Bob Mehr in Conversation with Scott McCaughey & Peter Jesperson

Sunday, July 24 @ 4:00 PM

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Based on a decade of research and reporting, hundreds of interviews (with family, friends, managers, producers, and musical colleagues), as well as full access to the Replacements' archives at Twin/Tone and Warner Bros. Records, Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements (Da Capo Press) is the definitive biography of one of the last great rock 'n' roll bands of the 20th century. Written with the participation of the group's key members, including reclusive singer-songwriter Paul Westerberg, bassist Tommy Stinson, and the family of late guitarist Bob Stinson, Trouble Boys is a deeply intimate and nuanced portrait, exposing the primal factors and forces – addiction, abuse, fear – that would shape one of the most brilliant and notoriously self-destructive groups of all time. A roaring rock 'n' roll adventure, a heartrending family drama, and a cautionary showbiz tale, Bob Mehr’s Trouble Boys is a penetrating work of biography and a major addition to the rock book canon. Mehr will be joined in conversation by Scott McCaughey of the Young Fresh Fellows and longtime Replacements manager Peter Jesperson.



Imprudence: Custard Protocol #2
by Gail Carriger

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Gail Carriger

Monday, July 25 @ 7:00 PM

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Rue and the crew of the Spotted Custard return from India with revelations that shake the foundations of England's scientific community. Queen Victoria is not amused, the vampires are tetchy, and something is wrong with the local werewolf pack. To top it all off, Rue's best friend Primrose keeps getting engaged to the most unacceptable military types. Rue has family problems as well. Her vampire father is angry, her werewolf father is crazy, and her obstreperous mother is both. Worst of all, Rue's beginning to suspect what they really are… is frightened. Imprudence (Orbit) is the second novel in Gail Carriger’s Custard Protocol series within the world of the Parasol Protectorate.



Boogie-Woogie Crisscross
by Lawrence Matsuda

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Tess Gallagher & Larry Matsuda

Monday, July 25 @ 7:30 PM

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Boogie-Woogie Crisscross (Madhat), an intercontinental collaboration/exchange between two poets of international stature, is rowdy, rambunctious, and heartfelt. With a combination of joyful shared experiences and attention to human suffering, past and present, Tess Gallagher and Lawrence Matsuda bring a thoughtful and poetic focus to bear upon global events and their own histories. The resulting collaboration is a poetry jam session where they trade and borrow images, and run riffs on each other’s poems in a responsive, competitive, and lighthearted way. A kind of dueling banjos.



The Heavenly Table
by Donald Ray Pollock

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Donald Ray Pollock

Tuesday, July 26 @ 7:30 PM

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From Donald Ray Pollock, author of The Devil All the Time and Knockemstiff, comes The Heavenly Table (Doubleday), a dark, gritty, electrifying (and, disturbingly, weirdly funny) new novel. It is 1917, in that sliver of borderland that divides Georgia from Alabama. Dispossessed farmer Pearl Jewett ekes out a hardscrabble existence with his three young sons. Several hundred miles away in southern Ohio, farmer Ellsworth Fiddler lives with his son and his wife. After Ellsworth is swindled out of his family’s fortune, his life is put on a surprising and violent trajectory that will lead him to cross paths with the Jewetts. In the gothic tradition of Flannery O’Connor and Cormac McCarthy with a healthy dose of cinematic violence, the Jewetts and the Fiddlers will find their lives colliding in increasingly dark and horrific ways, placing Pollock firmly in the company of the genre’s literary masters.




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Classics Book Group

Wednesday, July 27 @ 7:00 PM

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This month we meet to discuss The Seagull by Anton Chekhov. Join us!



The Hidden Letters of Velta B.
by Gina Ochsner

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Gina Ochsner

Wednesday, July 27 @ 7:30 PM

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From critically acclaimed fiction writer Gina Ochsner comes The Hidden Letters of Velta B. (Houghton Mifflin), the moving story of a boy with extraordinary ears who brings healing to a town burdened by the sins of its past. Young Maris has been summoned to his mother’s bedside as she nears the end of her life; she feels she must tell him her version of their family history, the story of his early life, and the ways in which he changed the lives of others. Maris was born with what some might call a blessing and others might deem a curse: his very large, very special ears enable him to hear the secrets of the dead, as well as the memories that haunt his Latvian hometown. With "luminous writing [and] affection for her characters" (New York Times), Ochsner creates an intimate, hopeful portrait of a fascinating town in all its complications and charm.


Trail Running Bend and Central Oregon

Thursday, July 28 @ 7:30 PM

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Trail Running Bend and Central Oregon (Wilderness Press) is an extensive guide to the best trail running in one of the country's top outdoor destinations. Author and trail runner Lucas Alberg provides detailed descriptions of the area’s best loop runs. From classic high desert runs to the east in the Badlands, to mountain escapes and high alpine scenery to the west in the Cascades, the guide highlights the unique and diverse geography that Central Oregon has to offer.


Fastpitch

Thursday, July 28 @ 7:30 PM

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3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Portland, OR
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If you think softball is just a “women’s version” of the great American pastime of baseball – well, think again. Fastpitch softball is one of the most widely played sports in the world. But the origins of this beloved sport and the charismatic athletes who helped it achieve prominence in the mid-20th century have been largely forgotten, until now. Erica Westly’s Fastpitch (Touchstone Books) brings to life the eclectic mix of characters that make up softball’s vibrant 129-year history. A celebration of this unique American sport and the role it plays in our culture today, Fastpitch is as entertaining as it is inspiring.



Beautiful Country
by J.R. Thornton

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J. R. Thornton

Friday, July 29 @ 7:30 PM

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J. R. Thornton’s big-hearted debut, Beautiful Country (Harper Perennial), is a coming-of-age story set in modern-day China, centering on the friendship between an American and a Chinese boy who meet while training with Beijing’s Junior National Tennis Team. Chase Robertson arrives in Beijing as a 14-year-old boy still troubled by the recent death of his older brother. He discovers a country in transition; a society in which the dual systems of Communist Era state control and an emerging entrepreneurial culture exist in paradox. When his closest friend turns to him for help, Chase is faced with the dilemma of what to do when friendship, rules, and morals are in conflict.




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Kids’ Storytime

Saturday, July 30 @ 11:00 AM

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Join us every Saturday for kids’ storytime. Today we’re reading Extremely Cute Animals Operating Heavy Machinery by David Gordon.


Harry Potter Midnight Release Party Burnside

Sunday, July 31 @ 12:01 AM

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1005 W Burnside St.
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Get your copy of the eighth epic story, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two Special Rehearsal Edition Script , at 12:01 a.m. on July 31st! Join us for our midnight release party at Powell's City of Books, Powell's at Cedar Hills Crossing, and Powell's on Hawthorne. Please note: event attendees needn’t preorder a copy of the book, nor will preorders be available for pickup at the event.


Harry Potter Midnight Release Party Cedar Hills

Sunday, July 31 @ 12:01 AM

Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
Beaverton, OR
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Get your copy of the eighth epic story, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two Special Rehearsal Edition Script , at 12:01 a.m. on July 31st! Join us for our midnight release party at Powell's City of Books, Powell's at Cedar Hills Crossing, and Powell's on Hawthorne. Please note: event attendees needn’t preorder a copy of the book, nor will preorders be available for pickup at the event.


Harry Potter Midnight Release Party Hawthorne

Sunday, July 31 @ 12:01 AM

Powell's Books on Hawthorne
3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Portland, OR
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Get your copy of the eighth epic story, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two Special Rehearsal Edition Script , at 12:01 a.m. on July 31st! Join us for our midnight release party at Powell's City of Books, Powell's at Cedar Hills Crossing, and Powell's on Hawthorne. Please note: event attendees needn’t preorder a copy of the book, nor will preorders be available for pickup at the event.




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Kids' Storytime

Sunday, July 31 @ 3:00 PM

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Bring your favorite pool floaties and join us for a beach-themed storytime.



Housebroken: Admissions of an Untidy Life
by Laurie Notaro

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Laurie Notaro

Monday, August 1 @ 7:30 PM

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Laurie Notaro isn’t exactly a domestic goddess, unless that means she fully embraces her genetic hoarding predisposition, sneaks peeks at her husband’s daily journal, or has made a list of the people she wants on her Apocalypse Survival team (her husband’s not on it). In her new book, Notaro chronicles her chronic misfortune in the domestic arts, including cooking, cleaning, and putting on Spanx while sweaty (which should technically qualify as an Olympic sport). Housebroken: Admissions of an Untidy Life (Ballantine) is a rollicking collection of essays showcasing her irreverent wit and inability to feel shame. From defying nature in the quest to make her own Twinkies, to begging her new neighbors not to become urban livestock keepers, to teaching her eight-year-old nephew about hoboes, Notaro recounts her best efforts and hilarious failures in keeping a household inches away from being condemned. After all, home wasn’t built in a day.



The More They Disappear
by Jesse Donaldson

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Jesse Donaldson

Monday, August 1 @ 7:30 PM

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A novel of love, drugs, and crime set in America's heartland, Jesse Donaldson’s debut, The More They Disappear (Thomas Dunne), is perfect for fans of Tom Franklin and Daniel Woodrell. When long-time Kentucky sheriff Lew Mattock is shot in the head by a confused, drug-addicted teenager, chief deputy Harlan Dupee is tasked with solving the crime. Every criminal the sheriff ever locked up is a suspect, but as Harlan examines the circumstances surrounding Lew's death, he finds out his former boss wasn't exactly innocent. Harlan's search takes him headlong into the county's burgeoning prescription drug trade, from wooded ATV parks and tobacco farms to riverboat casinos, from the slanted steps of trailer parks to the manicured porches of prominent citizens. As the evidence brings Harlan closer to his unlikely suspect, he begins to doubt the law and its ability to solve the county's problems. The More They Disappear is an unnerving tale of addiction, loss, and the battle to overcome the darkest parts of ourselves in search of redemption.



Face Value: The Hidden Ways Beauty Shapes Women's Lives
by Autumn Whitefield-Madrano

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Face Value: The Hidden Ways Beauty Shapes Women's Lives

Tuesday, August 2 @ 7:30 PM

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For decades, we’ve discussed our insecurities in the face of idealized, retouched, impossibly perfect images. We’ve worried primping and preening are a distraction and a trap. But have we focused too much on beauty’s negative influence? In Face Value (Simon & Schuster), journalist Autumn Whitefield-Madrano thoughtfully examines the relationship between appearance and science, social media, sex, friendship, language, and advertising to show how beauty actually affects us day to day. Through meticulous research and interviews with dozens of women across all walks of life, she reveals surprising findings, like that wearing makeup can actually relax you, that you can convince people you’re better looking just by tweaking your personality, and that beauty can be a powerful tool of connection among women. Equal parts social commentary, cultural analysis, careful investigation, and powerful personal anecdotes, Face Value is provocative and empowering. Whitefield-Madrano will be joined in conversation by cultural critic Sara Tatyana Bernstein.



Vanport
by Zita Podany

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Vanport

Wednesday, August 3 @ 7:30 PM

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Nestled in the floodplain between North Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington, a housing project was built to help house World War II shipyard workers. Its very name, Vanport, is derived from Vancouver and Portland. When the U.S. entered the war, the demand for ships and for workers to build those ships became a huge priority. Portland had a serious lodging shortage, so much so that these workers lived in cars, tents, parks, and whatever shelter could be found. Vanport, built in a little over a year to house them, was a city that did not sleep. In its heyday, Vanport was the second-largest city in Oregon, with a population of over 40,000 residents. And on May 30, 1948, it was a city that disappeared just as quickly as it came into existence, leaving a legacy that will not soon be forgotten. Published to coincide with the 68th anniversary of the flood that destroyed the city, Zita Podany’s Vanport (Arcadia) tells the storied history of Vanport.




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First Thursday: Portland City Lines

Thursday, August 4 @ 6:30 PM

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Portland City Lines features original illustrations drawn from the lines of topographic and historical street maps. Each drawing is backed with an original photograph taken by artist Ryan McAbery.



Dated Emcees
by Chinaka Hodge

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Chinaka Hodge in Conversation with Anis Mojgani

Thursday, August 4 @ 7:30 PM

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Portland, OR
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Chinaka Hodge came of age along with hip-hop – and its influence on her suitors became inextricable from their personal interactions. Form blends with content in Dated Emcees (City Lights) as Hodge examines her love life through the lens of hip-hop's best known orators, characters, archetypes, and songs, creating a new and inventive narrative about the music that shaped the craggy heart of a young woman poet, just as it also changed the global landscape of pop. Dated Emcees is fiercely intelligent, emotionally packed, and righteously feminist. Hodge will be joined in conversation by Anis Mojgani, two-time National Poetry Slam Champion and author of The Pocketknife Bible.



To the Bright Edge of the World
by Eowyn Ivey

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Eowyn Ivey

Friday, August 5 @ 7:30 PM

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From Eowyn Ivey, author of The Snow Child, comes a thrilling tale of historical adventure set in the Alaskan wilderness. In the winter of 1885, Lieutenant Colonel Allen Forrester sets out with his men on an expedition into the newly acquired territory of Alaska. Their objective: to travel up the ferocious Wolverine River, mapping the interior and gathering information on the region's potentially dangerous native tribes. With a young and newly pregnant wife at home, Forrester is anxious to complete the journey with all possible speed and return to her. But once the crew passes beyond the edge of the known world, there's no telling what awaits them. With gorgeous descriptions of the Alaskan wilds and a vivid cast of characters, Ivey’s To the Bright Edge of the World (Little, Brown) is an epic tale of one of America's last frontiers, combining myth, history, romance, and adventure.



Cat Nap
by Toni Yuly

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Kids’ Storytime with Toni Yuly

Saturday, August 6 @ 11:00 AM

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Portland, OR
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Today, author and illustrator Toni Yuly joins us to read from her new book, Cat Nap (Feiwel & Friends). A kitten doesn't want to take a nap in this book about opposites by the author of Early Bird. It's naptime, and Cat is ready for Kitten to settle down. But Kitten has other ideas!



Carousel Court
by Joe Jr McGinniss

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Joe McGinniss Jr.

Monday, August 8 @ 7:30 PM

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Following the breakout success of his debut novel, The Delivery Man, Joe McGinniss Jr. returns with Carousel Court (Simon & Schuster): a bold, original, and exhilarating novel of marriage as blood sport that reads like Revolutionary Road for the era of The Unwinding. Nick and Phoebe Maguire are a young couple with big dreams who move across the country to Southern California in search of a fresh start for themselves and their infant son following a devastating trauma. But they move at the worst possible time, into an economic crisis that spares few. Trapped, broke, and increasingly desperate, Nick and Phoebe each devise their own plan to claw their way back into the middle class and beyond. A blistering and unforgettable vision of the way we live now, Carousel Court paints a darkly honest portrait of modern marriage while also capturing the middle-class America of vanished jobs, abandoned homes, psychotropic cure-alls, infidelity via iPhone, and ruthless choices.



Good Morning, Midnight
by Lily Brooks Dalton

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Lily Brooks-Dalton

Monday, August 8 @ 7:30 PM

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For readers of Station Eleven and The Snow Child, Lily Brooks-Dalton’s haunting debut novel, Good Morning, Midnight (Random House), is the unforgettable story of two outsiders as they grapple with love, regret, and survival in a world transformed. On the return from a long voyage through outer space, Sully and her crewmates find that communications from Mission Control on Earth have suddenly gone dark. At the same time, Augie, an aging scientist at a remote research outpost in the Arctic, decides to stay put even when an evacuation order is issued. As Sully and Augie each face uncertain futures, they begin making sense of their own lives: the people they have loved, the sacrifices they have made, the memories that haunt them. With crystalline prose and piercing emotional insight, Brooks-Dalton captures the heartbreaking regrets and profound bravery of Sully and Augie – two outsiders whose stories gradually twine together in surprising ways. Good Morning, Midnight is a stunning meditation on the power of love at the end of the world.




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Science Fiction Book Group

Tuesday, August 9 @ 7:00 PM

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This month we meet to discuss Cinder by Marissa Meyer. Join us!



The Hike
by Drew Magary

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Drew Magary

Tuesday, August 9 @ 7:00 PM

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When Ben, a suburban family man, takes a business trip to rural Pennsylvania, he decides to spend the afternoon before his meeting on a short hike. Once he sets out into the woods behind his hotel, he quickly comes to realize that the path he has chosen cannot be given up easily and soon finds himself falling deeper and deeper into a world of man-eating giants, bizarre demons, and colossal insects. Dreams and flashbacks from his past dominate his thoughts, showing him the most powerful and terrifying moments of his life, as real as when he first lived them. On a quest of epic, life-or-death proportions, Ben finds help in some of the most unexpected forms, including a profane crustacean and a variety of magical objects, tools, and potions. At once bitingly funny and emotionally absorbing, Drew Magary’s new novel, The Hike (Viking), is a unique addition to the contemporary fantasy genre, one that draws as easily from the world of classic fairy tales as it does from video games.



Froelich's Ladder
by Jamie Duclos Yourdon

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Jamie Duclos-Yourdon

Tuesday, August 9 @ 7:30 PM

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In Froelich’s Ladder (Forest Avenue Press), two brothers spend their lives caretaking an immense wooden ladder so their uncle can live safely on its upper rungs, where he tends tiny herb gardens and uses his knuckles for tapping impertinent messages to his nephews below. When Froelich disappears, astonishing the brothers who have only ever known him as a demanding presence in the sky, this tall tale of a debut novel plunges into the wilderness of 19th-century Oregon Country, populated with hardscrabble immigrants, Civil War veterans, a wealthy merchant whose strong-willed niece keeps escaping her guarded tower, and an innkeeper’s daughter who disguises herself as a boy to protect her family. As the characters set off in search of their individual American dreams, they become unlikely allies in a wet, lush landscape fraught with murderers, shoals of hungry clouds, and the occasional circus menagerie. Jamie Duclos-Yourdon’s impeccably paced debut is a rollicking comedy packed with magic, old-fashioned mayhem, and plenty of heart.



Lowriders to the Center of the Earth
by Cathy Camper

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Cathy Camper

Wednesday, August 10 @ 7:30 PM

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The lovable trio from the acclaimed Lowriders in Space are back! Lupe Impala, Elirio Malaria, and El Chavo Octopus are living their dream at last. They're the proud owners of their very own garage. But when their beloved cat Genie goes missing, they need to do everything they can to find him. Little do they know the trail will lead them to the realm of Mictlantecuhtli, the Aztec god of the Underworld, who is keeping Genie prisoner! With cool Spanish phrases on every page, a glossary of terms, and an action-packed plot that sneaks in science as well as Aztec lore, Cathy Camper’s Lowriders to the Center of the Earth (Chronicle) is a linguistic and visual delight. ¡Que suave!




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Deadly Diversions Book Group

Thursday, August 11 @ 7:00 PM

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This month our mystery group meets to discuss Philip Kerr’s Bernie Gunther detective series. Join us!



How to Party with an Infant
by Kaui Hart Hemmings

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Kaui Hart Hemmings

Thursday, August 11 @ 7:30 PM

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How to Party With an Infant (Simon & Schuster) – the new novel from Kaui Hart Hemmings, author of The Descendants – is a hilarious, charming story about a quirky single mom in San Francisco who tiptoes through the minefields of the "Mommy Wars" and manages to find friendship and love. When Mele Bart told her boyfriend Bobby she was pregnant with his child, he stunned her with an announcement of his own: he was engaged to someone else. Fast-forward two years, Mele's daughter is a toddler, and Bobby and his fiancée want Ellie to be the flower girl at their wedding. Mele, who also has agreed to attend the nuptials, knows she can’t continue obsessing about Bobby and his fiancée. She needs something to do. So she answers a questionnaire provided by the San Francisco Mommy Club and decides to enter their cookbook writing contest. Even though she joined the group out of desperation, Mele has found her people. As the wedding date approaches, Mele uses her friends’ stories to inspire recipes and find comfort. How to Party with an Infant is a hilarious and poignant novel from Hemmings, who has an uncanny ability to make disastrous romances and tragic circumstances not only relatable and funny, but unforgettable, too.




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Young Adult Book Club

Friday, August 12 @ 6:00 PM

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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 Nest, the tear-jerking drama by Esther Ehrlich. Join us!



The Small Backs of Children
by Lidia Yuknavitch

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Lidia Yuknavitch

Friday, August 12 @ 7:30 PM

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In a war-torn village in Eastern Europe, an American photographer captures a heart-stopping image: a young girl flying toward the lens, fleeing a fiery explosion that has engulfed her home and family. The image wins acclaim, becoming an icon for millions and a subject of obsession for one writer, the photographer’s best friend, who has suffered a devastating tragedy of her own. As the writer plunges into a suicidal depression, her filmmaker husband enlists several friends, including a fearless bisexual poet and an ingenuous performance artist, to save her by rescuing the girl and bringing her to the U.S. As their plot unfolds, everything we know about the story comes into question: What does the writer really want? Who is controlling the action? And what will happen when these two worlds, East and West, real and virtual, collide? Winner of the Ken Kesey Award for Fiction and the Readers’ Choice Award at the 2016 Oregon Book Awards, Lidia Yuknavitch’s The Small Backs of Children (Harper Perennial) is a fierce, provocative, and deeply affecting novel of both ideas and action.




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Kids’ Storytime

Saturday, August 13 @ 11:00 AM

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Join us every Saturday for kids’ storytime. Today we’re reading Lion Lessons by Jon Agee.




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SMART Author Fair

Saturday, August 13 @ 12:00 PM

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Beaverton, OR
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Join us for the second SMART (Start Making A Reader Today) Author Fair, where you can mingle with over a dozen of your favorite children’s, middle-grade, and young-adult authors. Get your books signed, enter to win some fun prizes, and learn more about SMART. Participating authors include April Henry, Lisa Schroeder, Jaime Temairik, Matthew Holm, Graham Salisbury, Cathy Camper, Paula Stokes, Jennifer Bosworth, and Mary Elizabeth Summer.




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Kids’ Storytime

Sunday, August 14 @ 3:00 PM

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Join us for a feelings-themed storytime.


James Campbell

Monday, August 15 @ 7:30 PM

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Portland, OR
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Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, home to only a handful of people, is a harsh and lonely place. So when James Campbell’s cousin Heimo Korth asked him to spend a summer building a cabin in the rugged Interior, Campbell hesitated about inviting his 15-year-old daughter, Aidan, to join him: Would she be able to withstand clouds of mosquitoes, the threat of grizzlies, bathing in an ice-cold river, and hours of grueling labor, peeling and hauling logs? But once there, Aidan embraced the wild. She even agreed to return a few months later to help the Korths work their traplines and hunt for caribou and moose. Despite windchills of 50 degrees below zero, father and daughter ventured out daily to track, hunt, and trap. Under the supervision of Edna, Heimo’s Yupik Eskimo wife, Aidan grew more confident in the woods. So he decided to take Aidan back to Alaska one final time before she left home. At turns poignant and humorous, James Campbell’s Braving It (Crown) is an ode to America’s disappearing wilderness and a profound meditation on what it means for a child to grow up – and a parent to finally, fully let go. Campbell will be joined at the event by his daughter, Aidan.


Murder in Linn County, Oregon

Monday, August 15 @ 7:30 PM

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3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Portland, OR
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On June 21, 1922, Linn County sheriff Charles Kendall and Reverend Roy Healy drove out to the town of Plainview to arrest a moonshining farmer named Dave West. By the end of the day, all three men were dead. First responders found Sheriff Kendall facedown with his pistol still holstered. The court appointed William Dunlap as the new sheriff, but within a year, someone killed him, too. In his new book, Murder in Linn County: The True Story of the Legendary Plainview Killings (History Press), author and journalist Cory Frye delivers a riveting, detailed account of these shocking and tragic crimes that haunted Linn County for decades.



Starspawn: Pathfinder Tales #34
by Wendy N Wagner

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Wendy N. Wagner

Tuesday, August 16 @ 7:00 PM

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Once a notorious viking and pirate, Jendara has at last returned to the cold northern isles of her home, ready to settle down and raise her young son. Yet when a mysterious tsunami wracks her island’s shore, she and her fearless crew must sail out to explore the strange island that’s risen from the sea floor. No sooner have they arrived in the lost island’s alien structures, however, than they find themselves competing with a monstrous cult eager to complete a dark ritual in those dripping halls. For something beyond all mortal comprehension has been dreaming on the sea floor. And it’s begun to wake up. Starspawn (Pathfinder Tales) (Tor) is the sequel to Hugo Award winner Wendy N. Wagner’s Skinwalkers.


Jordan Fisher Smith

Tuesday, August 16 @ 7:30 PM

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1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
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When 25-year-old Harry Walker was killed by a bear in Yellowstone Park in 1972, the civil trial prompted by his death became a proxy for bigger questions about American wilderness management that had been boiling for a century. At immediate issue was whether the Park Service should have done more to keep bears away from humans, but what was revealed as the trial unfolded was just how fruitless our efforts to regulate nature in the parks had always been. The proceedings drew to the witness stand some of the most important figures in 20th century wilderness management. Their testimony would help decide whether the government owed the Walker family restitution for Harry's death, but it would also illuminate decades of patchwork efforts to preserve an idea of nature that had never existed in the first place. In his remarkable excavation of American environmental history, Engineering Eden (Crown), nature writer and former park ranger Jordan Fisher Smith uses the story of one man’s tragic death to tell the larger narrative of the futile, sometimes fatal, attempts to remake wilderness in the name of preserving it. In the tradition of John McPhee’s The Control of Nature and Alan Burdick’s Out of Eden, Smith’s Engineering Eden is a powerful work of popular science and environmental history, grappling with critical issues that we have even now yet to resolve.


Sage Cohen

Wednesday, August 17 @ 7:30 PM

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Produce your best work. Live your best life. Make your greatest impact. You have everything you need – and you are everything you need – to do the writing you are meant to do. And yet the path to success can be difficult to find and follow. In Fierce on the Page (Writer’s Digest), internationally acclaimed writing guide Sage Cohen invites writers to name and claim their deepest desires, identify and eliminate the things that interfere with their writing, and move toward achieving their writing goals through a series of invigorating contemplations, exercises, and prompts. Readers will gain a greater appreciation for how fierce they are today and a comprehensive arsenal of strategies, skills, and attitudes that align them with satisfaction and success on their own terms.


Amy Silverman

Thursday, August 18 @ 7:00 PM

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Beaverton, OR
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All parent stories about raising a child with Down syndrome are special and unique, but in the hands of a good writer, they can have the power to reach, change, and resonate far beyond family and friends. And that is the case with My Heart Can't Even Believe It (Woodbine House), by journalist, blogger, and NPR contributor Amy Silverman. Silverman bravely looks at her life, before and after her daughter Sophie was born, and reflects on her transformation from “a spoiled, self-centered brat,” who used words like “retard” and switched lines at the Safeway to avoid a bagger with special needs, into the mother of a kid with Down syndrome and all that her new identity entails. She describes her evolution as gradual, one built by processing her fears and facing questions both big and small about Sophie, Down syndrome, and her place in the world. Funny, touching, and honest, this wonderful memoir looks at a daughter and her power to change minds and fill hearts with love so deep.



13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl
by Mona Awad

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Mona Awad

Thursday, August 18 @ 7:30 PM

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Growing up in the suburban hell of Misery Saga (aka Mississauga), Lizzie has never liked the way she looks – even though her best friend, Mel, says she’s the pretty one. She starts dating guys online, but she’s afraid to send pictures, even when her skinny friend China does her makeup: she knows no one would want her if they could really see her. So she starts to lose. With punishing drive, she counts almonds consumed, miles logged, pounds dropped. She fights her way into coveted dresses. She grows up and gets thin, navigating double-edged validation from her mother, her friends, her husband, her reflection in the mirror. But no matter how much she loses, will she ever see herself as anything other than a fat girl? In her brilliant, hilarious, and at times shocking debut, 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl (Penguin), Mona Awad simultaneously skewers the body image-obsessed culture that tells women they have no value outside their physical appearance, and delivers a tender, moving depiction of a lovably difficult young woman whose life is hijacked by her struggle to conform.



Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt
by Sarah Jaffe

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Sarah Jaffe in Conversation with Matt Bors

Thursday, August 18 @ 7:30 PM

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We are witnessing a moment of unprecedented political engagement and social activism. Pundits once fretted about Americans’ apathy, but in the last few years we’ve seen uprisings and protests across the country: the growth of the Tea Party, the successful fight for a $15 minimum wage, Black Lives Matter, Occupy Wall Street, and the grassroots networks supporting presidential candidates like Bernie Sanders. In Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt (Nation), journalist Sarah Jaffe leads readers into the heart of these movements, explaining what has made ordinary Americans from Seattle to St. Louis to Atlanta become activists. As Jaffe shows, Americans, regardless of political alignment, are boldly challenging who wields power in this country. They are poised to permanently remake politics as we know it – and in many cases, they already have. Jaffe will be joined in conversation by Matt Bors, editorial cartoonist and editor of online comics for The Nib.




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Kids’ Storytime

Saturday, August 20 @ 11:00 AM

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Portland, OR
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Join us for kids’ storytime. Today we’re reading Good Night, Baddies by Deborah Underwood.


The Fermented Man: A Year on the Front Lines of a Food Revolution

Monday, August 22 @ 7:30 PM

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1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
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On January 1, 2014, homebrewer and writer Derek Dellinger began a journey that would change nearly everything he thought he knew about fermented food and beverage – and as a beer expert, he knew a lot. For an entire year, Dellinger would eat or drink only products that had been created by microbes. Exploring the vast world of fermentation, Dellinger became the living embodiment of its cultural and nutritional power – he became the Fermented Man. In his entertaining and informative narrative, The Fermented Man (Overlook), Dellinger catalogs his year spent on this unorthodox diet, revealing insights about the science of fermentation, as well as its cultural history, culinary value, and nutritional impact along the way. He goes beyond yogurt and sauerkraut to show us how fermentation occurs in a wide range of foods we might never have expected, and is at the root of many unique delicacies around the world. With bonus recipes for readers eager to get off the page and into the kitchen, The Fermented Man is an adventure story, culinary history, and science project all in one.



Ghostly Echoes: Jackaby #3
by William Ritter

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William Ritter

Tuesday, August 23 @ 7:00 PM

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Jenny Cavanaugh, the ghostly landlord of 926 Augur Lane, has enlisted the services of her detective-agency tenants to solve a decade-old murder – her own. Abigail Rook and her eccentric employer, R. F. Jackaby, dive into the cold case, starting with a search for Jenny’s fiancé, who went missing the night she died. But when a new, gruesome murder closely mirrors the events of 10 years prior, Abigail and Jackaby realize that Jenny’s case isn’t so cold after all, and her killer may be far more dangerous than they suspected. Fantasy and folklore mix with mad science as Abigail’s race to unravel the mystery leads her across the cold cobblestones of 19th-century New England, down to the mythical underworld, and deep into her colleagues’ grim histories to battle the most deadly foe she has ever faced. Ghostly Echoes (Algonquin) is the highly anticipated third volume in William Ritter’s bestselling paranormal mystery series for young adult readers.



Eileen
by Ottessa Moshfegh

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Ottessa Moshfegh

Tuesday, August 23 @ 7:30 PM

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From The Paris Review Plimpton Prize-winning author Ottessa Moshfegh comes Eileen (Penguin), a mordant and harrowing story of obsession and suspense. The Christmas season offers little cheer for Eileen Dunlop, an unassuming yet disturbed young woman trapped between her role as her alcoholic father’s caretaker and a secretary at the Moorehead boys’ prison. Consumed by resentment and self-loathing, Eileen tempers her dreary days with perverse fantasies and dreams of escaping to the big city, and fills her nights and weekends with shoplifting and stalking a prison guard named Randy. When the bright and beautiful Rebecca Saint John arrives as the new counselor at Moorehead, Eileen is enchanted and unable to resist what appears to be a miraculously budding friendship. In a Hitchcockian twist, her affection for Rebecca ultimately pulls her into complicity in a crime that surpasses her wildest imaginings. Creepy, mesmerizing, and sublimely funny, this powerful debut enthralls and shocks, and introduces one of the most original new voices in contemporary literature.



The Ultra Big Sleep
by Patrick Swenson

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Patrick Swenson & Django Wexler

Wednesday, August 24 @ 7:00 PM

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Dave Crowell is a hero of the eight worlds of the Union, but he doesn’t want fame or fortune. These days he just wants to run his private detective business with his partner and forget about the Ultras, the insidious aliens that attacked the Union, then vanished. But a client turns up dead under mysterious circumstances, and Crowell knows the Ultras have not gone away. The Ultra Big Sleep (Fairwood Press) is the sequel to Patrick Swenson’s The Ultra Thin Man. As Django Wexler’s "audacious and subversive" (Publishers Weekly) Shadow Campaigns novels continue, the weather is growing warmer, but the frosty threat of Vordan's enemies is only growing worse. As the roar of the guns subsides and the smoke of battle clears, the country of Vordan is offered a fragile peace. The Guns of Empire (Roc) is the fourth book in Wexler’s Shadow Campaign series.


D. L. Mayfield

Wednesday, August 24 @ 7:30 PM

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1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
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Determined to save the world, one soul at a time, 19-year-old D. L. Mayfield left her conservative Christian home to become a missionary to Somali refugees in Portland, Oregon. But after a decade proselytizing, she realized that she had not converted one single Muslim. Yet in her time working with these displaced people, Mayfield’s eyes were opened to something much bigger. Assimilate or Go Home (HarperOne) is the story of Mayfield’s awakening. She shows us how God’s love is transforming lives, and makes clear that instead of saving the world, we can join God’s party by loving all of our neighbors – especially those on society’s edge. With vulnerability and a touch of humor, Mayfield reflects upon how her faith was challenged, and urges all of us to reconsider our concepts of justice, love, and being a citizen of this world – and the kingdom of God.


The Boy Who Runs: The Odyssey of Julius Achon

Thursday, August 25 @ 7:00 PM

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Beaverton, OR
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John Brant’s The Boy Who Runs (Ballantine) is the story of Julius Achon, the Ugandan boy soldier who became a world-class runner, then found his true calling as director of a charity that saves lives and inspires people every day. Julius Achon was born into poverty in Uganda; at the age of 12, he was kidnapped and made a boy soldier in the murderous Lord’s Resistance Army. After he escaped, he became known locally as a talented distance runner – so good that American colleges offered him scholarships. He ran in the 1996 and 2000 Olympics. But Achon’s path would turn even twistier, and the days ahead carried surprises both wonderful and crushing. Now the director of a charity operation based in Portland, Oregon, and active in Uganda, Achon tells an amazing story that offers wisdom on how to keep moving forward even as the road ahead of you bends in unexpected directions. Brant will be joined at the event by Julius Achon, founder and president of the Achon Uganda Children’s Fund.



Nice Girls Endure
by Chris Struyk Bonn

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Chris Struyk-Bonn

Thursday, August 25 @ 7:30 PM

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Chelsea Duvay is so many things. She’s an avid musical lover, she’s a gifted singer, and she has the most perfect, beautiful feet. But no one ever notices that. All they notice is Chelsea’s weight. Daily, Chelsea endures endless comments about her appearance from well-meaning adults and cruel classmates. So she keeps to herself and just tries to make it through. Don’t make waves. Don’t draw attention. That’s how life is for Chelsea until a special class project pushes the energetic and incessantly social Melody into Chelsea’s world. As their unlikely friendship grows, Chelsea emerges from her isolated existence, and she begins to find the confidence to enjoy life. But bullies are bullies, and they remain as vicious as ever. One terrible encounter threatens to destroy everything Chelsea has worked so hard to achieve. Chris Struyk-Bonn’s new novel for young adults, Nice Girls Endure (Switch Press), is for anyone who loves to explore the personal but powerful territory of everyday life.


Best Outdoor Adventures Near Portland, Oregon

Thursday, August 25 @ 7:30 PM

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Portland, OR
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Who says you have to travel far from home to go on a great hike, paddle, or bike ride? Adam Sawyer’s Best Outdoor Adventures Near Portland, Oregon (Falcon Guides) details nearly 40 of the best hikes, paddles, bike routes, and adventures within an hour’s drive from the Portland area. Sawyer’s guide is perfect for anyone hard-pressed to find great outdoor activities close to home.




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Kids’ Storytime

Saturday, August 27 @ 11:00 AM

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Portland, OR
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Join us every Saturday for kids’ storytime. Today we’re reading The Truth About My Unbelievable Summer... by Davide Cali and Benjamin Chaud.



The Summer Nick Taught His Cats to Read
by Curtis Manley

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Kate Berube

Saturday, August 27 @ 4:00 PM

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Nick loves to read books – and he loves to play with his cats, Verne and Stevenson. So naturally Nick decides it’s a great idea to teach his cats to read. But Verne and Stevenson don’t appreciate when Nick wakes them up with a flashcard that says NAP. Nick finally piques Verne’s interest with words like MOUSE and FISH. But not Stevenson’s. While Nick and Verne go to the library, Stevenson hides under the porch. Will Nick ever find a way to share his love of reading with his feline friends? The Summer Nick Taught His Cats to Read (co-authored by Curtis Manley) (Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman) is the sweet, silly new picture book from Kate Berube, author of Hannah and Sugar.




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Kids’ Storytime

Sunday, August 28 @ 3:00 PM

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Beaverton, OR
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Join us for an adventure-themed storytime.



I Will Send Rain
by Rae Meadows

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Rae Meadows in Conversation with Anthony Effinger

Monday, August 29 @ 7:30 PM

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Annie Bell can't escape the dust. It's in her hair, covering the windowsills, coating the animals in the barn, in the corners of her children's dry, cracked lips. It's 1934 and the Bell farm in Mulehead, Oklahoma, is struggling as the earliest storms of The Dust Bowl descend. All around them the wheat harvests are drying out and people are packing up their belongings as storms lay waste to the Great Plains. As the Bells wait for the rains to come, Annie and each member of her family are pulled in different directions. With her warm storytelling and beautiful prose, Rae Meadows brings to life an unforgettable family that faces hardship with rare grit and determination. Epic in scope, I Will Send Rain (Henry Holt) is a powerful novel of upheaval and resilience, filled with hope, morality, and love. Meadows will be joined in conversation by journalist Anthony Effinger.



The Empty Ones: The Vicious Circuit #2
by Robert Brockway

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Robert Brockway

Tuesday, August 30 @ 7:30 PM

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Following on the heels of his comedic horror novel, The Unnoticeables, Robert Brockway’s The Empty Ones (Tor) reveals the next chapter in the lives of a few misfits attempting to fight back against the mysterious Unnoticeables. The Empty Ones follows Carey and Randall to London where they go to rescue Gus and fight more of these mysterious angel-like creatures, and stumble on a powerful and unexpected ally. Meanwhile, Kaitlyn, who was very nearly beat when last we saw her, continues her fight into the desert of Mexico and the Southwest U.S., seeking the mysterious gear cult. Once there, she discovers what the gear cult is really up to: trying to “pin” the angels to Earth, focus their attention here, and get as much of humanity as possible "solved" – which, in their minds, is akin to being saved – and in the process discovers something incredible about herself. With a snarled lip, The Empty Ones is terrifying and hilarious, visceral and insane, chaotic and beautiful.




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Classics Book Group

Wednesday, August 31 @ 7:00 PM

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

This month we meet to discuss The Republic by Plato. Join us!