Dead Souls
by Gogol

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Classics Book Group

Wednesday, June 28 @ 7:00 PM

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This month we meet to discuss Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol. Join us!


Rebecca Schuman

Wednesday, June 28 @ 7:30 PM

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You know that feeling when you catch the elevator but don’t hold it for the person behind you? Seeing Lindsay Lohan in handcuffs? Donald Trump being attacked by a bald eagle? There’s a word for this mix of malice and joy, and the Germans invented it. It’s schadenfreude, deriving pleasure from others’ misfortune, and, with Slate columnist Rebecca Schuman, the Teutons have a blast at her expense. Schadenfreude, a Love Story (Flatiron) is the tale of a teenage Jewish intellectual who falls in love — in love with a boy (who breaks her heart), a language (that’s nearly impossible to master), a culture (nihilistic, but punctual), and a landscape (that’s breathtaking when there’s not a wall in the way).


Julia Quinn

Thursday, June 29 @ 7:00 PM

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There were Bridgertons before the eight alphabetically named siblings. In Julia Quinn’s The Girl With the Make-Believe Husband (Avon), the second of a new prequel series, we go back to where it all began. Cecilia risks her entire future by giving herself – completely – to the man she loves. But when the truth comes out, Edward may have a few surprises of his own for the new Mrs. Rokesby.



Sons of Slabtown and Tales of Westside Sports
by Don Nelson

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The Sons of Slabtown and Tales of Westside Sports

Thursday, June 29 @ 7:30 PM

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Photo historian Don Nelson’s new book, The Sons of Slabtown and Tales of Westside Sports, chronicles a neighborhood where boys of the Slabtown area of NW Portland lived and worked at the (long gone) Vaughn Street Ballpark. They also skated and played ice hockey at the ice arena that was located on NW 20th and Marshall – a neighborhood hangout for all who liked to skate, where future baseball star Johnny Pesky and his brother gave lessons in the late ’30s through the early ’40s.



Nix
by Nathan Hill

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Nathan Hill

Thursday, June 29 @ 7:30 PM

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It’s 2011, and Samuel Andresen-Anderson – college professor, stalled writer – hasn’t seen his mother since she abandoned the family when he was a boy. Now she’s reappeared, having committed an absurd crime that electrifies the nightly news, beguiles the Internet, and inflames a politically divided country. To save her, Samuel will have to embark on his own journey, uncovering long-buried secrets about the woman he thought he knew, secrets that stretch across generations and have their origin all the way back in Norway, home of the mysterious Nix – a mythical white horse that steals children. Nathan Hill’s The Nix (Vintage) explores – with sharp humor and a fierce tenderness – the resilience of love and home, even in times of radical change.



Hunger: A Memoir of My Body
by Roxane Gay

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Roxane Gay

Friday, June 30 @ 7:30 PM

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In her phenomenally popular essays and long-running Tumblr blog, Roxane Gay has written with intimacy and sensitivity about food and body, using her own emotional and psychological struggles as a means of exploring our shared anxieties over pleasure, consumption, appearance, and health. As a woman who describes her own body as "wildly undisciplined," Gay understands the tension between desire and denial, between self-comfort and self-care. In Hunger (Harper), she explores her own past – including the devastating act of violence that became a turning point in her young life – and brings readers along on her journey to understand and ultimately save herself. With the bracing candor, vulnerability, and power that have made her one of the most admired writers of her generation, the Bad Feminist author explores what it means to learn to take care of yourself.




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Kids’ Storytime

Saturday, July 1 @ 11:00 AM

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Join us every Saturday for kids’ storytime. Today we’re reading World Pizza by Cece Meng.



Kingdom Cons
by Lisa Dillman

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Yuri Herrera in Conversation With Jeremy Garber

Monday, July 3 @ 7:30 PM

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Beats, daggers, girls, and graft: Can the Artist sing truth to power where a Mexican drug baron holds court? In the court of the King, everyone knows their place. But as the Artist wins hearts and egos with his ballads, uncomfortable truths emerge that shake the Kingdom to its core. Part surreal fable and part crime romance, Kingdom Cons (And Other Stories) questions the price of keeping your integrity in a world ruled by patronage and power. Kingdom Cons is the new novel from Yuri Herrera, winner of the 2016 Best Translated Book Award for Signs Preceding the End of the World. Called "Mexico’s greatest novelist" by author Francisco Goldman, Herrera will be joined in conversation by Jeremy Garber, two-time jurist for the Best Translated Book Award.


Jaimal Yogis

Wednesday, July 5 @ 7:30 PM

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In his meditative memoir – a compelling fusion of Barbarian Days and the journals of Thomas Merton – the author of Saltwater Buddha reflects on his "failing towards enlightenment," his continued search to find meaning and a greater understanding of the Divine in the world’s oceans as well as everyday life. For Jaimal Yogis, the path to enlightenment is surfing. Between water and air, between control and surrender, between the tangible and intangible realities of life, the spiritual can be found. Born to a family of seekers, he left home at 16 to surf in Hawaii and join a monastery. Now, in his early 20s, his heart is broken and he’s lost his way. All Our Waves Are Water (Harper Wave) follows Yogis’s trek from the Himalayas to Indonesia, to a Franciscan friary in New York City and the dusty streets of Jerusalem, and finally to San Francisco’s Ocean Beach. Along his journey, Yogis prays and he surfs; mourning a lost love and seeking something that keeps eluding him, until he ultimately finds what he’s been looking for – that the perfect ride may well be the one we are on right now.




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First Thursday: Crossroads and Pivots

Thursday, July 6 @ 6:30 PM

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Through colorful abstracts and small figurative sketches, Consu Tolosa explores changes she’s observed and experienced in Portland, the city she has called home for the past 20 years. All pieces are created using mixed media on either wood blocks or canvas, and range in size from 3x4 inches to 4x5 feet.



Not Constantinople
by Nick Bredie

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Nicholas Bredie

Thursday, July 6 @ 7:30 PM

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Fred and Virginia, two expatriates living in Istanbul and working at the university, come home one night to find their apartment occupied by a family of Greeks. Barred by a quirk of Turkish law from evicting them, Fred comes to a strange kind of understanding with their new squatters; looking to make his fortune before returning to the States, he starts a paper-writing racket with the Greek patriarch, selling term papers to his own university students. Between get-rich schemes and run-ins with Kurdish separatists, Fred watches the transformation of his new city as historic neighborhoods are gobbled up by greedy developers and the city's rapacious elite. Lauded by T. C. Boyle as "utterly charming," Nicholas Bredie’s debut novel, Not Constantinople (Dzanc), is the story of a region in transition and the uncertainty of life in a foreign country.




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Kids’ Storytime

Saturday, July 8 @ 11:00 AM

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Join us every Saturday for kids’ storytime. Today we’re reading I Wrote You a Note by Lizi Boyd.


Durable Goods: Appreciations of Oregon Poets

Sunday, July 9 @ 4:00 PM

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Durable Goods (Mountains & Rivers) contains six thoughtful and insightful essays by Erik Muller in which he explores the work of six Oregon poets: Richard Dankleff, Barbara Drake, Kenneth O. Hanson, Paulann Petersen, Clemens Starck, and Lex Runciman. A photo of the poet, a folio of the poet’s poems, and a bibliography of the poet’s work accompany each essay. Read individually, the essays provide an in-depth look into the work of their respective authors. Read together, the essays add to the existing knowledge of Oregon poetry, providing a richer understanding of the writing in the Pacific Northwest region. Muller will be joined at the event by Barbara Drake, Paulann Petersen, Lex Runciman, and Clemens Starck.



Here I Am
by Jonathan Safran Foer

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Jonathan Safran Foer

Monday, July 10 @ 7:30 PM

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Here I Am (Picador) is the monumental new novel from Jonathan Safran Foer, the bestselling author of Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. How do we fulfill our conflicting duties as father, husband, and son; wife and mother; child and adult? Jew and American? How can we claim our own identities when our lives are linked so closely to others’? These are the questions at the heart of Foer’s first novel in 11 years – a work of extraordinary scope and heartbreaking intimacy. Unfolding over four tumultuous weeks in present-day Washington, DC, Here I Am is the story of a fracturing family in a moment of crisis. As Jacob and Julia Bloch and their three sons are forced to confront the distances between the lives they think they want and the lives they are living, a catastrophic earthquake sets in motion a quickly escalating conflict in the Middle East. At stake is the very meaning of home – and the fundamental question of how much aliveness one can bear. Showcasing the same high-energy inventiveness, hilarious irreverence, and emotional urgency that readers loved in his earlier work, Here I Am is Foer’s most searching, hard-hitting, and grandly entertaining novel yet. It not only confirms Foer’s stature as a dazzling literary talent, but reveals a novelist who has fully come into his own as one of our most important writers.



An Oath of Dogs
by Wendy N. Wagner

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Wendy N. Wagner

Monday, July 10 @ 7:30 PM

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Portland, OR
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Kate Standish has been on the forest-world of Huginn less than a week and she's already pretty sure her new company murdered her boss. But the little town of mill workers and farmers is more worried about eco-terrorism and a series of attacks by the bizarre, sentient dogs of this planet than a death most people would like to believe is an accident. That is, until Kate's investigation uncovers a conspiracy which threatens them all. An Oath of Dogs (Angry Robot) is the new science fiction mystery from Wendy N. Wagner, author of Skinwalkers and Starspawn.



Too Like the Lightning
by Ada Palmer

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Science Fiction Book Group

Tuesday, July 11 @ 7:00 PM

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This month we meet to discuss Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer. Join us!


Big Hunger

Tuesday, July 11 @ 7:30 PM

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1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
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Food banks and food pantries have proliferated in response to an economic emergency. The loss of manufacturing jobs combined with the recession of the early 1980s and Reagan administration cutbacks in federal programs led to an explosion in the growth of food charity. This was meant to be a stopgap measure, but the jobs never came back, and the "emergency food system" became an industry. In Big Hunger (MIT Press), Andrew Fisher takes a critical look at the business of hunger and offers a new vision for the anti-hunger movement. From one perspective, anti-hunger leaders have been extraordinarily effective. Food charity is embedded in American civil society, and federal food programs have remained intact while other anti-poverty programs have been eliminated or slashed. But anti-hunger advocates are missing an essential element of the problem: economic inequality driven by low wages. Reliant on corporate donations of food and money, anti-hunger organizations have failed to hold business accountable for offshoring jobs, cutting benefits, exploiting workers and rural communities, and resisting wage increases. They have become part of a "hunger industrial complex" that seems as self-perpetuating as the more famous military-industrial complex. Fisher lays out a vision that encompasses a broader definition of hunger characterized by a focus on public health, economic justice, and economic democracy. He points to the work of numerous grassroots organizations that are leading the way in these fields as models for the rest of the anti-hunger sector. It is only through approaches like these that we can hope to end hunger, not just manage it.


How to Fall in Love With Anyone: A Memoir in Essays

Wednesday, July 12 @ 7:30 PM

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1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
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How to Fall in Love With Anyone (Simon & Schuster) – an insightful, charming, and absolutely fascinating memoir from the author of the popular New York Times essay "To Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This” – explores the romantic myths we create and explains how they limit our ability to achieve and sustain intimacy. What really makes love last? Does love ever work the way we say it does in movies and books and Facebook posts? Or does obsessing over those love stories hurt our real-life relationships? When her parents divorced after a 28-year marriage and her own 10-year relationship ended, those were the questions that Mandy Len Catron wanted to answer. In a series of candid, vulnerable, and wise essays that take a closer look at what it means to love someone, what it means to be loved, and how we present our love to the world, Catron deconstructs her own personal canon of love stories. She uses biologists’ research into dopamine triggers to ask whether the need to love is an innate human drive. She uses literary theory to show why we prefer certain kinds of love stories. She urges us to question the unwritten scripts we follow in relationships and looks into where those scripts come from in the first place. In How to Fall in Love With Anyone, Catron flips the script on love and offers a deeply personal, and universal, investigation.




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Deadly Diversions Book Group

Thursday, July 13 @ 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 Stan Jones’s Nathan Active Mystery series. Join us!



Dark Immolation: Chaos Queen #2
by Christopher Husberg

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Christopher Husberg & D. J. Butler

Thursday, July 13 @ 7:00 PM

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A new religion is rising, gathering followers drawn by rumors of prophetess Jane Oden. Her sister Cinzia – once a Cantic priestess – is by her side, but fears that Jane will lead them to ruin. Both the Church and the Nazaniin assassins are still on their trail, and much worse may come. Knot, his true nature now revealed if not truly understood, is haunted by his memories, and is not the ally he once was. Astrid travels to Tinska to find answers for her friend, but the child-like vampire has old enemies who have been waiting for her return. And beyond the Blood Gate in the empire of Roden, a tiellan woman finds herself with a new protector. Dark Immolation (Titan) is the second novel in Christopher Husberg’s Chaos Queen fantasy series. Sarah Calhoun is the 15-year-old daughter of the Elector Andrew Calhoun, one of Appalachee’s military heroes and one of the electors who gets to decide who will next ascend as the Emperor of the New World. None of that matters to Sarah. She has a natural talent for hexing and one bad eye, and all she wants is to be left alone – especially by outsiders. But Sarah’s world gets turned on its head at the Nashville Tobacco Fair when a Yankee wizard-priest tries to kidnap her. Witchy Eye (Baen) is a brilliant Americana flintlock fantasy novel from author D. J. Butler.



Empire of Glass
by Kaitlin Solimine

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Kaitlin Solimine & Warren Read

Thursday, July 13 @ 7:30 PM

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In the mid-1990s, an American teenager, named Lao K in Chinese, stands on Coal Hill, a park in Beijing, a loop of rope in her hand. Will she assist her Chinese homestay mother, Li-Ming, who is dying of cancer, in ending her life, or will she choose another path? Twenty years later, Lao K receives a book written by Li-Ming called Empire of Glass, a narrative that chronicles the lives of Li-Ming and her husband in pre- and post-revolutionary China. Lao K begins translating the story, which becomes the novel we are reading. A grand, experimental epic that chronicles the seismic changes in China over the last half-century through the lens of one family’s experiences, Kaitlin Solimine’s Empire of Glass (Ig Publishing) is an investigation into the workings of human memory and the veracity of oral history that pushes the boundaries of language and form in stunning and unforgettable ways. In Warren Read’s Ash Falls (Ig Publishing), a routine prisoner transfer on a rural highway ends with the bus upside-down in a ravine, the driver dead of a heart attack, and convicted murderer Ernie Luntz on the loose — his eyes fixed on the mountain range in the distance, over which lies his hometown of Ash Falls. Set in a moss-draped Pacific Northwest mountain town, Ash Falls is the story of a closely connected community both held together and torn apart by one man’s single act of horrific violence. A tension-filled, multi-character exploration of collapsed relationships, carefully guarded secrets, and the psychological strain of living in a place that is at once both idyllic and crippling, Ash Falls is a picturesque and haunting novel.


Revenge of the Nerd

Thursday, July 13 @ 7:30 PM

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Portland, OR
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Risky Business. Revenge of the Nerds. Better Off Dead. Moonlighting. Supernatural. American Dad. New Girl. What do all of these movies and television shows have in common? Curtis Armstrong. A legendary comedic second banana to a litany of major stars, Armstrong is forever cemented in the public imagination as Booger from Revenge of the Nerds. A classically trained actor, Armstrong began his incredible 40-year career on stage but progressed rapidly to film and television. He was typecast early and it proved to be the best thing that could have happened. But there's more to Armstrong’s story than that. Born and bred a nerd, he spent his early years between Detroit and, improbably, Geneva, Switzerland. His adolescence and early adulthood were spent primarily between the covers of a book and indulging his nerdy obsessions. It was only when he found his true calling, as an actor and unintentional nerd icon, that he found true happiness. With whip-smart, self-effacing humor, Armstrong’s memoir, Revenge of the Nerd (Thomas Dunne), takes us on a most unlikely journey – one nerd's hilarious, often touching rise to the middle.



Bone Gap
by Laura Ruby

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Young Adult Book Club (Hawthorne)

Friday, July 14 @ 7:00 PM

Powell's Books on Hawthorne
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Portland, OR
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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 Bone Gap by Laura Ruby. Join us!




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Kids’ Storytime

Saturday, July 15 @ 11:00 AM

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Join us every Saturday for kids’ storytime. Today we’re reading Laundry Day by Jessixa Bagley.



The Blood: Monstress, Volume 2
by Marjorie Liu

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Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda

Saturday, July 15 @ 2:00 PM

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The Eisner-nominated Monstress is back! Set in an alternate matriarchal 1900s Asia, in a richly imagined world of art deco-inflected steampunk, Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda’s Monstress series tells the story of a teenage girl who is struggling to survive the trauma of war, and who shares a mysterious psychic link with a monster of tremendous power, a connection that will transform them both. Entertainment Weekly praised Monstress as "one of Image Comics' most imaginative and daring new series" and dubbed it the "Best New Original Series" in their year-end "Best Comics of 2015." Monstress, Volume 2: The Blood (Image) collects issues 7 through 12. Maika, Kippa, and Ren journey to Thyria in search of answers to her past… and discover a terrible new threat.



Gork, the Teenage Dragon
by Gabe Hudson

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Gabe Hudson

Monday, July 17 @ 7:30 PM

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Gabe Hudson’s Gork, the Teenage Dragon (Knopf) is a wacky, exuberant, heartfelt novel: the unholy child of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Harry Potter, and Sixteen Candles – and this time with dragons. Gork isn’t like the other dragons at WarWings Military Academy. He has a gigantic heart, two-inch horns, and an occasional problem with fainting. His nickname is Weak Sauce and his Will to Power ranking is Snacklicious – the lowest in his class. But he is determined not to let any of this hold him back as he embarks on the most important mission of his life: tonight, on the eve of his high school graduation, he must ask a female dragon to be his queen. If she says yes, they’ll go off to conquer a foreign planet together. If she says no, Gork becomes a slave. A love story, a fantasy, and a coming-of-age story, Gork, the Teenage Dragon is a wildly comic, beautifully imagined, and deeply heartfelt debut that shows us just how human a dragon can be.



Notable Women of Portland
by Zadie Schaffer

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Notable Women of Portland

Monday, July 17 @ 7:30 PM

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The story of Portland, Oregon, like much of history, has usually been told with a focus on male leaders. Tracy J. Prince and Zadie Schaffer’s Notable Women of Portland (Arcadia) offers a reframing of Portland's history. Many women made their mark and radically changed the Oregon frontier, including Native Americans Polly Johnson and Josette Nouette; pioneers Minerva Carter and Charlotte Terwilliger; doctors Marie Equi, Mary Priscilla Avery Sawtelle, and Bethina Owens-Adair; artists Eliza Barchus and Lily E. White; suffragists Abigail Scott Duniway, Hattie Redmond, and Eva Emery Dye; lawyer Mary Gysin Leonard; Air Force pilot Hazel Ying Lee; politicians Barbara Roberts and Margaret Carter; and authors Frances Fuller Victor, Beverly Cleary, Beatrice Morrow Cannady, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Jean Auel. These women, along with groups of women such as "Wendy the Welders," made Portland what it is today.




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Young Adult Book Club

Tuesday, July 18 @ 7:00 PM

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The Young Adult Book Club is a group of teens who meet monthly to talk about YA fiction. We’ll read anything, from Alexie to Zusak, from historical fiction to space opera. This month we meet to discuss A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. Join us!


David D. Levine

Tuesday, July 18 @ 7:00 PM

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Beaverton, OR
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Arabella’s wedding plans to marry Captain Singh of the Honorable Mars Trading Company are interrupted when her fiancé is captured by the French and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp on swampy Venus. Now, Arabella must find passage to an enemy-controlled planet in the middle of a war, bribe or fight her way past vicious guards, and rescue her Captain. To do this she must enlist the help of the dashing privateer, Daniel Fox of the Touchstone, and build her own clockwork navigational automaton in order to get to Venus before the dread French general, Joseph Fouché, the Executioner of Lyon. Once on Venus, Arabella, Singh, and Fox soon discover that Napoleon has designed a secret weapon, one that could subjugate the entire galaxy if they can’t discover a way to stop Fouché, and the entire French army, from completing their emperor’s mandate. The thrilling adventures of Arabella Ashby continue in Arabella and the Battle of Venus (Tor), the second book in Hugo Award-winning author David D. Levine's swashbuckling sci-fi, alt-history series.



Live from Cairo
by Ian Bassingthwaighte

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Ian Bassingthwaighte

Tuesday, July 18 @ 7:30 PM

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Cairo, 2011. President Mubarak has just been ousted from power. The oldest city in the world is reeling from political revolution, its consequent hopes and fears, its violence, triumphs, and defeats. But for the people actually living there, daily life has not slowed down but become wilder, more dangerous, and, occasionally, freeing. Ian Bassingthwaighte’s Live From Cairo (Scribner) is the dazzling story of these people: Dalia, a strong-willed Iraqi refugee who finds herself trapped in Egypt after her petition to resettle in America with her husband is denied. Charlie, her foolhardy attorney, whose frustration with the legal bureaucracy and complicated feelings for Dalia have led him to forge a not entirely legal plan to get her out. Aos, Charlie’s fastidious translator and only friend, who spends his days trying to help people through the system and his nights in Tahrir Square protesting against it. And Hana, a young and disenchanted Iraqi-American resettlement officer; she is the worker assigned to Dalia’s case, deciding whether to treat her plight as merely one more piece of paperwork, or as a full-blooded human crisis. Live From Cairo is an exhilarating debut, and a stunning testament to the unconquerable desire of people to rise above tragedy to seek love, friendship, humor, and joy.



Wilders: Project Earth #1
by Brenda Cooper

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Brenda Cooper & Nancy Kress

Wednesday, July 19 @ 7:00 PM

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Coryn Williams has grown up in the megacity of Seacouver, where her every need is provided for – except satisfaction with her life. After her parents’ suicides, her sister Lou fled the city to work on a rewilding crew, restoring lands once driven to the brink of ecological disaster by humans to a more natural state. Finally of age, Coryn leaves the city with her companion robot to look for her sister. But the outside world is not what she expects – it is rougher and more dangerous, and while some people help her, some resent the city and some covet her most precious resource: her companion robot. Wilders (Pyr) is the first novel in Brenda Cooper’s new Project Earth series. Nancy Kress returns with Tomorrow’s Kin (Tor), the first of an all-new hard science fiction trilogy based on the Nebula Award-winning Yesterday's Kin. The aliens have arrived… they've landed their Embassy ship on a platform in New York Harbor. The population of Earth has erupted in fear and speculation. One day, Dr. Marianne Jenner, an obscure scientist working with the human genome, receives an invitation that she cannot refuse. She has been invited, along with the Secretary General of the UN and a few other ambassadors, to visit the alien Embassy. The truth is about to be revealed. Earth’s most elite scientists have 10 months to prevent a disaster – and not everyone is willing to wait.



Why?: What Makes Us Curious
by Mario Livio

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Mario Livio

Wednesday, July 19 @ 7:30 PM

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In his new book, Why? (Simon & Schuster), astrophysicist and author Mario Livio investigates perhaps the most human of all our characteristics – curiosity – as he explores our innate desire to know why. Livio interviewed scientists in several fields to explore the nature of curiosity. He examined the lives of two of history’s most curious geniuses, Leonardo da Vinci and Richard Feynman. He also talked to people with boundless curiosity: a superstar rock guitarist who is also an astrophysicist; an astronaut with degrees in computer science, biology, literature, and medicine. What drives these people to be curious about so many subjects? Livio explores this irresistible subject in a lucid, entertaining way that will captivate anyone who is curious about curiosity.



Hum If You Don't Know the Words
by Bianca Marais

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Bianca Marais

Thursday, July 20 @ 7:30 PM

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Life under Apartheid has created a secure future for Robin Conrad, a 10-year-old white girl living with her attentive parents in 1970s Johannesburg. In the same nation, but worlds apart, Beauty Mbali, a Xhosa woman in a rural village in the Bantu homeland of the Transkei, struggles to raise her children alone after her husband’s death. Both lives have been built upon the division of race, and their meeting should never have occurred… until the Soweto Uprising, in which a protest by black students ignites racial conflict, alters the fault lines on which their society is built, and shatters their worlds when Robin’s parents are left dead and Beauty’s daughter goes missing. Told through alternating perspectives, the two narratives create a rich and complex tapestry of the emotions and tensions at the heart of Apartheid South Africa. Bianca Marais's Hum If You Don’t Know the Words (G. P. Putnam's Sons) is a beautifully rendered look at loss, racism, and the creation of family.



The Mentor
by Lee Matthew Goldberg

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Lee Matthew Goldberg

Thursday, July 20 @ 7:30 PM

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Portland, OR
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Kyle Broder has achieved his lifelong dream and is an editor at a major publishing house. When Kyle is contacted by his favorite college professor, William Lansing, Kyle couldn’t be happier. Kyle has his mentor over for dinner to catch up and introduce him to his girlfriend, Jamie, and the three have a great time. When William mentions that he’s been writing a novel, Kyle is overjoyed… until the novel turns out to be not only horribly written, but the most depraved story Kyle has read. After Kyle politely rejects the novel, William becomes obsessed, causing trouble between Kyle and Jamie, threatening Kyle’s career, and even his life. As Kyle delves into more of this psychopath’s work, it begins to resemble a cold case from his college town, when a girl went missing. William’s work is looking increasingly like a true crime confession. Lee Matthew Goldberg’s The Mentor (Thomas Dunne) is a twisty, nail-biting thriller that explores how the love of words can lead to a deadly obsession with the fate of all those connected and hanging in the balance.




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Kids’ Storytime

Saturday, July 22 @ 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 Ice Boy by David Ezra Stein.



Black Moon: A Zodiac Novel
by Romina Russell

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Penguin Teen on Tour

Monday, July 24 @ 7:00 PM

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

Join us for Penguin Teen on Tour, featuring new works by four authors of young adult fiction. In Romina Russell’s Black Moon (Razorbill), the third book in her sci-fi meets high fantasy series, one final secret stands between Rho and the enemy… but the truth is so devastating that it just might destroy her first. With The Merciless III: Origins of Evil (Razorbill), horror queen Danielle Vega finally reveals the sinister mystery of how a teen girl named Brooklyn became the epitome of evil in this terrifying prequel to the series MTV calls "Mean Girls meets The Exorcist." Aditi Khorana’s The Library of Fates (Razorbill) is a romantic coming-of-age fantasy tale steeped in Indian folklore, perfect for fans of The Star-Touched Queen and The Wrath and the Dawn. In The Darkest Magic (Razorbill), the second installment of author Morgan Rhodes’s Falling Kingdoms spin-off series, danger looms and the mystery deepens as two warring evils vie for possession of one elusive, powerful book.


Rob Hart

Monday, July 24 @ 7:30 PM

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

The Woman From Prague (Polis) is the fourth in Rob Hart's Anthony-nominated Ash McKenna series, in which the amateur P.I. has fled to Prague to escape his past, only to find himself in the middle of an assassination attempt, quickly discovering that he is out of his country, out of his element, and out of time. Ash McKenna's time is about to expire – on his visa, that is. Having fled the demons that haunted him in the U.S., Ash has been lying low in Prague for nearly three months. Now it's time to move on. But as he contemplates his next stop, a man named Roman appears, claiming to work for the U.S. government, and possessing intimate knowledge of Ash's many sins. Sins nobody should know. Roman offers to protect him… in exchange for a favor. The Woman From Prague is a riveting novel of international suspense from one of the very best crime writers working today.



Dark Dark Stories
by Samantha Hunt

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Samantha Hunt

Monday, July 24 @ 7:30 PM

Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR
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Acclaimed novelist Samantha Hunt’s first collection of stories, The Dark Dark (FSG), blends the literary and the fantastic and brings us characters on the verge – girls turning into women, women turning into deer, people doubling or becoming ghosts, and more. Strange things happen all around us all the time, but is it best to acknowledge or to turn away from moments when the weird pokes its way into our ordinary lives? In these marvelously inventive stories, Hunt imagines numerous ways in which lives might be altered by the otherworldly. An FBI agent falls in love with a robot built for a suicide mission. A young woman unintentionally cheats on her husband when she is transformed, nightly, into a deer. Two strangers become lovers and find themselves somehow responsible for the resurrection of a dog. A woman tries to start her life anew after the loss of a child but cannot help riddling that new life with lies. Thirteen pregnant teenagers develop a strange relationship with the Founding Fathers of American history. A lonely woman’s fertility treatments become the stuff of science fiction. With her unguarded gaze and offbeat humor, Hunt has conjured stories that urge an understanding of youth and mortality, magnification and loss, and hold out the hope that we can know one another more deeply — or at least stand side by side to observe the mystery of the world.



Fetch How a Bad Dog Brought Me Home
by Nicole J Georges

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Fetch: How a Bad Dog Brought Me Home

Tuesday, July 25 @ 7:30 PM

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

When Nicole Georges was 16 she adopted Beija, a dysfunctional Shar-Pei/Corgi mix – a troublesome combination of tiny and attack, just like teenaged Nicole herself. For the next 15 years, Beija would be the one constant in her life. Through depression, relationships gone awry, and an unmoored young adulthood played out against the backdrop of the Portland punk scene, Beija was there, wearing her "Don’t Pet Me" bandana. Georges’s gorgeous graphic novel Fetch (Mariner) chronicles their symbiotic, codependent relationship and probes what it means to care for and be responsible for another living thing – a living thing that occasionally lunges at toddlers. Nicole turns to vets, dog whisperers, and even a pet psychic for help, but it is the moments of accommodation, adaption, and compassion that sustain them. Award-winning artist Georges, author of Calling Dr. Laura, never successfully taught Beija "sit," but in the end, Beija taught Nicole how to stay.




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Classics Book Group

Wednesday, July 26 @ 7:00 PM

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

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


Inara Verzemnieks

Wednesday, July 26 @ 7:30 PM

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

"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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.