Chaos reigned under the marquee Tuesday as precisely 794 book-crazed teenagers, high on fiction and spoiling for a lecture, stormed the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. They came from as far away as Corbett High School in the Gorge to hear Heidi Durrow talk about her Bellwether Prize-winning novel, and this year’s Everybody Reads book, The Girl Who Fell From the Sky. It was a homecoming for Ms Durrow, who graduated from Jefferson High School and was joined onstage by her special guest, fellow Scion of Alberta Thomas Lauderdale, who once took the petite spellbinder to lunch at the Chart House for her 13th birthday.
During the Q & A Ms Durrow was asked to advise aspiring young writers. She replied that her novel never really took off, “Until I stopped feeling sad that nobody was helping me, and started to figure out what I could do, right now, in this moment, to help myself.” To paraphrase Derek Jeter, here we thought she was talking about writing.
“Was it just me, or was it a little louder in the Schnitz tonight?” mused one audience member. Yes, actually, it was louder. A lot louder. Listen carefully: that’s the sound of our future.
November 21, 2019
Slamlandia is a poetry open mic and slam which meets on the…
Author’s Guild Reception
December 5, 2019
New Authors Guild ambassadors Cai Emmons and Gillian Klucas will be there…
The Moth Mainstage in Portland
December 10, 2019
The Moth returns to Portland this December! This extraordinary performance will sell…
Winter 2020: Fear and Freedom In A Time of Distrust: Zadie Smith and Hunter S. Thompson
January 6, 2020
Mondays, January 6 – February 10, 2020 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (six…
Everybody Reads 2020: Tommy Orange
March 5, 2020
Literary Arts is proud to host an evening with award-winning author Tommy…