Orange World & Other Stories
by Karen Russell

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Karen Russell in Conversation With Leni Zumas

Friday, May 24 @ 7:30 PM

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1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
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Pulitzer Prize finalist Karen Russell’s comedic genius and mesmerizing talent for creating outlandish predicaments that uncannily mirror our inner lives is on full display in the eight exuberant, arrestingly vivid, unforgettable stories in her new collection, Orange World and Other Stories (Knopf). Orange World is a miracle of storytelling from a true modern master, showcasing Russell’s extraordinary, irresistible gifts of language and imagination. Russell will be joined in conversation by Leni Zumas, author of Red Clocks.



Swarm of Bees
by Rilla Alexander

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Kids’ Storytime

Saturday, May 25 @ 11:00 AM

Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
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Join us for kids’ storytime. Today we’re reading Swarm of Bees by Lemony Snicket & Rilla Alexander.


On Call in the Arctic

Tuesday, May 28 @ 7:30 PM

Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
97209

In On Call in the Arctic (Pegasus), Thomas J. Sims relates his incredible experience saving lives in one of the most remote outposts in North America. In order to do his job, Sims had to overcome racism, cultural prejudices, and hostility from those who would like to see him sent packing. On Call in the Arctic reveals the thrills and the terrors of frontier medicine, where Dr. Sims must rely upon his instincts, improvise, and persevere against all odds in order to help his patients on the icy shores of the Bering Sea.


Annie Jacobsen

Wednesday, May 29 @ 7:00 PM

Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
Beaverton, OR
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When diplomacy fails, and war is unwise, the president calls on the CIA's Special Activities Division, a highly classified branch of the CIA – and the most effective black operations force in the world. With unprecedented access to 42 men and women who proudly and secretly worked on CIA covert operations from the dawn of the Cold War to the present day, along with declassified documents and deep historical research, Pulitzer Prize finalist Annie Jacobsen unveils a complex world of individuals working in treacherous environments populated with killers, connivers, and saboteurs. Surprise, Kill, Vanish (Little, Brown) brings to vivid life the untold story of the CIA's secret paramilitary units.



Not Without Laughter
by Langston Hughes

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Classics Book Group

Wednesday, May 29 @ 7:00 PM

Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
Beaverton, OR
97005

This month our group meets to discuss Not Without Laughter by Langston Hughes. Join us!


Eric Gorges in Conversation With Gary Rogowski

Wednesday, May 29 @ 7:30 PM

Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
97209

In A Craftman’s Legacy (Algonquin), Eric Gorges, host of TV’s A Craftsman’s Legacy, makes the case that the craftsman’s way – the philosophy, the skills, and the mindset – can provide a blueprint for all of us in our increasingly hurried, mass-manufactured world. Filled with insights about the physical, psychological, and spiritual aspects of craftsmanship, A Craftsman’s Legacy identifies the craftsman’s values: taking time to slow down and enjoy the process, embracing failure, knowing when to stop and when to push through, and accepting that perfection is an illusion. Gorges will be joined in conversation by Gary Rogowski, author of Handmade: Creative Focus in the Age of Distraction.


David Wolman & Julian Smith in Conversation With Andrew Proctor

Thursday, May 30 @ 7:30 PM

Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
97209

In 1908, three unknown riders arrived in Cheyenne, Wyoming, their hats adorned with wildflowers, to compete in the world’s greatest rodeo. They had travelled 3,000 miles from Hawaii, where their ancestors had herded cattle for generations, to test themselves against the toughest riders in the West. Dismissed by whites, who considered themselves the only true cowboys, the Hawaiians left the heartland as champions – and American legends. David Wolman and Julian Smith’s Aloha Rodeo (William Morrow) blends rough-knuckled frontier drama with a rousing underdog narrative. Wolman and Smith will be joined in conversation by Andrew Proctor, Executive Director of Literary Arts.



Death & Life of Aida Hernandez
by Aaron Bobrow-Strain

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The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez: A Border Story

Thursday, May 30 @ 7:30 PM

Powell's Books on Hawthorne
3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Portland, OR
97214

What happens when an undocumented teen mother takes on the U.S. immigration system? Taking us into detention centers, immigration courts, and more, Aaron Bobrow-Strain’s The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) reveals the human consequences of militarizing what was once a more forgiving border. This event in sponsored by Voz Workers' Rights Education Project and Causa, Oregon's Immigrant Rights Organization.



Seraphina
by Rachel Hartman

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Young Adult Book Club (Burnside)

Friday, May 31 @ 7:00 PM

Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
97209

The Young Adult Book Club is a safe place for teens to talk about books. You pick the books and Powell’s brings the snacks! We meet monthly to discuss strong stories with diverse characters. This month we meet to discuss Seraphina by Rachel Hartman. Join us!



Do You Have Kids Life When the Answer Is No
by Kate Kaufmann

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Do You Have Kids? Life When the Answer Is No

Friday, May 31 @ 7:30 PM

Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
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A savvy and validating guide to what might be in store for growing numbers of childfree and childless adults worldwide, Kate Kaufmann’s Do You Have Kids? Life When the Answer Is No (She Writes Press) takes on topics from the shifting meaning of family to what we leave behind when we die. Weaving together wisdom from women ages 24 to 91, with both her own story and a growing body of research, Kaufmann brings to light alternate routes to lives of meaning, connection, and joy. Kaufmann will be joined in conversation by Jennifer Hofmann, publisher of the weekly Americans of Conscience Checklist.




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International Tabletop Day (Burnside)

Saturday, June 1 @ 11:00 AM

Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
97209

Join us for the seventh annual International Tabletop Day. As an official host of this worldwide gamefest, presented by Geek & Sundry (the multimedia company/YouTube channel founded by Felicia Day), our City of Books and Cedar Hills Crossing stores will offer a full day of gaming, new game demos, giveaways, and surprises. Whether you're a newbie, an experienced dungeon master, or just an old-school gamer, put down those dice, stack up those hex tiles, and come on down!




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International Tabletop Day (Cedar Hills)

Saturday, June 1 @ 11:00 AM

Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
Beaverton, OR
97005

Join us for the seventh annual International Tabletop Day. As an official host of this worldwide gamefest, presented by Geek & Sundry (the multimedia company/YouTube channel founded by Felicia Day), our City of Books and Cedar Hills Crossing stores will offer a full day of gaming, new game demos, giveaways, and surprises. Whether you're a newbie, an experienced dungeon master, or just an old-school gamer, put down those dice, stack up those hex tiles, and come on down!




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Kids’ Storytime

Saturday, June 1 @ 11:00 AM

Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
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Join us for kids’ storytime. Today we’re reading Bruno, the Standing Cat by Nadine Robert.


Original Plumbing: The Best of Ten Years of Trans Male Culture

Sunday, June 2 @ 2:00 PM

Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
97209

Independently published from 2009 to 2019, Original Plumbing grew from a Bay Area zine to a nationally acclaimed print quarterly dedicated to trans men. For nearly 10 years, the magazine was the premier resource focused on their experiences, celebrations, and imaginations, featuring writing on both playful and political topics like selfies, bathrooms, and safer sex; interviews with queer icons such as Janet Mock, Silas Howard, Margaret Cho, and Ian Harvie; and visual art, photography, and short fiction. In celebration of the magazine’s 10-year run, Original Plumbing: The Best of Ten Years of Trans Male Culture (Amethyst Editions) compiles the best of all 20 issues. Original Plumbing founders Amos Mac and Rocco Kayiatos will present their essential collection. Mac and Kayiatos will be joined in conversation by Sassafras Lowrey, author of Lost Boi.


Street Journalist: Understand and Report the News in Your Community

Sunday, June 2 @ 7:30 PM

Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
97209

A corrupt politician. A local business in trouble. A neighbor with a heroic story. An opportunity to work together for positive change. Whatever the stories are in your community that most need to be told, the best person to tell them is you. Whether you're writing for your local newspaper, producing a podcast or video series, or simply sharing what you see and learn every day on social media, the power of journalism is in your hands, as is the responsibility to use it ethically and wisely. In Street Journalist (Microcosm), longtime journalist Lisa Loving opens up the world of journalism, sharing her hard-won skills and knowledge to help expand your media literacy so that you can report on what matters most, hold powerful people accountable, and strengthen your community.



Well-Read Black Girl
by Glory Edim

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Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves

Monday, June 3 @ 7:30 PM

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1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
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Remember that moment when you first encountered a character who seemed to be written just for you? That feeling of belonging remains with readers for the rest of their lives – but it doesn’t happen as frequently for all of us. In her timely anthology, Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves (Ballantine), “well-read black girl” Glory Edim brings together original essays by some of our best black female writers and creative voices to shine a light on how important it is that everyone – regardless of gender, race, religion, or abilities – can find themselves in literature. Whether it’s learning about the complexities of femalehood from Zora Neale Hurston and Toni Morrison, finding a new type of love in The Color Purple, or using mythology to craft an alternative black future, each essay reminds us why we turn to books in times of both struggle and relaxation.


A Girl's Guide to the Wild: Be an Adventure-Seeking Outdoor Explorer!

Monday, June 3 @ 7:30 PM

Powell's Books on Hawthorne
3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Portland, OR
97214

Ruby McConnell’s A Girl's Guide to the Wild: Be an Adventure-Seeking Outdoor Explorer! (Little Bigfoot) is the definitive guide to getting outside – for girls ages 9-12! In addition to basic outdoor skills, McConnell’s entertaining guidebook includes easy camping recipes, outdoor projects including science experiments and crafts, fun activity suggestions, and inspiring stories of diverse historical and contemporary outdoorswomen. The goal is to improve the quality of girls’ outdoor time by increasing participation and independence, making them feel comfortable and safe, and giving them essential skills and knowledge. Charming and approachable, A Girl’s Guide to the Wild will encourage both reluctant campers and budding naturalists to go wild and embrace the outdoors.



Fall, or Dodge in Hell
by Neal Stephenson

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Neal Stephenson

Tuesday, June 4 @ 7:00 PM

Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
Beaverton, OR
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Neal Stephenson, bestselling author of Seveneves, Anathem, Reamde, and Cryptonomicon, returns with a wildly inventive and entertaining science fiction thriller – Paradise Lost by way of Philip K. Dick – that unfolds in the near future, in parallel worlds. Fall; or, Dodge in Hell (William Morrow) is pure, unadulterated fun: a grand drama of analog and digital, man and machine, angels and demons, gods and followers, the finite and the eternal. In his exhilarating new epic, Stephenson raises profound existential questions and touches on the revolutionary breakthroughs that are transforming our future. Combining the technological, philosophical, and spiritual in one grand myth, he delivers a mind-blowing speculative literary saga for the modern age.


The Scientific Attitude

Tuesday, June 4 @ 7:30 PM

Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
97209

Attacks on science have become commonplace. Claims that climate change isn't settled science, that evolution is “only a theory,” and that scientists are conspiring to keep the truth about vaccines from the public are staples of some politicians' rhetorical repertoire. Defenders of science often point to its discoveries (penicillin! relativity!) without explaining exactly why scientific claims are superior. In The Scientific Attitude: Defending Science From Denial, Fraud, and Pseudoscience (MIT), Lee McIntyre argues that what distinguishes science from its rivals is what he calls “the scientific attitude” – caring about evidence and being willing to change theories on the basis of new evidence. The history of science is littered with theories that were scientific but turned out to be wrong; the scientific attitude reveals why even a failed theory can help us to understand what is special about science. McIntyre describes the transformation of medicine from a practice based largely on hunches into a science based on evidence; considers scientific fraud; examines the positions of ideology-driven denialists, pseudoscientists, and “skeptics” who reject scientific findings; and argues that social science, no less than natural science, should embrace the scientific attitude.



Birds of the West
by Molly Hashimoto

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Birds of the West: An Artist's Guide

Wednesday, June 5 @ 7:00 PM

Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
Beaverton, OR
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Birds accompany us in our daily lives with their songs, flashes of bright color, and energetic activity. Even people who don’t consider themselves birders notice them; from urban wetlands to wilderness trails, we follow the sound of a distant twitter or song. Award-winning artist Molly Hashimoto captures birds through different media, from quick sketches with pen and wash to more carefully planned block prints. In Birds of the West (Skipstone), Hashimoto shares her range of artwork as a way to encourage readers, whether artists or not, to observe more closely the feathered friends around us. Through art and words, she explores specific Western habitats, providing the natural histories of birds typically found in each, as well as intimate personal encounters and inspiring passages from others.



Riots I Have Known
by Ryan Chapman

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Ryan Chapman in Conversation With Justin Taylor

Wednesday, June 5 @ 7:30 PM

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1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
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An unnamed Sri Lankan inmate has barricaded himself inside a prison computer lab in Dutchess County, New York. A riot rages outside, incited by a poem published in The Holding Pen, the house literary journal. This, our narrator’s final Editor’s Letter, is his confession. An official accounting of events, as they happened. As he awaits imminent and violent interruption, he takes us on a roller coaster ride of plot and language, determined to share his life story, and maybe answer a few questions. Smart, wry, and laugh-out-loud funny, Ryan Chapman’s Riots I Have Known (Simon & Schuster) is an utter gem – an electric, uproarious, and biting debut novel and an approachable send-up that packs a punch. Chapman will be joined in conversation by Justin Taylor, author of Flings.




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First Thursday: Dash, the Adorable Dog

Thursday, June 6 @ 6:30 PM

Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
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“Dash, the Adorable Dog” is a series of paintings by Samyak Yamauchi, inspired by her adorable two-year-old rescue dog, Dash. Dash came to Yamauchi in December of 2017 from the Oregon Humane Society and has since been her constant companion – in and out of the studio. Yamauchi is showing these paintings to honor him for inspiring her to live and paint with joy, love, and absolute devotion.




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Westside Writing Group

Thursday, June 6 @ 7:00 PM

Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
Beaverton, OR
97005

A group for anyone writing nonfiction or memoir who would like company, support, and, most of all, accountability. Whether you’ve never written a word or you’re a published author, join us!


Day Trips From Portland, Oregon: Getaway Ideas for the Local Traveler

Thursday, June 6 @ 7:30 PM

Powell's Books on Hawthorne
3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Portland, OR
97214

Rediscover the simple pleasures of a day trip with Kim Cooper Findling’s Day Trips From Portland, Oregon (Globe Pequot). Findling’s guide is packed with hundreds of exciting things for locals and vacationers to do, see, and discover within a two-hour drive of the Portland metro area. Go biking, hiking, kayaking – or swimming! – on Sauvie Island, or visit the recreational wonderland around the town of Silver Lake, where you can get a glimpse of Mount St. Helens. Do something (mildly) intoxicating: Go on a tasting tour at one (or more) of the 200 wineries in the Willamette Valley. Do something historical: See people in period clothing reenact mid-19th-century daily life at Fort Vancouver, or 1920s farm life at Pomeroy Living History Farm in Yacolt.



On Being Human
by Jennifer Pastiloff

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Jennifer Pastiloff in Conversation With Lidia Yuknavitch

Friday, June 7 @ 7:30 PM

Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
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Jennifer Pastiloff’s On Being Human (Dutton) is an inspirational memoir based on the popular workshop of the same name, about how her years of waitressing taught her to seek out unexpected beauty, how deafness taught her to listen fiercely, how being vulnerable allowed her to find love, and how imperfections can lead to a life full of wild happiness. Exuberant, triumphantly messy, and brave, On Being Human is a celebration and encouragement of happiness and self-realization over darkness and doubt. A book that helps the reader access their own vulnerability, bravery, and humanness. Pastiloff will be joined in conversation by Lidia Yuknavitch, author of The Book of Joan.



Beas Bees
by Katherine Pryor

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Kids’ Storytime With Katherine Pryor

Saturday, June 8 @ 11:00 AM

Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
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Today, author Katherine Pryor joins us to read from her new picture book, Bea’s Bees (Schiffer). Beatrix discovers a wild bumblebee nest on her way home from school and finds herself drawn to their busy world. When her bees mysteriously disappear, Bea hatches a plan to bring them back. Can Bea inspire her school and community to save the bees?


Building a Book Collection

Sunday, June 9 @ 2:00 PM

Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
97209

The Cascade Booksellers Association (CBA), of which Powell's is a member, presents an educational event about building a book collection. This free seminar for beginning and intermediate collectors offers ideas and inspiration for people who want to turn their passion for books into a lifelong hobby. CBA members will share topics including: what to collect; archival book care and repair; local and online resources; and tips on valuing your collection. Attendees may take away a resource-rich copy of the presentation and a free ticket to the Rose City Book & Paper Fair (June 14-15).



Disappearing Earth
by Julia Phillips

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Julia Phillips & Alix Ohlin

Sunday, June 9 @ 7:30 PM

Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
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One August afternoon, on the shoreline of the Kamchatka peninsula at the northeastern edge of Russia, two girls – sisters, eight and eleven – go missing. In the ensuing weeks, then months, the police investigation turns up nothing. Taking us through a year in Kamchatka, Julia Phillips’s powerful debut novel, Disappearing Earth (Knopf), enters with astonishing emotional acuity the worlds of a cast of richly drawn characters, all connected by the crime: a witness, a neighbor, a detective, a mother. In her gripping, unforgettable new novel about art, ambition, sisterhood, motherhood, and self-knowledge, Alix Ohlin traces the rich and complicated lives of two indelible women. Dazzlingly insightful and beautifully crafted, Dual Citizens (Knopf) captures the unique language of sisters and makes visible the imperceptible strings that bind us to the ones we love for good.



Magic for Liars
by Sarah Gailey

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Sarah Gailey in Conversation With Fonda Lee

Monday, June 10 @ 7:00 PM

Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
Beaverton, OR
97005

Ivy Gamble was born without magic and never wanted it. Ivy Gamble has an almost-sustainable career as a private investigator, and an empty apartment, and a slight drinking problem. She doesn't in any way wish she was like Tabitha, her estranged, magically gifted twin sister. Ivy Gamble is a liar. Magic for Liars (Tor) is the darkly enchanting debut novel from the Hugo Award-winning Sarah Gailey, perfect for fans of Charlie Jane Anders and Megan Abbott, following the harrowing search for a killer at a private academy for mages hidden in modern-day Northern California. Gailey will be joined in conversation by Fonda Lee, author of The Green Bone Saga (Jade City and Jade War).


Giraffes on Horseback Salad

Monday, June 10 @ 7:30 PM

Powell's Books on Hawthorne
3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Portland, OR
97214

Grab some popcorn and take a seat… The curtain is about to rise on a film like no other! But first, the real-life backstory: Giraffes on Horseback Salad was a Marx Brothers film written by modern art icon Salvador Dalí, who’d befriended Harpo. Rejected by MGM, the script was thought lost forever. Author and film buff Josh Frank unearthed the original script, and Dalí’s notes and sketches for the project, tucked away in museum archives. With comedian Tim Heidecker and Spanish comics creator Manuela Pertega, Frank recreated the film as Giraffes on Horseback Salad: Salvador Dalí, the Marx Brothers, and the Strangest Movie Never Made (Quirk), a graphic novel in all its gorgeous full-color, cinematic, surreal glory.



Sand Book
by Ariana Reines

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Ariana Reines

Monday, June 10 @ 7:30 PM

Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
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Ariana Reines’s A Sand Book (Tin House) is a poetry collection in nine parts, a travel guide that migrates from wildfires to hurricanes, Tweety Bird to the president, lust to aridity, desertification to prophecy, and mother to daughter. It explores the negative space of what is happening to language and to consciousness in our strange and desperate times. From Hurricane Sandy to the murder of Sandra Bland to the massacre at Sandy Hook, from the sand in the gizzards of birds to the desertified mountains of Haiti, from Attar's Conference of the Birds to Chaucer's Parliament of Fowls to Twitter, A Sand Book is about change and quantification, the relationship between catastrophe and cultural transmission. In her long-awaited follow-up to Mercury, Reines has written her most ambitious work to date, but also her most visceral and satisfying.




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Science Fiction Book Group

Tuesday, June 11 @ 7:00 PM

Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
Beaverton, OR
97005

This month our group meets to discuss Crosstalk by Connie Willis. Join us!


Matthew Inman (The Oatmeal)

Tuesday, June 11 @ 7:00 PM

Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
Beaverton, OR
97005

Matthew Inman, Eisner Award-winning creator of The Oatmeal and bestselling author of How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You, presents a must-have collection of comics for cat lovers! Why My Cat Is More Impressive Than Your Baby (Andrews McMeel) is chock-full of comics about cats, babies, dogs, lasers, selfies, and pigeons! Inman’s new book contains a vast wealth of never-before-seen comics, including informative guides like: How to Comfortably Sleep Next to Your Cat; 10 Ways to Befriend a Misanthropic Cat; How to Hold a Baby When You Are Not Used to Holding Babies; A Dog’s Guide to Walking a Human Being; and How to Cuddle Like You Mean It.


Phil Buchanan in Conversation With Max Williams & Kimberly Cooper

Tuesday, June 11 @ 7:30 PM

Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
97209

A majority of American households give to charity in some form or another – from local donations to food banks, religious organizations, or schools, to contributions to prevent disease or protect basic freedoms. Whether you're in a position to give $1 or $1 million, every giver needs to answer the same question: How do I channel my giving effectively to make the greatest difference? In Giving Done Right (PublicAffairs), Phil Buchanan, president of the Center for Effective Philanthropy, arms donors with what it takes to do more good more quickly and to avoid predictable errors that lead too many astray. Giving Done Right is a practical guide to philanthropy at all levels of giving that seeks to educate and inspire. Buchanan will be joined in conversation by Max Williams, CEO of the Oregon Community Foundation, and Kimberly Cooper, president and CEO of Fortuna Group.



Hidden History of Guns & the Second Amendment
by Thom Hartmann

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Thom Hartmann

Wednesday, June 12 @ 7:30 PM

Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
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Taking his typically in-depth, historically informed view, popular progressive radio host Thom Hartmann examines the brutal role guns have played in American history – from the genocide of the Native Americans to the enforcement of slavery (slave patrols are in fact the Second Amendment’s “well-regulated militias”) and the racist post-Civil War social order. He shows how the NRA and conservative Supreme Court justices used specious logic to invent a virtually unlimited individual right to own guns, which has enabled the ever-growing number of mass shootings in the United States. Hartmann also identifies a handful of powerful, commonsense solutions that would break the power of the gun lobby and restore the understanding of the Second Amendment that the Framers of the Constitution intended. Hartmann’s The Hidden History of Guns and the Second Amendment (Berrett-Koehler) is the kind of brief, brilliant analysis for which Hartmann is justly renowned.




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Deadly Diversions Book Group

Thursday, June 13 @ 7:00 PM

Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
Beaverton, OR
97005

This month our group meets to discuss Gail Bowen’s Joanne Kilbourn mystery series. Join us!



100 Side Hustles Ideas for Making Extra Money
by Chris Guillebeau

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Chris Guillebeau

Thursday, June 13 @ 7:00 PM

Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
Beaverton, OR
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In 100 Side Hustles (Ten Speed), Chris Guillebeau, author of The $100 Startup, presents a colorful “idea book” filled with inspiration for your next big idea. Distilled from his popular Side Hustle School podcast, these case studies feature teachers, artists, coders, and even entire families who’ve found ways to create new sources of income. With insights and takeaways that reveal the human element behind the hustles, this playbook covers every step of launching a side hustle, from identifying underserved markets to crafting unique products and services that spring from your passions.



City of Girls
by Elizabeth Gilbert

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Powell’s Books presents ELIZABETH GILBERT

Thursday, June 13 @ 7:30 PM

Revolution Hall
1300 SE Stark St
Portland, OR
97214

Beloved author Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love and Big Magic) returns to fiction with a unique love story set in the New York City theater world during the 1940s. Told from the perspective of an older woman as she looks back on her youth with both pleasure and regret (but mostly pleasure), City of Girls (Riverhead) explores themes of female sexuality and promiscuity, as well as the idiosyncrasies of true love. Written with a powerful wisdom about human desire and connection, City of Girls is a love story like no other. Please note: Tickets for this event, $38, include admission and a copy of City of Girls and are available at the Revolution Hall box office, revolutionhall.com, or by calling Ticketfly at 877-435-9849. Books will be distributed at the event.



Underland A Deep Time Journey
by Robert Macfarlane

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Robert Macfarlane in Conversation With Barry Lopez

Thursday, June 13 @ 7:30 PM

Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
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Hailed as "the great nature writer of this generation" (Wall Street Journal), Robert Macfarlane is the celebrated author of books about the intersections of the human and the natural realms. In his new work, Underland: A Deep Time Journey (W. W. Norton), Macfarlane delivers his masterpiece: an epic exploration of the Earth’s underworlds as they exist in myth, literature, memory, and the land itself. Macfarlane takes us on an extraordinary journey into our relationship with darkness, burial, and what lies beneath the surface of both place and mind. Global in its geography and written with great lyricism and power, Underland speaks powerfully to our present moment. Taking a deep time view of our planet, Macfarlane here asks a vital and unsettling question: “Are we being good ancestors to the future Earth?” Macfarlane will be joined in conversation by Barry Lopez, author of Horizon.



Into the Jungle
by Erica Ferencik

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Erica Ferencik

Thursday, June 13 @ 7:30 PM

Powell's Books on Hawthorne
3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Portland, OR
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In this pulse-pounding thriller from the author of the “haunting, twisting thrill ride” (Megan Miranda) The River at Night, a young woman leaves behind everything she knows to take on the Bolivian jungle, but her excursion abroad quickly turns into a fight for her life. Primal, gripping, and terrifying, Into the Jungle (Gallery/Scout Press) features Erica Ferencik’s signature “visceral, white-knuckle” (Entertainment Weekly) prose that will sink its fangs into you and not let go.



The Knife of Never Letting Go
by Patrick Ness

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Young Adult Book Club (Hawthorne)

Friday, June 14 @ 7:00 PM

Powell's Books on Hawthorne
3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Portland, OR
97214

The Young Adult Book Club is a group of teens who meet monthly to talk about YA fiction. We’re fans of strong stories, diverse characters, and Rainbow Rowell (of course!). This month our group meets to discuss The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. Join us!



Run Wild
by David Covell

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Kids’ Storytime With David Covell

Saturday, June 15 @ 11:00 AM

Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
97209

Today, author David Covell joins us to read from his new picture book, Run Wild (Viking). “Hey, you! Sky’s blue!” a girl shouts as she runs by the window of a boy bent over his digital device. Intrigued, the boy runs out after her, leaving his shoes (and phone) behind, and into a world of sunshine, dewy grass, and warm sand. Filled with the pleasures of being alive in the natural world, Run Wild is an exquisite and kid-friendly reminder of how wonderful life can be beyond doors and screens.


The Democracy Fix

Monday, June 17 @ 7:30 PM

Powell's Books on Hawthorne
3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Portland, OR
97214

Caroline Fredrickson, former special assistant for legislative affairs to President Clinton, president of the American Constitution Society, and author of Under the Bus, shows how the left can undo the right’s damage and take the country back. Despite representing the beliefs of a minority of the American public on many issues, conservatives are in power not just in Washington, DC, but also in state capitals and courtrooms across the country. In The Democracy Fix (New Press), Fredrickson shows us how we can learn from the right by having the determination to focus on judicial elections, state power, and voter laws without stooping to their dishonest, rule-breaking tactics. This event is sponsored by the American Constitution Society – Oregon Lawyer Chapter.


Real Queer America: LGBT Stories From Red States

Monday, June 17 @ 7:30 PM

Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
97209

Ten years ago, Samantha Allen was a suit-and-tie-wearing Mormon missionary. Now she's a senior Daily Beast reporter happily married to another woman. A lot in her life has changed, but what hasn't changed is her deep love of Red State America, and of queer people who stay in so-called "flyover country" rather than moving to the liberal coasts. In Real Queer America (Little, Brown), Allen takes us on a cross-country road trip stretching from Provo, Utah, to the Rio Grande Valley to the Bible Belt to the Deep South. Capturing profound cultural shifts underway in unexpected places and revealing a national network of chosen family fighting for a better world, Real Queer America is a treasure trove of uplifting stories and a much-needed source of hope and inspiration in these divided times.



All of Us with Wings
by Michelle Ruiz Keil

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Michelle Ruiz Keil in Conversation With Tehlor Kay Mejia

Tuesday, June 18 @ 7:00 PM

Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
Beaverton, OR
97005

Seventeen-year-old Xochi's life changed when she became governess to precocious twelve-year-old Pallas, but the duo unintentionally summons a pair of ancient creatures determined to right the wrongs of Xochi's adolescence. All of Us With Wings (Soho Teen) is Michelle Ruiz Keil’s young adult fantasy debut about love, found family, and healing – an ode to post-punk San Francisco through the eyes of a Mexican American girl. Keil will be joined in conversation by Tehlor Kay Mejia, author of We Set the Dark on Fire.



This Storm
by James Ellroy

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James Ellroy

Tuesday, June 18 @ 7:30 PM

Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
97209

It is January 1942. Torrential rainstorms hit L.A. A body is unearthed in Griffith Park. The cops rate it a routine dead-man job. They’re grievously wrong. It’s a summons to misalliance and all the spoils of a brand-new war. Elmer Jackson is a corrupt Vice cop. He’s a flesh peddler and a bagman for the L.A. Chief of Police. Hideo Ashida is a crime lab whiz, caught up in the maelstrom of the Japanese internment. Dudley Smith is a LAPD hardnose working Army Intelligence. He’s gone rogue and gone all-the-way Fascist. Joan Conville was born rogue. She’s a defrocked Navy lieutenant and a war profiteer to her core. They’ve signed on for the dead-man job. They’ve got a hot date with History. They will fight their inner wars within The War with unstoppable fury. James Ellroy’s This Storm (Knopf) is a massive novel of WWII Los Angeles and the crowning work of an American master.


Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life

Wednesday, June 19 @ 7:30 PM

Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
97209

For more than 5,000 years, “old” has been defined as beginning between the ages of 60 and 70. That means most people alive today will spend more years in elderhood than in childhood, and many will be elders for 40 years or more. Yet at the moment that humans are living longer than ever, we’ve made old age into a disease, a condition to be dreaded, disparaged, neglected, and denied. Harvard-trained geriatrician Louise Aronson uses stories from her quarter century of caring for patients, and draws from history, science, literature, popular culture, and her own life to weave a vision of old age that’s neither nightmare nor utopian fantasy. In Elderhood (Bloomsbury), Aronson challenges not only the way we look at aging, but also the way we think and feel about medicine and humanity itself.




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Westside Writing Group

Thursday, June 20 @ 7:00 PM

Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
Beaverton, OR
97005

A group for anyone writing nonfiction or memoir who would like company, support, and, most of all, accountability. Whether you’ve never written a word or you’re a published author, join us!



Scent Keeper A Novel
by Erica Bauermeister

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Erica Bauermeister

Thursday, June 20 @ 7:30 PM

Powell's Books on Hawthorne
3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Portland, OR
97214

Erica Bauermeister, author of The School of Essential Ingredients, presents a captivating coming-of-age novel about how fragrances conjure memories capable of shaping the course of our lives. Emmeline lives an enchanted childhood on a remote island with her father, who teaches her about the natural world through her senses. What he won’t explain are the mysterious scents stored in the drawers that line the walls of their cabin, or the origin of the machine that creates them. As Emmeline grows, however, so too does her curiosity, until one day the unforeseen happens, and Emmeline is vaulted out into the real world. To understand her past, Emmeline must unlock the clues to her identity, a quest that challenges the limits of her heart and imagination. Lyrical and immersive, The Scent Keeper (St. Martin’s) explores the provocative beauty of scent, the way it can reveal hidden truths, lead us to the person we seek, and even help us find our way back home.



Bright Stain
by Francesca Bell

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Poets Kim Stafford, Francesca Bell & Nastashia Minto

Thursday, June 20 @ 7:30 PM

Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
97209

Kim Stafford’s new collection, Wild Honey, Tough Salt (Red Hen), offers a prismatic view of Earth citizenship – with testaments for world community, spells for peace, earth blessings, and family consolations. Unapologetically sensual and forthright, Francesca Bell’s Bright Stain (Red Hen) explores desire, loss, faith, doubt, tenderness, and violence; and sex as experience, metaphor, and magnifying lens for relationships. In her poetic memoir, Naked (Eldredge), Nastashia Minto strips herself of who she used to be and gives readers permission to see her naked – exploring topics of family, faith, race, sexuality, abuse, love, and identity.




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Kids’ Storytime

Saturday, June 22 @ 11:00 AM

Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
97209

Join us every Saturday for kids’ storytime. Today we’re reading The King Who Banned the Dark by Emily Haworth-Booth.


Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche in Conversation With Tim Olmsted

Monday, June 24 @ 7:30 PM

Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
97209

At 36 years old, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche was a rising star within his generation of Tibetan masters and the respected abbot of three monasteries. Then one night, telling no one, he slipped out of his monastery with the intention of spending the next four years on a wandering retreat, following the ancient practice of holy mendicants. Soon he became deathly ill from food poisoning – and his journey took a startling turn. His lifelong meditation practice had prepared him to face death, and he now had the opportunity to test the strength of his training. In his powerful, candid account of the inner workings of a Buddhist master, In Love With the World (Spiegel & Grau), Rinpoche shares the lessons he learned from his near-death experience. Rinpoche will be joined in conversation by Tim Olmsted, president of the Yongey Foundation and of the Pema Chödrön Foundation.


Kevin Scott

Monday, June 24 @ 7:30 PM

Powell's Books on Hawthorne
3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Portland, OR
97214

In The Voice of This Stone (Carpe Diem), a respected volcanologist with five decades of scientific study and boots-on-the-ground experience shares his expert knowledge. Through more than a dozen case studies from around the globe, Kevin Scott offers chilling details about what happened before, during, and after infamous volcanic cataclysms. During his lengthy career as a field geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Scott traveled extensively to visit sites that were dramatically altered by forces within the earth. Scott’s case studies highlight some of the best known events and advance warnings regarding future episodes. By deciphering the histories of other disasters, Scott proposes, lives can and will be spared.



Serious Eater
by Ed Levine

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Ed Levine in Conversation With J. Kenji López-Alt

Tuesday, June 25 @ 7:30 PM

Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
97209

In 2005, Ed Levine was a freelance food writer with an unlikely dream: to control his own fate and create a different kind of food publication. He wanted to unearth the world’s best bagels, the best burgers, the best hot dogs – the best of everything edible. Against all sane advice, he created a blog for $100 and called it… Serious Eats. The site quickly became a home for obsessives who didn’t take themselves too seriously. In Serious Eater (Portfolio), the James Beard Award winner finally tells the moving, mouthwatering, heart-stopping story of building – and almost losing – one of the most acclaimed and beloved food sites in the world. Levine will be joined in conversation by J. Kenji López-Alt, James Beard Award-winning author of The Food Lab.




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Classics Book Group

Wednesday, June 26 @ 7:00 PM

Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
Beaverton, OR
97005

This month our group meets to discuss Richard II by William Shakespeare. Join us!



Skinned Bird
by Chelsea Biondolillo

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Chelsea Biondolillo in Conversation With Rene Denfeld

Wednesday, June 26 @ 7:30 PM

Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
97209

From award-winning essayist Chelsea Biondolillo, The Skinned Bird (Kernpunkt) is about all the ways we break our own hearts. In lyric, fragmented essays – full of geological, ornithological, and photographic interventions, with landscapes, loss, and longing – Biondolillo travels the terrain of leaving and finding home, while keeping her sights fixed firm on the natural world around her. Biondolillo will be joined in conversation by Rene Denfeld, author of The Child Finder.



Rules of Engagement A Novel
by David Bruns

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David Bruns

Thursday, June 27 @ 7:00 PM

Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
Beaverton, OR
97005

Rafiq Roshed is one of the most wanted men in the world. A terrorist with a virulent grudge against the West, he’s disappeared into North Korea where he quietly launches cyber sneak attacks in service of Kim Jong-un. But now he’s about to unleash his virtual masterpiece – a computer virus that, once inserted into the command systems of a military, not only takes over, but also learns the art of war. First penetrating the Chinese, he has their war machine launch a series of attacks on the U.S. Pacific forces. Don Riley, head of U.S. Cyber Command, discovers that not only have the Chinese lost control of their military, but the same virus has infected the American network. It’s only a matter of time before the U.S. loses control of its own military. In David Bruns’s new military thriller, Rules of Engagement (St. Martin’s), a terrorist breach of the computer systems of the three most powerful navies is about to set them on a collision course for World War III.



Desert Harvest New & Selected Essays
by Bruce Berger

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Bruce Berger

Thursday, June 27 @ 7:30 PM

Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
97209

Occupying a space between traditional nature writing, memoir, journalism, and prose poetry, Bruce Berger’s essays are beautiful, subtle, and haunting meditations on the landscape and culture of the American Southwest. Combining new essays with selections from his acclaimed trilogy of “desert books” – The Telling Distance, There Was a River, and Almost an IslandA Desert Harvest (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) is a career-spanning selection of the best work by this unique and undervalued voice. Wasteland architecture, mountaintop astronomy, Bach in the wilderness, the mind of the wood rat, the canals of Phoenix, and the numerous eccentric personalities who call the desert their home all come to life in these fascinating portraits of America’s seemingly desolate terrains.



Little Glass Planet Poems
by Dobby Gibson

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Poets Dobby Gibson & Zachary Schomburg

Thursday, June 27 @ 7:30 PM

Powell's Books on Hawthorne
3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Portland, OR
97214

The poems in Dobby Gibson’s new book transform the everyday into the revelatory. Little Glass Planet (Graywolf) exults in the strangeness of the known and unknowable world. In poems set as far afield as Mumbai and Marfa, Texas, Gibson maps disparate landscapes, both terrestrial and subliminal, to reveal the drama of the quotidian. Elegiac, funny, and candid, Little Glass Planet is a kind of manual for paying attention to a world that is increasingly engineered to distract us from our own humanity. In Zachary Schomburg's own words, Pulver Maar (Black Ocean) "is a collection of poems written between 2014 and 2018. Some of the poems are long, and some of them are short." These are every bit the poems you've come to dream of, long for, and expect from Schomburg, where clouds fall in love and Bob the Buoy bobs in the center of the sea.




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Kids’ Storytime

Saturday, June 29 @ 11:00 AM

Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
97209

Join us every Saturday for kids’ storytime. Today we’re reading Rabbit Ninja by Jared T. Williams.