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In the Community: Upcoming Online Literary Events and Connections

Each week, Literary Arts staff will round up news, events, and more happening in the literary community. Let us know if you have any events or book news to share.


Finish the Fight: A virtual play, celebrating the unsung heroes of suffrage.
Tuesday, August 18, 7:00pm E.T. | 4:00pm P.T.

They were tireless organizers. Tenacious fighters. And political geniuses. They were Black and Latinx. Indigenous and immigrant. Together, they won women the right to vote and laid the cornerstone for gender equality in the United States. Yet their stories have rarely been told. Until now.

This August, we give voice to these heroes of the suffrage movement. Join us for the premiere of this innovative new performance. Learn why their fight is far from over.

Based on
“Finish the Fight!: The Brave and Revolutionary Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote”

by Veronica Chambers and the Staff of The New York Times

Produced by The New York Times

This event is free for all to attend. A subscription is not required. Access details are shared on R.S.V.P. confirmation and on the day of the event.


Atheneum Class of 2020 Final Reading (The Attic)
Sunday, August 9, 7:00 p.m. PT

Author Reading: The Index of Self-Destructive Acts by Christopher Beha / Power Ball by Rob Neyer (Two Rivers Bookstore)
Thursday, August 27, 6:30 p.m.
Join us for an evening of fiction, family, and baseball with Christopher Beha, author of The Index of Self-Destructive Acts, and Rob Neyer, former sportswriter and local author of Power Ball: Anatomy of a Modern Baseball game.

$5 Registration will benefit the Roosevelt High School Athletics Program.

Portland Virtual StorySLAM (The Moth)
Tuesday, August 18th
, 7:15 p.m.
ENTHUSIASM: Prepare a five-minute story about going full force. RAH RAH fervor and rearing to go. That high-energy, can-do spirit that gets things done—or ensures that everyone wants you dead. New love, new job, first day of school….LETS DO THIS! Sustaining interest, inspiring new zeal and reigniting the fire. … and the inevitable PUSH needed to get over the finish line.

Writer As Fearless Citizen Workshop Featuring Cheryl Strayed
Saturday, September 26, 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. P.T.
Join us for this extraordinary *benefit* writing workshop featuring bestselling writer Cheryl Strayed where we will explore the role of the writer-citizen in these unprecedented times. This is a full day 10:00-3:30PM (Pacific Time) Writing Workshop with a morning AND afternoon session, including a 1 hour lunch from 12:00-1:00 PM. The morning session (10:00-12:00) will be hosted by memoirist, novelist, and nonfiction writer, Albert Flynn DeSilver, and include innovative “warm-up” writing exercises, talk and discussion. The afternoon session from 1:00-3:00PM will feature bestselling writer Cheryl Strayed—author of WILD (memoir), TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS (nonfiction), TORCH (fiction) Cheryl will be offering innovative writing exercises, a lecture/talk, discussion and Q&A. 3:00-3:30 will be for final sharing and closing remarks. A minimum 25% of net profit proceeds will benefit the Black Lives Matter movement via the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. The session will also be recorded!

Virtual Festivals

Brooklyn Book Festival Authors Announced
September 28 – October 5

Edinburgh International Book Festival
From August 15 to 31
enjoy 140 events for adults and children for free via our website, including live conversations, panel debates, discussions, readings and draw-alongs. Through the magic of technology, we’ll be crossing continents and time zones to beam events from more than 30 countries straight into your home.

Library of Congress National Book Festival Announces Full Author Lineup
During the weekend of Sept. 25-27, virtual stages at loc.gov/bookfest will offer on-demand videos, live author chats and discussions, options to personalize your own journey through the festival with particular themes, and book buying possibilities through the festival’s official bookseller, Politics & Prose


BOOX (Powell’s)
Volume 21: Ships August 12th, 2020
Antiracist Baby Picture Book by Ibram X. Kendi and Ashley Lukashevsky (Kokila
BOOX, Powell’s subscription picture book club, delivers a thoughtfully curated box to your doorstep every eight weeks. Each box features one new hardcover picture book and an additional hardcover staff favorite, along with other exciting goodies. Our kids’ team has sought out the best new picture books with diverse characters, inventive story lines, exquisite illustrations, and charming prose for you to treasure for years to come.


Northwest Review open for Digital Submissions
Northwest Review are currently open for submissions of fiction, poetry, non-fiction, art, and interviews.

What We’re Reading

Is This the Beginning of the End of American Racism? By Ibram X. Kendi (The Atlantic)

Ta-Nehisi Coates is guest editing the September issue of Vanity Fair (CNN)

Who Gets to be Naked Athena? By Mitchell S. Jackson (The New York Times)

And more…

Antiracist Ally Project (Green Bean Books)
Green Bean Book’s goal is to put a copy of Antiracist Baby in every Little Free Library that we can in order to encourage more antiracist allies in our kids! Thank you if you’ve helped already! If you haven’t contributed yet and want to climb aboard this cause, call us up to purchase a copy of this book. Green Bean will match every book donated with another copy that we donate ourselves. You can help us make a difference!  #5039542354☎️

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