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Powell's Friends & Family Sale 2014
Sunday the 9th, All Day Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Sign up here, and before the event we will email you a coupon good for 30% off (nearly) everything in our stores on March 9. You'll also receive Powell's email newsletter as well as upcoming special offers.
Sunday the 9th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Family means everything to widowed Alaskan fisherman Ray Bancroft, raising his granddaughter with help from a multitude of gods and goddesses — not to mention rituals ad-libbed at sea by his half-Tlingit best friend. But statues and otter bone ceremonies aren't enough when Ray's estranged daughter returns from prison. Set against a backdrop of ice and mud and loss, Dan Berne's gripping debut novel, The Gods of Second Chances (Forest Avenue Press), explores the unpredictable fissures of memory, and how families can break apart even in the midst of healing.
Astoria: Astor and Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire
Monday the 10th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
In the tradition of The Lost City of Z and Skeletons on the Zahara, Peter Stark's Astoria (Ecco Press) is the thrilling, true-adventure tale of the 1810 Astor Expedition, an epic, now forgotten three-year journey to forge an American empire on the Pacific Coast. Stark offers a harrowing saga in which a band of explorers battled nature, starvation, and madness to establish the first American settlement in the Pacific Northwest and opened up what would become the Oregon Trail, permanently altering the nation's landscape and its global standing. This event is sponsored by the Oregon Historical Society.
Stories from Twenty-Five Centuries of Awakened Women
Monday the 10th, 7:30PM Powell's Books on Hawthorne
The Hidden Lamp: Stories from Twenty-Five Centuries of Awakened Women (Wisdom Publications) is a collection of 100 koans and stories of Buddhist women from the time of the Buddha to the present day — stories which are extraordinary expressions of freedom and fearlessness. Editor Florence Caplow will be joined in conversation by contributors Jan Chozen Bays, Gyokuko Carlson, Sallie Tisdale, and Jacqueline Mandell. This event is sponsored by the Zen Community of Oregon.
Science Fiction Book Group
Tuesday the 11th, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
This month we meet to discuss Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie. Join us!
Sharon Kay Penman
Tuesday the 11th, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
A King's Ransom (Marian Wood Book), the long-anticipated sequel to Sharon Kay Penman's Lionheart, is a vivid and heart-wrenching story of the last event-filled years in the life of Richard, Coeur de Lion. Taken captive by the Holy Roman Emperor while en route home, he was to spend 15 months imprisoned, while Eleanor of Aquitaine moved heaven and earth to raise the exorbitant ransom. The courage, compassion, and intelligence of this warrior king became the stuff of legend, and A King's Ransom brings the man and his world powerfully alive.
Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot
Tuesday the 11th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Masha Gessen's Words Will Break Cement (Riverhead) is the heroic story of Pussy Riot, who resurrected the power of truth in a society built on lies. On February 21, 2012, five young women entered the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow and performed a "punk prayer" beseeching the "Mother of God" to "get rid of Putin." They were quickly shut down by security, and in the weeks and months that followed, three of the women were arrested and tried, and two were sentenced to a remote prison colony. But the incident captured international headlines, and footage of it went viral. People across the globe recognized not only a fierce act of political confrontation but also an inspired work of art that, in a time and place saturated with lies, found a new way to speak the truth. Drawing on her exclusive, extensive access to the members of Pussy Riot and their families and associates, Gessen reconstructs the fascinating personal journeys that transformed a group of young women into artists with a shared vision, gave them the courage and imagination to express it unforgettably, and endowed them with the strength to endure the devastating loneliness and isolation that have been the price of their triumph. This event is presented in partnership with the World Affairs Council of Oregon.
Write Around Portland 10-Week Workshop
Wednesday the 12th, 6:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Based on their acclaimed community writing model, "Prompt" is a generative workshop that offers exercises to inspire the writing life. Workshop fee ($285) includes free parking and snacks and helps to fund workshops for low-income youth and adults. This workshop takes place on Wednesdays, March 12 to May 14. To register or for more information, visit Writearound.org.
Wednesday the 12th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
As a young girl in Bangalore, Gayathri Ramprasad was surrounded by the fragrance of jasmine and flickering oil lamps. But as she grew older, demons came forth from the dark corners of her fairy tale—like kingdom — with the scariest creatures lurking "within her." In her beautifully written memoir, Shadows in the Sun (Hazelden), Ramprasad recounts her courageous 30-year battle with the depression that consumed her from adolescence through marriage and a move to the United States. Her inspiring story provides a first-of-its-kind cross-cultural lens to mental illness — and the way she drew on both her rich Hindu heritage and Western medicine to find healing.
Children's Nature Program
Thursday the 13th, 1:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
Join us for a preschool nature program led by a local naturalist. This month students will discover the world of Super Spiders. This program teaches students about spiders through hands-on and interactive activities including the use of props and sharing of "firsthand" experiences. We will read Are You a Spider? by Judy Allen and Tudor Humphries, look at how spider webs work, and reveal where spiders like to call home. This program is produced by Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District.
Deadly Diversions Book Club
Thursday the 13th, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
This month our mystery group meets to discuss Death in the City of Light by David King. Join us!
Thursday the 13th, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
In the eighth novel of Patricia Briggs's Mercy Thompson series, Night Broken (Ace), Mercy must deal with an unwanted guest — one that brings a threat unlike anything she's ever known. Her mate Adam's ex-wife is in trouble, on the run from a stalker. But with Christy holed up in Adam's house, Mercy can't shake the feeling that something isn't right. As the bodies start piling up, Mercy must put her personal troubles aside to face a creature with the power to tear her whole world apart.
The Bargain from the Bazaar: A Family's Day of Reckoning in Lahore
Thursday the 13th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Lahore's Anarkali Bazaar is the largest open market in South Asia — where labyrinthine streets teem with shoppers, rickshaws, and cacophonous music. But Anarkali's exuberant hubbub cannot conceal the fact that Pakistan is a country at the edge of a precipice. Haroon Ullah's The Bargain from the Bazaar (PublicAffairs) is a window onto middle-class lives caught in the maelstrom of a nation falling to pieces — from a violently changing world on the outside and a growing terror from within.
Thursday the 13th, 7:30PM Powell's Books on Hawthorne
From Helen Oyeyemi, the prizewinning author of Mr. Fox, comes the Snow White fairy tale brilliantly recast as a story of family secrets, race, beauty, and vanity. In the winter of 1953, Boy Novak arrives by chance in a small town in Massachusetts, looking, she believes, for beauty. She marries a local widower and becomes stepmother to his winsome daughter, Snow Whitman. Boy, Snow, Bird (Riverhead) is an astonishing and enchanting novel offering breathtaking feats of imagination.
Friday the 14th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
After knowing each other for less than an hour, Marcus, who is fleeing his financial and personal failures, and Maria, who after years of dodging her mistakes has returned home to make amends, decide to buy a used car together — forming an unexpected and resilient alliance. Michael Parker's All I Have in This World (Algonquin) is a different kind of love story about the power of friendship and the ways we must learn to forgive ourselves if we are ever to move on. Parker will be joined in conversation by Jesse Donaldson, author of the forthcoming debut novel The More They Disappear.
Saturday the 15th, 11:00AM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Join us every Saturday for kids' storytime. Today we're reading Bad Apple by Edward Hemingway.
Saturday the 15th, 12:30PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
Join us for kids' storytime. Today we're reading The Purim Superhero by Elisabeth Kushner.
Saturday the 15th, 2:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
Moving to a new town has made it difficult for 10-year-old Star to make friends, but when she starts a poetry club, she develops a love of Emily Dickinson and, through her poetry, learns some important lessons about herself. Robin Herrera's Hope Is a Ferris Wheel (Amulet) is the story of a young girl who learns to accept her family and herself while trying to make sense of the world around her.
Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
Saturday the 15th, 4:00PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Jeffrey Masson's Beasts (Bloomsbury) is an eye-opening book about the animals at the top of the food chain and what they can teach us about the origins of good and evil in ourselves. Masson demonstrates that the violence we perceive in the "wild" is mostly a matter of projection, stripping away our misconceptions of the creatures we fear and offering a compelling look at our uniquely human propensity toward aggression. This event is sponsored by the Oregon Humane Society.
Fred Armisen & Carrie Brownstein Booksigning
Sunday the 16th, 12:00PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein's The Portlandia Activity Book (McSweeney's) is a compendium of guaranteed enrichment for the Pacific Northwestern part of your psyche — based on their satirical sketch comedy series. Like a cool high school that prefers a sweat lodge to the traditional classroom, this book will expand your mind through participation, dehydrate you to a state of emotional rawness, and linger in the corners of your bare soul.
Sunday the 16th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
In Revertigo (University of Wisconsin Press), Floyd Skloot offers an intimate, faceted memoir of debilitating vertigo and other experiences that knocked him awry from childhood to late middle age. Skloot's seventh full-length collection of poetry, Close Reading (Eyewear Publishing), explores many forms of love — between husband and wife, father and daughter, artist and apprentice.
Monday the 17th, 6:00PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
To celebrate Small Press Month, we're proud to host the seventh annual marathon reading of small press authors, Smallpressapalooza. This year's lineup features readings by Ross Robbins, Walidah Imarisha, Dena Rash Guzman, Samuel Snoek-Brown, Lisa Ciccarello, Kyle Minor, Matty Byloos, Jeff Alessandrelli, Emily Kendal Frey, Noah Cicero, Melody Owen, and Virginia Paine. Hosted by Powell's small press champion, Kevin Sampsell.
6:00 Ross Robbins
7:00 Samuel Snoek-Brown
8:00 Matty Byloos
9:00 Noah Cicero
Monday the 17th, 7:30PM Powell's Books on Hawthorne
Mind Training is a comprehensive practice that is suitable for all types of students cultivating the Buddha Nature — that pure seed of awakening that is at the heart of every sentient being. In The Path to Awakening (Delphinium), Shamar Rinpoche offers commentary on Chekawa Yeshe Dorje's "Seven Points of Mind Training," a text that has been used for transformative practice in Tibetan Buddhism for close to 1,000 years. This event is sponsored by Diamond Way Buddhist Center, Portland.
Tuesday the 18th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Phil Klay's Redeployment (Penguin Press) takes readers to the frontlines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking us to understand what happened there and what happened to the soldiers who returned. Interwoven with themes of brutality and faith, guilt and fear, helplessness and survival, the characters in these stories struggle to make meaning out of chaos.
Wednesday the 19th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Jimmy "Kamikaze" Kirkus is a basketball star, destined for a legendary future in the NBA. But Jimmy soon confronts the "Kirkus curse" when tragedies begin to emerge. Timothy Lane's debut novel uses the lens of basketball to understand family, community, and — ultimately — hope. Rules for Becoming a Legend (Viking) is proof that every hero is human, and sometimes triumph is borne from tragedy.
Thursday the 20th, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
Sophie never meant to come back to India, yet when she steps once again onto the country's burning soil, she realizes her return was inevitable. As her ill-fated marriage begins to unravel, it sets in motion a devastating chain of events that will bring her face to face with a past she's tried so desperately to forget. Alison McQueen's Under the Jeweled Sky (Sourcebooks Landmark) is a tender story of love, loss of innocence, and the aftermath of a terrible decision no one knew how to avoid.
Thursday the 20th, 7:30PM Powell's Books on Hawthorne
In Make Me a Mother (W. W. Norton), acclaimed memoirist Susanne Antonetta adopts an infant from Seoul, South Korea. After meeting their six-month-old son, Jin, at the airport, Antonetta and her husband learn lessons common to all parents: the lack of sleep and the worry and joy of loving a child. They also learn lessons particular to their own family: not just how another being can take over your life but how to let an entire culture in and the tricky steps required to navigate race in America.
Thursday the 20th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
With a rare combination of gripping storytelling, vivid prose, and remarkable insight into character, Alice LaPlante, author of the acclaimed Turn of Mind, brings to life a story of passion and obsession that will haunt readers long after they turn the final page. A charged and provocative psychological thriller, A Circle of Wives (Atlantic Monthly Press) dissects the dynamics of love and marriage, trust and jealousy, posing the terrifying question: How well do you really know your spouse?
Kids' Storytime with Hannah Viano
Saturday the 22nd, 11:00AM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Today, Hannah Viano will be joining us to read from her new book, S Is for Salmon: A Pacific Northwest Alphabet (Little Bigfoot). Based on the artist's regionally themed paper-cut art, this lovely children's book sheds a new light on the ABCs that will appeal to young and old alike. Join us!
Saturday the 22nd, 12:30PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
Join us every Saturday for kids' storytime. Today we're reading Whale Shines by Fiona Robinson.
Dan Wells & Robison Wells
Saturday the 22nd, 2:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
Kira, Samm, and Marcus fight to prevent a final war between Partials and humans in Dan Wells's Ruins (Balzer & Bray/HarperTeen), the gripping final installment in the Partials Sequence. In Robison Wells's Blackout (HarperTeen), a mysterious virus is spreading through America, infecting teenagers with incredible powers, and intertwining lives in a web of danger and catastrophic destruction.
Sex After...: Women Share How Intimacy Changes as Life Changes
Sunday the 23rd, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
In Sex After... (Gotham), bestselling author Iris Krasnow offers a refreshingly straightforward guide to enjoying a long, satisfying sex life. Sex After... holds the answers to everything from regaining sexual confidence after childbirth and breast cancer to navigating the dating scene in senior communities. This event is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland.
Life Is a Wheel: Love, Death, Etc., and a Bike Ride across America
Monday the 24th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Based on his popular New York Times series, Bruce Weber shares the adventures of his solo bicycle ride from coast to coast in Life Is a Wheel (Scribner). During the summer and fall of 2011, Weber made the trip, alone, and wrote about it as it unfolded mile by mile. Part travelogue, part memoir, part romance, part paean to the bicycle as a simple mode of both mobility and self-expression, Life Is a Wheel is an elegant and beguiling escape for biking enthusiasts, armchair travelers, and any readers who are older than they were yesterday. This event is sponsored by BikePortland.org.
Tuesday the 25th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
The young Mary Cassatt never thought moving to Paris after the Civil War to be an artist was going to be easy, but when, after a decade of work, her submission to the Paris Salon is rejected, Mary's fierce determination wavers. Then one evening a friend introduces her to Edgar Degas and her life changes forever. In I Always Loved You (Viking), Robin Oliveira, author of the bestselling My Name Is Mary Sutter, brilliantly re-creates the irresistible world of Belle Époque Paris, writing with grace and uncommon insight into the passion and foibles of the human heart.
Classics Book Group
Wednesday the 26th, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
This month we meet to discuss Howards End by E. M. Forster. Join us!
Wednesday the 26th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
The mysterious disappearance of Michael Rockefeller in New Guinea in 1961 has kept the world and his powerful, influential family guessing for years. Now, in Savage Harvest (William Morrow), Carl Hoffman uncovers startling new evidence that finally tells the full, astonishing story. Combining history, art, colonialism, adventure, and ethnography, Savage Harvest is a mesmerizing whodunit, and a fascinating portrait of the clash between two civilizations that resulted in the death of one of America's richest and most powerful scions.
Thursday the 27th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Thousands of years of poor farming and ranching practices — and, especially, modern industrial agriculture — have led to the loss of up to 80 percent of carbon from the world's soils. That carbon is now floating in the atmosphere, and even if we stopped using fossil fuels today, it would continue warming the planet. In The Soil Will Save Us (Rodale), journalist and bestselling author Kristin Ohlson makes an elegantly argued, passionate case for "our great green hope" — a way in which we can not only heal the land but also turn atmospheric carbon into beneficial soil carbon — and potentially reverse global warming. This event is sponsored by Edible Portland.
Thursday the 27th, 7:30PM Powell's Books on Hawthorne
On the surface, 16-year-old Lesley Holloway is just another bright new student at Hawthorn Hill, a posh all-girls prep school. Little do her classmates know that she recently ran away from home, where her father had spent years sexually abusing her. Nor does anyone know that she's cutting herself as a coping mechanism... until the day she goes too far and ends up in the hospital. Jenn Crowell's Etched on Me (Washington Square Press) is a riveting, redemptive coming-of-age story.
Friday the 28th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Actress and humorist Annabelle Gurwitch returns with I See You Made an Effort (Blue Rider Press), a book of essays so wickedly funny it may make you forget your last birthday. Not one to shy away from the grisly realities of middle age, Gurwitch confronts the various indignities faced by "femmes d'un certain age" with candor, wit, and a healthy dose of hilarious self-deprecation. Gurwitch will be joined in conversation by Kristi Turnquist, television and pop culture writer for the Oregonian.
Saturday the 29th, 11:00AM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Join us for kids' storytime. Today we're reading Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch by Anne Isaacs.
Saturday the 29th, 12:30PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
Join us for kids' storytime. Today we're reading Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit by Il Sung Na.
President Jimmy Carter Booksigning
Sunday the 30th, 2:00PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
President Jimmy Carter makes a special visit to Powell's City of Books to sign copies of his new book, A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power (Simon and Schuster). In A Call to Action, an informed and passionate charge about human rights abuses against women around the globe, President Carter — one of the world's most renowned human rights advocates — describes his personal observations of the conditions and hardships of half the world's population.
Monday the 31st, 7:30PM Powell's Books on Hawthorne
In her intoxicatingly lush debut novel, A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain (Penguin), Adrianne Harun weaves together folklore, mythology, and elements of magical realism to create a compelling and unsettling portrait of life in a dead-end town. In isolated British Columbia, girls, mostly native, are vanishing from the sides of a notorious highway. Leo Kreutzer and his four friends are barely touched by these disappearances — until a series of mysterious and troublesome outsiders come to town. Then it seems as if the devil himself has appeared among them.
Monday the 31st, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Jenny Bowen's Wish You Happy Forever (HarperOne) tells the story of China's momentous progress in its treatment of orphaned and abandoned children. To this day, Bowen is the only Westerner working with the Chinese government to transform its entire child welfare system from the inside, and her Half the Sky Foundation, with 52 children's centers throughout the country, has helped more than 100,000 children. Bowen's beautifully written memoir, Wish You Happy Forever, teaches us that saving a child's life can transcend language and cultural barriers, and that, above all else, a determined dreamer with a loving presence speaks at the greatest volume.