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Felicia Day Booksigning
Monday the 24th, 6:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
From online entertainment mogul, actress, and "queen of the geeks" Felicia Day comes a funny, quirky, and inspiring memoir about her unusual upbringing, her rise to Internet stardom, and embracing her individuality to find success in Hollywood. Hilarious and inspirational, You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) (Touchstone) is proof that everyone should embrace what makes them different and be brave enough to share it with the world, because anything is possible now — even for a digital misfit.
Please note: this is a booksigning only.
Monday the 24th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his novel about North Korea, The Orphan Master's Son, Adam Johnson is one of America's most provocative authors. Critics have compared him to Kurt Vonnegut, David Mitchell, and George Saunders, but Johnson's new book will only further his reputation as one of our most original writers. Subtly surreal, darkly comic, both hilarious and heartbreaking, Fortune Smiles (Random House) is a major collection of stories that gives voice to the perspectives we don't often hear, while offering something rare in fiction: a new way of looking at the world.
Tuesday the 25th, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
Jason Hough's first three novels earned mountains of praise and comparisons to such authors as James S. A. Corey and John Scalzi. Now Hough returns with Zero World (Del Rey), a riveting near-future spy thriller. Technologically enhanced superspy Peter Caswell has been dispatched on a top-secret assignment unlike any he's ever faced. A spaceship that vanished years ago has been found, along with the bodies of its murdered crew, save one. Peter's mission is to find the missing crew member, who fled through what appears to be a tear in the fabric of space. Beyond this mysterious doorway lies an even more confounding reality: a world that seems to be Earth's twin.
Tuesday the 25th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
An extraordinary new writer makes her literary debut with a suspenseful novel of desire, obsession, power, and vulnerability, in which a crisis of inheritance leads to the downfall of a wealthy family of Persian Jews in early 20th-century Iran. Parnaz Foroutan's The Girl from the Garden (Ecco) unfolds the complex, tragic history of a family in a long-lost Iran of generations past. Haunting and inspired by events in the author's own family, it is an evocative and poignant exploration of sacrifice, betrayal, and the indelible legacy of the families that forge us. This event is sponsored by the Andisheh Center.
Wednesday the 26th, 3:00PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Join us every Wednesday during the summer months for a special midweek kids' storytime. Today we're reading The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt.
Wednesday the 26th, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
Professional assassin John Lago faces off against his deadliest adversary yet — his wife — in Hostile Takeover (Simon & Schuster), the exciting sequel to Shane Kuhn's bestselling debut, The Intern's Handbook, which the New York Post called "a sexy, darkly comic thriller." At the end of The Intern's Handbook, John tracks down his nemesis Alice but instead of putting a bullet in her head, he puts a ring on her finger and marries her. Together, they execute a hostile takeover of Human Resources, Inc., the "placement agency" that trains young assassins to infiltrate corporations disguised as interns and knock off high-profile targets. As HR's former top operatives, they are successful until conflicting management styles cause an ugly breakup that locks John out of the bedroom and the boardroom.
Classics Book Group
Wednesday the 26th, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
This month we meet to discuss Under the Net by Iris Murdoch. Join us!
Brian & Wendy Froud
Wednesday the 26th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Following in the footsteps of Trolls, Brian and Wendy Froud lead readers deep into the world of faeries. Humans throughout history have always had special relationships and bonds with faeries, whether loving and helpful or at times destructive. Brian Froud's Faeries' Tales (Abrams) explores the complex relationship and liminal state between the human and faery world where interaction occurs.
Thursday the 27th, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
Something really strange is happening in the City by the Bay. People are dying, but their souls are not being collected. Someone or something is stealing them and no one knows where they are going, or why, but it has something to do with that big orange bridge. Death Merchant Charlie Asher is just as flummoxed as everyone else. He's trapped in the body of a 14-inch-tall meat puppet waiting for his Buddhist nun girlfriend, Audrey, to find him a suitable new body to play host. To get to the bottom of this abomination, a motley crew of heroes will band together. Secondhand Souls (William Morrow) is the delightfully funny sequel to Christopher Moore's A Dirty Job.
Thursday the 27th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
As fates become entwined, Rayelle must follow a haunted and twisted path leading her toward a collision where loyalties will be betrayed, memories uncovered, and family bonds shattered. Unflinchingly dark and compelling, Jennifer Pashley's novel, The Scamp (Tin House), confronts head-on the issues of family origins and the bonds between mothers, daughters, and sisters. It delves deep into the cycle of abuse and poverty, questioning, in the end, the value of any one life, child or adult. In Pashley's hands, the lost girls of rural and industrial America, trapped in the unforgiving systems of government assistance and single parenthood, are portrayed with depth and nuance.
Kids' Storytime with Katherine Pryor
Saturday the 29th, 11:00AM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Author Katherine Pryor joins us to read from her new book, Zora's Zucchini (Readers to Eaters). The first zucchini of a summer garden is always exciting, but what happens when the plants just keep growing... and growing... and growing? Zora soon finds herself with more zucchini than her family can bake, sauté, or barbecue. Fortunately she comes up with a perfect plan — a garden swap!
Sue Grafton Booksigning
Saturday the 29th, 4:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
X: The number 10. An unknown quantity. A mistake. A cross. A kiss. Sue Grafton's X (Marian Wood Books/Putnam) is perhaps her darkest and most chilling novel; it features a remorseless serial killer who leaves no trace of his crimes. Once again breaking the rules and establishing new paths, Grafton wastes little time identifying this sociopath. The test is whether Kinsey can prove her case against him before she becomes his next victim.
Please note: this is a booksigning only.
Saturday the 29th, 4:00PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Two mothers and their teenage daughters, whose lives collide in a fatal car crash, take turns narrating Ellen Urbani's breathtaking novel, Landfall (Forest Avenue Press), set in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Eighteen-year-olds Rose and Rosebud have never met but they share a birth year, a name, and a bloody pair of sneakers. Rose's quest to atone for the accident that kills Rosebud, a young woman so much like herself but for the color of her skin, unfolds alongside Rosebud's battle to survive the devastating flooding in the Lower Ninth Ward and to find help for her unstable mother. These unforgettable characters give voice to the dead of the storm and, in a stunning twist, demonstrate how what we think we know can make us blind to what matters most.
The Beer Bible
Monday the 31st, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
It's finally here: the comprehensive, authoritative book that does for beer what The Wine Bible does for wine. Jeff Alworth's The Beer Bible (Workman) is the ultimate reader- and drinker-friendly guide to all the world's beers. Divided into four major families: ales, lagers, wheat beers, and tart and wild ales, there's everything a beer drinker wants to know about the hundreds of different authentic types of brews. History, romance, the art of tasting, backstories and anecdotes, appropriate glassware, bitterness units, mouthfeel, and more: it's all here.
Day Trips from Portland, Oregon: Getaway Ideas for the Local Traveler
Monday the 31st, 7:30PM Powell's Books on Hawthorne
Need a day away to relax, refresh, renew? Kim Cooper Findling's Day Trips from Portland, Oregon (Globe Pequot Press) is your guide to hundreds of exciting things to do, see, and discover in your own backyard. With full trip-planning information and tips on where to eat, shop, and stop along the way, you can make the most of your time off and rediscover the simple pleasures of a day trip.
Tuesday the 1st, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
In 1970, actress Elaina Styles was slain in her Seattle mansion along with her husband and their son's nanny. When the baby's remains were found buried near a hippie commune, police moved in — only to find all its members already dead in a grisly mass suicide. Inspired by the Charles Manson murders, No One Needs to Know (Pinnacle) is Kevin O'Brien's most electrifying thriller to date.
Art Chantry Speaks: A Heretic's History of 20th Century Graphic Design
Tuesday the 1st, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Art Chantry Speaks (Feral House) is an irreverent, educational, and entertaining collection of essays by the great contrarian of graphic design, Art Chantry. For decades, this avatar of low-tech design has fought against the cheap and easy use of digital software. Art Chantry Speaks is the kind of opinionated art history you've always wanted to read but were never assigned. This event is sponsored by AIGA Portland.
Wednesday the 2nd, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
It's 1992, Julie's family life is routine and restrained, and no one talks about her older brother, a one-time Olympic hopeful swimmer who lives in self-imposed exile in Berlin. Julie has never considered swimming herself, until Alexis, the team captain, tries to recruit her. It's a dare, a flirtation, and a chance for Julie to find her brother or finally let him go. Sara Jaffe's engrossing debut, Dryland (Tin House), is a coming-of-age novel that charts the murky waters of adolescence.
The Buddha's Wife: The Path of Awakening Together
Wednesday the 2nd, 7:30PM Powell's Books on Hawthorne
Janet Surrey's The Buddha's Wife (Beyond Words) offers the intimate and profound story of Princess Yasodhara — the wife Buddha left behind — and her journey to spiritual enlightenment. Surrey brings this rarely told story to the forefront, offering a nuanced portrait of this compelling and compassionate figure while also examining the practical applications her teachings have on our modern lives.
First Thursday: Sometimes It's Necessary Sometimes
Thursday the 3rd, 6:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Graphic designer Gabrielle Drinard's drawing series harkens to very early cartoon influences, vintage advertising mascots, the grotesques of Honoré Daumier, and her own high school doodling, and pays homage to the weird, but technically mature, childhood illustration style of her sister's artwork.
Thursday the 3rd, 7:30PM Powell's Books on Hawthorne
In Flings (Harper Perennial), his third acclaimed work of fiction, Justin Taylor confirms his status as an "unequivocal voice for the Internet age" (Booklist). From an East Village rooftop to a cabin in Tennessee, from the Florida suburbs to Hong Kong, Taylor covers a vast emotional and geographic landscape while ushering us into an abiding intimacy with his restless, unforgettable characters.
Saturday the 5th, 11:00AM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Join us for kids' storytime. Today we're reading I Thought This Was a Bear Book by Tara Lazar.
Tuesday the 8th, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
In his new novel, Jonathan Franzen imagines a world of vividly original characters and follows their intertwining paths through landscapes as contemporary as the omnipresent Internet and as ancient as the war between the sexes. Purity (Farrar Straus Giroux) is a magnum opus for our morally complex age and the most daring and penetrating book yet by one of the major writers of our time.
Science Fiction Book Group
Tuesday the 8th, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
This month we meet to discuss Dies the Fire by S. M. Stirling. Join us!
Tuesday the 8th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
From Congressman Todd Akin's "legitimate rape" gaffe to the high school rapists of Steubenville, Ohio, sexual violence has been so prominent in recent years that the feminist term "rape culture" has finally entered the mainstream. But what, exactly, is it? And how do we change it? In Asking for It (Da Capo Lifelong), Kate Harding answers those questions in the same blunt voice that has made her a powerhouse feminist blogger. Combining in-depth research with practical knowledge, Asking for It makes the case that 21st-century America supports rapists more effectively than victims. Harding will be joined in conversation by Andi Zeisler, cofounder and editor of Bitch magazine.
Wednesday the 9th, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
Ranking alongside George R. R. Martin as a groundbreaking master of fantasy, Robin Hobb delivers Fool's Quest (Del Rey), the second book in her long-awaited Fitz and the Fool Trilogy. Building on all that has gone before, Fool's Quest reveals devastating secrets and shocking conspiracies that cast a dark shadow over the history of Fitz and his world — one that now stretches to darken all future hope.
Denis Hayes & Gail Boyer Hayes
Wednesday the 9th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
In Cowed (W. W. Norton), globally recognized environmentalists Denis and Gail Boyer Hayes offer a revealing analysis of how our beneficial, centuries-old relationship with bovines has evolved into one that now endangers us. In their deeply researched, engagingly personal narrative, the Hayes give a glimpse into what we can do now to provide a better future for cows, humans, and the world we inhabit — offering a look at our dependence on cows and a passionate appeal for sustainable living.
Thursday the 10th, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
Sara Donati, bestselling author of Into the Wilderness, makes her highly anticipated return with The Gilded Hour (Berkley), a remarkable epic about two female doctors in 19th-century New York and the transcendent power of courage and love. The Gilded Hour is a captivating, emotionally gripping, and lush historical novel that proves Donati is an author at the height of her powers.
Deadly Diversions Book Group
Thursday the 10th, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
T. Geronimo Johnson
Thursday the 10th, 7:30PM Powell's Books on Hawthorne
From PEN/Faulkner finalist T. Geronimo Johnson comes a dark and socially provocative Southern-fried comedy about four UC Berkeley students who stage a dramatic protest during a Civil War reenactment. A literary coming-of-age novel for a new generation, written with social insight and a unique, generous heart, Welcome to Braggsville (William Morrow) reminds us of the promise and perils of youthful exuberance, while painting an indelible portrait of contemporary America.
Ursula K. Le Guin
Thursday the 10th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Completely revised and rewritten to address the challenges and opportunities of the modern era, Ursula K. Le Guin's Steering the Craft (Mariner) is a short, deceptively simple guide to the craft of writing. Combining illustrative examples from the global canon with her own witty commentary, Le Guin's masterly guide deserves a place on every writer's shelf.
William Shakespeare's Tragedy of the Sith's Revenge
Friday the 11th, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
The curtain rises once again on that star-crossed galaxy far, far away — this time, to chronicle a once-heroic knight's transformation into the darkest of villains. Ian Doescher's William Shakespeare's Tragedy of the Sith's Revenge (Quirk) is the climactic conclusion to the fall of the house of Skywalker.
Preserving the Japanese Way
Friday the 11th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Nancy Singleton Hachisu's Preserving the Japanese Way (Andrews McMeel) introduces Japanese methods of salting, pickling, and fermenting that are approachable and easy to integrate into a Western cooking repertoire. Preserving the Japanese Way is a book about community, seasonality as the root of preserved food, and ultimately why both are relevant in our lives today.
Saturday the 12th, 11:00AM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Join us every Saturday for kids' storytime. Today we're reading Troll and the Oliver by Adam Stower.
Saturday the 12th, 2:00PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Set in a distant yet familiar future, Space Dumplins (Graphix) weaves themes of family, friendship, and loyalty into a grand space adventure filled with quirky aliens, awesome spaceships, and sharp commentary on our environmentally challenged world. In his debut book for young readers, graphic novelist Craig Thompson (Blankets, Habibi) narrates a plucky heroine on a mission to save her dad.
Portland Bridges & Tilikum Crossing Poster Signing
Sunday the 13th, 12:00PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Michael Beard, artist of the classic "Bridges of Portland" poster, joins us to autograph prints of "Tilikum Crossing," Beard's new poster featuring the TriMet Transit Pedestrian Bridge, a welcome addition to Portland's unique and rich urban bridge legacy.
Sunday the 13th, 2:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
From Salman Rushdie, one of the great writers of our time, comes a spellbinding novel that blends history and folklore with tremendous philosophical depth. Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights (Random House) is a lush, modern fairytale about the monsters that are unleashed when reason recedes and religion reigns — and an enduring testament to the power of storytelling.
Sunday the 13th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
When the San José mine collapsed outside of Copiapó, Chile, in August 2010, it trapped 33 miners beneath thousands of feet of rock for a record-breaking 69 days. After the disaster, Pulitzer Prize — winning journalist Héctor Tobar received exclusive access to the miners and their tales, and in Deep Down Dark (Picador), he brings them to haunting, visceral life.
Naomi J. Williams
Monday the 14th, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
In her inventive, gripping debut, Naomi J. Williams reimagines the historical Lapérouse expedition, a voyage of exploration that left Brest in 1785 with two frigates and 200 men in a brave attempt to circumnavigate the globe for science and the glory of France. Grounded in historical fact but refracted through a powerful imagination, Landfalls (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) follows the exploits and heartbreaks not only of the men on the ships but also of the people affected by the voyage. By turns elegiac, profound, and comic, Landfalls reinvents the maritime adventure novel for the 21st century.
Monday the 14th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
With her husband Bernard two years in the grave, 78-year-old Harriet Chance sets sail on an ill-conceived Alaskan cruise only to discover that she's been living the past 60 years of her life under entirely false pretenses. With This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance! (Algonquin Books), Jonathan Evison has crafted a bighearted novel with an endearing heroine at its center. Part dysfunctional love story, part poignant exploration of the mother/daughter relationship, nothing is what it seems in this tale of acceptance, reexamination, forgiveness, and, ultimately, healing.
Monday the 14th, 7:30PM Powell's Books on Hawthorne
"An absorbing account of the clash between environmentalists and oyster farmers in the coastal towns north of San Francisco" (Kirkus), Summer Brennan's The Oyster War (Counterpoint) chronicles the protracted battle for Drakes Estero — a fight that had the power to influence the future of wilderness for decades to come.
Write Around Portland 10-Week Workshop
Tuesday the 15th, 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 Tuesdays and Thursdays, September 15 to October 15. To register or for more information, visit Writearound.org.
Tuesday the 15th, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
Based on true events, The Memory Weaver (Fleming H. Revell) is Jane Kirkpatrick's latest literary journey into the past, where threads of western landscapes, family, and faith weave a tapestry of hope inside every pioneering woman's heart.
Tuesday the 15th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
A love story, an adventure story, a fable without a moral, and an ink-black comedy of manners, Undermajordomo Minor (Ecco) is Patrick deWitt's long-awaited follow-up to The Sisters Brothers. DeWitt's new novel is a tale of polite theft, bitter heartbreak, domestic mystery, and cold-blooded murder in which every aspect of human behavior is laid bare for our hero to observe.
Voracious: A Hungry Reader Cooks Her Way through Great Books
Wednesday the 16th, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
As a young bookworm reading in her grandfather's butcher shop, Cara Nicoletti saw how books and food bring people to life. Now a butcher, cook, and talented writer, she serves up stories and recipes inspired by beloved books and the food that gives their characters depth and personality. Voracious (Little Brown) explores the intersection of great books and great food.
Wednesday the 16th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Andrés Neuman's mind-bending set of stories, The Things We Don't Do (Open Letter), calls to mind the best of Julio Cortázar, Jorge Luis Borges, and Roberto Bolaño. Playful, philosophizing, and gloriously unpredictable, Neuman's short stories are intellectually stimulating and told with a voice that is wry, questioning, sometimes mordantly funny, yet always generously humane. The Things We Don't Do confirms Neuman's place as one of the most dynamic authors writing today.
Thursday the 17th, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
Dewey Bob Crockett is a young raccoon who loves to collect shiny things, but he discovers that it is a lot harder for a raccoon to collect — and keep — a friend. Dewey Bob (Dial) is a tale of unexpected friendship and the new picture book from Judy Schachner, creator of the bestselling Skippyjon Jones.
Thursday the 17th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Four decades ago, Erica Jong revolutionized the way we look at love, marriage, and sex. Her world-wide bestseller, Fear of Flying, opened the doors for writers from Jennifer Weiner to Lena Dunham. Now she does it again by giving us a powerful, new perspective on the next phase of women's lives. Full of the sly humor, deep wisdom, and poignancy we know from her poetry, fiction, and essays, Fear of Dying (St. Martin's) is a story for everyone who has ever been shaken and changed by love.
Thursday the 17th, 7:30PM Powell's Books on Hawthorne
Chuck doesn't know how he ended up as the creepy 43-year-old guy with the drugs, or the guy who's too old to be at the party doing everyone else's drugs. In the end, though, every addict has that one special vice that can tip them from relatively functional to completely unhinged. For Chuck, it's a new drug that doesn't even have a name yet. But when chunks of time begin to disappear and rearrange themselves, he wonders if this is just another life-ruining drug, or if it's something out of a Philip K. Dick universe. Black Hole (Soft Skull) is the new novel from poet and comedian Bucky Sinister.
Friday the 18th, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
In Heidi Schulz's The Pirate Code (Hook's Revenge #2) (Disney-Hyperion), Jocelyn Hook and her pirate crew hunt for Captain Hook's hidden treasure. In this rambunctious showdown between characters new and old, Jocelyn puts her brand of pirating to the test in a quest to save her future.
Quantified: Redefining Conservation for the Next Economy
Friday the 18th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
In Quantified (Island Press), Joe S. Whitworth draws lessons from the world's most tech-savvy, high-impact organizations to show how we can make real gains for the environment. As president of the Freshwater Trust, Whitworth has put quantified conservation into practice, pioneering the model of a do-tank that is dramatically changing how rivers can get restored across the United States.
Kids' Storytime with Irena Kobald
Saturday the 19th, 11:00AM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Today, author Irena Kobald joins us to read from her new book, My Two Blankets (Harcourt Brace). Moving is hard — but friends make it easier. An old blanket gives Cartwheel comfort when she's sad, and a new blanket just might change her world.
Heartlandia: Heritage Recipes from Portland's the Country Cat
Sunday the 20th, 4:00PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Heartlandia (Houghton Mifflin) is based on husband-and-wife team Adam and Jackie Sappington's acclaimed Portland restaurant, The Country Cat Dinner House & Bar. Adam, executive chef, and Jackie, executive pastry chef, make food that is the definition of soulful, heartwarming comfort food.
Bill Clegg in Conversation with Amanda Coplin
Sunday the 20th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Did You Ever Have a Family (Gallery/Scout Press), the stunning debut novel from Bill Clegg, is a powerful story about a circle of people who find solace in the least likely of places as they cope with a horrific tragedy. Clegg will be joined in conversation by Amanda Coplin, author of The Orchardist.
Monday the 21st, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
Meet Morgan Dey, one of the top teen Reducers at The Body Institute. Thanks to cutting-edge technology, Morgan can temporarily take over another girl's body, get her in shape, and then return to her own body — leaving her client slimmer, more toned, and feeling great. But there are a few catches... The Body Institute (Entangled) is Carol Riggs's debut novel for young adults.
Monday the 21st, 7:30PM Powell's Books on Hawthorne
What would the life of Buddha look like if it were lived today? In her novel Sid (Wisdom Publications), Anita Feng has crafted a delightful jewel that captures both the classic story of the Buddha as well as a deeply personal and familiar reflection of the story in a contemporary retelling.
Joy Williams in Conversation with Karen Russell
Monday the 21st, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Joy Williams has been celebrated as a master of the short story for four decades, her renown passing as a given from one generation to the next. The Visiting Privilege (Knopf) is a collection showcasing her crisp, elegant prose, her dark wit, and her uncanny ability to illuminate our world through characters and situations that feel peculiar and foreign, yet disturbingly familiar. Williams will be joined in conversation by Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia! and Vampires in the Lemon Grove.
Tuesday the 22nd, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
Richard Goodfellow's Collector of Secrets (Polis) marries the historical intrigue, deep research, and wide commercial appeal of the best of Dan Brown or Michael Gruber to the techno-savvy, judo-kicking, stranger-in-a-strange-land atmosphere of Barry Eisler's bestselling John Rain series.
Tuesday the 22nd, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
From Amy Stewart, bestselling author of The Drunken Botanist, comes Girl Waits with Gun (Houghton Mifflin), an enthralling novel based on the forgotten true story of Constance Kopp — one of the nation's first female deputy sheriffs.
Wednesday the 23rd, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
In A Window Opens (Simon & Schuster), Elisabeth Egan, Glamour magazine's beloved books editor, brings us Alice Pearse, a compulsively honest, longing-to-have-it-all, sandwich generation heroine for our social-media-obsessed, lean in (or opt out) age. Egan's novel is a heartfelt and painfully funny debut about what happens when a wife and mother of three leaps at the chance to fulfill her professional destiny — only to learn every opportunity comes at a price.
Wednesday the 23rd, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Jerry Stahl's Old Guy Dad (Rare Bird) recounts the adventures of a man who, in the autumn of his years (or at least the pre-autumn) discovers his girlfriend is pregnant. He is going to be a father — again. Only this time he wants to do it right: no heroin, plenty of low-back pain. OG Dad finds Stahl, author of Permanent Midnight, fighting a terminal disease, not to mention mortality, sleeplessness, and the soul-crushing weirdness of preschool drop-offs with parents half his age.
Brain Storms: The Race to Unlock the Mysteries of Parkinson's Disease
Thursday the 24th, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
Seven million people worldwide suffer from Parkinson's — with 60,000 new cases diagnosed each year in the U.S. alone — and it remains an enigma, with doctors, researchers, and patients hunting for a cure. In Brain Storms (Scientific American), award-winning journalist Jon Palfreman tells their story, a story that takes on urgency when he is diagnosed with the debilitating illness. Palfreman chronicles how scientists have labored to crack the mystery, from the earliest clinical descriptions to the cutting edge of molecular neuroscience. Palfreman will be joined in conversation by Holly Chaimov, Executive Director of Parkinson's Resources of Oregon. This event is sponsored by Parkinson's Resources of Oregon.
David Baker in Conversation with Scott Wright
Thursday the 24th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
David Baker's Vintage (Touchstone) is a humorous, evocative debut novel about a food journalist's desperate attempt to save his career — and possibly his marriage — by tracking an extremely valuable bottle of wine stolen by the Nazis over half a century ago. From the rolling hills of Burgundy to a raucous wedding in Moldova, from a Beaune bacchanal to the graying walls of a Russian prison, Vintage is a story about redemption, sacrifices, and making one last effort to follow your dreams. Baker will be joined in conversation by winemaker, importer, and wine educator Scott Wright.
Recovering Joy: A Mindful Life after Addiction
Thursday the 24th, 7:30PM Powell's Books on Hawthorne
With Recovering Joy (Sounds True), Kevin Griffin, author of One Breath at a Time, fills in what is often the missing piece in addiction recovery programs — how to regain our ability to live happier lives. Through reflections, self-inquiry, and mindfulness practices, Griffin reveals how we can better act in accordance with our core values, cultivate healthy and satisfying relationships, renew our sense of playfulness, and find the unexpected joys in the journey of recovery.
Mary Karr in Conversation with Cheryl Strayed
Friday the 25th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Credited with the current revival of the literary memoir, Mary Karr knows a thing or two about the form. She spent over a year atop bestseller lists with The Liars' Club, Cherry, and Lit, and she teaches a highly selective seminar at Syracuse University in New York, where she has mentored future bestselling memoirists such as Cheryl Strayed and Koren Zailckas. The Art of Memoir (Harper) offers a master class in the essential elements of great memoir — delivered with Karr's signature wit, insight, and candor. Karr will be joined in conversation by Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild.
Saturday the 26th, 11:00AM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Join us for kids' storytime. Today we're reading Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast by Josh Funk.
Beat Happening's Beat Happening
Saturday the 26th, 4:00PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
In 1985, the Olympia, Washington, band Beat Happening released their eponymous debut of lo-fi pop songs on K Records and challenged every conception held about music. At the center of the group was the enigmatic Calvin Johnson and his revolutionary vision of artistic creation. Bryan C. Parker's Beat Happening's Beat Happening (Bloomsbury) is the story of a band that popularized do-it-yourself projects and home recording decades before the digital revolution. Parker will be joined at the event by Beat Happening and K Records founder Calvin Johnson.
Sunday the 27th, 4:00PM Powell's Books on Hawthorne
Vu Tran's Dragonfish (W. W. Norton) is a thrilling and cinematic work of sophisticated suspense and haunting lyricism, set in motion by characters who can neither trust each other nor themselves. Tran's debut is a noir page-turner resonant with the lasting reverberations of lives lost and lives remade.
The Game Changer: A Memoir of Disruptive Love
Sunday the 27th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Franklin and Celeste's open marriage seemed perfectly safe — until the day Amber entered his life and showed them why the heart does not obey rules. Franklin Veaux's The Game Changer (Thorntree Press) is the true story of a game-changing relationship that altered not only Franklin and Celeste's lives, but the face of the modern polyamory movement.
Monday the 28th, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
Banned Books Week: Censorship and the First Amendment
Monday the 28th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
The First Amendment plainly states that government shall make absolutely "no law" restricting our freedom of speech. Equally clearly, from banned books onward, that has not been our history. What, then, are the reaches and limits of government control of our speech, especially with regard to race, sex, politics, or morality? Is control by "the marketplace of ideas" a better fit for a free society? How are free speech and privacy often diametrically opposed — and how do we balance them? In a talk entitled "May Government Control Our Speech and Expression, and If So, How and When?," First Amendment lawyer Duane Bosworth explains these tensions in today's society.
Monday the 28th, 7:30PM Powell's Books on Hawthorne
What is the role of art in the world? And what is the responsibility of the artist? After the death of his wife, Michael Benchere, a well-respected sculptor and once-famous architect, looks for ways to redefine the meaning of his life through the purpose of his art. Benchere in Wonderland (Hawthorne) is the new novel from author Steven Gillis.
H. G. "Buzz" Bissinger
Tuesday the 29th, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
Return once again to the timeless account of the Permian Panthers of Odessa — the winningest high-school football team in Texas history — with the 25th anniversary edition of H. G. "Buzz" Bissinger's Friday Night Lights (Da Capo). With frankness and compassion, Bissinger unforgettably captures a season in the life of Odessa and shows how single-minded devotion to the team shapes the community and inspires — and sometimes shatters — the teenagers who wear the Panthers' uniforms.
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory
Tuesday the 29th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Most people want to avoid thinking about death, but 20-something Caitlin Doughty took a job at a crematory, turning morbid curiosity into her life's work. Thrown into a profession of gallows humor and vivid characters (both living and very dead), she learned to navigate the secretive culture of those who care for the deceased. Honest, heartfelt, and self-deprecating, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (W. W. Norton) tells an unusual coming-of-age story full of bizarre encounters and unforgettable scenes.
Classics Book Group
Wednesday the 30th, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
This month we meet to discuss Palace Walk by Naguib Mahfouz. Join us!
Love Letters to the Dead
Wednesday the 30th, 7:00PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
It begins as an assignment for English class: write a letter to a dead person — any dead person. Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain — he died young, and so did Laurel's sister May — so maybe he'll understand a bit of what Laurel is going through. Soon Laurel is writing letters to lots of dead people — Janis Joplin, Heath Ledger, River Phoenix, Amelia Earhart... it's like she can't stop. Love Letters to the Dead (Square Fish) is Ava Dellaira's stunning debut novel for young adults.
The Cocktail Chronicles
Wednesday the 30th, 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
Written by Paul Clarke, Imbibe executive editor, The Cocktail Chronicles (Spring House Press) is mixology for the masses and an enlightening, fascinating field guide to the cocktail renaissance. Life's too complicated; thanks to The Cocktail Chronicles, a good drink doesn't need to be.