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Kids’ Storytime

Saturday, August 24 @ 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 Pigeon HAS to Go to School! by Mo Willems.



Paper Wasp
by Lauren Acampora

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Lauren Acampora in Conversation With Cari Luna

Monday, August 26 @ 7:30 PM

Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
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In small-town Michigan, Abby Graven leads a solitary life. Once a bright student on the cusp of a promising art career, she now languishes in her childhood home, trudging to and from her job as a supermarket cashier. Each day she is taunted from the magazine racks by the success of her former best friend, Elise, a rising Hollywood starlet whose life in pictures Abby obsessively scrapbooks. At night Abby escapes through the films of her favorite director, Auguste Perren, a cult figure known for his creative institute, the Rhizome. Inspired by Perren, Abby draws fantastical storyboards based on her often premonitory dreams, a visionary gift she keeps hidden. When Abby encounters Elise again at their high school reunion, she is surprised and warmed that Elise still considers her not only a friend but a brilliant storyteller and true artist. Elise’s unexpected faith in Abby reignites in her a dormant hunger, and when Elise offhandedly tells Abby to look her up if she’s ever in LA, Abby soon arrives on her doorstep. There, Abby discovers that although Elise is flourishing professionally, behind her glossy magazine veneer she is lonely and disillusioned. Ever the supportive friend, Abby becomes enmeshed in Elise’s world, even as she guards her own dark secret and burning desire for greatness. As she edges closer to Elise, the Rhizome, and her own artistic ambitions, the dynamic shifts between the two friends – until Abby can see only one way to grasp the future that awaits her. Lauren Acampora’s The Paper Wasp (Grove) is a thrilling, unexpected journey into the psyche and imagination of a woman determined to fulfill her destiny, from one of our most unique and incisive writers. Acampora will be joined in conversation by Cari Luna, author of The Revolution of Every Day.


Powell's Books Presents Senator Jeff Merkley in Conversation With Laural Porter

Monday, August 26 @ 7:30 PM

Revolution Hall
1300 SE Stark St
Portland, OR
97214

Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark St., Portland $37 (reserved seating).
Price includes a copy of Merkley's America is Better Than This. Books distributed at event.
Senator Merkley will be joined in conversation by Laural Porter, KGW news anchor and Emmy Award-winning host of Straight Talk.

Tickets available for purchase at https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1879975


Rick Moody

Tuesday, August 27 @ 7:30 PM

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

Rick Moody, the award-winning author of The Ice Storm, shares the harrowing true story of the first year of his second marriage – an eventful month-by-month account – in The Long Accomplishment: A Memoir of Hope and Struggle in Matrimony (Henry Holt). At this story’s start, Moody, a recovering addict with a history of depression, is also the divorced father of a beloved little girl and a man in love; his answer to the question “Would you like to be in a committed relationship?” is, fully and for the first time in his life, “Yes.” And so his second marriage begins as he emerges, humbly and with tender hopes, from the wreckage of his past, only to be battered by a stormy sea of external troubles – miscarriages, the deaths of friends, and robberies, just for starters. As Moody has put it, “this is a story in which a lot of bad luck is the daily fare of the protagonists, but in which they are also in love.” To Moody’s astonishment, matrimony turns out to be the site of strength in hard times, a vessel infinitely tougher and more durable than any boat these two participants would have traveled by alone. Love buoys the couple, lifting them above their hardships, buoying the reader along with them.




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Classics Book Group

Wednesday, August 28 @ 7:00 PM

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

This month our group meets to discuss Death in Venice by Thomas Mann. Join us!



Machine
by Susan Steinberg

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Susan Steinberg in Conversation With Leni Zumas

Wednesday, August 28 @ 7:30 PM

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

Susan Steinberg’s first novel, Machine (Graywolf), is a dazzling and innovative leap forward for a writer whose most recent book, Spectacle, gained her a rapturous following. Machine revolves around a group of teenagers – both locals and wealthy out-of-towners – during a single summer at the shore. Steinberg captures the pressures and demands of this world in a voice that effortlessly slides from collective to singular, as one girl recounts a night on which another girl drowned. Hoping to assuage her guilt and evade a similar fate, she pieces together the details of this tragedy, as well as the breakdown of her own family, and learns that no one, not even she, is blameless. A daring stylist, Steinberg contrasts semicolon-studded sentences with short lines that race down the page. This restless approach gains focus and power through a sharply drawn narrative that ferociously interrogates gender, class, privilege, and the disintegration of identity in the shadow of trauma. Machine is the kind of novel – relentless and bold – that only Susan Steinberg could have written. Steinberg will be joined in conversation by Leni Zumas, author of Red Clocks.


Pok Pok Noodles: Recipes From Thailand and Beyond

Thursday, August 29 @ 7:30 PM

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

From chef and bestselling author Andy Ricker comes a definitive guide to the most delicious and time-honored noodle dishes of Thailand with recipes anyone can make at home. From iconic dishes like phat thai and phat si ew to lesser-known (at least Stateside) treasures like kuaytiaw reua (boat noodles), noodles represent many of the most delicious and satisfying dishes in the Thai culinary canon. In Pok Pok Noodles: Recipes From Thailand and Beyond (Ten Speed), Ricker shares recipes for his favorites – including noodle soups, fried noodles, and khanom jiin, Thailand’s only indigenous noodle. Filled with stunning food and location photography and the thoughtful, engaging storytelling that has earned Ricker legions of fans, Pok Pok Noodles will become an instant classic for armchair travelers and lovers of Thai food and culture. Ricker will be joined in conversation by Gregory Gourdet, Director of Culinary Operations at Departure.



Southern Oregon Beer: A Pioneering History
by Phil Busse

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Southern Oregon Beer: A Pioneering History

Thursday, August 29 @ 7:30 PM

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

The origin of brewing in southern Oregon is a lively tale of mid-19th-century gold rushes, brawling German immigrants, irrepressible women, and hometown pride. In the boomtown of Jacksonville, two pioneering brewers competed to quench the thirst of miners and ranchers, and soon breweries began popping up elsewhere. But as railroads spread across the West, they brought rival beer brands with them, and the onset of Prohibition stifled the industry altogether. Yet resourceful Oregonians continued to cultivate hops, and by the turn of the 21st century, small-town brewers like Caldera Brewing Company in Ashland and Climate City Brewery in Grants Pass were once again stepping into the spotlight. In Southern Oregon Beer: A Pioneering History (History Press), author Phil Busse, longtime Oregon journalist, traces the pioneering spirit of southern Oregon's first brewers to today.



The Wrath and the Dawn
by Renee Ahdieh

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Young Adult Book Club (Burnside)

Friday, August 30 @ 7:00 PM

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

The Young Adult Book Club is a safe place for teens to talk about books. You pick the books and Powell’s brings the snacks! We meet monthly to discuss strong stories with diverse characters. This month we meet to discuss The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh. Join us!



I Am the Messenger
by Markus Zusak

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Young Adult Book Club (Hawthorne)

Friday, August 30 @ 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 we meet to discuss I Am the Messenger by Marcus Zusak. Join us!



Boring Book
by Shinsuke Yoshitake

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Kids’ Storytime

Saturday, August 31 @ 11:00 AM

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

Join us for kids’ storytime. Today we’re reading The Boring Book by Shinsuke Yoshitake.


Lisa Congdon

Wednesday, September 4 @ 7:30 PM

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

Author, artist, and illustrator Lisa Congdon brings her expertise to Find Your Artistic Voice (Chronicle), a guide to the process of artistic self-discovery. Featuring advice from Congdon herself and interviews with a roster of established artists, illustrators, and creatives, her one-of-a-kind book will show readers how to identify and nurture their own visual identities, navigate the influence of artists they admire, push through fear and insecurity, and appreciate the value of their personal journeys.




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First Thursday: Night and Day

Thursday, September 5 @ 6:30 PM

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

Inspired by the wonders of geology and astronomy, Portland artist Cristina Aine Berretta creates vivid mixed media landscapes and nature portraits.




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Westside Writing Group

Thursday, September 5 @ 7:00 PM

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

A group for anyone writing nonfiction or memoir who would like company, support, and, most of all, accountability. Whether you’ve never written a word or you’re a published author, join us!


Ganesh Sitaraman

Thursday, September 5 @ 7:30 PM

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

Whenever you go to your local public library, send mail via the post office, or visit Yosemite, you are taking advantage of a longstanding American tradition: the public option. Some of the most useful and beloved institutions in American life are public options – yet they are seldom celebrated as such. Ganesh Sitaraman’s The Public Option (Harvard) (cowritten with Anne Alstott) challenges decades of received wisdom about the proper role of government and considers the improvements that could come from the expansion of public options.



The Golden State
by Lydia Kiesling

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Lydia Kiesling in Conversation With Meaghan O'Connell

Friday, September 6 @ 7:30 PM

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

In Lydia Kiesling’s razor-sharp debut novel, The Golden State (Picador), we accompany Daphne, a young mother on the edge of a breakdown, as she flees her sensible but strained life in San Francisco for the high desert of Altavista with her toddler, Honey. Buckling under the weight of being a single parent, Daphne takes refuge in a mobile home left to her by her grandparents in the hope that the quiet will bring clarity. Boy, was she wrong. Ultimately, Daphne must reconcile her inner narrative with the reality of a deeply divided world. The National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” honoree will be joined in conversation by Meaghan O’Connell, author of And Now We Have Everything.



Thukpa for All
by Sheela Preuitt

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Kids’ Storytime With Sheela Preuitt

Saturday, September 7 @ 11:00 AM

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

Today, author Sheela Preuitt joins us to read from her new picture book, Thukpa for All (Karadi Tales). Told from a blind child’s perspective, this book from India is about friendship and community in gorgeous Ladakh. Tsering can’t wait to taste his grandmother’s delicious noodle soup. He invites a string of friends and neighbors home. But as preparations get underway, there is a power outage and the house is plunged into darkness. Will Abi be able to put together the much-anticipated thukpa?



Permanent Record
by Mary H K Choi

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Mary H. K. Choi in Conversation With Laini Taylor

Saturday, September 7 @ 2:00 PM

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

From Mary H. K. Choi, author of Emergency Contact, which Rainbow Rowell called “smart and funny,” comes Permanent Record (Simon & Schuster), a new YA romance about how social media influences relationships. On paper, college dropout Pablo Rind doesn’t have a whole lot going for him. Pop juggernaut Leanna Smart has enough social media followers to populate whole continents. When they meet at a bodega in the dead of winter it’s absurd to think they’d be A Thing. But as they discover who they are, who they want to be, and how to defy the deafening expectations of everyone else, Lee and Pab turn to each other. Which, of course, is when things get properly complicated. Choi will be joined in conversation by Laini Taylor, author of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy.



Lucky Stars (Mr. Wolf's Class #3)
by Aron Nels Steinke

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Aron Nels Steinke

Saturday, September 7 @ 2:00 PM

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

Mr. Wolf's students are having a "writer's workshop" and are learning about personal narratives. Sampson doesn't think anything worth writing about has ever happened to him. But when he and Margot go for a bike ride one morning, he has an accident that gives him a new perspective, and he thanks his lucky stars that he's going to be okay. Meanwhile, Penny gives treats to the rats at school so that they'll leave gifts for her, and Stewart and Oliver try to learn how to get along at recess. Lucky Stars (Graphix) is the new book in Eisner Award-winning Aron Nels Steinke’s Mr. Wolf’s Class series.



Portland Weird Wonderful Bizarre
by Donald R. Nelson

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Portland — Weird. Wonderful. Bizarre.

Sunday, September 8 @ 2:00 PM

Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
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Many of the images in Donald R. Nelson’s Portland – Weird. Wonderful. Bizarre.: The Changing City (Don Nelson) illustrate the weirdness of both Portland’s past and present. Over the years, progress and ingenuity have brought about transformations in Portland. Some good, others that make one wonder, What were they thinking? Nelson’s new book is for those who want to learn and discover the Rose City as it was and what it has become – in a weird, wonderful, and bizarre way.


Randall Munroe

Sunday, September 8 @ 7:30 PM

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

How To (Riverhead) is the world’s most entertaining and useless self-help guide, from Randall Munroe, the brilliant mind behind xkcd, the wildly popular webcomic. For any task you might want to do, there’s a right way, a wrong way, and a way so monumentally complex, excessive, and inadvisable that no one would ever try it. How To is a guide to the third kind of approach, full of highly impractical advice for everything from landing a plane to digging a hole. As he did in What If?, the bestselling author and cartoonist invites us to explore the most absurd reaches of the possible.



One More River to Cross
by Jane Kirkpatrick

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Jane Kirkpatrick

Monday, September 9 @ 7:00 PM

Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
Beaverton, OR
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In 1844, two years before the Donner Party, the Stevens-Murphy company left Missouri to be the first wagons into California through the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Mostly Irish Catholics, the party sought religious freedom and education in the mission-dominated land and enjoyed a safe journey – until October, when a heavy snowstorm forced difficult decisions. Based on true events, One More River to Cross (Revell) is a compelling survival story full of grit and endurance by novelist Jane Kirkpatrick.


Emily Nagoski

Monday, September 9 @ 7:30 PM

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

Emily Nagoski’s groundbreaking new book, Burnout (Ballantine), explains why women experience burnout differently than men – and provides a simple, science-based plan to help women minimize stress, manage emotions, and live a more joyful life. Nagoski will also present The Come as You Are Workbook (Simon & Schuster), a new, practical workbook (and companion volume to her bestselling Come as You Are) that allows you to apply her earlier book’s research and understanding of why and how women’s sexuality works to everyday life.



The Golem and the Jinni
by Helene Wecker

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Science Fiction Book Group

Tuesday, September 10 @ 7:00 PM

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

This month our group meets to discuss The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker. Join us!


Dan Schilling

Tuesday, September 10 @ 7:30 PM

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

In the predawn hours of March 4, 2002, just below the 10,469-foot peak of a mountain in eastern Afghanistan, a fierce battle raged. Outnumbered by Al Qaeda fighters, Air Force Combat Controller John Chapman and a handful of Navy SEALs struggled to take the summit in a desperate bid to find a lost teammate. Dan Schilling’s Alone at Dawn (Grand Central) is the astonishing true account of Chapman, Medal of Honor recipient and Special Ops Combat Controller, and his heroic one-man stand during the Afghan War, as he sacrificed his life to save the lives of 23 comrades-in-arms.



Super Pumped The Battle for Uber
by Mike Isaac

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Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber

Wednesday, September 11 @ 7:30 PM

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

In June 2017, Travis Kalanick, the hard-charging CEO of Uber, was ousted in a boardroom coup that capped a brutal year for the transportation giant. Uber had catapulted to the top of the tech world, yet for many came to symbolize everything wrong with Silicon Valley. Award-winning New York Times technology correspondent Mike Isaac’s Super Pumped (W. W. Norton) presents the dramatic rise and fall of Uber. Super Pumped is a page-turning story of ambition and deception, obscene wealth, and bad behavior that explores how blistering technological and financial innovation culminated in one of the most catastrophic 12-month periods in corporate history.



An American Marriage
by Tayari Jones

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Well-Read Book Girl Book Club

Thursday, September 12 @ 7:00 PM

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

Black women and Black nonbinary people are invited to join us every second Thursday of the month for the Well-Read Black Girl Book Club. The American Booksellers Association is partnering with Well-Read Black Girl founder Glory Edim to amplify diverse voices and support emerging writers through discussions of classics and newly published work, all written by Black authors. This month we’re reading An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. Join us!



Trigger
by David Swinson

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Deadly Diversions Book Group

Thursday, September 12 @ 7:00 PM

Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
Beaverton, OR
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This month our group meets to discuss David Swinson’s Frank Marr crime series. Join us!



Today We Go Home
by Kelli Estes

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Kelli Estes

Thursday, September 12 @ 7:00 PM

Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
Beaverton, OR
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Larkin Bennett has always known her place, whether it's surrounded by her loving family in the lush greenery of the Pacific Northwest, or riding on a dusty convoy in Afghanistan. But all that changed the day tragedy struck her unit and took away everything she held dear. Soon after, Larkin discovers an unexpected treasure: the diary of Emily Wilson, a young woman who disguised herself as a man to fight for the Union in the Civil War. As Larkin struggles to heal, she finds herself drawn deep into Emily's life. The new novel from Kelli Estes, Today We Go Home (Sourcebooks Landmark), is the story of two women, living centuries apart, fighting for our country’s freedom… and their own.



McCarthyism vs. Clinton Jencks
by Raymond Caballero

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Raymond Caballero in Conversation With Barbara Dudley

Thursday, September 12 @ 7:30 PM

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

Clinton Jencks, a decorated war hero, adopted as his own the Mexican American fight for equal rights in New Mexico’s mining industry. In 1950, he led a local of the International Union of Mine, Mill, and Smelter Workers in the famed Empire Zinc strike, but three years after, Jencks was arrested and charged with falsely denying that he was a Communist and was sentenced to five years in prison. In McCarthyism vs. Clinton Jencks (University of Oklahoma), Raymond Caballero reveals for the first time that the FBI and the prosecution knew all along that Jencks was innocent. The tale of Jencks’s quest for justice provides a glimpse into the McCarthy era’s oppression. Caballero will be joined in conversation by Barbara Dudley, Senior Fellow at the Hatfield School’s Center for Public Service.


Hangdog Days: Conflict, Change, and the Race for 5.14

Thursday, September 12 @ 7:30 PM

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

Hangdog Days (Mountaineers) vividly chronicles the era when rock climbing exploded in popularity, attracting a new generation of talented climbers eager to reach new heights via harder routes and faster ascents. This contentious, often entertaining period gave rise to sport climbing, climbing gyms, and competitive climbing – indelibly transforming the sport. Jeff Smoot was one of those brash young climbers, and here he traces the development of traditional climbing “rules,” enforced first through peer pressure, then later through intimidation and sabotage. In his lively, fast-paced history, Smoot deftly brings to life the characters and events of this raucous, revolutionary time in rock climbing.



Witchy Kingdom
by DJ Butler

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D.J. Butler, Christopher Husberg & Christopher Ruocchio

Friday, September 13 @ 7:00 PM

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

In Witchy Kingdom (Baen), the third book in D. J. Butler’s Witchy Eye series, Sarah Elytharias Penn must find a way to access the power of the Serpent Throne itself. In Fear the Stars (Titan), the fourth book in the Christopher Husberg’s Chaos Queen series, the true nature of the goddess Canta, and the Odenites’ final purpose, will soon be revealed. The second novel of the galaxy-spanning Sun Eater series, Christopher Ruocchio’s Howling Dark (Daw) merges the best of space opera and epic fantasy, as Hadrian Marlowe continues down a path that can only end in fire.



Hum and Swish
by Matt Myers

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Kids’ Storytime With Matt Myers

Saturday, September 14 @ 11:00 AM

Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
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Today, author Matt Myers joins us to read from his new picture book, Hum and Swish (Neal Porter Books). All Jamie wants is to spend some time alone at the beach and finish her art project in the sand. But everyone around keeps asking her pesky questions she doesn’t know how to answer. Jamie does her best to tune it all out and focus on her creation… until she finds a like-minded friend.




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Ian Brennan in Conversation With Larry Crane

Sunday, September 15 @ 7:30 PM

Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
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In Silenced by Sound (PM Press), Grammy-winning music producer Ian Brennan delves into his personal story to address the inequity of distribution in the arts and demonstrates that there are millions of talented people more gifted than the superstars for whom billions of dollars are spent to promote the delusion that they have been blessed with unique genius. Brennan will be joined in conversation by Larry Crane, founder of Tape Op magazine and owner of Jackpot! Recording Studio.


An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States for Young People

Monday, September 16 @ 7:00 PM

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

Spanning more than 400 years, An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People (Beacon) is a bottom-up history examining the legacy of Indigenous peoples' resistance, resilience, and steadfast fight against imperialism. Written by Indigenous human rights advocate Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and adapted by renowned curriculum expert Jean Medoza (and Debbie Reese), the book encourages general readers to think critically about their own place in history.


What It Means to Be Moral

Monday, September 16 @ 7:30 PM

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

In What It Means to Be Moral (Counterpoint), Phil Zuckerman argues that morality does not come from God. Rather, it comes from us: our brains, our evolutionary past, our ongoing cultural development, our social experiences, and our ability to reason, reflect, and be sensitive to the suffering of others. By deconstructing religious arguments for God-based morality and guiding readers through the premises and promises of secular morality, Zuckerman argues that the major challenges facing the world today are best approached from a nonreligious ethical framework.



Run, Hide, Fight Back
by April Henry

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April Henry & Carolyn O’Doherty

Tuesday, September 17 @ 7:00 PM

Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
Beaverton, OR
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When a shooting breaks out in a Portland shopping mall, six teen misfits are trapped. Many of them are hiding impossible secrets, and all of them have a lot at stake. Can they set aside their differences and band together to fight for survival? Run, Hide, Fight Back (Henry Holt) is April Henry’s new standalone YA thriller. In Unleashed (Boyds Mill), the second book in Carolyn O’Doherty’s riveting Rewind trilogy for teens, Alex finds that the city outside the Center is more complicated and dangerous than she’d imagined – and that some of the dangers lie within herself.


Rebooting AI: Building Artificial Intelligence We Can Trust

Tuesday, September 17 @ 7:30 PM

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

Despite the hype surrounding AI, creating an intelligence that rivals or exceeds human levels is far more complicated than we have been led to believe. The achievements in the field thus far have occurred in closed systems with fixed sets of rules, and these approaches are too narrow to achieve genuine intelligence. The real world, in contrast, is wildly complex and open-ended. Gary Marcus’s Rebooting AI (Pantheon) (coauthored by Ernest Davis) provides a clear-eyed assessment of the current science and offers an inspiring vision of how a new generation of AI can make our lives better.



Juliet Takes a Breath
by Gabby Rivera

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Gabby Rivera in Conversation With Tehlor Kay Mejia

Wednesday, September 18 @ 7:00 PM

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

Juliet Milagros Palante is a self-proclaimed closeted Puerto Rican baby dyke from the Bronx. Only, she’s not so closeted anymore. Not after coming out to her family the night before flying to Portland, Oregon, to intern with her favorite feminist writer – what’s sure to be a life-changing experience. And when Juliet’s coming-out crashes and burns, she’s not sure her mom will ever speak to her again. In a summer bursting with queer brown dance parties, a sexy fling with a motorcycling librarian, and intense explorations of race and identity, Juliet learns what it means to come out – to the world, to her family, to herself. Juliet Takes a Breath (Dial) is Gabby Rivera’s gutsy coming-of-age story for teens. Rivera will be joined in conversation by Tehlor Kay Mejia, author of We Set the Dark on Fire.



Gun Island
by Amitav Ghosh

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Amitav Ghosh

Wednesday, September 18 @ 7:30 PM

Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
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A dealer of rare books, Deen is used to a quiet life spent indoors, but as his once-solid beliefs begin to shift, he is forced to set out on an extraordinary journey; one that takes him from India to Los Angeles and Venice via a tangled route through the memories and experiences of those he meets along the way. Amitav Ghosh‘s Gun Island (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) is a beautifully realized novel that effortlessly spans space and time – from the author of Sea of Poppies. It is the story of a world on the brink, of increasing displacement and unstoppable transition. But it is also a story of hope, of a man whose faith in the world and the future is restored by two remarkable women.




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Westside Writing Group

Thursday, September 19 @ 7:00 PM

Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
Beaverton, OR
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A group for anyone writing nonfiction or memoir who would like company, support, and, most of all, accountability. Whether you’ve never written a word or you’re a published author, join us!



Truth About Magic: Poems
by Atticus

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Atticus

Thursday, September 19 @ 7:00 PM

Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
Beaverton, OR
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Atticus’s third collection of poems, The Truth About Magic (St. Martin’s Griffin), builds on the pains and joys of romance explored in Love Her Wild and The Dark Between Stars – heartbreaks and falling in love, looking back and looking inwards – by taking a fresh, awakened journey outward. An adventure into the great unknown. It’s about finding ourselves, our purpose, and the simple joys of life. It’s about lavender fields, drinking white wine out of oak barrels on vineyards, laughing until you cry, dancing in old barns until the sun comes up, and making love on sandy beaches.



The Preserve
by Steve Anderson

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Thursday, September 19 @ 7:30 PM

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Hawaii, 1948. Troubled WWII hero turned deserter Wendell Lett desperately seeks a cure to his severe combat trauma, and The Preserve seems to be his salvation. Run by Lansdale, a mysterious intelligence officer, and Lett’s ambitious wartime XO, Charlie Selfer, the secretive training camp promises relief from the terrors in his mind. Together with Kanani Alana, a tough-minded Hawaiian also looking for a new start at The Preserve, Lett begins to feel hopeful. All illusions are shattered, though, when Lett discovers The Preserve’s true intentions – to rebuild him into a cold-blooded assassin. Based on true events, Steven Anderson’s The Preserve (Skyhorse) is a fast-paced historical thriller that will leave you breathless.



Land of Wolves
by Craig Johnson

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Craig Johnson

Friday, September 20 @ 7:00 PM

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Attempting to recover from his harrowing experiences in Mexico, Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire is neck-deep in the investigation of what could or could not be the suicidal hanging of a shepherd. With unsettling connections to a Basque family with a reputation for removing the legs of Absaroka County sheriffs, matters become even more complicated with the appearance of an oversize wolf in the Big Horn Mountains. Land of Wolves (Viking) is the new novel in Craig Johnson’s beloved Longmire series – basis for the acclaimed A&E/Netflix television series Longmire. Please note: A purchase of Johnson’s new book, Land of Wolves, is required to join the signing line.


Inconspicuous Consumption

Friday, September 20 @ 7:30 PM

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From former New York Times science writer Tatiana Schlossberg comes Inconspicuous Consumption: The Environmental Impact You Don't Know You Have (Grand Central), a fascinating and unexpectedly entertaining look at the way climate change and environmental pollution are intimately involved in our everyday lives – in everything we use, buy, eat, wear, and how we get around – and have consequences that extend far beyond our lives.



My Shape Is Sam
by Amanda Jackson

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Kids’ Storytime With Amanda Jackson

Saturday, September 21 @ 11:00 AM

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Today, author Amanda Jackson joins us to read from her new picture book, My Shape Is Sam (Page Street Kids). In a world where everybody is a shape and every shape has a specific job, Sam is a square who longs for softer corners, rounder edges, and the ability to roll like a circle. But everyone knows that squares don’t roll, they stack. At least that’s what everyone thinks until the day Sam takes a tumble and discovers something wonderful.



Fathers Day
by Matthew Zapruder

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Matthew Zapruder in Conversation With Alana Csaposs

Sunday, September 22 @ 2:00 PM

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The poems in Matthew Zapruder’s fifth collection, Father’s Day (Copper Canyon), ask how one can be a good father, partner, and citizen in the early 21st century. Zapruder, author of Why Poetry, deftly improvises upon language and lyricism as he passionately engages with these questions during turbulent, uncertain times. Whether interrogating the personalities of the Supreme Court, watching a child grow off into a distance, or tweaking poetry critics and hipsters alike, Zapruder maintains a deeply generous sense of humor alongside a rich vein of love and moral urgency. Zapruder will be joined in conversation by Alana Csaposs, Tin House online editor.


Drive-Thru Dreams

Sunday, September 22 @ 7:30 PM

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Most any honest person can own up to harboring at least one fast-food guilty pleasure. In Drive-Thru Dreams (Flatiron), Adam Chandler explores the inseparable link between fast food and American life for the past century. The dark underbelly of the industry's largest players has long been scrutinized and gutted, characterized as impersonal, greedy, corporate, and worse. But, in unexpected ways, fast food is also deeply personal and emblematic of a larger-than-life image of America. Drive-Thru Dreams tells an intimate and contemporary story of America – its humble beginning, its innovations and failures, its international charisma, and its regional identities – through its beloved roadside fare.



Mixed Feelings Poems & Stories
by Avan Jogia

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Avan Jogia

Monday, September 23 @ 7:00 PM

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From actor Avan Jogia comes a raw and moving collection of poetry, stories, and art about living as a mixed-race person in a world increasingly fixated on racial identity. In Mixed Feelings (Andrews McMeel), Jogia explores his complicated emotions around race, identity, religion, and family through poetry and imagery. Drawing on his own life story as well as interviews he's conducted with friends and strangers, Mixed Feelings serves as a dialogue-starter for difficult topics that now, more than ever, need to be discussed.



Dearly Beloved A Novel
by Cara Wall

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Monday, September 23 @ 7:30 PM

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Charles and Lily, James and Nan. They meet in Greenwich Village in 1963 when Charles and James are jointly hired to steward the historic Third Presbyterian Church through turbulent times. Their differences, however, threaten to tear them apart. Against the backdrop of turbulent changes facing the city and the church’s congregation, these four forge improbable paths through their evolving relationships, each struggling with uncertainty, heartbreak, and joy. A poignant meditation on faith and reason, marriage and children, and the ways we find meaning in our lives, Cara Wall’s The Dearly Beloved (Simon & Schuster) is a wise and provocative novel destined to become a classic.



Kopp Sisters on the March
by Amy Stewart

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Monday, September 23 @ 7:30 PM

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In the fifth installment of Amy Stewart’s clever and original Kopp Sisters series, the sisters learn some military discipline – whether they’re ready or not – as the U.S. prepares to enter World War I. In Kopp Sisters on the March (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), the women of Camp Chevy Chase face down the skepticism of the War Department, the double standards of a scornful public, and the very real perils of war. Once again, Stewart has brilliantly brought a little-known moment in history to light with her fearless and funny Kopp Sisters novels.


Christopher Leonard

Tuesday, September 24 @ 7:00 PM

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For five decades, CEO Charles Koch has kept Koch Industries quietly operating in deepest secrecy, with a view toward very, very long-term profits. He’s a genius businessman, but there’s another side to this story. If you want to understand how we killed the unions in this country, how we widened the income divide, stalled progress on climate change, and how our corporations bought the influence industry, all you have to do is read Christopher Leonard’s Kochland (Simon & Schuster). Seven years in the making, Kochland reads like a true-life thriller, telling the ambitious tale of how one private company consolidated power over half a century – and how in doing so, it helped transform capitalism into something that feels deeply alienating to many Americans today.


Waking the Witch: Reflections on Women, Magic, and Power

Tuesday, September 24 @ 7:30 PM

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In Waking the Witch (Gallery), podcast host and practicing witch Pam Grossman explores the cultural and historical impact of the world’s most magical icon. From the idea of the femme fatale in league with the devil to the bewitching pop culture archetypes in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and Harry Potter; from the spooky ladies in fairy tales and horror films to the rise of feminist covens and contemporary witchcraft, witches reflect the power and potential of women. Waking the Witch is a whip-smart and illuminating exploration of the world’s fascination with witches.




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Write Around Portland 10-Week Workshop

Wednesday, September 25 @ 6:30 PM

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Based on their acclaimed community writing model, "Prompt" is a generative workshop that offers exercises to inspire the writing life. Workshop fee ($300) includes snacks, access to the “bowels of Powell’s,” and helps to fund workshops for low-income youth and adults. This workshop takes place on Wednesdays, September 25-December 4 (skip 11/27). To register or for more information, visit writearound.org.



Hecuba
by Marianne McDonald

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Classics Book Group

Wednesday, September 25 @ 7:00 PM

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This month our group meets to discuss Hecuba by Euripides. Join us!


Naomi Klein in Conversation With Thom Hartmann

Wednesday, September 25 @ 7:00 PM

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Beaverton, OR
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For more than 20 years, Naomi Klein has been the foremost chronicler of the economic war waged on both people and planet – and an unapologetic champion of a sweeping environmental agenda with justice at its center. In lucid, elegant dispatches from the frontlines of contemporary natural disaster, Klein pens prescient advisories and dire warnings of what future awaits us if we refuse to act, as well as hopeful glimpses of a far better future. On Fire (Simon & Schuster) gathers Klein’s impassioned writing on the staggeringly high stakes of our immediate political and economic choices. Klein will be joined in conversation by Thom Hartmann, radio host and author of The Hidden History of Guns and the Second Amendment.



Wilding Returning Nature to Our Farm
by Isabella Tree

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Wilding: Returning Nature to Our Farm

Wednesday, September 25 @ 7:30 PM

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For years Isabella Tree and Charlie Burrell struggled to make a go as farmers, doing everything they could to make the heavy clay soils of their farm at Knepp in West Sussex as productive as possible, while rarely succeeding in making a profit. By 2000, facing bankruptcy, the couple decided they would try something new. They would hand their 3,500 acres, farmed for centuries, even millennia, back to nature. They would let it go wild. With minimal human intervention, and with herds of free-roaming animals stimulating new habitats, Knepp is now full of new life. Tree’s book, Wilding (New York Review), points the way to a richer future – a countryside that benefits farming, nature, and us.



Health Justice Now Single Payer & What Comes Next
by Timothy Faust

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Health Justice Now: Single Payer and What Comes Next

Thursday, September 26 @ 7:30 PM

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Single payer healthcare is not complicated: the government pays for all care for all people. It’s cheaper than our current model, and most Americans (and their doctors) already want it. So what’s the deal with our current healthcare system, and why don’t we have something better? In Health Justice Now: Single Payer and What Comes Next (Melville House), Timothy Faust explains what single payer is, why we don’t yet have it, and how it can be won.


Lawrence Shainberg

Thursday, September 26 @ 7:30 PM

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“Inexplicably good karma” – to this, Pushcart Prize-winning author Lawrence Shainberg attributes a life filled with relationships with legendary writers and renowned Buddhist teachers. In Four Men Shaking (Shambhala), he weaves together the narratives of three of those relationships: his literary friendships with Samuel Beckett and Norman Mailer, and his teacher-student relationship with the Japanese Zen master Kyudo Nakagawa Roshi. In Shainberg’s lifelong pursuit of both writing and Zen practice, each of these men represents an important aspect of his experience.



Bone Houses
by Emily Lloyd Jones

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Friday, September 27 @ 7:00 PM

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Seventeen-year-old Aderyn ("Ryn") only cares about two things: her family and her family's graveyard. And right now, both are in dire straits. Since the death of their parents, Ryn and her siblings have been scraping together a meager existence as gravediggers in the remote village of Colbren. The problem with being a gravedigger in Colbren, though, is that the dead don't always stay dead. Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Sky in the Deep in Emily Lloyd-Jones’s bewitching historical horror novel for teens, The Bone Houses (Little, Brown) – perfect for fans of Holly Black.



I Will Destroy You Poems
by Nick Flynn

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Friday, September 27 @ 7:30 PM

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Beginning with a poem called “Confessional” and ending with a poem titled “Saint Augustine,” Nick Flynn's I Will Destroy You (Graywolf) interrogates the potential of art to be redemptive, to remake and reform. But first the maker of art must claim responsibility for his past, his actions, his propensity to destroy others and himself. Begin by descending, Augustine says, and the poems delve into the deepest, most defeating parts of the self: addiction, temptation, infidelity, and repressed memory. These are poems of profound self-scrutiny and lyric intensity, jagged and probing.




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Kids’ Storytime

Saturday, September 28 @ 11:00 AM

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Join us for kids’ storytime. Today we’re reading If I Built a School by Chris Van Dusen.



No Ivy League
by Hazel Newlevant

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Hazel Newlevant

Saturday, September 28 @ 2:00 PM

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When 17-year-old Hazel Newlevant takes a summer job clearing ivy from the forest in her hometown of Portland, Oregon, her only expectation is to earn a little money. Homeschooled, affluent, and sheltered, Hazel soon finds her job working side by side with at-risk teens to be an initiation into a new world that she has no skill in navigating. No Ivy League (Lion Forge) is Newlevant’s uncomfortable and compelling graphic memoir – an important story of a girl's awakening to the racial insularity of her life, the power of white privilege, and the hidden story of segregation in Portland.


Marilynne Eichinger

Sunday, September 29 @ 7:30 PM

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1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
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Marilynne Eichinger’s Over the Peanut Fence (Marilynne Eichinger) asks one question: Is eliminating youth homelessness a hopeless endeavor? The search for an answer began when Eichinger and her partner invited a 20-year-old street youth into their home. The book tells the story of Zach and the trauma he experienced as a result of childhood abuse and neglect. Raised in poverty, he was the fifth of nine children in a family plagued by drugs and alcohol. Zach was a survivor and eventually clawed his way from hopelessness to a future filled with possibilities. Part storybook, part memoir, and part analytic study, Eichinger’s book shows what is and what will be when society is moved to action.



Full Throttle Stories
by Joe Hill

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Joe Hill

Monday, September 30 @ 7:30 PM

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In his masterful new collection of short fiction, Joe Hill – bestselling author of The Fireman and Strange Weather – dissects timeless human struggles in 13 relentless tales of supernatural suspense, including “In the Tall Grass,” one of two stories cowritten with Stephen King, basis for the terrifying feature film from Netflix. Full Throttle (William Morrow) is a darkly imagined odyssey through the complexities of the human psyche. Hypnotic and disquieting, it mines our tormented secrets, hidden vulnerabilities, and basest fears, and demonstrates this exceptional talent at his very best.