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Classics Book Group

Wednesday, July 26 @ 7:00 PM

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This month we meet to discuss King John by William Shakespeare. Join us!


Inara Verzemnieks

Wednesday, July 26 @ 7:30 PM

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Portland, OR
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"It’s long been assumed of the region where my grandmother was born… that at some point each year the dead will come home," Inara Verzemnieks writes in Among the Living and the Dead (W. W. Norton) – an exquisite story of war, exile, and reconnection. Her grandmother’s stories recalled one true home: the family farm left behind in Latvia, where, during WWII, her grandmother Livija and her grandmother’s sister, Ausma, were separated. They would not see each other again for more than 50 years. Raised by her grandparents in Washington State, Verzemnieks grew up among expatriates, scattering smuggled Latvian sand over the coffins of the dead, singing folk songs about a land she had never visited. When Verzemnieks discovers the scarf Livija wore when she left home, in a box of her grandmother’s belongings, this tangible remnant of the past points the way back to the remote village where her family broke apart. There it is said they suspend their exile once a year for a pilgrimage through forests and fields to the homes they left behind. Coming to know Ausma and the trauma of her exile to Siberia under Stalin, Verzemnieks pieces together Livija’s survival through years as a refugee. Weaving these two parts of the family story together in spellbinding, lyrical prose, she gives us a profound and cathartic account of loss, survival, resilience, and love.


David MacNeal

Thursday, July 27 @ 7:30 PM

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Portland, OR
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Insects have been shaping our ecological world and plant life for over 400 million years. In fact, our world is essentially run by bugs – there are 1.4 billion for every human on the planet. In Bugged (St. Martin’s Press), journalist David MacNeal takes us on an offbeat scientific journey that weaves together history, travel, and culture in order to define our relationship with these mini-monsters. MacNeal introduces a cast of bug-lovers – from a woman facilitating tarantula sex and an exterminator nursing bedbugs (on his own blood), to a kingpin of the black market insect trade and a "maggotologist" – who obsess over the crucial role insects play in our everyday lives. Just like bugs, this book is global in its scope, diversity, and intrigue. Hands-on with pet beetles in Japan, releasing lab-raised mosquitoes in Brazil, beekeeping on a Greek island, or using urine and antlers as means of ancient pest control, MacNeal’s quest appeals to the squeamish and brave alike. Demonstrating insects’ amazingly complex mechanics, he strings together varied interactions we humans have with them, like extermination, epidemics, and biomimicry. And, when the journey comes to an end, MacNeal examines their commercial role in our world in an effort to help us ultimately cherish (and maybe even eat) bugs. Bugged is a witty scientific journey to find out why insects are a hidden force as powerful as gravity and as necessary to life as water.



transtrender
by Manuel Arturo Abreu

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Poets manuel arturo abreu & Rob Gray

Thursday, July 27 @ 7:30 PM

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manuel arturo abreu’s transtrender (Quimerica) is a book of lyric poems investigating the impossibility of language to express the bodily and social experience of transness. Written from an afrolatinx trans position, the work deals with the trap of visibility, the coloniality of gender, and the refusal of cogency in a moment where trans is trending (that is, being commodified and whitewashed). Whimsy and nostalgia, beauty and heartache, joy and sorrow merge gracefully in author/artist Rob Gray's ambitious creation, The Rhododendron and Camellia Year Book (1966) (University of Hell). Gray’s colorful, experimental collection offers two manuscripts back-to-back, encouraging readers to continue along on an infinite loop. The Immaculate Collection contains poems created through experimental and chance processes, incorporating found and altered text with original writing, accompanied by a series of ink portraits originally created on hotel stationery.




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Kids’ Storytime

Saturday, July 29 @ 11:00 AM

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Join us for kids’ storytime. Today we’re reading This Book Will Not Be Fun by Cirocco Dunlap.



Salt Moons: Poems 1981-2016
by Lex Runciman

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Poets Margaret Chula & Lex Runciman

Sunday, July 30 @ 4:00 PM

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Portland, OR
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Margaret Chula’s Daffodils at Twilight (Kelsay Books) is a new collection of poetry about beginnings (first artichoke, young love) and endings (parents’ divorce, desertion, and death). Lex Runciman’s sixth book, Salt Moons: Poems 1981-2016 (Salmon Publishing), draws on work written over 35 years by the Oregon Book Award-winning poet.



Tornado Weather
by Deborah E Kennedy

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Deborah Kennedy

Monday, July 31 @ 7:30 PM

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Portland, OR
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Five-year-old Daisy Gonzalez’s father is always waiting for her at the bus stop. But today, he isn’t. As the bus driver, Fikus, lowers her wheelchair to the ground and looks around, chaos erupts behind him as one child has an accident and the rest begin to scream. When Daisy says her house is right down the road, she’ll be fine, and begins to wheel herself away, Fikus lets her go. And that's the last time she is seen. Nearly everyone in town suspects or knows something different about what happened, if they could only put the pieces together. They also know a lot about each other and are all connected, in ways small and profound, open and secret. By turns unsettling, dark, and wry, the powerful voices bring the town’s rich fabric to life. Deborah Kennedy’s debut novel, Tornado Weather (Flatiron), is an affecting portrait of a complex and flawed cast of characters striving to find some measure of fulfillment in their lives. Though the characters’ triumphs are often modest, the hope for redemption is real – and Kennedy brilliantly shows that there is nothing average about an average life.


Edge of Morning: Native Voices Speak for the Bears Ears

Monday, July 31 @ 7:30 PM

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In Edge of Morning (Torrey House), edited by Jacqueline Keeler, Native writers bear testimony to the fragile and essential nature of Bears Ears, a sacred landscape in America’s remote red rock country. Through poem and essay, these often-ignored voices explore the ways many native people derive tradition, sustenance, and cultural history from the Bears Ears. The book’s 15 contributors are multi-generational writers, poets, activists, teachers, students, and public officials, each with a strong tie to landscape and a particular story to tell. Willie Grayeyes, chairman of Utah Diné Bikéyah, shares his ancestral ties to the Bears Ears. Klee Benally, Diné activist, musician, and filmmaker, asks, "What part of sacred don’t you understand?" Morning Star Gali, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer at Pit River Tribe, speaks to the fight for cultural preservation. The contributors speak for the Bears Ears and elevate the conversation around tribal sovereignty and sacred places across the United States.


Nom Nom Paleo’s Michelle Tam & Henry Fong

Tuesday, August 1 @ 7:00 PM

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3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
Beaverton, OR
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Ready or not, it's a new cookbook from the James Beard Award nominees and creators of Nom Nom Paleo. You know how it is: some days, you're fired up and ready to cook; other days, you dread the thought of making dinner. More often than not, you find yourself floating somewhere between inspiration and desperation. What's a crazy busy (but kind of lazy) home cook to do? The answer: pick up this book. Michelle Tam and Henry Fong’s Ready or Not (Andrews McMeel) makes healthy Paleo home cooking a breeze, no matter if there's time to prepare or just minutes to spare.



Less
by Andrew Sean Greer

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Andrew Sean Greer in Conversation With Ed Skoog

Tuesday, August 1 @ 7:30 PM

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Who says you can't run away from your problems? You are a failed novelist about to turn 50. A wedding invitation arrives in the mail: your boyfriend of the past nine years is engaged to someone else. You can't say yes – it would be too awkward – and you can't say no – it would look like defeat. On your desk are a series of invitations to half-baked literary events around the world. How do you arrange to skip town? You accept them all. A scintillating satire of the American abroad, a rumination on time and the human heart, a bittersweet romance of chances lost, Andrew Sean Greer’s Less (Lee Boudreaux Books) shows a writer at the peak of his talents raising the curtain on our shared human comedy. Greer will be joined in conversation by poet Ed Skoog, author of Run the Red Lights.



On Trails: An Exploration
by Robert Moor

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On Trails: An Exploration

Wednesday, August 2 @ 7:30 PM

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From a debut talent who’s been compared to Annie Dillard, Edward Abbey, and David Quammen, Robert Moor’s On Trails (Simon & Schuster) is a wondrous exploration of how trails help us understand the world – from invisible ant trails to hiking paths that span continents, from interstate highways to the Internet. In 2009, while thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, Moor began to wonder about the paths that lie beneath our feet: How do they form? Why do some improve over time while others fade? Over the next seven years, Moor traveled the globe, exploring trails of all kinds. With a breathtaking arc that spans from the dawn of animal life to the digital era, the whole of On Trails allows us to see our world, our history, our species, and our ways of life anew.




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First Thursday: Connectivity

Thursday, August 3 @ 6:30 PM

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Shannon Carlson finds magic in the transformative quality of working with fire. The elemental power of the material influences the creative process and lends the work a freedom of expression that is abundantly satisfying. In her most recent encaustic and mixed media work, she is concerned with different forms of energy, direction, and movement in nature – and the rare beauty found even in the starkest places.



Hide Your Fear
by Kevin Obrien

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Kevin O'Brien

Thursday, August 3 @ 7:00 PM

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Beaverton, OR
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A home provides more than comfort and shelter. It stores memories… and hides secrets. Divorcée Caitlin Stoller and her children recently moved into a charming old Tudor-style house in the coastal town of Echo, Washington. The place was a bargain, but as weeks pass, Caitlin starts receiving messages – first friendly, then unsettling, hinting at the property’s dark past. Then there are the rumors that their new home is cursed. Caitlin doesn’t want to believe the whispers, but something strange is going on. There’s no escaping the nightmare that started here long ago, and no place to hide from a killer who knows exactly how this story will end. Hide Your Fear (Pinnacle) is the new thriller from Kevin O’Brien, author of Unspeakable and Tell Me You’re Sorry.



The Clockwork Dynasty
by Daniel H. Wilson

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Daniel H. Wilson

Friday, August 4 @ 7:30 PM

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The Clockwork Dynasty (Doubleday) is an ingenious new thriller that weaves a path through history, following a race of human-like machines that have been hiding among us for untold centuries, written by Daniel H. Wilson, the bestselling author of Robopocalypse and How to Survive a Robot Uprising. Wilson’s new book seamlessly interweaves past and present, exploring a race of beings designed to live by ironclad principles, yet constantly searching for meaning. As a young anthropologist plunges deeper into their world, her choices will ultimately determine their survival or extermination. Richly imagined and heart-pounding, Wilson’s new novel expertly draws on his robotics and science background, combining exquisitely drawn characters with visionary technology – and riveting action.



I Got a New Friend
by Karl N. Edwards

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Kids’ Storytime With Karl Newsom Edwards

Saturday, August 5 @ 11:00 AM

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1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
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Today, author and illustrator Karl Newsom Edwards joins us to read from his new picture book, I Got a New Friend (Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers). When a little girl gets a new puppy, they have a lot to learn about each other. The new friends can be shy, messy, and sometimes get into trouble. Their friendship may be a lot of work – but at the end of the day, they love each other!


Larry Correia

Monday, August 7 @ 7:00 PM

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3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
Beaverton, OR
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When Monster Hunter International's top hunter, Owen Zastava Pitt, was given a tip about some hunters who had gone missing in action, he didn’t realize their rescue mission would snowball into the single biggest operation in MHI's history. Their men are being held prisoner in a horrific nightmare dimension, and the only way to reach them is through the radioactive ruins of a monster-infested war zone. Calling on their allies, a massive expedition is formed, and with the odds stacked against them, a legion of hunters goes to war. It’s D-Day at the City of Monsters. Monster Hunter Siege (Baen) is the sixth installment in Larry Correia’s bestselling Monster Hunter series.



The Grip of It
by Jac Jemc

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Jac Jemc in Conversation With Alexis Smith

Monday, August 7 @ 7:30 PM

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Portland, OR
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Jac Jemc’s The Grip of It (FSG) tells the eerie story of a young couple haunted by their new home. Julie and James settle into a house in a small town outside the city where they met. But this house, which sits between lake and forest, has plans for the unsuspecting couple. As Julie and James try to settle into their home and their relationship, the house and its surrounding terrain become the locus of increasingly strange happenings. Written in creepy, potent prose, The Grip of It is an enthralling, psychologically intense novel that deals in questions of home: how we make it and how it in turn makes us, inhabiting the bodies and the relationships we cherish. Jemc will be joined in conversation by Alexis Smith, author of Marrow Island and Glaciers.



Small Homes: The Right Size
by Lloyd Kahn

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Small Homes: The Right Size

Monday, August 7 @ 7:30 PM

Powell's Books on Hawthorne
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Portland, OR
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From the publishers of a popular series of building books comes Lloyd Kahn’s Small Homes (Shelter Publications), which is highly relevant for these times – getting smaller, rather than larger. In Small Homes, some 75 builders share their knowledge of building and design, with artistic, practical, and/or economical homes in the United States, Canada, England, Scotland, France, Germany, Spain, New Zealand, and Lithuania. Compared to the average American home, small homes are less expensive, use fewer resources, are more efficient to heat and cool, and cheaper to maintain and repair.




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Science Fiction Book Group

Tuesday, August 8 @ 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 City and the City by China Miéville. Join us!



Reunited: Reawakened #3
by Colleen Houck

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Colleen Houck

Tuesday, August 8 @ 7:00 PM

Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
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From Colleen Houck comes the final book in the Reawakened series, in which Lily will train to defeat evil once and for all and find a way to her everlasting love. After surviving her otherworldly adventure, Lily wakes up on her nana’s farm having forgotten everything. But Lily is not the girl she once was. Her body is now part human, part lion, and part fairy. And if that isn’t bad enough, she must harness this power of three and become Wasret: a goddess destined to defeat the evil god Seth once and for all. With the help of her old friend Dr. Hassan, Lily departs on her final voyage through the cosmos and across the plains of Egypt. On the journey, she will transform into the being she is destined to become. Reunited (Delacorte) is the heart-pounding conclusion to the Reawakened series.


Dig - Shuck - Shake: Fish & Seafood Recipes From the Pacific Northwest

Tuesday, August 8 @ 7:30 PM

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1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
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John Nelson’s stories of growing up on the docks and his practical techniques for preparing and cooking a variety of seafood in Pacific Northwest-style makes Dig - Shuck - Shake (Gibbs Smith) more than a recipe book. It is a snapshot of the fishing culture alongside the docks of Oregon and Washington. With recipes reflecting kitchens from Scandinavia, Asia, Germany, South America, and more, Dig - Shuck - Shake captures the distinctive style of Pacific Northwest cooking.


Happiness: A Memoir: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After

Wednesday, August 9 @ 7:30 PM

Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
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Heather Harpham’s Happiness (Henry Holt) begins with a charming courtship between hopelessly attracted opposites: Heather, a world-roaming California girl, and Brian, an intellectual, homebody writer. Their magical interlude ends when Heather becomes pregnant – Brian is sure he loves her, only he doesn't want kids. Heather returns to California to deliver their daughter alone, buoyed by family and friends. Hours after Gracie's arrival, Heather's bliss is interrupted when a nurse wakes her, "Get dressed, your baby is in trouble." Brian reappears as Gracie's condition grows dire; together they have to decide what they are willing to risk to ensure their girl sees adulthood. Happiness radiates in many directions – new, romantic love; gratitude for a beautiful, inscrutable world; deep, abiding friendship; the passion a parent has for a child; and the many unlikely ways to build a family.




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Sherman Alexie  - CANCELLED

Thursday, August 10 @ 6:00 PM

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Beaverton, OR
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We're sorry to report that this event has been cancelled.
Family relationships are never simple. But Sherman Alexie's bond with his mother Lillian was more complex than most. When she passed away, the incongruities that defined his mother shook Alexie and his remembrance of her. Grappling with the ghosts of the past in the wake of loss, he responded the only way he knew how: he wrote. The result is a stunning memoir filled with raw, angry, funny, profane, tender memories of a childhood few can imagine, much less survive. An unflinching remembrance, You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me (Little Brown) is a powerful, searing, deeply felt account of a complicated relationship from the National Book Award-winning author.




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Deadly Diversions Book Group

Thursday, August 10 @ 7:00 PM

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3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
Beaverton, OR
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This month our group meets to discuss Camilla Läckberg’s Patrik Hedström mystery series. Join us!



Draw Your Weapons
by Sarah Sentilles

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Sarah Sentilles

Thursday, August 10 @ 7:30 PM

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Sarah Sentilles’s Draw Your Weapons (Random House) is an examination of war and art centered around the lives of a conscientious objector during World War II and a young soldier who was stationed at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, who both create art as a response to war. Draw Your Weapons is a profound exploration of the way art impacts us – and how it can ultimately save us. Through a dazzling combination of memoir, history, theology, reportage, and visual culture, Sentilles shows that it is possible to act – ethically, creatively, peacefully – in the face of violence that often feels as if it can’t be stopped.


Kevin Van Meter

Thursday, August 10 @ 7:30 PM

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3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Portland, OR
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Kevin Van Meter’s Guerrillas of Desire (AK Press) begins with a provocation: The Left is wrong. Its strategies are too often based on the assumption that working and poor people are unorganized, acquiescent to systems of domination, or simply uninterested in building a new world. The fact is, as C. L. R. James has noted, they "are rebelling every day in ways of their own invention": pilfering, sabotaging, faking illnesses, squatting, fleeing, and counter-strategizing. Van Meter maps these undercurrents, documenting the history of everyday resistance under slavery, in peasant life, and throughout modern capitalism, while showing that it remains an important factor in revolution and something radicals of all stripes must understand.


Wolf Nation: The Life, Death, and Return of Wild American Wolves

Friday, August 11 @ 7:30 PM

Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
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In the tradition of Peter Matthiessen's Wildlife in America or Aldo Leopold, Brenda Peterson tells the 300-year history of wild wolves in America. The earliest Americans revered them. Settlers zealously exterminated them. Now, scientists, writers, and ordinary citizens are fighting to bring them back to the wild. In Wolf Nation (Da Capo), Peterson, an eloquent voice in the battle for 20 years, brings the full complement of science, history, and memoir to the century-long battle to save wild wolves, the keystone species of our nation. Peterson will be joined by Cristina Eisenberg, Chief Scientist at Earthwatch Institute, and Amaroq Weiss, West Coast Wolf Organizer for San Francisco’s Center for Biological Diversity. This event is sponsored by the Center for Biological Diversity.



Shark Dog
by Ged Adamson

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Kids’ Storytime

Saturday, August 12 @ 11:00 AM

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1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
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Join us every Saturday for kids’ storytime. Today we’re reading Shark Dog! by Ged Adamson.


Tyler Gage

Monday, August 14 @ 7:30 PM

Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
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In Fully Alive (Atria), entrepreneur Tyler Gage shares his spiritual adventures and the business savvy that helped him create Runa, a tea and energy drink company that collaborates with the indigenous people of Ecuador to harvest the "master plant" guayusa, revealing a centuries-old guiding philosophy for building a sacred way of living that he discovered through Amazonian shamanism. Following these teachings, what began as a humble start-up has now grown into a thriving, multi-million dollar company, selling products in over 10,000 stores.



Misfortune of Marion Palm
by Emily Culliton

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Emily Culliton

Monday, August 14 @ 7:30 PM

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Portland, OR
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Marion Palm prefers not to think of herself as a thief but rather "a woman who embezzles." Over the years she has managed to steal $180,000 from her daughters' private school, money that has paid for European vacations, a Sub-Zero refrigerator, and more. But, now, when the school faces an audit, Marion pulls piles of rubber-banded cash from their basement hiding places and flees, leaving her family to grapple with the baffled detectives, the irate school board, and the mother-shaped hole in their house. The Misfortune of Marion Palm (Knopf) is Emily Culliton’s wildly entertaining debut novel.



Grant's Getaways: Oregon Adventures with the Kids
by Grant McOmie

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Grant's Getaways: Oregon Adventures With the Kids

Tuesday, August 15 @ 7:00 PM

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In his handy new guidebook, Grant’s Getaways: Oregon Adventures With the Kids (WestWinds), Emmy Award–winning Oregon journalist and longtime outdoor reporter Grant McOmie features 48 of his favorite kid-friendly activities from across Oregon. Many of McOmie’s favorite kid-friendly outings are included in this guidebook, ranging from archery to clamming on the coast to hunting for thundereggs to zip-lining through trees in an aerial adventure park.



Ill Give You the Sun
by Jandy Nelson

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Young Adult Book Club

Tuesday, August 15 @ 7:00 PM

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3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
Beaverton, OR
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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 I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. Join us!


Langdon CookUpstream: Searching for Wild Salmon, From River to Table

Tuesday, August 15 @ 7:30 PM

Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
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From Langdon Cook, author of The Mushroom Hunters, comes the story of an iconic fish: the salmon. Our fascination with these superlative fish is as old as humanity itself. Fish hatcheries and farms serve modern appetites with a domesticated "product" – while wild runs of salmon dwindle across the globe. How has this once-abundant resource reached this point, and what can we do to safeguard wild populations for future generations? Upstream (Ballantine) is Cook’s timely and in-depth look at how these beloved fish have nourished humankind through the ages and why their destiny is so closely tied to our own. This event is sponsored by the Wild Salmon Center.



Brave Deeds
by David Abrams

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David Abrams

Wednesday, August 16 @ 7:30 PM

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A powerful second work of fiction from the author of Fobbit, David Abrams’s Brave Deeds (Grove Press/Black Cat) is a portrait of the modern American military and a compelling novel of war, brotherhood, and America. Spanning eight hours, Brave Deeds follows a squad of six AWOL soldiers as they attempt to cross war-torn Baghdad on foot to attend the funeral of their leader, Staff Sergeant Rafe Morgan. As the men make their way to the funeral, they recall the most ancient of warriors – yet are a microcosm of 21st century America, subject to the same human flaws as all of us. Emotionally resonant, true-to-life, and thoughtfully written, Brave Deeds is a gripping story of combat and of perseverance, and an important addition to the oeuvre of contemporary war fiction.


Tyler Nordgren

Thursday, August 17 @ 7:00 PM

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Beaverton, OR
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On August 21, 2017, more than 10 million Americans will experience an awe-inspiring phenomenon: the first total eclipse of the sun in America in almost 40 years. In Sun Moon Earth (Basic Books), astronomer Tyler Nordgren illustrates how this most seemingly unnatural of natural phenomena was transformed from a fearsome omen into a tourist attraction. From the astrologers of ancient China and Babylon to the high priests of the Maya, Sun Moon Earth takes us around the world to show how different cultures interpreted these dramatic events.



Why Poetry
by Matthew Zapruder

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Matthew Zapruder in Conversation With Lidia Yuknavitch

Thursday, August 17 @ 7:30 PM

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In Why Poetry (Ecco), poet Matthew Zapruder takes on what it is that poetry – and poetry alone – can do. Zapruder argues that the way we have been taught to read poetry is the very thing that prevents us from enjoying it. In lively, lilting prose, he shows us how that misunderstanding interferes with our direct experience of poetry and creates the sense of confusion or inadequacy that many of us feel when faced with it. Most important, he asks how reading poetry can help us lead our lives with greater meaning and purpose. Why Poetry is engaging and conversational, making a passionate argument for the necessity of poetry in an age when information is constantly being mistaken for knowledge. Zapruder will be joined in conversation by Lidia Yuknavitch, author of The Book of Joan and The Small Backs of Children.



At the Waterline
by Brian K. Friesen

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Brian K. Friesen

Thursday, August 17 @ 7:30 PM

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Portland, OR
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Effortlessly capturing the essence of life after loss and the complexity of redefining yourself, Brian K. Friesen’s At the Waterline (Ooligan Press) challenges the idealistic norms of Pacific Northwest life. One windy night on the Willamette River, a young man with romantic notions of a sailing life crashes his boat into a railroad bridge, nearly killing his wife. Divorced, ashamed, and haunted by the tragedy, Chad tries to leave the river and its memories behind, only to be drawn back years later. At a ramshackle marina north of Portland, he lives and works among a motley assortment of houseboat dwellers and liveaboards, each with their own story and own reasons to distrust or embrace a newcomer who can’t quite commit to being one of them. Chad and this makeshift community change each other in unexpected ways, learning to love, to trust, and to heal.


Michelle Tea

Friday, August 18 @ 7:30 PM

Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
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While tarot has gone mainstream with a diverse range of tarot decks widely available, there has been no equally mainstream guide to the tarot – one that can be applied to any deck – until now. Infused with beloved iconoclastic author Michelle Tea’s unique insight, inviting pop sensibility, and wicked humor, Modern Tarot (HarperElixir) is a fascinating journey through the cards that teaches how to use this tradition to connect with our higher selves. Whether you’re a committed seeker or a digital-age skeptic – or perhaps a little of both – Tea’s essential guide opens the power of tarot to you.



Piece by Piece
by Sylvie Daigneault

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Kids’ Storytime With Stephanie Shaw

Saturday, August 19 @ 11:00 AM

Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
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Today, author Stephanie Shaw joins us to read from her new picture book, Piece by Piece (Sleeping Bear). Drawing inspiration from the natural world around her, a weaver woman with a magical touch crafts exquisite fabrics, turning them into items for sale. But at first no one is interested in what she is offering. Harkening back to the magic and lessons learned from classic fairy tales, this imaginative tale reminds readers of the importance of pursuing one's dreams and following one's heart.




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Spanish Language Storytime

Saturday, August 19 @ 1:00 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 Spanish-language storytime. Today we’re reading Me gusta cuando… / I Like It When… by Mary Murphy and ¿Tu mamá es una llama? / Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino.



(v.)
by anastacia renee

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Poets Anastacia-Reneé, Donald Dunbar & Jane Wong

Sunday, August 20 @ 4:00 PM

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

In (v.) (Gramma Poetry), using a reimagined alphabet, Anastacia-Reneé sets about taking on everything from love to cancer, monsters, growing up, growing into our bodies, and the ways in which even our bodies are not our own. Donald Dunbar's second collection of poetry, Safe Word (Gramma Poetry), acts as a tonic against spiritual death. This book is the kompromat of the undersoul, the blotter paper in the plea deal, a crystal jutting out of the center of an otherwise-innocent forehead. Jane Wong’s first collection, Overpour (Action Books), makes a brilliant entrance. Animal, vegetable, mineral, mothers, grandmothers, continents, bugs, and blood and guts – Wong’s poems are bodies of vibrant and vibrating matter that constellate across biography, family history, and geography.


Jonny Sun in Conversation With Bill Oakley

Monday, August 21 @ 7:30 PM

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

Based on the enormously popular Twitter account, @jonnysun, Jomny Sun’s Overpour Everyone's a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too (Harper Perennial) is the unforgettable story of Jomny, a lonely alien who finds a home on our planet after learning that earthlings can feel lonely, too. Jomny finds friendship in a bear tired of other creatures running away in fear, an egg struggling to decide what to hatch into, an owl working its way to being wise, a tree feeling stuck in one place, a tadpole coming to terms with turning into a frog, and more. Sun will be joined in conversation by Bill Oakley, Emmy and Peabody-award winning television writer and producer best known for his work on The Simpsons.



The Dire King: A Jackaby Novel
by William Ritter

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William Ritter in Conversation With Sara Gundell of Novel Novice

Tuesday, August 22 @ 7:00 PM

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

The fate of the world is in the hands of detective of the supernatural R. F. Jackaby and his intrepid assistant, Abigail Rook. An evil king is turning ancient tensions into modern strife, using a blend of magic and technology to push Earth and the Otherworld into a mortal competition. At the same time, the romance between Abigail and the shape-shifting police detective Charlie Cane deepens, and Jackaby’s resistance to his feelings for 926 Augur Lane’s ghostly lady, Jenny, begins to give way. Before the four can think about their own futures, they will have to defeat an evil that wants to destroy the future altogether. The Dire King (Algonquin Young Readers) is the epic conclusion to William Ritter’s Jackaby series. Ritter will be joined in conversation by Sara Gundell of Novel Novice.



The Dark Net
by Benjamin Percy

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Benjamin Percy

Tuesday, August 22 @ 7:30 PM

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

The Dark Net is real. An anonymous and often criminal arena that exists in the secret far reaches of the Web, some use it to manage Bitcoins, pirate movies and music, or traffic in drugs and stolen goods. And now an ancient darkness is gathering there as well. This force is threatening to spread virally into the real world unless it can be stopped by members of a ragtag crew. Set in present-day Portland, Benjamin Percy’s The Dark Net (Houghton Mifflin) is a cracked-mirror version of the digital nightmare we already live in, a timely and wildly imaginative techno-thriller about the evil that lurks in real and virtual spaces, and the power of a united few to fight back



The Half-Drowned King
by Linnea Hartsuyker

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Linnea Hartsuyker

Wednesday, August 23 @ 7:00 PM

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

Linnea Hartsuyker’s The Half-Drowned King (Harper) is an exhilarating saga of the Vikings that conjures a brutal, superstitious, and thrilling ninth-century world and the birth of a kingdom – the debut installment in a historical literary trilogy that combines the bold imagination and sweeping narrative power of Game of Thrones, Vikings, and Outlander. Ragnvald Eysteinsson, the son and grandson of kings, grew up believing that he would one day take his dead father's place as chief of his family's lands. But, sailing home from a raiding trip to Ireland, the young warrior is betrayed and left for dead by men in the pay of his greedy stepfather, Olaf. Set in a mystical and violent world defined by honor, loyalty, deceit, passion, and courage, The Half-Drowned King is an electrifying adventure that breathtakingly illuminates the Viking world and the birth of Scandinavia.


James Forman, Jr. in Conversation With Mitchell S. Jackson

Wednesday, August 23 @ 7:30 PM

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

Mass incarceration and aggressive police tactics – and their impact on people of color – are feeding outrage and a consensus that something must be done. But what if we only know half the story? In Locking Up Our Own (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), Yale legal scholar James Forman Jr. weighs the tragic role that some African Americans themselves played in escalating the war on crime. As Forman shows, the first substantial cohort of black mayors, judges, and police chiefs took office around the country amid a surge in crime. Drawing on his experience as a public defender, Forman writes with compassion for individuals trapped in terrible dilemmas. The result is an original view of our justice system as well as a moving portrait of the human beings caught in its coils. Forman will be joined in conversation by Mitchell S. Jackson, Ernest J. Gaines Award-winning author of The Residue Years.



The Punch Escrow
by Tal M. Klein

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Tal M. Klein

Thursday, August 24 @ 7:00 PM

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

It's the year 2147. Advancements in nanotechnology have enabled us to control aging. We’ve genetically engineered mosquitoes to feast on carbon fumes instead of blood, ending air pollution. And teleportation has become the ideal mode of transportation. Joel Byram spends his days training artificial intelligence engines to act more human, and trying to salvage his deteriorating marriage. He’s pretty much an everyday 22nd-century guy with everyday problems – until he’s accidentally duplicated while teleporting. Now Joel must outsmart the shadowy organization that controls teleportation, outrun the religious sect out to destroy it, and find a way to get back to the woman he loves in a world that now has two of him. Dubbed the "next Ready, Player One" by former Warner Brothers President Greg Silverman, Tal M. Klein’s debut novel, The Punch Escrow (Geek & Sundry), won the Inkshares Geek & Sundry Hard Science Fiction publishing contest.


Railway Palaces of Portland, Oregon

Thursday, August 24 @ 7:30 PM

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

In 1883, railroad financier Henry Villard brought Portland and the Pacific Northwest their first transcontinental railroad. Earning a reputation for boldness on Wall Street, the war correspondent turned entrepreneur set out to establish Portland as a bourgeoning metropolis. To realize his vision, he hired architects McKim, Mead & White to design a massive passenger station and a first-class hotel. Despite financial panics, lost fortunes, and stalled construction, the Portland Hotel opened in 1890 and remained the social heart of the city for 60 years. While the original station was never built, Villard returned as a pivotal benefactor of Union Station, saving its iconic clock tower in the process. In Railway Palaces of Portland, Oregon (History Press), author Alexander Benjamin Craghead tells the story of this Gilded Age patron and the architecture that helped shape the city's identity.



Darkansas
by Jarret Middleton

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Dzanc Presents: Jarret Middleton with Suzanne Burns & Lance Olsen

Thursday, August 24 @ 7:30 PM

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

Jordan is a country musician living in the shadow of his father. A man who has made a lifetime of poor decisions, Jordan bounces between dive bars, accruing women and drinking himself to the brink of disaster. When he returns home to the Ozarks for his twin brother's wedding, Jordan uncovers a dark vein in the Bayne family history. Praised by Donald Ray Pollock as "one of the best debuts of the year," Jarret Middleton’s Darkansas (Dzanc) establishes him as a novelist in a category all his own. In The Veneration of Monsters (Dzanc), Suzanne Burns's sophomore fiction collection, an array of unusual heroines search for love and acceptance, a pursuit that often takes a bizarre turn. Through stories that move between reality and mysticism, Burns carries a conversation about the pitfalls of a search for love and the feeling of isolation while surrounded by a world of multitudes. Dreamlives of Debris (Dzanc) is Lance Olsen’s hybrid retelling of the Theseus and Minotaur myth. Here the Minotaur is a little deformed girl – she calls herself Debris – hidden away from public view in the labyrinth beneath Knossos. She possesses the ability to hear the flood of thoughts and see the flood of memories, desires, and futures of others throughout history from Herodotus and Pliny to Borges and Edward Snowden. The lyrical narrative takes the form of a collage composed of multiple voices and genres from multiple time periods.




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Young Adult Book Club (Hawthorne)

Friday, August 25 @ 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 An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson. Join us for a special Skype session with the author. Please note: This is a pre-release book. If you are interested in attending, please inquire at the Kid's information desk for additional details.



Go Go Gorillas: A Romping Bedtime Tale
by Patrick Wensink

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Kids’ Storytime With Patrick Wensink

Saturday, August 26 @ 11:00 AM

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

Today, author Patrick Wensink joins us to read from his new picture book, Go Go Gorillas (HarperCollins). Ever wonder who the life of the safari is? It’s go-go-gorillas! All safari guide Jungle Jed wants is for the gorillas to go to sleep, but after they brush their teeth and comb their fur, it’s an all-out jungle boogie complete with a baby gorilla doing the robot.


And Your Daughters Shall Prophesy

Monday, August 28 @ 7:30 PM

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

And Your Daughters Shall Prophesy (Counterpoint) is a powerful, personal exploration of American women and their theologies, weaving connections between Adrian Shirk's own varied spiritual experiences and the prophetesses, feminists, and spiritual icons who have shaped this country. Laced throughout this hybrid memoir are stories of American religious traditions revised by women. Shirk collects the histories of astrologers, faith healers, preachers, priestesses, mambos, and mediums who've had to find their own ways toward divinity outside prescribed patriarchal orders.


Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman

Monday, August 28 @ 7:30 PM

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

From celebrity gossip expert and BuzzFeed columnist Anne Helen Petersen comes an accessible, analytical look at how modern female celebrities are pushing boundaries and challenging expectations. In Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud (Plume), Petersen examines this phenomenon, using the lens of “unruliness” to discuss the ascension of pop culture powerhouses and why the public loves to love (and hate) these controversial figures. With its brisk and engaging analysis, Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud will be a conversation-starting book on what makes and breaks celebrity today.


Christina Ward

Tuesday, August 29 @ 7:30 PM

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

More than a cookbook, Christina Ward’s Preservation: The Art and Science of Canning, Fermentation and Dehydration (Process) demystifies the scientific concepts that inform the methods of food preservation in an easy to understand way. Taking Julia Child as her inspiration, Ward, a certified Master Food Preserver, has collected and translated both the scientific and experiential information that has long been the sole domain of academic scientists and elite chefs. Fueled by her mission to correct online misinformation and scientifically outdated materials, Ward guides readers through a survey of the methods that will ensure your preservation projects are safe and delicious.




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Classics Book Group

Wednesday, August 30 @ 7:00 PM

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

This month we meet to discuss Anton Chekhov’s Short Stories. Join us!



One of the Boys
by Daniel Magariel

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Daniel Magariel

Wednesday, August 30 @ 7:30 PM

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

A "gripping and heartfelt" (New York Times Book Review) story about two young brothers contending with the love they have for their abusive father, One of the Boys (Scribner) is a stunning, compact debut by a major new talent. The three of them – a 12-year-old boy, his older brother, their father – have won the war: the father’s term for his bitter divorce and custody battle. Set in the sublimely stark landscape of suburban New Mexico and a cramped apartment shut tight to the world, One of the Boys conveys with propulsive prose and extraordinary compassion a young boy’s struggle to hold onto the pieces of his shattered family. Tender, moving, and beautiful, Daniel Magariel’s masterful debut is a story of resilience and survival.



This Is: Essays on Jazz
by Aaron Gilbreath

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This Is: Essays on Jazz

Thursday, August 31 @ 7:30 PM

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

Aaron Gilbreath’s This Is: Essays on Jazz (Outpost19) is jazz history for aficionados and the rest of us – an intimate and expert look at the mid-century scene, focusing on the lost talents that stood beside the era's giants. With an ear for the overlooked, Gilbreath chronicles the forgotten corners of the mid-century jazz scene. Shadowing the greats from Sonny Clark to John Coltrane, Gilbreath traces the tragedy of saxophonist Hank Mobley, unearths the story of self-exiled pianist Jutta Hipp, and pauses on the meaning of heroin for trumpeter Lee Morgan. This Is: Essays on Jazz celebrates the joy, genius, and struggle of jazz, in essays both intimate and deeply researched.



Not Quite a Genius
by Nate Dern

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Not Quite a Genius

Thursday, August 31 @ 7:30 PM

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

From Nate Dern, senior writer at Funny or Die and former artistic director at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, comes Not Quite a Genius (Simon & Schuster), a collection of absurdist, hilarious stories and essays on relationships, technology, and contemporary society. There’s the open letter to Charles Manson, the report of an archaeologist’s journey into a suburban man cave, and an overdue missive from Leif Erikson to Christopher Columbus. Anyone who’s ever scrunched their eyes at WiFi terms and conditions, listened to the reasons that led a vegetarian to give up meat, or looked on in horror at the evolving audacity of reality TV will appreciate Dern’s wicked, funny take on modern life.




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Powell's Books Presents BRENÉ BROWN - SOLD OUT

Wednesday, September 20 @ 7:30 PM

Revolution Hall
1300 SE Stark St
Portland, OR
97214

This event is sold out.

Social scientist and three-time #1 New York Times bestseller Brené Brown has sparked a global conversation about the experiences that bring meaning to our lives – courage, vulnerability, love, belonging, shame, and empathy. In her new book, Braving the Wilderness, Brown redefines our understanding of what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarization. With her trademark mix of research, storytelling, and honesty, Brown will again change the cultural conversation while mapping out a clear path to true belonging.

She writes, “True belonging requires us to believe in and belong to ourselves so fully that we can find sacredness in both being a part of something, and standing alone when necessary. But in a culture that’s rife with perfectionism and pleasing, and with the erosion of civility, it’s easy to stay quiet, hide in our ideological bunkers, or fit in rather than show up as our true selves and brave the wilderness of uncertainty and criticism. But true belonging is not something we negotiate or accomplish with others; it’s a daily practice that demands integrity and authenticity. It’s a personal commitment that we carry in our hearts.”

In her important and timely new book, Brown offers us the clarity and courage we need to find our way back to ourselves and to each other. And that path cuts right through the wilderness.