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Christina Nichol

Sex from Scratch: Making Your Own Relationship Rules

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Brent Weeks

Paul Collins

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Kids' Storytime

Classics Book Group

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Carrie La Seur

American Panic: A History of Who Scares Us and Why

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Kids' Storytime
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Jane Kirkpatrick

The Civil War Rivalry: Oregon vs. Oregon State

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The Pacific Northwest Garden Tour
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First Thursday: Emily Myers

Judy Melinek & T. J. Mitchell

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Kate Gray
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Kids' Storytime
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The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan
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Dear Luke, We Need to Talk, Darth

Stuart Rojstaczer

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Science Fiction Book Group

Cathy Lamb

Jan Eliot

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Susan Winkler
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Sarah J. Maas

Deadly Diversions Book Group

Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir

Food Lover's Guide to Portland

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Justin Taylor
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Kids' Storytime

Kids' Storytime with Zoe Burke

James Ellroy

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In Search of the Perfect Loaf: A Home Baker's Odyssey
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Steven Hendricks

Luke B. Goebel in Conversation with Vanessa Veselka

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Benjamin Parzybok
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Melissa Marr

Charles Burns

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Laila Lalami

The 12 Bottle Bar

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Gail Simone

Heidi Schulz

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Kids' Storytime

Kids' Storytime with Kim Reeder

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Poets Tyler Atwood & John Barrios

Sean Wilsey

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City of Lies: Love, Sex, Death, and the Search for Truth in Tehran

Sarah Waters in Conversation with Lidia Yuknavitch

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Lois Leveen
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Classics Book Group

Fermented Vegetables

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Kim Harrison & Richard Kadrey

Tony Earley

Tami Lynn Kent

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David Mitchell

David Bezmozgis

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Kids' Storytime with Mike Curato

Kids' Storytime with Mike Curato at Cedar Hills Crossing

First Wilderness: My Quest in the Territory of Alaska

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Yummy Supper

Hand-Stitched Home: Projects to Sew with Pendleton and Other Wools

Brian Hart in Conversation with Amanda Coplin

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Alix Christie

Lauren Oliver

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Peyton Marshall
 

 
Christina Nichol
Monday the 25th, 7:30PM Powell's Books on Hawthorne

Christina Nichol Christina Nichol's Waiting for the Electricity (Overlook Press) is an exciting and hilarious debut novel set in post-Soviet Georgia — land of corruption, love, and power shortages. The Communists are long gone, but there are no jobs in the cities. In the village, life goes on much as it always did, but these days, the homemade farmers' cheese is giving way to the oil pipeline. But there's one man in Georgia who remains unseduced by corruption, unfazed by nostalgia, and unable to abandon chivalry, no matter how antiquated a notion it may be. This man is Slims Achmed Makashvili, a humble maritime lawyer. When Slims discovers an application for an American small business internship program sponsored by Hillary Clinton, he knows that he has found his calling. But when he finally gets to America — specifically to utopian San Francisco, where the streets are paved with quinoa — Slims sees what reform and progress look like up close. And suddenly, his loud, bickering family and his anguished, joyful country no longer seem so grim. A gleeful picaresque, a visionary satire, and a work of extraordinary empathy and imagination, Waiting for the Electricity is Nichol's marvelous debut.


 
Sex from Scratch: Making Your Own Relationship Rules
Monday the 25th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside

Sex from Scratch: Making Your Own Relationship Rules With nearly half of marriages ending in divorce, a growing percentage of women over age 40 choosing not to have children, and more than three percent of the population identifying as LGBT, modern life is clearly in need of some new relationship advice. Sarah Mirk's Sex from Scratch: Making Your Own Relationship Rules (Microcosm) analyzes the facets of contemporary relationships through the struggles, opinions, and experiences of a diverse group of individuals living in nontraditional relationships. Rather than telling readers how to snag a partner and find "true love," it gleans real-life knowledge from people of all sexualities and genders and distills their hard-earned wisdom.


 
Brent Weeks
Tuesday the 26th, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing

Brent Weeks The Broken Eye (Orbit) continues the spectacular Lightbringer series from Brent Weeks, author of The Black Prism and The Blinding Knife. As the old gods awaken and satrapies splinter, the Chromeria races to find the only man who can still end a civil war before it engulfs the known world. But Gavin Guile has been captured by an old enemy and enslaved on a pirate galley. Worse still, Gavin has lost more than his powers as Prism — he can't use magic at all. Without the protection of his father, Kip Guile will face a master of shadows as his grandfather moves to choose a new Prism and put himself in power. With Teia and Karris, Kip will have to use all his wits to survive a secret war between noble houses, religious factions, rebels, and an ascendant order of hidden assassins called The Broken Eye.


 
Paul Collins
Tuesday the 26th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside

Paul Collins Today the name Edgar Allan Poe invokes a tragic genius whose mastery of horror seems inexorably tied to his tormented life. But in his own time, Poe was above all a craftsman — an editor and reviewer desperately trying to earn a living by transmuting the wild ephemera of early Victorianism into innovations in science fiction, horror, and detective literature. Indeed, the crime thriller would not exist without Poe's sleuth Dupin, the deductive genius of "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" and "The Purloined Letter." With brilliant scholarship and storytelling verve, Paul Collins, author of Duel with the Devil and The Murder of the Century, delves into Poe's life and his professional world, from his stormy relationship with his rich adoptive father and interest in cryptograms to hits such as "The Raven" and flops like "Eureka," his late-career crank literature outing. Edgar Allan Poe: The Fever Called Living (New Harvest) is an informative and entertaining account of one of the most singular talents in American letters.


 
Kids' Storytime
Wednesday the 27th, 3:00PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside

Kids' Storytime Join us every Wednesday during the summer months for a special midweek kids' storytime. Today we're reading The Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland.


 
Classics Book Group
Wednesday the 27th, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing

Classics Book Group This month we meet to discuss Hamlet by William Shakespeare and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard. Join us!


 
Carrie La Seur
Thursday the 28th, 7:30PM Powell's Books on Hawthorne

Carrie La Seur Carrie La Seur makes her remarkable debut with The Home Place (William Morrow), a mesmerizing, emotionally evocative, and atmospheric literary novel in which a successful lawyer is pulled back into her troubled family's life in rural Montana in the wake of her sister's death. The only Terrebonne who made it out, Alma thought she was done with Montana, with its bleak winters and stifling ways. But an unexpected call from the local police takes her back to her provincial hometown and draws her into the family drama she thought she'd left far behind: Her lying, party-loving sister, Vicky, is dead. Alma is told that a very drunk Vicky had wandered away from a party and died of exposure after a night in the brutal cold. But when Alma returns home to bury Vicky and see to her orphaned niece, she discovers that the death may not have been an accident. The Home Place is a story of secrets that will not lay still, human bonds that will not break, and crippling memories that will not be silenced. It is a story of rural towns and runaways, of tensions corporate and racial, of childhood trauma and adolescent betrayal, and of the guilt that even forgiveness cannot ease.


 
American Panic: A History of Who Scares Us and Why
Thursday the 28th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside

American Panic: A History of Who Scares Us and Why In American Panic: A History of Who Scares Us and Why (Palgrave Macmillan), Mark Stein, author of How the States Got Their Shapes, traces the history and consequences of American political panics through the years. Virtually every American, on one level or another, falls victim to the hype, intensity, and propaganda that accompany political panic, regardless of their own personal affiliations. By highlighting the similarities between American political panics from the Salem witch hunt to present-day vehemence over issues such as Latino immigration, gay marriage, and the construction of mosques, Stein closely examines just what it is that causes us as a nation to overreact in the face of widespread and potentially profound change. Striking similarities in these diverse episodes are revealed in primary documents Stein has unearthed, in which statements from the past could easily be mistaken for statements today. As these similarities come to light, Stein reveals why some people become panicked over particular issues when others do not.


 
Kids' Storytime
Saturday the 30th, 11:00AM Powell's City of Books on Burnside

Kids' Storytime Join us every Saturday for kids' storytime. Today we're reading Peanut Butter and Cupcake by Terry Border.


 
Jane Kirkpatrick
Tuesday the 2nd, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing

Jane Kirkpatrick In her new novel, A Light in the Wilderness (Fleming H. Revell), Jane Kirkpatrick weaves the dramatic story of a freed slave who has lost her husband and her freedom papers and must find a way to survive in the wilderness of the Oregon Territory.


 
The Civil War Rivalry: Oregon vs. Oregon State
Tuesday the 2nd, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside

The Civil War Rivalry: Oregon vs. Oregon State Since 1894, the Ducks and the Beavers have squared off on the gridiron to do battle for football bragging rights in Oregon. It's a rivalry that pits family members against one another, splitting the allegiance of an entire state. In The Civil War Rivalry (History Press), award-winning sports journalist Kerry Eggers tells the complete story of one of the most historic rivalries in college football. Eggers will be joined at the event by former Duck cornerback Alex Molden and former Beaver quarterback Steve Preece, both of whom played in the NFL for nearly a decade.


 
The Pacific Northwest Garden Tour
Wednesday the 3rd, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside

The Pacific Northwest Garden Tour Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia have a wealth of top-notch public gardens. Donald Olson's The Pacific Northwest Garden Tour (Timber Press) highlights 60 outstanding public gardens and provides all the information readers need to make the most of their visit. Olson's gorgeous guide includes favorite public gardens and some of the top nurseries and garden centers, offering a succinct yet evocative description of each garden.


 
First Thursday: Emily Myers
Thursday the 4th, 6:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside

"When Ruby Was Blue" is an experimental narrative whose story unfolds on the walls as the audience moves through the gallery. The story follows a young girl's psychological journey into the underworld. As all collages are created from a larger, whole image, Ruby learns of the power she has to create something beautiful out of a broken past. The creator, Emily Myers, combines her passions as a puppet maker, paper-cut illustrator, and storyteller to bring together this body of work, which is funded in part by the Regional Arts and Culture Council. Inspired by her childhood experience with death, Emily hopes this story will offer comfort to those who have lost a loved one.


 
Judy Melinek & T. J. Mitchell
Thursday the 4th, 7:30PM Powell's Books on Hawthorne

Judy Melinek & T. J. Mitchell Just two months before the September 11 terrorist attacks, Dr. Judy Melinek began her training as a New York City forensic pathologist. With her husband T. J. Mitchell and their toddler Daniel holding down the home front, Judy threw herself into the fascinating world of death investigation — performing autopsies, investigating death scenes, counseling grieving relatives. Working Stiff (Scribner) chronicles Judy's two years of training, taking readers behind the police tape of some of the most harrowing deaths in the Big Apple, including a firsthand account of the events of September 11, the subsequent anthrax bioterrorism attack, and the disastrous crash of American Airlines flight 587.


 
Kate Gray
Friday the 5th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside

Kate Gray Kate Gray takes an unblinking look at bullying in her debut novel, Carry the Sky (Forest Avenue Press). It's 1983 at an elite Delaware boarding school. Taylor Alta, the new rowing coach, arrives reeling from the death of the woman she loved. Physics teacher Jack Song, the only Asian American on campus, struggles with his personal code of honor when he gets too close to a student. These two young, lonely teachers narrate the story of a strange and brilliant 13-year-old boy who draws atomic mushroom clouds on his notebook, pings through the corridors like a pinball, and develops a crush on an older girl with secrets of her own. Carry the Sky sings a brave and honest anthem about what it means to be different in a world of uniformity.


 
Kids' Storytime
Saturday the 6th, 11:00AM Powell's City of Books on Burnside

Kids' Storytime Join us every Saturday for kids' storytime. Today we're reading Hug Machine by Scott Campbell.


 
The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan
Sunday the 7th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside

The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan Rick Perlstein, author of Nixonland, returns with a dazzling portrait of America on the verge of a nervous breakdown in the tumultuous political and economic times of the 1970s. The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan (Simon and Schuster) is the latest volume in the acclaimed political history of America by the author called the "hypercaffeinated Herodotus of the American century" (The Nation). Against a backdrop of melodramas from the Arab oil embargo to Patty Hearst to the near-bankruptcy of America's greatest city, The Invisible Bridge asks the question: What does it mean to "believe in America"? To wave a flag — or to reject the glibness of the flag wavers?


 
Dear Luke, We Need to Talk, Darth
Monday the 8th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside

Dear Luke, We Need to Talk, Darth We all know how Darth Vader shared his big secret with Luke Skywalker, but what if he had delivered the news in a handwritten note instead? In the riotously funny collection Dear Luke, We Need to Talk, Darth (Three Rivers Press), John Moe finally reveals these lost notes alongside all the imagined letters, emails, text messages, and other correspondences your favorite pop culture icons never meant for you to see. From The Walking Dead to The Wizard of Oz, from Billy Joel to Breaking Bad, no reference escapes Moe's imaginative wit and keen sense of nostalgia. Like a bonus track to a favorite CD or a deleted scene from a cult movie, Moe's book offers a fresh twist on the pop culture classics we thought we knew by heart. You already know part of their story — now find out the rest.


 
Stuart Rojstaczer
Monday the 8th, 7:30PM Powell's Books on Hawthorne

Stuart Rojstaczer When the greatest female mathematician in history passes away, her son, Alexander "Sasha" Karnokovitch, just wants to mourn his mother in peace. But rumor has it the notoriously eccentric Polish émigré has solved one of the most difficult problems in all of mathematics and has spitefully taken the solution to her grave. As a ragtag group of mathematicians from around the world descends upon Rachela's shiva, Sasha must come to terms with his mother's outsized influence on his life. Stuart Rojstaczer's The Mathematician's Shiva (Penguin) is an unexpectedly moving and uproariously funny novel that captures humanity's drive not just to survive, but to achieve the impossible.


 
Science Fiction Book Group
Tuesday the 9th, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing

Science Fiction Book Group This month we meet to discuss Feed by Mira Grant. Join us!


 
Cathy Lamb
Tuesday the 9th, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing

Cathy Lamb Grenadine Scotch Wild has been in foster care since she was five years old. She remembers little about her real parents, but she's built a good life in spite of her past. Eighteen months into her marriage to well-known investor Covey Hamilton, that world comes crashing down. Covey is arrested for fraud and embezzlement — and Grenadine, who unknowingly signed incriminating papers, is facing jail time. While she awaits trial, she moves to central Oregon and finds work as a bartender and as an assistant to a furniture maker. But as she pieces together the family she always wanted, she must also face the crushing truth about her real parents and her past. What I Remember Most (Kensington) is the new novel from Cathy Lamb, author of the acclaimed Julia's Chocolates.


 
Jan Eliot
Tuesday the 9th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside

Jan Eliot It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time (Four Panel Press) is the 10th collection of Stone Soup cartoons. Jan Eliot's syndicated comic strip features a big, rowdy, multigenerational extended family, headed by sisters Val and Joan, who live next door to each other. With little privacy and plenty of chaos, the Stone clan navigates life with toddlers, tomboys, and teens. Balancing work, kids, dating, step-parenting, money issues, and aging, the Stones struggle with the same issues we all face in life.


 
Susan Winkler
Wednesday the 10th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside

Susan Winkler France, 1940: Nazi forces march toward Paris. Lili Rosenswig's wealthy and eccentric family is ensconced in their country chateau with their sumptuous collection of arts and antiques. It is the day before young lovers Lili and Paul are to be married when they are forced to flee and their fortunes change irrevocably. Lili and her family escape but Paul must stay behind to defend his country. In their struggle to adapt to changing circumstances in an unpredictable world, all are pushed to reinvent themselves. Susan Winkler's Portrait of a Woman in White (She Writes Press) is a moving family saga, an obsessive search for lost love and lost art, and an exploration of how far we will go to survive. This event is sponsored by Alliance Française de Portland.


 
Sarah J. Maas
Thursday the 11th, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing

Sarah J. Maas Celaena, heroine of the Sarah J. Maas's bestselling Throne of Glass series, has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak, but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth... a truth about her heritage that could change her life — and her future — forever. Heir of Fire (Bloomsbury) is the third book in Maas's thrilling fantasy series.


 
Deadly Diversions Book Group
Thursday the 11th, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing

Deadly Diversions Book Group This month our mystery group meets to discuss Big Maria by Johnny Shaw. Join us!


 
Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir
Thursday the 11th, 7:30PM Powell's Books on Hawthorne

Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir Growing up, Liz Prince wasn't a girly girl, dressing in pink tutus or playing Pretty Pretty Princess like the other girls in her neighborhood. But she wasn't exactly one of the guys either. Liz was somewhere in the middle, and Tomboy (Zest Books) is the story of her struggle to find the place where she belonged. A humorous and honest graphic memoir told anecdotally, Tomboy follows the author and zine artist through her early childhood into adulthood and explores her ever-evolving struggles and wishes regarding what it means to "be a girl."


 
Food Lover's Guide to Portland
Thursday the 11th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside

Food Lover's Guide to Portland For residents and visitors alike, Liz Crain's Food Lover's Guide to Portland (Hawthorne Books), is a road map to finding the best of the best in America's favorite do-it-yourself foodie mecca. Navigate Portland's edible bounty with this newly updated all-access pass to hundreds of producers, purveyors, distillers, bakers, food carts, and farmers markets. Crain will be joined in a panel discussion by Nick Zukin (food writer and owner of Mi Mero Mole), Brett Burmeister (Food Carts Portland writer), Gabe Rosen (Biwa chef and owner), and Nat West (Reverend Nat's Hard Cider). This event is sponsored by Edible Portland.


 
Justin Taylor
Friday the 12th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside

Justin Taylor In a new suite of powerful and incisive stories, Justin Taylor, author of Everything Here Is the Best Thing Ever, captures the lives of men and women unmoored from their pasts and uncertain of their futures. Within Flings (Harper), a piercing collection of short fiction that illuminates our struggle to find love, comfort, and identity, Taylor covers a vast emotional and geographic landscape while ushering us into an abiding intimacy with his characters.


 
Kids' Storytime
Saturday the 13th, 11:00AM Powell's City of Books on Burnside

Kids' Storytime Join us every Saturday for kids' storytime. Today we're reading Telephone by Mac Barnett.


 
Kids' Storytime with Zoe Burke
Saturday the 13th, 12:30PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing

Kids' Storytime with Zoe Burke Today, Zoe Burke will be joining us to read from her book Charley Harper's What's in the Coral Reef? (PomegranateKids). Accompanying Charley Harper's colorful illustrations, Burke's rhyming text explores the abundance and variety of coral reef sea life, introducing young readers to 50 different reef dwellers including the Foureye Butterflyfish, Staghorn Coral, and Flamingo Tongue Snail.


 
James Ellroy
Saturday the 13th, 4:00PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside

James Ellroy From James Ellroy comes a pulse-pounding, as-it-happens narrative that unfolds in Los Angeles over 23 days beginning on December 6, 1941. The Japanese have bombed Pearl Harbor. The U.S. teeters on the edge of war. The roundup of allegedly treasonous Japanese Americans is about to begin. And in L.A., a Japanese family is found dead. Murder or ritual suicide? The investigation will draw four people into a totally Ellroyian tangle. As lives intertwine, we are given a story of war and of consuming romance, a searing exposé of the Japanese internment, and an astonishingly detailed homicide investigation. In Perfidia (Knopf), Ellroy, the "Demon Dog of American Crime Fiction," delves more deeply than ever before into his characters' intellectual and emotional lives.


 
In Search of the Perfect Loaf: A Home Baker's Odyssey
Sunday the 14th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside

In Search of the Perfect Loaf: A Home Baker's Odyssey In 2009, journalist Samuel Fromartz was offered the assignment of a lifetime: to travel to France to work in a boulangerie. So began his quest to hone not just his homemade baguette — which later beat out professional bakeries to win the "Best Baguette of D.C." — but his knowledge of bread, from seed to table. For the next four years, Fromartz traveled across the United States and Europe, meeting historians, millers, farmers, wheat geneticists, sourdough biochemists, and everyone in between — learning about the history of bread making, the science of fermentation, and more. The result is In Search of the Perfect Loaf (Viking), an informative yet personal account of bread and bread baking, complete with detailed recipes. Fromartz will be joined in conversation by Tim Healea, owner and head baker of Little T American Baker. This event is sponsored by Edible Portland.


 
Steven Hendricks
Monday the 15th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside

Steven Hendricks Readers enter a narrative rabbit hole through bedtime stories that Mr. Fin, a man with dementia, conjures for his long-lost son. Virginia the Wolf writes her last novel to lure her daughter home. A rabbit named Hart Crane must eat words to speak, while passing zeppelins drop bombs. Mr. Fin tries to read the past in marginalia and to rebuild his son from boat parts. The haunting fables in Steven Hendricks's debut, Little Is Left to Tell (Starcherone), trace the fictions that make and unmake us.


 
Luke B. Goebel in Conversation with Vanessa Veselka
Monday the 15th, 7:30PM Powell's Books on Hawthorne

Luke B. Goebel in Conversation with Vanessa Veselka In this dazzling debut about life after loss, Luke Goebel's heart-hurt, ultra-adrenalized alter ego, H. Roc, leads us on a raucous RV romp across what's left of postmodern America and beyond. Whether it's gobbling magic cacti at a native ceremony in Northern California or burning bad manuscripts in a backyard bonfire in East Texas, scene by scene, story by story, Goebel plunges us into a madly original fictional realm characterized by heartbroken psychedelic cowboys on the brink. In Fourteen Stories, None of Them Are Yours (FC2), Goebel's ingenuity, humanity, and humor streak through every page. Goebel will be joined in conversation by Vanessa Veselka, author of Zazen.


 
Benjamin Parzybok
Tuesday the 16th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside

Benjamin Parzybok In drought-stricken Portland, Oregon, a Robin Hood-esque water thief is caught on camera redistributing an illegal truckload of water to those in need. Nicknamed Maid Marian, Renee, a 20-something barista and eternal part-time college student, is an instant folk hero. She rides her swelling popularity and the public's disgust at how the city has abandoned its people, raises an army... and secedes a quarter of the city. Benjamin Parzybok's Sherwood Nation (Small Beer Press) is the story of the rise and fall of a micronation within a city. It is a love story, a war story, a grand social experiment; a treatise on hacking and remaking government, on freedom and necessity, on individualism and community.


 
Melissa Marr
Wednesday the 17th, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing

Melissa Marr Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital to discover an attempt has been made on her life. But who in her sleepy little North Carolina town could have hit her with their car? And why? Before she can consider the question, she finds that she's awoken with a strange new skill: the ability to foresee people's deaths when they touch her. While she is recovering from the hit-and-run, Nate, an old flame, reappears, and the two must traverse their rocky past as they figure out how to use Eva's power to keep her friends — and themselves — alive. Chilling twists, unrequited obsession, and high-stakes romance drive Melissa Marr's Made for You (HarperCollins).


 
Charles Burns
Wednesday the 17th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside

Charles Burns The long, strange trip that began in Charles Burns's X'ed Out and continued in The Hive reaches its mind-bending, heartbreaking end in Sugar Skull (Pantheon), but not before Doug is forced to deal with the lie he's been telling himself since the beginning. In this concluding volume, nightmarish dreams evolve into an even more dreadful reality.


 
Laila Lalami
Thursday the 18th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside

Laila Lalami In this stunning work of historical fiction, Laila Lalami brings us the imagined memoirs of the first black explorer of America — a Moroccan slave whose testimony was left out of the official record. In 1527, the conquistador Panfilo de Narvaez sailed with a crew of 600 men. His goal was to claim what is now the Gulf Coast of the United States for the Spanish crown. Within a year of landing in Florida, only four members of his expedition were left alive, including a young slave called Estebanico. The Moor's Account (Pantheon) brilliantly captures Estebanico's voice and vision, giving us an alternate narrative for this famed expedition.


 
The 12 Bottle Bar
Thursday the 18th, 7:30PM Powell's Books on Hawthorne

The 12 Bottle Bar David and Lesley Solmonson's The 12 Bottle Bar (Workman) is a system, a tool kit, and a recipe book. Beginning with one irresistible idea — a complete home bar of just 12 key bottles — the Solmonsons show how to make more than 200 classic and unique mixed drinks. It's a surprising guide — tequila didn't make the cut, and neither did bourbon, but genever did. It's a literate guide, too — describing with great liveliness everything from the importance of vermouth and bitters (the salt and pepper of mixology) to the story of a punch bowl so big it was stirred by a boy in a rowboat.


 
Gail Simone
Friday the 19th, 6:00PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside

Gail Simone When the caped heroes of the world's safest city inexplicably turn into homicidal maniacs, no one is safe. The only rational thing to do is to get the hell out of town — if only it were that easy. A group of terrified survivors make a desperate run for the city limits, chased by unspeakable evil. Written by Gail Simone — known for her work on DC's Birds of Prey, Wonder Woman, Batgirl, and Red SonjaLeaving Megalopolis (Dark Horse Comics) reunites the team from DC's classic Secret Six.


 
Heidi Schulz
Friday the 19th, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing

Heidi Schulz Captain Hook's swashbuckling daughter Jocelyn sets out on the high seas to avenge her infamous father's death at the jaws of the Neverland crocodile. However, Jocelyn finds that being a pirate is a bit more difficult than she bargained for in Heidi Schulz's Hook's Revenge (Disney), a spirited debut novel for middle readers. September 19 is International Talk Like a Pirate Day.


 
Kids' Storytime
Saturday the 20th, 11:00AM Powell's City of Books on Burnside

Kids' Storytime Join us every Saturday for kids' storytime. Today we're reading I'm My Own Dog by David Ezra Stein.


 
Kids' Storytime with Kim Reeder
Saturday the 20th, 12:30PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing

Kids' Storytime with Kim Reeder Today, Kim Reeder joins us to read from her book Runaway Tomato (Dial Books). When a giant tomato breaks loose in town, it takes every tractor, fire engine, and helicopter to stop it.


 
Poets Tyler Atwood & John Barrios
Sunday the 21st, 4:00PM Powell's Books on Hawthorne

Poets Tyler Atwood & John Barrios Tyler Atwood's An Electric Sheep Jumps to Greener Pasture (University of Hell Press) shocks the system and brings words back from the brink. Atwood wields surrealism as a scalpel, dissecting memories, excising internal demons, and flaying rich narrative. With gripping personal narrative in extraordinary context, John W. Barrios's critically imagined first collection of poetry, Here Comes the New Joy (University of Hell Press), exemplifies the magnitude and stamina of the emotional revolution that is the new joy — the sum and the summit of all other emotions and experiences.


 
Sean Wilsey
Sunday the 21st, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside

Sean Wilsey In More Curious (McSweeney's), Sean Wilsey, author of Oh the Glory of It All, travels across the U.S., from the launchpad at Cape Canaveral to the isolated artists' enclave of Marfa, Texas, to the boardrooms and ballrooms of post-9/11 New York City. Wherever he is, Wilsey captures his surroundings with the precision of a photographer and the raw grace of a skateboarder (he's an amateur practitioner of both arts). The essays in More Curious comprise nearly 15 years of Wilsey's most vital work on the glory and the misery, the beauty and absurdity of contemporary America.


 
City of Lies: Love, Sex, Death, and the Search for Truth in Tehran
Monday the 22nd, 7:30PM Powell's Books on Hawthorne

City of Lies: Love, Sex, Death, and the Search for Truth in Tehran Drawn from conversations whispered across tables in the cafes that line Vali Asr, Tehran, Iran's pulsing central thoroughfare, journalist Ramita Navai gives voice to the unforgettable lives of ordinary people forced to live extraordinary lives in modern Tehran: the porn star, the aging socialite, the assassin and enemy of the state who ends up working for the Republic, the religious militiaman who undergoes a sex change, the dutiful housewife who files for divorce, and the old-time thug running a gambling den. Rich, absorbing, and exotic, City of Lies (PublicAffairs) is an insider's glimpse into the local personalities, unremarkable busy bodies, and hysterical intrigues buzzing about the city like you've never seen before. This event is sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Oregon.


 
Sarah Waters in Conversation with Lidia Yuknavitch
Monday the 22nd, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside

Sarah Waters in Conversation with Lidia Yuknavitch It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned; the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, life is about to be transformed as an impoverished widow, Mrs. Wray, and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers. With the arrival of Lilian and Leonard, a young couple of the "clerk class," the routines of the house will be shaken up in unexpected ways. Little do the Wrays know just how profoundly their new tenants will alter the course of Frances's life. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize three times, Sarah Waters has earned a reputation as one of our greatest writers of historical fiction. A triumph of psychological acuity, historical recreation, and emotional force, The Paying Guests (Riverhead) is Waters's finest work yet. Waters will be joined in conversation by Lidia Yuknavitch, author of The Chronology of Water.


 
Lois Leveen
Tuesday the 23rd, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside

Lois Leveen In Verona, a city ravaged by plague and political rivalries, a mother mourning the death of her day-old infant enters the household of the powerful Cappelletti family to become the wet-nurse to their newborn baby. As she serves her beloved Juliet over the next 14 years, the nurse learns the Cappellettis' darkest secrets. Those secrets — and the nurse's deep personal grief — erupt across five momentous days of love and loss that destroy a daughter and a family. By turns sensual, tragic, and comic, Lois Leveen's Juliet's Nurse (Atria) gives voice to one of literature's most memorable and distinctive characters. Exploring the romance and intrigue of interwoven loyalties, rivalries, jealousies, and losses only hinted at in Shakespeare's play, this is a never-before-heard tale of the deepest love in Verona — the love between a grieving woman and the precious child of her heart.


 
Classics Book Group
Wednesday the 24th, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing

Classics Book Group This month we meet to discuss What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver. Join us!


 
Fermented Vegetables
Wednesday the 24th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside

Fermented Vegetables Even beginners can make their own fermented foods! Kirsten and Christopher Shockey's guide, Fermented Vegetables (Storey), includes in-depth instruction for making kimchi, sauerkraut, and pickles and then offers more than 120 recipes, using the same basic methods, for fermenting 64 different vegetables and herbs. You'll discover how easy it is to make dozens of exciting dishes, including pickled Brussels sprouts, curried golden beets, carrot kraut, and pickled green coriander.


 
Kim Harrison & Richard Kadrey
Thursday the 25th, 6:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing

Kim Harrison & Richard Kadrey After 10 years and 13 adventures, The Witch with No Name (Voyager) is the triumphant conclusion to Kim Harrison's Hollows series. Rachel Morgan has come a long way from her early days as an inexperienced bounty hunter. To save her best friend Ivy's soul and the rest of the living vampires, and to keep the demonic ever-after and our own world from utter destruction at the hands of fanatics, she must risk everything. In The Getaway God (Voyager), the sixth high-octane adventure of Richard Kadrey's bestselling Sandman Slim series, James Stark must save himself — and the entire world — from the wrath of some enraged and vengeful ancient gods.


 
Tony Earley
Thursday the 25th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside

Tony Earley Two decades after his debut collection, Here We Are in Paradise, heralded Tony Earley as one of the most accomplished writers of his generation, the rueful, bittersweet, and riotous stories of Mr. Tall (Little, Brown) reestablish him as a mythmaker and tale spinner of the first rank. His stories introduce us not only to ordinary people seeking to live extraordinary lives, but also to the skunk ape (a Southern variant of Bigfoot), the ghost of Jesse James, and a bone-tired Jack the Giant Killer.


 
Tami Lynn Kent
Thursday the 25th, 7:30PM Powell's Books on Hawthorne

Tami Lynn Kent Tami Lynn Kent, author of Wild Feminine, calls readers back to their creative center to help them access the natural, sustaining energy of creativity that is inherently theirs. Wild Creative (Beyond Words) encourages readers to embark on a journey to achieve the dreams too many of us have cast aside — providing hands-on ways to align life with the creative currents that flow through each of us by showing readers how to identify and restore their inner creative map.


 
David Mitchell
Friday the 26th, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing

David Mitchell An elegant conjurer of interconnected tales, a genre-bending daredevil, and a master prose stylist, David Mitchell, author of Cloud Atlas, has become one of the leading literary voices of his generation. His hypnotic new novel, The Bone Clocks (Random House), crackles with invention and wit. A vast, intricate story that weaves six narratives and spans from 1984 to the 2030s, The Bone Clocks is about a secret war between a cult of soul-decanters and the small group of vigilantes who try to take them down. Fluently mixing the supernatural, sci-fi, horror, social satire, and heartbreaking realism, The Bone Clocks is a kaleidoscopic novel that begs to be taken apart and put back together.


 
David Bezmozgis
Friday the 26th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside

David Bezmozgis David Bezmozgis's The Betrayers (Little, Brown) gives us one fraught, momentous day in the life of Baruch Kotler, a Soviet Jewish dissident who now finds himself a disgraced Israeli politician. When he refuses to back down from a contrary but principled stand regarding settlements in the West Bank, his political opponents expose his affair with a mistress decades his junior. An aging man grasping for a final passion, he is drawn inexorably into a crucible that is both personal and biblical in scope. With prose that is elegant, sly, and devastating in its awareness of the human heart, The Betrayers is a story for the ages, an inquest into the nature of fate and consequence, love and forgiveness.


 
Kids' Storytime with Mike Curato
Saturday the 27th, 11:00AM Powell's City of Books on Burnside

Kids' Storytime with Mike Curato Today, author and illustrator Mike Curato joins us to read from his book Little Elliot, Big City (Henry Holt) and offer a drawing demonstration. Little Elliot, the polka-dotted elephant, is about to find out that life is full of sweet surprises... and sometimes they come in the smallest of packages. Curato will visit both our City of Books and Cedar Hills Crossing locations. Join us!


 
Kids' Storytime with Mike Curato at Cedar Hills Crossing
Saturday the 27th, 12:30PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing

Kids' Storytime with Mike Curato at Cedar Hills Crossing Today, author and illustrator Mike Curato joins us to read from his book Little Elliot, Big City (Henry Holt) and offer a drawing demonstration. Little Elliot, the polka-dotted elephant, is about to find out that life is full of sweet surprises... and sometimes they come in the smallest of packages. Curato will visit both our City of Books and Cedar Hills Crossing locations. Join us!


 
First Wilderness: My Quest in the Territory of Alaska
Saturday the 27th, 4:00PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside

First Wilderness: My Quest in the Territory of Alaska First published in 1973, Sam Keith's One Man's Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey was based on the journals and photography of his dear friend, Dick Proenneke. In 2003, portions of the book were used in Alone in the Wilderness, a documentary which aired on public television stations. In 2013, Keith's daughter, Laurel Lies, discovered amidst her father's possessions a manuscript, originally written in 1974. First Wilderness (Alaska Northwest Books) includes Keith's journals, letters, and notebooks, woven into the manuscript to create a compelling, poignant memoir that offers descriptions of pre-statehood Alaska and its wildlife. Lies will be joined in conversation by editor Tricia Brown.


 
Yummy Supper
Sunday the 28th, 3:00PM Pastaworks

Yummy Supper Award-winning blogger Erin Scott has devoted her life to family-friendly gluten-free cooking as realized through fresh, seasonal, real food, honest ingredients, and simple and delicious recipes. The first gluten-free cookbook so enticing that it transcends the genre, Yummy Supper (Rodale) is about bounty, flavor, and fun. These recipes emphasize naturally gluten-free ingredients and, like her blog, will appeal not only to gluten intolerants and celiacs, but also to anyone just looking for a great recipe.


 
Hand-Stitched Home: Projects to Sew with Pendleton and Other Wools
Sunday the 28th, 4:00PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside

Hand-Stitched Home: Projects to Sew with Pendleton and Other Wools Working in partnership with Pendleton Mills, Susan Beal presents a collection of modern heirloom projects to sew and enjoy for generations. From the sweet, simple primer on techniques (working with wool fabrics, hand-stitching, machine sewing, and quilting) to each individual project's detailed instructions (with tips on cutting, pressing, top-stitching, hand-tying, and more), Beal's passion for sewing shines through in Hand-Stitched Home (Taunton Press).


 
Brian Hart in Conversation with Amanda Coplin
Sunday the 28th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside

Brian Hart in Conversation with Amanda Coplin Set in a logging town on the lawless Pacific coast at the turn of the 20th century, Brian Hart's The Bully of Order (Harper) is a meditation on progress, love, and identity. In this spellbinding novel of fate and redemption — told with a muscular lyricism and filled with a cast of characters Shakespearean in scope — the lives of an ill-fated family are at the mercy of violent social and historical forces that tear them apart. Hart will be joined in conversation by Amanda Coplin, author of The Orchardist.


 
Alix Christie
Monday the 29th, 7:30PM Powell's Books on Hawthorne

Alix Christie Gutenberg's Apprentice (Harper), Alix Christie's enthralling literary debut, evokes one of the most momentous events in history, the birth of printing in medieval Germany. Christie's novel is a story of invention, intrigue, and betrayal — rich in atmosphere and historical detail, and told through the lives of the three men who made it possible.


 
Lauren Oliver
Monday the 29th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside

Lauren Oliver Lauren Oliver, author of Before I Fall and the Delirium trilogy, makes her brilliant adult debut with Rooms (Ecco), a mesmerizing tale of family, ghosts, secrets, and mystery, in which the lives of the living and the dead intersect in shocking, surprising, and moving ways. Rooms is an enticing and imaginative ghost story and a searing family drama that is as haunting as it is resonant.


 
Peyton Marshall
Tuesday the 30th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside

Peyton Marshall With soaring literary prose and the tense pacing of a thriller, debut novelist Peyton Marshall imagines a grim and startling future in Goodhouse (Farrar Straus Giroux). A bighearted dystopian novel about the corrosive effects of fear and the redemptive power of love — partly based on the true story of the 19th century Preston School of Industry and the boys who lived and died in its halls — Goodhouse explores questions of identity and free will, and what it means to test the limits of human endurance.


 
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