Heartless
by Marissa Meyer

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Marissa Meyer & Kathryn Gee

Tuesday, December 6 @ 7:00 PM

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

Marissa Meyer’s bestselling Lunar Chronicles series comes to life in a coloring book! Castles, costumes, and characters inspired by fairy tales are detailed with intricate and decorative drawings, perfect for coloring. Along with new text from Marissa Meyer, The Lunar Chronicles Coloring Book (Feiwel & Friends) is a volume that Lunartics will want to own. Join Meyer and illustrator Kathryn Gee for a coloring book party! Meyer will also be with us to present her first stand-alone novel for teens, Heartless (Feiwel & Friends) – a prequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen. Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the king and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship. Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.


Ian Bogost — CANCELLED

Tuesday, December 6 @ 7:30 PM

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

We're sorry to report this event has been cancelled.
Life is boring: filled with meetings and traffic, errands and emails. Nothing we’d ever call fun. But what if we’ve gotten fun wrong? In Play Anything (Basic Books), visionary game designer and philosopher Ian Bogost shows how we can overcome our daily anxiety, transforming the boring, ordinary world around us into one of endless, playful possibilities. The key to this playful mindset lies in discovering the secret truth of fun and games. Ranging from Internet culture to moral philosophy, ancient poetry to modern consumerism, Bogost shows us how today’s chaotic world can only be tamed and enjoyed when we first impose boundaries on ourselves.


Steven Church

Wednesday, December 7 @ 7:30 PM

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

On September 21, 2012, 25-year-old David Villalobos purchased a pass for the Bronx Zoo and a ticket for a ride on the Bengali Express Monorail. Biding his time, he waited until the monorail was just near the enclosure of a 400-pound Siberian tiger before leaping into it. They spent 10 long minutes together in the tiger’s cage before nature took its course, with one exception: the tiger did not kill him. David’s only response: “It’s a spiritual thing. I wanted to be at one with the tiger.” Steven Church’s One With the Tiger (Soft Skull) uses David’s story, and other moments of violent encounters between humans and predators, to explore the line between human and animal. Church posits that the animal is always encroaching on civilization and those seeking its wildness are in fact searching for an ecstatic moment that can define what it means to be human. Church shows how this ecstasy can seep its way into the less natural world of popular culture, proving time and again that each of us can be our own worst predator. Church will be joined in conversation by Justin Hocking, author of The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld.



Hot Season
by Susan DeFreitas

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Susan DeFreitas

Thursday, December 8 @ 7:30 PM

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

In the tinder-dry Southwest, three eco-minded roommates – students at Deep Canyon College, known for its radical politics – are looking for love, adventure, and the promise of a bigger life that led them west. But when the FBI comes to town in pursuit of an alum wanted for "politically motivated crimes of property," rumor has it that undercover agents are enrolled in classes, making the college dating scene just a bit more sketchy than usual. Katie, an incoming freshman, will discover a passion for activism that will put her future in jeopardy; Jenna, in her second semester, will find herself seduced by deception; and Rell, a senior, will discover her voice, her calling, and love where she least expects it. Hot Season (Harvard Square Editions) is the debut novel from Susan DeFreitas.


John R. Bruning

Thursday, December 8 @ 7:30 PM

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

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



I'll Tell You in Person
by Chloe Caldwell

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Chloe Caldwell in Conversation with Jay Ponteri

Friday, December 9 @ 7:30 PM

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

Chloe Caldwell’s I’ll Tell You in Person (Coffee House Press) offers disarmingly frank essays on sexuality, celebrity, T.J.Maxx, acne, off-brand chocolate, almost-little-sisters, Craigslist, wanting to write, and the eternal what-should-I-do-with-my-life. Flailing in jobs, failing at love, getting addicted and unaddicted to people, food, and drugs – I'll Tell You in Person is a disarmingly frank account of attempts at adulthood and all the less-than-perfect ways we get there. Caldwell has an unsparing knack for looking within and reporting back what's really there, rather than what she'd like you to see. Caldwell will be joined in conversation by Jay Ponteri, author of Wedlocked: A Memoir.



The Happiest Book Ever
by Bob Shea

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Kids’ Storytime With Bob Shea

Saturday, December 10 @ 11:00 AM

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

Today, author and illustrator Bob Shea joins us to read from his new book, The Happiest Book Ever (Disney-Hyperion). What could be happier than a book with a dancing cake, a candy parade, and a hug monster? A book with all those things (and more) plus YOU! Your happy, happy thoughts will make this book super happy happy! In his most interactive book yet, Shea proves that happiness is more than just a piece of chocolate cake. (Though that comes pretty close!)




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The League of Exceptional Writers

Saturday, December 10 @ 2:00 PM

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

In “It’s Alive!,” Susan Hill Long, author of Whistle in the Dark and The Magic Mirror, teaches how to create convincing characters – whether they are fairies or frenemies or a Frankenstein’s freak. Hosted by Rosanne Parry, the League of Exceptional Writers is a monthly workshop where authors and illustrators share their knowledge with kids 8 to 18 years old who are interested in creating books. Join us!



Demand the Impossible: A Radical Manifesto
by Bill Ayers

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Bill Ayers

Monday, December 12 @ 7:30 PM

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

In an era defined by mass incarceration, endless war, economic crisis, catastrophic environmental destruction, and a political system offering more of the same, radical social transformation has never been more urgent – or seemed more remote. A manifesto for movement-makers in extraordinary times, Bill Ayers’s Demand the Impossible! (Haymarket) urges us to imagine a world beyond what this rotten system would have us believe is possible. In critiquing the world around us, the insurgent educator, activist, and author of Fugitive Days uncovers cracks in that system, raising the horizons for radical change and envisioning strategies for building the movement we need to make a world worth living in.




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Science Fiction Book Group

Tuesday, December 13 @ 7:00 PM

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

This month we meet to discuss Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach. Join us!




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Kids’ Storytime

Saturday, December 17 @ 11:00 AM

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

Join us every Saturday for kids’ storytime. Today we’re reading Maple and Willow's Christmas Tree by Lori Nichols.




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Kids’ Storytime

Sunday, December 18 @ 3:00 PM

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

Join us for a snow-themed storytime.




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Kids’ Storytime

Saturday, December 24 @ 11:00 AM

Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
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Join us every Saturday for kids’ storytime. Today we’re reading The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore.




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Classics Book Group

Wednesday, December 28 @ 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 Captive by Marcel Proust. Join us!




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Kids’ Storytime

Saturday, December 31 @ 11:00 AM

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

Join us every Saturday for kids’ storytime. Today we’re reading The Littlest Family's Big Day by Emily Winfield Martin.