control. In 10 illustrated, inspiring chapters, Kleon offers advice, stories, and anecdotes that teach you how to persist in doing work that helps make a world worth living in.

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  • Tim Johnston

    n the dead of winter, outside a small Minnesota town, state troopers pull two young women and their car from the icy Black Root River. What happened was no accident, and news of the crime awakens the community’s memories of another young woman who lost her life in the same river 10 years earlier, …

    n the dead of winter, outside a small Minnesota town, state troopers pull two young women and their car from the icy Black Root River. What happened was no accident, and news of the crime awakens the community’s memories of another young woman who lost her life in the same river 10 years earlier, and whose killer may still live among them. Tim Johnston, whose breakout debut Descent was called “astonishing,” “dazzling,” and “unforgettable” by critics, returns with The Current (Algonquin), a tour de force about the indelible impact of a crime on the lives of innocent people.

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    Science Fiction Book Group

  • Michio Kaku

    Formerly the domain of fiction, moving human civilization to the stars is increasingly becoming a scientific possibility – and a necessity. In The Future of Humanity (Anchor), world-renowned physicist and futurist Dr. Michio Kaku presents a compelling vision of how humanity may develop a sustainable…

    Formerly the domain of fiction, moving human civilization to the stars is increasingly becoming a scientific possibility – and a necessity. In The Future of Humanity (Anchor), world-renowned physicist and futurist Dr. Michio Kaku presents a compelling vision of how humanity may develop a sustainable civilization in outer space. With irrepressible enthusiasm and a deep understanding of the cutting-edge research in space travel, Kaku takes readers on an exhilarating and inspiring journey to a future in which humanity may finally fulfill its long-awaited destiny among the stars.

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  • Poets Anders Carlson-Wee, Edgar Kunz & Dorianne Laux

    Three poets join us to read from their new books: Anders Carlson-Wee with The Low Passions (Norton); Edgar Kunz with Tap Out (Mariner); Dorianne Laux with Only as the Day Is Long (Norton).

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