Monday, February 8 @ 7:30 PM

Pagan Kennedy

Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
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A father cleans up after his toddler and imagines a cup that won't spill. An engineer watches people using walkie-talkies and has an idea. A doctor figures out how to deliver patients to the operating room before they die. By studying inventions like these — the sippy cup, the cell phone, and an ingenious hospital bed — we can learn how people imagine their way around "impossible" problems to discover groundbreaking answers. Pagan Kennedy, writer of the New York Times Magazine’s popular “Who Made That?” column, reports on how these enduring methods can be adapted to the 21st century. Inventology: How We Dream Up Things That Change the World (Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) uses the stories of inventors and surprising research to reveal the steps that produce innovation. As Kennedy argues, recent advances in technology and communication have placed us at the cusp of a golden age; it's now more possible than ever before to transform ideas into actuality. Inventology is a must-read for designers, artists, makers — and anyone curious about creativity.

Tuesday, February 9 @ 7:00 PM


Redemption in Indigo
by Karen Lord

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Science Fiction Book Group

Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
Beaverton, OR
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This month we meet to discuss Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord. Join us!

Tuesday, February 9 @ 7:30 PM

Kathleen Dean Moore

Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
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Even as seas rise against the shores, another great tide is beginning to rise — a tide of outrage against the pillage of the planet, a tide of commitment to justice and human rights, a swelling affirmation of moral responsibility to the future and to earth’s fullness of life. Philosopher and nature essayist Kathleen Dean Moore takes on the essential questions: Why is it wrong to wreck the world? What is our obligation to the future? What is the transformative power of moral resolve? How can clear thinking stand against the lies and illogic that batter the chances for positive change? What can anyone do? And always this: What stories and ideas will lift people who deeply care, inspiring them to move forward with clarity and moral courage? Great Tide Rising (Counterpoint) is the new book from Kathleen Dean Moore, author of Wild Comfort: The Solace of Nature.

Wednesday, February 10 @ 7:00 PM


Morning Star (Red Rising Book 3)
by Pierce Brown

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Pierce Brown

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Pierce Brown’s Red Rising thrilled readers and announced the presence of a talented new author. Golden Son changed the game and took the story of Darrow to the next level. Now comes the exhilarating conclusion to the Red Rising Trilogy: Morning Star (Del Rey). Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience, hanged his wife, and enslaved his people. But Darrow is determined to fight back. Risking everything to transform himself and breach Gold society, Darrow has battled to survive the cutthroat rivalries that breed society’s mightiest warriors, climbed the ranks, and waited patiently to unleash the revolution that will tear the hierarchy apart from within. Finally, the time has come. Nothing in Darrow’s world has been easily won, and this final fight will be the most harrowing of them all.

Wednesday, February 10 @ 7:30 PM

James R. Doty in Conversation with Wm. Paul Young

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1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
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Growing up in the high desert of California, James Doty was poor, with an alcoholic father and a mother chronically depressed and paralyzed by a stroke. Today he is the director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University. But back then his life was at a dead end until, at 12, he wandered into a magic shop looking for a plastic thumb. Instead he met Ruth, a woman who taught him a series of exercises to ease his own suffering and manifest his greatest desires. Doty would go on to put Ruth’s practices to work with extraordinary results. But he neglects her most important lesson, to keep his heart open, with disastrous results — until he has the opportunity to make a spectacular charitable contribution that will virtually ruin him. Part memoir, part science, part inspiration, and part practical instruction, Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart (Avery) shows us how we can fundamentally change our lives by first changing our brains and our hearts. Doty will be joined in conversation by Wm. Paul Young, author of The Shack.

Thursday, February 11 @ 7:00 PM



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Deadly Diversions Book Group

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3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
Beaverton, OR
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This month our mystery group meets to discuss Paul Doiron’s Mike Bowditch mystery series. Join us!

Thursday, February 11 @ 7:00 PM


Violent Crimes: An Amanda Jaffe Novel
by Phillip Margolin

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Phillip Margolin

Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
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Beaverton, OR
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In Violent Crimes (Harper), a mesmerizing new tale of suspense from Phillip Margolin, attorney Amanda Jaffe becomes entangled in a murder case involving Big Oil, an estranged father and son, and the greatest ethical dilemma of her career. Dale Masterson, senior partner in a large Portland, Oregon, law firm, has become wealthy and successful representing the interests of oil and coal companies. When his colleague, Christine Larson, is found dead, Masterson’s business practices are put under surveillance and a lower-level employee stands accused. The controversy surrounding the firm is magnified tenfold when Dale is found beaten to death in his mansion. But this time Dale’s son, Brandon, is seen fleeing the scene. A dedicated eco-warrior obsessed with saving the planet, Brandon confesses to killing his father for revenge. Veteran lawyer Amanda Jaffe is hired to represent Brandon, but what seems like an open-and-shut case quickly begins to unravel.

Thursday, February 11 @ 7:30 PM

Good Trouble: Building a Successful Life and Business with Asperger's

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

In 1996, everything about Joe Biel’s life seemed like a mistake. He was 18, he lived in Cleveland, he got drunk every day, and he had mystery health problems and weird social tics. To escape a nihilistic, apocalyptic worldview and to bring reading and documentation into a communal punk scene, he started assembling zines and bringing them in milk crates to underground punk shows. Eventually this became Microcosm Publishing. But Biel’s head for math was stronger than his ability to relate to people, and it wasn’t until he was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome that it all began to fall into place. Biel’s Good Trouble: Building a Successful Life and Business with Asperger’s (Microcosm) is the story of how, over 20 years, one person turned a litany of continuing mistakes and seeming wrong turns into a happy, fulfilled life and a thriving publishing business that defies all odds.

Thursday, February 11 @ 7:30 PM

Murder and Scandal in Prohibition Portland

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1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
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The 1917 election of Mayor George Luis Baker ushered a long era of unscrupulous greed into Portland government. While supposedly enforcing prohibition laws, Baker ordered police chief Leon Jenkins to control and profit from the bootlegging market. Baker filled city coffers and his friends' pockets with booze-soaked cash, while sensational headlines like the 1929 affair between policeman Bill Breuning and informant Anna Schrader scandalized the city. In 1933, a hired gunman murdered special investigator to governor Frank Aiken a day before he would have filed a report on corruption in the city government. In Murder and Scandal in Prohibition Portland: Sex, Vice and Misdeeds in Mayor Baker’s Reign (History Press), J. D. Chandler and Theresa Griffin Kennedy unearth the salacious details of Baker's administration in a revelatory account of prohibition in the Rose City.

Friday, February 12 @ 7:30 PM

The Face of the Deep: Exploring the Mysterious Person of the Holy Spirit

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

 Recapture a robust understanding of — and hunger for — the Holy Spirit with Paul Pastor’s The Face of the Deep (David C. Cook), a beautifully written and compellingly creative book about the Spirit’s intimate presence in all of life. Many Christians don’t have a clear idea of the Holy Spirit’s role in their life. Yet Scripture is full of stories that show the Spirit as a vibrant, personal being. The Face of the Deep invites you on a quest for the Holy Spirit that journeys through our world and Bible. The adventure is infused with wonder and symbolic imagination — from the black void of Genesis 1 all the way through the explosive re-creation at the close of Revelation.

Saturday, February 13 @ 11:00 AM

Kids’ Storytime

Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
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Join us every Saturday for kids’ storytime. Today we’re reading Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book) by Julie Falatko.

Saturday, February 13 @ 2:00 PM



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The League of Exceptional Writers

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3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
Beaverton, OR
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In “Writing from Nature,” Amber Keyser, author of The Way Back from Broken, shows how to hone your observation skills, experiment with language, and capture the wonder of the world around us. Hosted by Rosanne Parry, The League of Exceptional Writers is a monthly workshop where authors and illustrators share their knowledge with kids 8 to 18 years old who are interested in creating books.

Saturday, February 13 @ 2:00 PM

Beatrix Potter and the Unfortunate Tale of a Borrowed Guinea Pig

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

Published in time for the 150th anniversary of her birth, Beatrix Potter and the Unfortunate Tale of a Borrowed Guinea Pig (Schwartz & Wade Books) stars a young Beatrix Potter — creator of The Tale of Peter Rabbit and many other classic children’s books. Master of the historical fiction picture book, Deborah Hopkinson takes readers back to Victorian England and the home of budding young artist and animal lover Beatrix Potter. When Beatrix brings home her neighbor’s pet guinea pig so that she can practice painting it, well… it dies! Now what? Written in the form of a “picture letter,” this charming, hilarious, and mostly true tale is a wonderful introduction to a beloved author/illustrator.

Monday, February 15 @ 7:30 PM


Breaking Wild
by Diane Les Becquets

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Diane Les Becquets

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In her unforgettably moving and thrilling literary debut, Diane Les Becquets tells the story of one woman missing in the Colorado wilderness and another bent on discovering the missing woman’s whereabouts. It is the last weekend of the season for Amy Raye Latour to get away. Driven to spend days alone in the wilderness, Amy Raye is compelled by the quiet and the rush of nature. But this time, her venture into a remote area presents a different set of dangers than she has planned for, and she finds herself on the verge of the precarious edge that she’s flirted with her entire life. When Amy Raye doesn’t return to camp, ranger Pru Hathaway and her dog respond to the missing person’s call. As the novel follows Amy Raye and Pru in alternating threads, Breaking Wild (Berkley) assumes the white-knuckled pace of a thriller laying bare Amy Raye’s ultimate reckoning with the secrets of her life and Pru’s dogged pursuit of the woman who, against all odds, she believes she can find.

Monday, February 15 @ 7:30 PM


City of Rose
by Rob Hart

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Rob Hart

Powell's Books on Hawthorne
3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Portland, OR
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As an amateur private investigator with a bent moral compass, Ash McKenna is good at finding people — but not at staying out of trouble. Between his own violent tendencies, the shadow cast by his father's death, and a self-destructive revenge quest, he made a mess of his life in New York City. Figuring it was time for a change of scenery, Ash relocated to Portland, Oregon, taking a job as a bouncer in a vegan strip club. When one of the club's dancers asks Ash for help finding her daughter, he declines, content to keep the darkness in his past. But soon Ash is held at gunpoint by a man in a chicken mask, and told to keep away from the girls. As Ash navigates an unfamiliar city, he finds himself embroiled in a labyrinthine plot involving a ruthless drug cartel and a scandal that could reach one of the most powerful men in Portland. Ash is dead set on finding the missing girl but realizes that in order to deliver her safely, he may have to cross the one line he promised himself he never would. City of Rose (Polis Books) is the follow-up to Rob Hart’s New Yorked.

Tuesday, February 16 @ 7:00 PM


A Daughter of No Nation
by A. M. Dellamonica

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A. M. Dellamonica

Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
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As soon as Sophie Hansa returned to our world, she was anxious to once again go back to Stormwrack. Unable to discuss the wondrous sights she has seen, and unable to tell anyone what happened to her in her time away, Sophie is in a holding pattern, focused entirely on her eventual chance to return. With the sudden arrival of Garland Parrish, Sophie is once again gone. This time, she has been called back to Stormwrack in order to spend time with her father, who is an unrivaled combatant and fearsome negotiator. But is he driven by his commitment to seeing justice prevail, or is he a sociopath? A Daughter of No Nation (Tor) is the second book in A. M. Dellamonica’s Stormwrack series following a young woman's odyssey into a fantastical age-of-sail world.

Wednesday, February 17 @ 7:00 PM

Bigfootloose and Finn Fancy Free: A Darkly Funny Urban Fantasy

Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
Beaverton, OR
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In Bigfootloose and Finn Fancy Free (Tor), the sequel to Randy Henderson's acclaimed debut novel, Finn Fancy Necromancy, Finn Gramaraye is settling back into the real world after his 25-year-long imprisonment in the otherworld of the Fey. He's fallen in love with a woman from his past, though he worries she may love a version of him that no longer exists. He's proved his innocence of the original crime of Dark Necromancy, and he's finding a place in the family business operating a mortuary for the Arcane. But Finn wants more. He's figured out how to use the Kinfinder device created by his half-mad father to find people's True Love, and he'd like to convert that into an Arcane Dating Service. Unfortunately, trouble always seems to find Finn, and when he agrees to help his friend, the Bigfoot named Sal, they walk right into a Feyblood rebellion against the Arcane Ruling Council, a rebellion being fomented by unknown forces and fueled by the drug created by Finn's own grandfather.

Wednesday, February 17 @ 7:30 PM

Debbie Clarke Moderow

Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
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At age 47, Debbie Moderow was not your average musher in the Iditarod, but that’s where she found herself when, less than 200 miles from the finish line, her dogs decided they didn’t want to run anymore. After all her preparation, after all the careful management of her team, and after their running so well for over a week, the huskies balked. But the sting of not completing the race was nothing compared to the disappointment Moderow felt in having lost touch with her dogs. Fast into the Night (Houghton Mifflin) is the story of Moderow’s journeys along the Iditarod trail with her team of spunky huskies. Part adventure, part love story, and part inquiry into the mystery of the connection between humans and dogs, Fast into the Night is a memoir of a woman, her dogs, and what can happen when someone puts herself in that place between daring and doubt — and soldiers on.

Thursday, February 18 @ 7:30 PM


No Gun Intended: An Annabelle Starkey Mystery
by Zoe Burke

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Zoe Burke

Powell's Books on Hawthorne
3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Portland, OR
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Fresh from her introduction to the dangerous world of criminals and cons in Jump the Gun, smart, sexy, and movie-crazy Annabelle Starkey flies to Portland, Oregon, to visit her newly relocated parents. Annabelle is now part of a fledgling detective agency headquartered in New York, home turf to her boyfriend, Mickey, just retired from the NYPD. Safely arrived at her parents’ home, Annabelle is ready to relax when she discovers her backpack has been switched for one holding a gun — a gun linked to a murder. Has she been set up? Or is she simply in the wrong place at the wrong time? The Portland P.D. isn’t sure. Then a frantic young woman appears and claims the gun is hers. And, worryingly, could the man who sat next to Annabelle on the plane be stalking her? Alarmed — and absent a gun of her own — Annabelle is armed only with wits, wisecracks, and her ability to run. No Gun Intended (Poisoned Pen Press) is the new mystery from author Zoe Burke.

Friday, February 19 @ 7:00 PM


The Keepsake: An Empress Chronicles Book
by Suzy Vitello

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Suzy Vitello & Jennifer Longo

Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
Beaverton, OR
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In Suzy Vitello’s The Keepsake (Words in a Hurry), the second Empress Chronicles book, Liz and Sisi continue their intertwined journey through time with help from a diary and magical locket. Things quickly spiral out of control, and with the world's future hanging in the balance, the two heroines must work together to thwart Lola, whose ambition to rule the Empire will rewrite history, leading to a terrifying new version of reality. In Jennifer Longo’s new novel for young adults, Up to This Pointe (Random House), 17-year-old Harper Scott is a dancer. She and her best friend, Kate, have one goal: becoming professional ballerinas. Devastated when her dream falls through, Harper takes a job as a research assistant, wintering over at McMurdo, a U.S. science station at the tip of Antarctica where, for the first time, she considers other possible futures.

Friday, February 19 @ 7:30 PM


Every Anxious Wave
by Mo Daviau

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Mo Daviau

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1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
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Every Anxious Wave (St. Martin’s) tells the story of good guy Karl Bender, a 30-something bar owner whose life lacks love and meaning. When he stumbles upon a time-traveling wormhole, Karl, along with best friend Wayne, develops a business selling access to people who want to travel back in time to hear their favorite bands. It's a pretty ingenious plan, until Karl, intending to send Wayne back to 1980, transports him to 980 Mannahatta instead. A high-spirited and engaging debut novel, Mo Daviau’s Every Anxious Wave plays ball with the big questions: Who would we become if we could rewrite our pasts? And how do we hold on to love across time?

Saturday, February 20 @ 11:00 AM


I Love You Already!
by Jory John

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Kids’ Storytime with Jory John

Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
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Today, Jory John, author of Goodnight Already!, joins us to read from I Love You Already! (HarperCollins) — a hilarious new picture book about Bear and Duck. Bear can’t wait to spend a pleasant day alone. But Duck wants to hang out. Will Bear ever get to relax by himself?

Saturday, February 20 @ 4:00 PM


Knitlandia
by Clara Parkes

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Knitlandia: A Knitter Sees the World

Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
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Knitting aficionado and artisan Clara Parkes delves into her storied travels with Knitlandia: A Knitter Sees the World (Stewart, Tabori & Chang), an inspiring and witty memoir on a creative life enriched by her adventures around the world. Building on the success of The Yarn Whisperer, Parkes’s rich personal essays invite readers and devoted crafters on excursions to be savored, from a guide who quickly comes to feel like a trusted confidante. In Knitlandia, Parkes takes readers along on 17 of her most memorable journeys across the globe over the last 15 years, with stories spanning from the fjords of Iceland to a cozy yarn shop in Paris’s 13th arrondissement. Also known for her PBS television appearances and hugely popular line of small-batch handcrafted yarns, Parkes weaves her personal blend of wisdom and humor into this eloquently down-to-earth guide that is part personal travel narrative and part cultural history, touching the heart of what it means to live creatively.

Monday, February 22 @ 7:30 PM

Jim Wallis in Conversation with Leroy Barber

Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
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America's problem with race has deep roots, with the country's foundation tied to the near extermination of one race of people and the enslavement of another. Racism is truly our nation's original sin. "It's time we right this unacceptable wrong," says author and Christian activist Jim Wallis. Fifty years ago, Wallis was driven away from his faith by a white church that considered dealing with racism to be taboo. His participation in the civil rights movement brought him back when he discovered a faith that commands racial justice. Yet as recent tragedies confirm, we continue to suffer from the legacy of racism. In his new book, America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America (Brazos Press), Wallis offers a prophetic and deeply personal call to action in overcoming the racism so ingrained in American society. Probing yet positive, biblically rooted yet highly practical, Wallis shows people of faith how they can work together to overcome the embedded racism in America, galvanizing a movement to cross the bridge to a multiracial church and a new America. Wallis will be joined in conversation by Leroy Barber, Executive Director of The Voices Project and Holla, organizations committed to supporting and developing leaders of color.

Tuesday, February 23 @ 10:30 AM



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Write Around Portland 10-Week Workshop

Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
Beaverton, OR
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Based on their acclaimed community writing model, "Prompt" is a generative workshop that offers exercises to inspire the writing life. Workshop fee ($300) includes free parking and snacks and helps to fund workshops for low-income youth and adults. This workshop takes place on Tuesdays, February 23 to April 26. To register or for more information, visit WriteAround.org.

Tuesday, February 23 @ 6:00 PM


Cup Bound and Crowned
by Prost Amerika

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Cup Bound and Crowned with Timber Jim and the Prost Amerika Team

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Portland, OR
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Cup Bound and Crowned (Prost Amerika) celebrates the Portland Timbers’s historic run to victory in the 2015 MLS Cup. From the uniquely quirky perspective of Prost Amerika, Cup Bound and Crowned looks back at the moments, matches, and personalities that defined the unforgettable 2015 championship season, with memorable stories about Portland players, fans, logs, tifo, and events surrounding the historic season and the Columbus final. Join former mascot Timber Jim Serrill for a Q&A/discussion, and meet the Prost Amerika Portland team of writers and photographers, including Niall McCusker, Kristen Gehrke, Matt Hoffman, Diego Diaz, and Prost founder Steve Clare. Please note: this event will begin at 6pm.

Wednesday, February 24 @ 7:00 PM


The Street Of Crocodiles
by Bruno Schulz

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Classics Book Group

Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
Beaverton, OR
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This month we meet to discuss The Street of Crocodiles by Bruno Schulz. Join us!

Wednesday, February 24 @ 7:30 PM


The Narrow Door: A Memoir of Friendship
by Paul Lisicky

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Paul Lisicky

Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
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In The Narrow Door (Graywolf Press), Paul Lisicky creates a compelling collage of scenes and images drawn from two long-term relationships, one with a woman novelist and the other with his ex-husband, a poet. The contours of these relationships shift constantly. Denise and Paul, stretched by the demands of their writing lives, drift apart, and Paul's romance begins to falter. And the world around them is frail: environmental catastrophes like the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, natural disasters like the earthquake in Haiti, and local disturbances make an unsettling backdrop to the pressing concerns of Denise's cancer diagnosis and Paul's impending breakup. Lisicky's compassionate heart and resilience seem all the stronger in the face of such searing losses. His survival — hard-won, unsentimental, authentic — proves that in turning toward loss, we embrace life. The Narrow Door is a deeply moving memoir of friendship, from the author of The Burning House and Famous Builder.

Thursday, February 25 @ 7:30 PM


My Father, the Pornographer: A Memoir
by Chris Offutt

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Chris Offutt

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1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
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After inheriting 400 novels of pornography written by his father in the 1970s and '80s, author Chris Offutt sets out to make sense of a complicated father-son relationship in My Father, the Pornographer (Atria Books), a carefully observed, beautifully written memoir. When Andrew Offutt died, his son, Chris, inherited a desk, a rifle, and 1,800 pounds of porn. Andrew had been considered the “king of twentieth century smut,” a career that began as a strategy to pay for his son’s orthodontic needs and soon took on a life of its own, peaking during the '70s when the commercial popularity of the erotic novel was at its height. With his dutiful wife serving as typist, Andrew wrote from their home in the Kentucky hills, locked away in an office no one dared intrude upon. In this fashion he wrote 400 novels, ranging from pirate porn and ghost porn, to historical porn and time travel porn, to secret agent porn and zombie porn. The more he wrote, the more intense his ambition became, and the more difficult it was for his children to penetrate his world. Over one long summer in his hometown, helping his mother move out of the house, Offutt began to examine his deceased father’s possessions and realized he finally had an opportunity to come to grips with the mercurial man he always feared but never understood. Offutt takes us on the journey with him, showing us how only in his father’s absence could he truly make sense of the man and his legacy. This riveting, evocatively told memoir of a deeply complex father-son relationship proves again why the New York Times Book Review said, “Offut’s obvious kin are Richard Ford, Tobias Wolff, and Ernest Hemingway.”

Friday, February 26 @ 7:30 PM


The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
by John Perkins

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The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

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Former economic hit man John Perkins shares new details about the ways he and others cheated countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man (Berrett-Koehler Publishers) reveals how the deadly economic hit man cancer he helped create has spread far more widely and deeply than ever in the U.S. and everywhere else — to become the dominant system of business, government, and society today. Finally, he gives an insider view of what we each can do to change it. Economic hit men (EHM) are the shock troops of what Perkins calls the corporatocracy, a vast network of corporations, banks, colluding governments, and the rich and powerful people tied to them. The heart of this expanded edition of Perkins’s bestselling classic is a completely new section that exposes the fact that all the EHM and jackal tools — false economics, false promises, threats, bribes, extortion, debt, deception, coups, assassinations, unbridled military power — are used around the world today exponentially more than during the era Perkins exposed over a decade ago. But as dark as the story gets, this reformed EHM also provides hope. Perkins offers a detailed list of specific actions each of us can take to transform what he calls a failing Death Economy into a Life Economy that provides sustainable abundance for all.

Saturday, February 27 @ 11:00 AM


Roar!
by Julie Bayless

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Kids’ Storytime with Julie Bayless

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Today, author and illustrator Julie Bayless joins us to read from her new book, Roar! (Running Press). It is nighttime in the savanna, which means that it is time to play for one rambunctious lion cub! The cub tries to make new friends with the hippos and the giraffes, but roaring at them only chases them away. The young lion is about to give up, but when a rabbit accidentally mistakes the cub's tail for a carrot, the lion realizes she might have met her match, in all the right ways.

Sunday, February 28 @ 7:30 PM


Lovecraft Country A Novel
by Matt Ruff

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Matt Ruff

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Portland, OR
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Critically acclaimed cult novelist Matt Ruff makes visceral the terrors of life in Jim Crow America and its lingering effects in Lovecraft Country (Harper), a brilliant and wondrous work of the imagination that melds historical fiction, pulp noir, and Lovecraftian horror and fantasy. Chicago, 1954. When his father Montrose goes missing, 22-year-old Army veteran Atticus Turner embarks on a road trip to New England to find him, accompanied by his Uncle George — publisher of The Safe Negro Travel Guide — and his childhood friend Letitia. On their journey to the manor of Mr. Braithwhite — heir to the estate that owned one of Atticus’s ancestors — they encounter both mundane terrors of white America and malevolent spirits that seem straight out of the weird tales George devours. At the manor, Atticus discovers his father in chains, held prisoner by a secret cabal named the Order of the Ancient Dawn — led by Samuel Braithwhite and his son Caleb — which has gathered to orchestrate a ritual that shockingly centers on Atticus. And his one hope of salvation may be the seed of his — and the whole Turner clan’s — destruction. A chimerical blend of magic, power, hope, and freedom that stretches across time, touching diverse members of two black families, Lovecraft Country is a devastating kaleidoscopic portrait of racism — the terrifying specter that continues to haunt us today.

Monday, February 29 @ 7:30 PM


The Folly of Loving Life
by Monica Drake

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Monica Drake

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Portland, OR
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Following her acclaimed novels Clown Girl and The Stud Book, Monica Drake presents her long-awaited first collection of stories. The Folly of Loving Life (Future Tense Books) features linked stories examining an array of characters at their most vulnerable and human, often escaping to somewhere or trying to find stability in their own place. These stories display the best of what we love about Drake’s writing: the sly laugh-out-loud humor, the sharp observations, the flawed but strong characters, and the shadowy Van Sant–ish Portland settings.

Monday, February 29 @ 7:30 PM


Cities I've Never Lived in
by Sara Majka

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Sara Majka

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

In subtle, sensuous prose, the linked stories in Sara Majka's debut collection, Cities I’ve Never Lived In (Graywolf), explore distance in all its forms: the emotional spaces that open up between family members, friends, and lovers; the gaps that emerge between who we were and who we are; the gulf between our private and public selves. At the center of the collection is a series of stories narrated by a young American woman in the wake of a divorce; wry and shy but never less than open to the world, she recalls the places and people she has been close to, the dreams she has pursued, and those she has left unfulfilled. Interspersed with these intimate first-person stories are stand-alone pieces where the tight focus on the narrator's life gives way to closely observed accounts of the lives of others. A book about belonging, and how much of yourself to give up in the pursuit of that, Cities I've Never Lived In offers stories that reveal, with great sadness and great humor, the ways we are most of all citizens of the places where we cannot be.