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Classics Book Group

Wednesday, February 22 @ 7:00 PM

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 Book of Job. Join us!



Rather Be the Devil
by Ian Rankin

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Ian Rankin

Wednesday, February 22 @ 7:00 PM

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Beaverton, OR
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As he settles into an uneasy retirement, Rebus has given up his favorite vices. There's just one habit he can't shake: he can't let go of an unsolved case. It's the only pastime he has left and until now, it's the only one that wasn't threatening to kill him. But when Rebus starts reexamining the facts behind the long-ago murder of a glamorous woman at a luxurious hotel – on the same night a famous rock star and his entourage were staying there – the past comes roaring back to life with a vengeance. A twisted tale of power, corruption, and bitter rivalries in the dark heart of Edinburgh, Rather Be the Devil (Little, Brown) showcases Ian Rankin and Inspector Rebus at their unstoppable best.


Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction

Wednesday, February 22 @ 7:30 PM

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

Hit Makers (Penguin Press) is a groundbreaking investigation into the most valuable currency of the 21st century: people’s attention. With insatiable curiosity, great reporting, and beguiling storytelling, Atlantic Senior Editor Derek Thompson uses the lens of economics to reveal the secret of what makes a hit a hit – from films and music to art and design. Thompson begins with a simple proposition: even though many number-one songs, blockbuster films, Internet memes, and ubiquitous apps seem to come out of nowhere, hits have a story and they operate by certain rules. There is a reason why some ideas catch on. From the rise of the Impressionist vanguard to the ubiquity of SportsCenter, from the global Star Wars franchise to Swedish-engineered pop music, Thompson leaves no pet rock unturned to tell the fascinating story of how culture happens.



Saturdays at Sea: Tuesdays at the Castle
by Jessica Day George

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Jessica Day George & Paul Tobin in Conversation With Sara Gundell of Novel Novice

Thursday, February 23 @ 7:00 PM

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Beaverton, OR
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After constructing a grand ship built from parts of the Castle, Celie, Lilah, and Rolf are ready to set sail! But on its maiden voyage, the Ship steers them far off course into uncharted waters. Celie and her sister, Lilah, hope that the Ship is heading to the ancient island where unicorns once roamed, but as the journey grows longer and supplies run low, they could be in trouble. Jessica Day George’s Tuesdays at the Castle series comes to a rousing conclusion in Saturdays at Sea (Bloomsbury). How to Outsmart a Billion Robot Bees (Bloomsbury) is the second book in the illustrated Genius Factor series from Eisner-award winner Paul Tobin – with double the baddies and double the laughs. It's Friday the 13th again, and for sixth-grade genius Nate Bannister, that means doing three more not-so-smart things to keep life interesting. Meanwhile, his nemesis, the Red Death Tea Society, is threatening to unleash a swarm of angry bees on the city of Polt if Nate doesn't join their ranks. George and Tobin will be joined in conversation by Sara Gundell of Novel Novice.



Refugees
by Viet Thanh Nguyen

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Viet Thanh Nguyen

Thursday, February 23 @ 7:30 PM

Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
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Viet Thanh Nguyen's The Sympathizer was one of the most widely praised novels of 2015 and won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize. With the coruscating gaze that informed The Sympathizer, in his new collection of stories, The Refugees (Grove), Nguyen gives voice to lives led between two worlds, the adopted homeland and the country of birth. From a young Vietnamese refugee who suffers profound culture shock when he comes to live with two gay men in San Francisco, to a woman whose husband is suffering from dementia and starts to confuse her for a former lover, to a girl living in Ho Chi Minh City whose older half-sister comes back from America having seemingly accomplished everything she never will, the stories are a captivating testament to the dreams and hardships of immigration. The Refugees is a beautifully written and sharply observed book about the aspirations of those who leave one country for another, and the relationships and desires for self-fulfillment that define our lives.



Clownfish Blues
by Tim Dorsey

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Tim Dorsey

Thursday, February 23 @ 7:30 PM

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

A (Serge A.) Storm is brewing for a cabal of bad guys gaming the Florida state lottery in Clownfish Blues (William Morrow) – the insanely funny new novel from the maestro of mayhem, Tim Dorsey. If you’re loud-and-proud Floridian Serge A. Storms, how do you follow up your very own remake of Easy Rider? You shoot your own “episodes” of your favorite classic television show, Route 66! With Coleman riding shotgun, Serge is rolling down the highway of his dreams in a vintage silver convertible Corvette just like the snazzy car Martin Milner drove. It doesn’t matter that the actual Route 66 didn’t pass through Florida, for Serge discovers that a dozen episodes near the series’ end were filmed (really!) in his beloved home state. So for Serge and the always toked and stoked Coleman, the Sunshine State is all the road you need to get your kicks. But their adventure traveling the byways of the Sunshine State’s underbelly is about to take a detour.



The Beast Is an Animal
by Peternelle Van Arsdale

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Young Adult Book Club (Hawthorne)

Friday, February 24 @ 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 Beast Is an Animal by Peternelle Van Arsdale. This event will feature a Skype chat with the author. Join us!



History of Wolves
by Emily Fridlund

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Emily Fridlund

Friday, February 24 @ 7:30 PM

Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
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Fourteen-year-old Linda lives with her parents in the beautiful, austere woods of northern Minnesota, where their nearly abandoned commune stands as a last vestige of a lost counterculture world. Isolated at home and an outlander at school, Linda is drawn to the enigmatic, attractive Lily and new history teacher Mr. Grierson. When Mr. Grierson is charged with possessing child pornography, the implications of his arrest deeply affect Linda as she wrestles with her own fledgling desires and craving to belong. As she struggles to find a way out of the sequestered world into which she was born, Linda confronts the life-and-death consequences of the things people do – and fail to do – for the people they love. A daring literary debut, Emily Fridlund’s History of Wolves (Atlantic Monthly) is a profound, propulsive novel from an urgent new voice in American fiction.




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Kids’ Storytime

Saturday, February 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 This Book Is Magic by Ashley Evanson.




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Kids’ Storytime

Sunday, February 26 @ 3:00 PM

Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
Beaverton, OR
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Join us for a machines-themed storytime.



After We All Died
by Allison Cobb

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Poets Allison Cobb & Kaia Sand

Sunday, February 26 @ 4:00 PM

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

Two poets present their new collections: Allison Cobb with After We All Died (Ahsahta Press) and Kaia Sand with A Tale of Magicians Who Puffed Up Money That Lost Its Puff (Tinfish Press).



Oregon Military
by Warren W Aney

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Warren W. Aney & Alisha Hamel

Sunday, February 26 @ 7:30 PM

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

Oregon’s military heritage goes back thousands of years, including native people’s warrior traditions. Most of the cultures in this region were relatively peaceful, even welcoming visiting strangers, such as the Lewis and Clark overland Army expedition in 1805-1806. Then, overwhelming numbers of fur trappers, merchants, settlers, and miners began taking over traditional native grounds. From 1847 to 1880, native peoples experienced eight major conflicts with Army and volunteer forces. Army units built several forts from Oregon’s coast to the Great Basin. Oregonians adopted militia laws, served in volunteer units, and organized the Oregon State Militia, which became the Oregon National Guard in 1887. The Guard benefited the state in many civil-support actions and served the nation in major overseas conflicts from the Spanish-American War to the current Operation Enduring Freedom. Warren W. Aney and Alisha Hamel’s Oregon Military (Arcadia) explores the state’s military history.



Passing Strange
by Ellen Klages

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Ellen Klages in Conversation With David Levine

Monday, February 27 @ 7:00 PM

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

San Francisco in 1940 is a haven for the unconventional. Tourists flock to the cities within the city: the “Magic City” of the World’s Fair on an island created of artifice and illusion; the forbidden city of Chinatown, a separate, alien world of exotic food and nightclubs that offer “authentic” experiences, straight from the pages of the pulps; and the twilight world of forbidden love, where outcasts from conventional society can meet. Six women find their lives as tangled with each other’s as they are with the city they call home. They discover love and danger on the borders where magic, science, and art intersect. Inspired by the pulps, film noir, and screwball comedy, Passing Strange (Tor.com) is a story as unusual and complex as San Francisco itself from World Fantasy Award-winning author Ellen Klages. Klages will be joined in conversation by David D. Levine, author of Arabella of Mars.


Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living

Monday, February 27 @ 7:30 PM

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

In the literary world, the debate around writing and commerce often begs us to take sides: either writers should be paid for everything they do or writers should just pay their dues and count themselves lucky to be published. You should never quit your day job, but your ultimate goal should be to quit your day job. It’s an endless, confusing, and often controversial conversation that, despite our bare-it-all culture, still remains taboo. In Scratch (Simon & Schuster), Manjula Martin has gathered interviews and essays from established and rising authors to confront the age-old question: How do creative people make money? Martin will be joined for a panel discussion by authors Cheryl Strayed, Cari Luna, Kevin Sampsell, and A. M. O’Malley.



Devil in Spring: The Ravenels #3
by Lisa Kleypas

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Lisa Kleypas

Tuesday, February 28 @ 7:00 PM

Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
Beaverton, OR
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Bestselling author Lisa Kleypas combines the worlds of the Wallflower Quartet with Marrying Winterborne in an irresistible story of how Sebastian's son Gabriel, Lord St. Vincent, falls for the eccentric, headstrong Lady Pandora. Devil in Spring (Avon) delivers the unforgettable tale of a strong-willed beauty who meets her match in one of London’s most notorious, yet irresistible, rakes.




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Write Around Portland 10-Week Workshop

Wednesday, March 1 @ 6:30 PM

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

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 Wednesdays, March 1 to May 3. To register or for more information, visit WriteAround.org.



Rusty Puppy
by Joe R Lansdale

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Joe R. Lansdale

Wednesday, March 1 @ 7:00 PM

Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
Beaverton, OR
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While Hap, a former ’60s activist and self-proclaimed white trash rebel, is recovering from a life-threatening stab wound, Louise Elton comes into Hap and Leonard's PI office to tell him that the police have killed her son, Jamar. Leonard, a tough black gay Vietnam vet and Republican, joins Hap in the investigation, and they stumble upon the racial divides that have shaped their Eastern Texas town. But if anyone can navigate these pitfalls and bring the killers to justice, it's Hap and Leonard. Filled with Lansdale's trademark whip-smart dialogue, colorful characters, and relentless pacing, Rusty Puppy (Mulholland Books) is Joe Lansdale at his page-turning best.


Natural History of the Pacific Northwest Mountains

Wednesday, March 1 @ 7:30 PM

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

Daniel Mathews’s Natural History of the Pacific Northwest Mountains (Timber Press) is an engagingly written, portable history of the Cascade region – identifying the flora, fauna, geology, landscape, and weather of the area. Packed with 800 color photographs, this is the perfect overview of the region for anyone looking for a simple way to discover the great outdoors.




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First Thursday: Rock, Paper, Mirrors

Thursday, March 2 @ 6:30 PM

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

Rock, Paper, Mirrors features works on paper and giclée prints by Heather Goodwind. Begun with chance elements, refined with an eye for pattern and an ear to the ground, these playful works combine inks, paint, and graphite to explore the modern human condition with subtlety and humor.


Amy Sutherland

Thursday, March 2 @ 7:00 PM

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

Drawing on her work at a shelter, her experiences living with two rescue dogs, and years of research, Boston Globe columnist Amy Sutherland takes us on a journey into the world of rescue and shelter dogs. Through conversations with shelter directors, researchers, trainers, adoption counselors, and caretakers across the country, Sutherland offers a nuanced, fully informed picture of the rescue world, along with its challenges, champions, and triumphs. Rich, moving, and at times laugh-out-loud funny, Rescuing Penny Jane (Harper) is an affecting portrait of the relationships between shelter dogs and those who care for them. This event is sponsored by Oregon Humane Society.


Direct Action: Protest and the Reinvention of American Radicalism

Thursday, March 2 @ 7:30 PM

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

A vibrant, groundbreaking history of American radicalism since the ’60s, L. A. Kauffman’s Direct Action (Verso) is an engrossing account tracing the evolution of disruptive protest over the last 40 years – telling a larger story about the reshaping of American radicalism and showing how the direct-action blockades, occupations, and campaigns of recent activist movements have functioned as laboratories for political experimentation and renewal. Written with nuance and humor, and revealing deep connections between movements usually viewed in isolation, Direct Action is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding how protest movements erupt – and how they can succeed.



The Burning World: The Warm Bodies #2
by Isaac Marion

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Isaac Marion

Friday, March 3 @ 7:00 PM

Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
Beaverton, OR
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Isaac Marion’s Warm Bodies captured hearts worldwide, inspiring a major film and a cult fandom. Now R the reluctant zombie continues his journey in The Burning World (Atria), the much-anticipated third book in Marion’s Warm Bodies series. Being alive is hard. Being human is harder. But since his recent recovery from death, R is making progress. He’s learning how to read, how to speak, maybe even how to love, and the city’s undead population is showing signs of life. And then helicopters appear on the horizon. Someone is coming to restore order. To silence all this noise. To return things to the way they were, the good old days of stability and control and the strong eating the weak.


America, We Need to Talk: A Self-Help Book for the Nation

Friday, March 3 @ 7:30 PM

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

Starting with the premise that Americans’ most important relationship is with their nation, Joel Berg’s new book, America, We Need to Talk: A Self-Help Book for the Nation (Seven Stories), makes a case for how we must both stop blaming the nation’s problems solely on “the politicians” or “the system” and take personal responsibility to solve them. Written as both a hilarious parody of relationship and self-help books and a deadly serious analysis of the nation’s political and economic dysfunction, Berg’s book dissects how Donald Trump and other Republicans won over white, working-class voters, and includes a concrete plan to win them back, and well as a broader road map for reducing poverty, bolstering the middle class, and powering an overall progressive resurgence.




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Kids’ Storytime with Portland Children’s Museum

Saturday, March 4 @ 11:00 AM

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

Join museum staff for a special storytime that will celebrate a new exhibit at Portland Children’s Museum, XOXO: An Exhibit About Love and Forgiveness (Jan. 28 – May 14).


The Education of Will: A Mutual Memoir of a Woman and Her Dog

Saturday, March 4 @ 2:00 PM

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

In her powerful, soul-searching memoir, The Education of Will (Atria), animal behaviorist Dr. Patricia McConnell recounts for the first time the compelling story of her dark past, memories of which are triggered by a troubled dog named Will. World-renowned as a source of science and soul, McConnell combines brilliant insights into canine behavior – gained from her work with aggressive and fearful dogs – with heartwarming stories of her own dogs. Hopeful and inspiring, the redemptive message of her journey is that, while trauma changes our brains and the past casts a long shadow, healing, for both people and dogs, is possible through hard work, compassion, and mutual devotion. This event is sponsored by Oregon Humane Society.



Ghost Town Odes
by Matt Schumacher

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Poets Matt Schumacher, Kirsten Rian & James Grabill

Sunday, March 5 @ 4:00 PM

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

Three poets present their new collections: Matt Schumacher with Ghost Town Odes (Redbat Books), Kirsten Rian with Life Expectancy (Wynscope Publishing), and James Grabill with Sea-Level Nerve, Book Two (Wordcraft of Oregon).



Radical Mycology
by Peter Mccoy

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Radical Mycology: A Treatise on Seeing and Working With Fungi

Sunday, March 5 @ 7:30 PM

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

Fungi are found throughout the world, often playing critical roles at the center of all ecological webs. As culturally important foods and medicines, as well as instigators of religious practices, they have been intimately tied to the development and spread of human cultures. Shattering commonly held beliefs on the value of the Fungal Queendom, Peter McCoy’s Radical Mycology (Chthaeus Press) is one of the most comprehensive books on mycology – the science of fungi – ever published.


Thomas Dolby Booksigning

Monday, March 6 @ 12:00 PM

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

Thomas Dolby rose to international fame with such hit songs as “She Blinded Me with Science” and “Hyperactive!” in the early 80’s. A pioneer of New Wave, Dolby combined a love for electronics with a passion for music, and the result was a new sound that defined an era and revolutionized music. But as record company politics overshadowed the joy of making music, Dolby found a second act in Silicon Valley, pioneering the use of MP3s in cell phones – remember the Nokia ringtone that filled the air for decades? One billion mobile phones played that ringtone, and each one was the result of Dolby’s work. The Speed of Sound (Flatiron) is the story of an extraordinary man living an extraordinary life, as well as one man’s quest to make peace between art and the digital world. Please note: This event is a booksigning only.


John R. Bruning

Monday, March 6 @ 7:30 PM

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

John R. Bruning’s remarkable, untold WWII story, Indestructible: One Man’s Rescue Mission That Changed the Course of WWII (Hachette), is an against-all-odds tale of a renegade American pilot consumed by his personal mission to rescue his family in time of war – and who happened to change its very course along the way. Taking readers from the blistering skies of the Pacific to the jungles of New Guinea and the Philippines to one of the war's most notorious prison camps, Indestructible traces one man's bare-knuckle journey to free the people he loved and the aerial revolution he sparked that continues to resonate across America's modern battlefields.



Piano Tide
by Kathleen Dean Moore

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Kathleen Dean Moore

Monday, March 6 @ 7:30 PM

Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
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Do we belong to the earth or does the earth belong to us? The question raised by Chief Seathl almost two centuries ago continues to be the defining quandary of the wet, wild rainforests along the shores of the Pacific Northwest. In Piano Tide (Counterpoint), the breathtaking debut novel by award-winning naturalist, philosopher, activist, and author Kathleen Dean Moore, we are introduced to town father Axel Hagerman, who has made a killing in this remote Alaskan harbor by selling off the spruce, the cedar, the herring, and halibut. But when he decides to export the water from a salmon stream, he runs head-long into young Nora Montgomery, just arrived on the ferry with her piano and her dog. Nora has burned her bridges in the lower 48, and she aims to disappear into this new homeland, with her piano as her anchor. But when Axel’s next business proposition, a bear pit, turns lethal, Nora has to act. The clash, when it comes, is a spectacular and transformative act of resistance.



Youre Welcome Universe
by Whitney Gardner

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Whitney Gardner

Wednesday, March 8 @ 7:00 PM

Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
Beaverton, OR
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When Julia finds a slur about her best friend scrawled across the back of the Kingston School for the Deaf, she covers it up with a beautiful (albeit illegal) graffiti mural. Her supposed best friend snitches, the principal expels her, and her two mothers set Julia up with a one-way ticket to a “mainstream” school in the suburbs, where she’s treated like an outcast as the only deaf student. Told with wit and grit, Whitney Gardner’s young adult debut, You’re Welcome, Universe (Alfred A. Knopf), introduces a one-of-a-kind protagonist who is unabashedly herself no matter what life throws in her way.




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Deadly Diversions Book Group

Thursday, March 9 @ 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 the Cormoran Strike crime fiction novels by Robert Galbraith (aka J. K. Rowling). Join us!



A Piece of the World
by Christina Baker Kline

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Christina Baker Kline

Thursday, March 9 @ 7:00 PM

Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
Beaverton, OR
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From the author of the smash bestseller Orphan Train comes a stunning and atmospheric novel of friendship, passion, and art, inspired by Andrew Wyeth’s mysterious and iconic painting Christina’s World. Christina Baker Kline interweaves fact and fiction in a powerful novel that illuminates a little-known part of America’s history. Told in evocative and lucid prose, A Piece of the World (William Morrow) is a story about the burdens and blessings of family history, and how artist and muse can come together to forge a new and timeless legacy.


Daniel Pinchbeck

Thursday, March 9 @ 7:30 PM

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

We are on the brink of an ecological mega-crisis, threatening the future of life on earth, and our actions over the next few years may well determine the destiny of our descendants. Between a manifesto and a tactical plan of action, How Soon Is Now? (Watkins Publishing), by radical futurist and philosopher Daniel Pinchbeck, outlines a vision for a mass social movement that will address this crisis. Covering everything from energy and agriculture, to culture, politics, media, and ideology, How Soon Is Now? is ultimately about the nature of the human soul and the future of our current world.


Hiking From Portland to the Coast: An Interpretive Guide to 30 Trails

Thursday, March 9 @ 7:30 PM

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

A guidebook for hikers, bikers, and equestrians, James D. Thayer’s Hiking From Portland to the Coast (Oregon State University Press) explores the many trails and logging roads that crisscross the northern portion of Oregon’s coast range. Each of the 30 trails described includes a backstory to help users appreciate the history and significance of the places through which they are traveling.


Young Adult Book Club

Friday, March 10 @ 6:00 PM

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

The Young Adult Book Club is a group of teens who meet monthly to talk about YA fiction. We’ll read anything, from Alexie to Zusak, from historical fiction to space opera. This month we meet to discuss Bomb: The Race to Build – and Steal – the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin.



There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce
by Morgan Parker

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There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé

Friday, March 10 @ 7:30 PM

Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
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Morgan Parker’s There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé (Tin House) uses political and pop-cultural references as a framework to explore 21st-century black American womanhood and its complexities: performance, depression, isolation, exoticism, racism, femininity, and politics. Parker’s poems weave between personal narrative and pop-cultural criticism, examining and confronting modern media, consumption, feminism, and Blackness.



Not Quite Narwhal
by Jessie Sima

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Kids’ Storytime

Saturday, March 11 @ 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 Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima.




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The League of Exceptional Writers

Saturday, March 11 @ 2:00 PM

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

In “From Senses to Setting,” Elizabeth Rusch, author of Will It Blow? and Electrical Wizard, shows how to use all five senses to make the setting of your stories come to life. 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. Join us!




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Spanish-Language Kids’ Storytime

Sunday, March 12 @ 3:00 PM

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

Join Jessica Swartz Amezcua, Director of Portland Early Learning Project’s Spanish Language in Play, for a special Spanish-language kids’ storytime. Today we’re reading Please, Mr. Panda / Por Favor, Sr. Panda by Steve Antony and No Dejes Que la Paloma Conduzca el Autobus! / Do Not Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems.



The Erstwhile: The Vorrh #2
by Brian Catling

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Brian Catling

Sunday, March 12 @ 7:30 PM

Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
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The Erstwhile (Vintage) brings readers back to the singular world and mind of Brian Catling, continuing the groundbreaking storytelling of his hit, The Vorrh. In London and Germany, strange beings are reanimating themselves. They are the Erstwhile, the angels that failed to protect the Tree of Knowledge, and their reawakening will have major consequences. Once again blending the real and the imagined, The Erstwhile brings historical figures such as William Blake and places such as the Bedlam Asylum, as well as ingenious creations such as The Kin (a family of robots), together to create an unforgettable novel of births and burials, excavations and disappearances.



Ocean of Insight: A Sailors Voyage from Despair to Hope
by Heather Lyn Mann

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Ocean of Insight: A Sailor's Voyage From Despair to Hope

Monday, March 13 @ 7:30 PM

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

Heather Lyn Mann was a battle-weary environmental advocate in Madison, Wisconsin, struggling over what to do about climate change when she and her husband decided to explore the Atlantic on a small sloop. Ocean of Insight (Parallax Press) is a memoir of six years living afloat – a chronological unfolding of disasters and discoveries: life-threatening storms, the boredom of isolation, societies on the brink of extinction, sinking ships, colorful Caribbean characters, a pirate scare, and more.



Shrill Notes from a Loud Woman
by Lindy West

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Lindy West

Monday, March 13 @ 7:30 PM

Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
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Coming of age in a culture that demands women be as small, quiet, and compliant as possible, writer and humorist Lindy West quickly discovered that she was anything but. From a painfully shy childhood, to her public war with stand-up comedians over rape jokes, to her struggle to convince herself — and then the world — that fat people have value, West narrates her life with a blend of humor and pathos. Shrill (Hachette) provocatively dissects what it means to become self-aware the hard way, to go from wanting to be silent and invisible to earning a living defending the silenced in all caps.



The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth #1)
by N. K. Jemisin

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Science Fiction Book Group

Tuesday, March 14 @ 7:00 PM

Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
Beaverton, OR
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This month we meet to discuss Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin. Join us!


Voices in the Stones: Life Lessons from the Native Way

Tuesday, March 14 @ 7:30 PM

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

Kent Nerburn’s Voices in the Stones (New World Library) is a rare combination of personal memoir, cultural insight, and spiritual teaching that shines a light on our American past while offering us lessons in our quest for a more humane American future. The genius of the Native Americans has always been their profound spirituality and their deep understanding of the land and its ways. For three decades, Nerburn has lived and worked among the Native American people. Voices in the Stones is a unique collection of his encounters, experiences, and reflections during that time. In his deeply touching work, Nerburn reveals the spiritual awareness that animates all of Native American life, and shows us how we have much to learn from one another if only we have the heart to listen.



The Underworld
by Kevin Canty

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Kevin Canty

Wednesday, March 15 @ 7:30 PM

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In The Underworld (W. W. Norton), Kevin Canty tells a story inspired by a disastrous fire that took place in an isolated silver mining town in Idaho in the 1970s, in which almost everyone lost a friend, a lover, a brother, or a husband. The Underworld imagines the fates of a handful of fictional survivors and their loved ones as they struggle to come to terms with loss. Canty’s novel is a powerful, unforgettable tale about small-town lives and the healing power of love in the midst of suffering.



Tears We Cannot Stop A Sermon to White America
by Michael Eric Dyson

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Michael Eric Dyson in Conversation With Kyle Jensen

Thursday, March 16 @ 7:30 PM

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1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
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As the country grapples with racist division not seen since the 1960s, Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America (St. Martin’s Press) is a provocative and deeply personal call for change. Dr. Dyson argues that if we are to make real racial progress, we must face difficult truths, including being honest about how black grievance has been ignored, dismissed, or discounted. In the tradition of James Baldwin's The Fire Next Time, this is the book that all Americans who care about the current and long-burning crisis in race relations will want to read. Dr. Dyson will be joined in conversation by Dr. Kyle Jensen, Composition Director at the University of North Texas. This event is sponsored by Bedford/St. Martin’s as part of the Conference on College Composition.



Next Year for Sure
by Zoey Leigh Peterson

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Zoey Leigh Peterson

Thursday, March 16 @ 7:30 PM

Powell's Books on Hawthorne
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Portland, OR
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In Next Year, for Sure (Scribner), longtime romantic partners Kathryn and Chris experiment with an open relationship and reconsider everything they thought they knew about love. Offering a luminous portrait of a relationship from two perspectives, Zoey Leigh Peterson has written an empathic, beautiful, and honest novel about a great love pushed to the edge. Peterson’s debut shows us what lies at the mysterious heart of relationships, and what true openness and transformation require.



Abandon Me
by Melissa Febos

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Melissa Febos

Friday, March 17 @ 7:30 PM

Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
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In her critically acclaimed memoir, Whip Smart, Melissa Febos laid bare the intimate world of the professional dominatrix. Now, in her dazzling new book, Abandon Me (Bloomsbury), Febos captures the intense bonds of love and the need for connection – with family, lovers, and oneself. At once a fearlessly vulnerable memoir and an incisive investigation of art, love, and identity, Abandon Me draws on childhood stories, religion, psychology, mythology, popular culture, and the intimacies of one writer’s life to reveal intellectual and emotional truths that feel startlingly universal.



I Am Not a Chair
by Ross Burach

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Kids’ Storytime

Saturday, March 18 @ 11:00 AM

Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St.
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Join us every Saturday for kids’ storytime. Today we’re reading I Am Not a Chair! by Ross Burach.



Other People: Takes & Mistakes
by David Shields

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David Shields

Sunday, March 19 @ 7:30 PM

Powell's City of Books
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Portland, OR
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Can one person know another person? How do we live through other people? Is it possible to fill the gap between people? If not, can art fill that gap? Grappling with these questions, David Shields gives us a book that is something of a revelation: 70-plus essays, written over the last 35 years, reconceived and recombined to form neither a miscellany nor a memoir but a sustained meditation on otherness. In Other People: Takes and Mistakes (Knopf), Shields's sustained, piercing focus is on the multiplicity of perspectives informing any situation, on the irreducible log jam of human information, and on the possibilities, and impossibilities, for human connection.




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Smallpressapalooza

Monday, March 20 @ 6:00 PM

Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
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To celebrate Small Press Month, we’re proud to host the 10th annual marathon reading of small press authors, Smallpressapalooza. This year’s lineup features readings by Diana Kirk, Hannah Pass, Keith Rosson, Sarah Galvin, Chrys Tobey, Christine Shan Shan Hou, Constance Ann Fitzgerald, Amy Temple Harper, James Gendron, Tiffany Scandal, Bobby Eversmann, and Jon-Michael Frank. Hosted by Powell's small press champion, Kevin Sampsell.

6:00 Bobby Eversmann, Third Book for bb (self-published)
6:15 Hannah Pass, Our Reincarnated (ELJ Publishing)
6:30 Keith Rosson, The Mercy of the Tide (Meerkat Press)

7:00 Sarah Galvin, Ugly Time (Gramma Poetry)
7:15 Chrys Tobey, a woman is a woman is a woman is a woman (Steel Toe Books)
7:30 Christine Shan Shan Hou, Community Garden For Lonely Girls (Gramma Poetry)

8:00 Constance Ann Fitzgerald, Glue (Lazy Fascist)
8:15 Amy Temple Harper, Cramped Uptown (Spork)
8:30 James Gendron, Weirde Sister (Octopus Books)

9:00 Tiffany Scandal, Shit Luck (Eraserhead Press)
9:15 Diana Kirk, Licking Flames: Tales of a Half Assed Hussy (Black Bomb Books)
9:30 Jon-Michael Frank, Who Am I? I Don't Know Who Cares (self-published)



Dial Em for Murder
by Marni Bates

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Marni Bates

Monday, March 20 @ 7:00 PM

Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
Beaverton, OR
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Sixteen-year-old Emmy Danvers was just trying to write a halfway decent romance novel when a senile old man mumbled a cryptic warning, tackled her to the ground in the middle of Starbucks, and… died right on top of her. Unfortunately for Emmy, the incident wasn't quite as random as she thought, and it turns out that the old man might have taken a bullet for her. Not only that, he slipped something into her pocket: a digital tablet containing secrets that she has no idea how to unlock, but that others are ready to kill for. Thrust into a world where nothing is as it seems, Emmy must try to track down her absentee father, deal with a flirtatious bad boy who may or may not be on her side, and, oh yeah, stay one step ahead of the killers lurking in the shadows of an exclusive prep school. The old man's parting advice to "trust nobody" doesn't sound so crazy after all. Dial Em for Murder (Merit Press) is the new novel for young adults by Marni Bates, author of Awkward and Marni.



Piano Tide
by Kathleen Dean Moore

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Eli Boschetto & Tami Asars

Monday, March 20 @ 7:30 PM

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

The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCT) meanders from the California-Mexico border north to the border of Washington and Canada. It's a rigorous trail, first envisioned in 1926 and encompassing some 2,650 miles. Eli Boschetto’s Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail Oregon (Mountaineers) and Tami Asars’s Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail Washington (Mountaineers) focus on section-by-section pieces of the PCT, offering route descriptions, maps, elevation profiles, campsite specifics, and more.



Sirens
by Joshua Mohr

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Joshua Mohr

Tuesday, March 21 @ 7:30 PM

Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
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With vulnerability, grit, and hard-won humor, acclaimed novelist Joshua Mohr returns with his first book-length work of nonfiction, a raw and bighearted chronicle of substance abuse, relapse, and family compassion. Sirens (Two Dollar Radio) provides a harrowing and complicated account of Mohr's years of substance abuse and culpability. Employing the characterization and chimerical prose for which he has been lauded, Mohr leaves no rock from his sordid past unturned, from his childhood swilling fuzzy navels as a latch-key kid, through the black-outs and fist-fights, his first failed marriage to his path to sobriety, and the birth of his daughter and the three strokes he suffers in his 30s that reveal he has a literal hole in his heart. Sirens is a spectacularly moving tome of honesty and emotion from one of our most gifted contemporary writers. 


The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit

Wednesday, March 22 @ 7:30 PM

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

Michael Finkel’s The Stranger in the Woods (Knopf) is the remarkable true story of a man who lived alone in the woods for 27 years. In 1986, a shy and intelligent 20-year-old named Christopher Knight left his home in Massachusetts, drove to Maine, and disappeared into the forest. He would not have a conversation with another human being until nearly three decades later, when he was arrested for stealing food. Based on interviews with Knight himself, The Stranger in the Woods is a gripping story of survival that asks fundamental questions about solitude, community, and what makes a good life.



Game of Shadows
by Erika Lewis

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Erika Lewis

Thursday, March 23 @ 7:00 PM

Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
Beaverton, OR
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A young man plagued by the ability to see ghosts races to save a mythological land from a terrible fate in Erika Lewis's stunning debut, Game of Shadows (Tor). Ethan thought that seeing ghosts was the worst of his problems. Between his ethereal gift and life with a mother hell-bent on watching his every move, he feels imprisoned. When he sees a chance to escape, to leave the house by himself for the first time, he seizes it, unaware that this first taste of freedom will cost him everything.


Jonathan Rosenblum

Thursday, March 23 @ 7:30 PM

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

SeaTac, Washington, gained national recognition as the first successful $15 minimum wage battleground. The campaign emerged from an unlikely coalition that first united over the right of Muslim airport workers to pray. Driven by captivating narrative and insightful analysis, Jonathan Rosenblum’s Beyond $15 (Beacon Press) reveals the inside story of SeaTac: airport workers and clergy staging face-to-face confrontations with corporate leaders; the challenges of uniting a diverse, largely immigrant workforce; and the internal tensions that nearly destroyed the coalition.



Rabbit Cake
by Annie Hartnett

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Annie Hartnett

Thursday, March 23 @ 7:30 PM

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1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
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Twelve-year-old Elvis Babbitt has a head for the facts: She knows science proves yellow is the happiest color. She knows a healthy male giraffe weighs about 3,000 pounds. She knows she should plan to grieve her mother for exactly 18 months. But there are things Elvis doesn’t yet know. Elvis investigates the strange circumstances of her mother's death and finds comfort, if not answers, in the people (and animals) of Freedom, Alabama. Annie Hartnett's debut, Rabbit Cake (Tin House), is a darkly comic novel about a young girl trying to figure out her place in a world without her mother.



The Book of Polly
by Kathy Hepinstall

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Kathy Hepinstall

Friday, March 24 @ 7:30 PM

Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
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Willow Havens is 10 years old and obsessed with the fear that her mother will die. Her mother, Polly, is a cantankerous, take-no-prisoners Southern woman who lives to shoot varmints, drink margaritas, and antagonize the neighbors. Kathy Hepinstall’s The Book of Polly (Pamela Dorman Books) is the laugh-out-loud story of a girl determined to keep up with her aging, crazy-as-a-fox mother and learn the truth of her mother’s long-secret past. With a great blend of humor and sadness, pathos and hilarity, The Book of Polly is a bittersweet novel about the grip of love in a truly quirky family.



Life on Mars
by Jon Agee

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Kids’ Storytime

Saturday, March 25 @ 11:00 AM

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Portland, OR
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Join us every Saturday for kids’ storytime. Today we’re reading Life on Mars by Jon Agee.




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Sunday, March 26 @ 3:00 PM

Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
Beaverton, OR
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Join us for a fox-themed storytime.



The Women Who Made New York
by Julie Scelfo

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The Women Who Made New York

Sunday, March 26 @ 7:30 PM

Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
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Read any history of New York City and you will read about men. You will read about men who were political leaders and men who were activists and cultural tastemakers. These men have been lauded for generations for creating the most exciting and influential city in the world. But that's not the whole story. Julie Scelfo’s The Women Who Made New York (Seal Press) reveals the untold stories of the phenomenal women who made New York City the cultural epicenter of the world.



Big Mushy Happy Lump: A Sarah's Scribbles Collection
by Sarah Andersen

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Sarah Andersen

Monday, March 27 @ 7:30 PM

Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
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Sarah Andersen's hugely popular, world-famous Sarah's Scribbles comics are for those of us who boast bookstore-ready bodies and Netflix-ready hair, who are always down for all-night reading-in-bed parties and extremely exclusive after-hour one-person music festivals. In addition to the most recent Sarah's Scribbles fan favorites and dozens of all-new comics, Big Mushy Happy Lump (Andrews McMeel) contains illustrated personal essays on Sarah's real-life experiences with anxiety, work, relationships, and other adulthood challenges.


The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains

Monday, March 27 @ 7:30 PM

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

In The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains (Quirk), the follow-up to The League of Regrettable Superheroes, Jon Morris presents over 100 of the strangest, most stupefying supervillains to ever see print in comics. Meet D-list rogues like Brickbat (choice of weapon: poisonous bricks), Robbing Hood (steals from the poor to give to the rich), Swarm (a crook made of bees — Nazi bees), and many more. The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains affectionately and hilariously profiles oddball criminals from the history of comics.



The Promise Girls
by Marie Bostwick

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Marie Bostwick

Tuesday, March 28 @ 7:00 PM

Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
Beaverton, OR
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Every child prodigy grows up eventually. For the Promise sisters, escaping their mother’s narcissism and the notoriety that came with her bestselling book hasn’t been easy. Minerva Promise claimed that her three “test tube” daughters – gifted pianist Joanie, artistic Meg, and storyteller Avery – were engineered and modeled to be geniuses. In adulthood, their modest lives fall far short of her grand ambitions. In her emotionally rich and captivating new novel, The Promise Girls (Kensington), Marie Bostwick reunites three sisters whose deep bond is rooted in an unconventional past.


Annie Jacobsen

Tuesday, March 28 @ 7:30 PM

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

For more than 40 years, the U.S. government has researched extrasensory perception, using it in attempts to locate hostages, fugitives, secret bases, and downed fighter jets, to divine other nations' secrets, and even to predict future threats to national security. The intelligence agencies and military services involved include the CIA, DIA, NSA, DEA, Navy, Air Force, and Army – and even the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Annie Jacobsen, Pulitzer Prize finalist and author of Area 51, tells the story of these radical, controversial programs, using declassified documents as well as exclusive interviews with more than 50 of the individuals involved. Phenomena (Little, Brown) is a riveting investigation into how far governments will go in the name of national security.



Pillow Book
by McKinne

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Classics Book Group

Wednesday, March 29 @ 7:00 PM

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 Pillow Book by Sei Shonagon. Join us!



Our Short History
by Lauren Grodstein

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Lauren Grodstein in Conversation With Natalie Serber

Wednesday, March 29 @ 7:30 PM

Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
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Karen Neulander, a successful New York political consultant, has always been fiercely protective of her son, Jacob, now six. She’s had to be: when Jacob’s father, Dave, found out Karen was pregnant and made it clear that fatherhood wasn’t in his plans, Karen walked out of the relationship, never telling Dave her intention was to raise their child alone. But now Jake is asking to meet his dad, and with good reason: Karen is dying. When she finally calls her ex, she’s shocked to find Dave ecstatic about the son he never knew he had. With heart-wrenching poignancy and mordant humor, Lauren Grodstein’s Our Short History (Algonquin) is a story about parenthood, sacrifice, and life itself. Grodstein will be joined in conversation by Natalie Serber, author of Shout Her Lovely Name.


Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition

Thursday, March 30 @ 7:30 PM

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

Ice Ghosts (W. W. Norton) weaves together the epic story of the Lost Franklin Expedition of 1845 – whose two ships and crew of 129 were lost to the Arctic ice – with the modern tale of the scientists, divers, and local Inuit behind the incredible discovery of the flagship’s wreck in 2014. Paul Watson, a Pulitzer Prize?winning journalist who was on the icebreaker that led the discovery expedition, tells a fast-paced historical adventure story: Sir John Franklin and the crew of the HMS Erebus and Terror setting off in search of the fabled Northwest Passage, the hazards they encountered and the reasons they were forced to abandon ship hundreds of miles from the nearest outpost of civilization, and the decades of searching that turned up only rumors of cannibalism, a few scattered papers, and bones – until a combination of faith in Inuit lore and the latest science yielded a discovery for the ages.



Self Portrait with Dogwood
by Christopher Merrill

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Christopher Merrill

Thursday, March 30 @ 7:30 PM

Powell's Books on Hawthorne
3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Portland, OR
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In the course of researching dogwood trees, beloved poet and essayist Christopher Merrill realized that a number of formative moments in his life had some connection to the tree. As he approached his 60th birthday, Merrill began to compose a self-portrait alongside this tree whose lifespan is comparable to a human’s and that, from an early age, he’s regarded as a talisman. Self-Portrait With Dogwood (Trinity) is no ordinary memoir, but rather the work of a traveler who has crisscrossed the country and the globe in search of ways to make sense of his time here. Merrill provides new ways of thinking about personal history, the environment, politics, faith, and the power of the written word.


Bianca Bosker

Friday, March 31 @ 7:30 PM

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

Amateur drinker and professional tech reporter Bianca Bosker didn’t know much about wine – until she stumbled on an alternate universe of master sommeliers who could, after a single sip, identify the grape a bottle was made from, in what year, and where it was produced, within acres. Astounded by their fanatical dedication and seemingly superhuman sensory powers, Bosker set out to discover what drove their obsession, and whether she, too, could become a "cork dork" Counterintuitive, compulsively readable, and hilarious, Cork Dork (Penguin) illuminates how tasting better can help us live better – and will change the way you drink wine forever.