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November 2019

Pop-up: Michele Filgate


November 9, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205 United States

Michele Filgate pops-up in the Portland Art Museum galleries with the essay collection, What My Mother and I Don't Talk About.  Filgate is paired with the artwork Kama Mama, Kama Binti (Like Mother, Like Daughter) by Hank Willis Thomas; found…

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Lost & Found: Middle Grade Novels


November 9, 2019 @ 3:10 pm - 4:00 pm
Oregon Historical Society (Tim & Mary Boyle Stage), 1200 SW Park Ave Portland, Oregon 97205

Two novels about very different characters losing, and finding, home. A young Syrian girl must leave her homeland and emigrate to the United States in Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga. In Rosanne Parry’s A Wolf Called Wander, Swift,…

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Live Through This: Heartbreak, Hope, & Humor


November 9, 2019 @ 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
Portland’5 Winningstad Theatre (Poetry Foundation Stage), 1111 SW Broadway Portland, OR 97205

These three books at once tender and unsentimental, heartbreaking and humorous. Exploring grief, love, and identity, you’ll cry till you laugh and laugh till you cry. Kristen Arnett’s debut novel, Mostly Dead Things, finds Jessa grieving for her father while…

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Ties That Bind: Epic Family Sagas


November 9, 2019 @ 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
First Congregational United Church of Christ (Joan Cirillo & Roger Cooke Stage), 1126 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205 United States

Modern masterpieces in a classic genre: the intergenerational family epic. Karl Marlantes’s Deep River follows Finnish immigrants, who flee Russian imperialist rule in Finland in the early 1900s and settle in a Washington state logging community, where they strive to…

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Pop-up: Casey Cep


With: Casey Cep
November 9, 2019 @ 3:15 pm - 3:30 pm
Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205 United States

Casey Cep pops-up in the Portland Art Museum galleries with her new book, Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee.  Cep is paired with the artwork Untitled (Hotel de la Clef D'Or) by Joseph Cornell; found…

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Pop-up: Molly Gloss


With: Molly Gloss
November 9, 2019 @ 3:15 pm - 3:30 pm
Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205 United States

Molly Gloss pops-up in the Portland Art Museum galleries with her short story collection, Unforeseen.  Gloss is paired with the artwork Untitled (Harney Desert, Harney County, Oregon) by Charles Erskine Scott Wood; found in the American Art gallery, on the…

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Self-Portrait: Memoir, Auto-fiction, and History


November 9, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Portland’5 Brunish Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway Ave Portland, Oregon 97205 United States

Three books that combine and move between personal and collective histories to probe both the past and present. Part history, part memoir, Debra Gwartney’s I Am a Stranger Here Myself taps the deepest dimensions of human yearning: the need to belong, the…

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Home Cooking: New Classic Cookbooks


November 9, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Portland Art Museum, Miller Gallery (Mark & Ann Edlen Family Stage), 1119 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205 United States

Two new cookbooks destined to become classics that home cooks will reach for again and again. John Becker and Megan Scott have spent nearly a decade revising and updating one of the most iconic American cookbooks, a veritable kitchen bible,…

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Discussion of the Undoing


November 9, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Portland Parks Foundation Tent (Josie G. Mendoza & Hugh Mackworth Stage), 1010 SW Park Ave Portland, 97205 United States

For John Freeman—literary critic, essayist, editor, poet, “one of the preeminent book people of our time” (Dave Eggers)—it is the rare moment when words are not enough. But in the wake of the election of 2016, words felt useless, even…

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Pop-up: YesYes Books presents Matt Hart & KMA Sullivan


November 9, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205 United States

KMA Sullivan, publisher at YesYes Books and author of the new collection Inclined to Riot, pops-up in the Portland Art Museum galleries with poet Matt Hart, whose poetry collection, Everything Breaking / For Good is out from YesYes Books this…

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Pop-up: Wendy Willis


With: Wendy Willis
November 9, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205 United States

Wendy Willis pops-up in the Portland Art Museum galleries with her essay collection, These Are Strange Times, My Dear.  Willis is paired with the artwork Refusal by Hank Willis Thomas; found in the Hank Willis Thomas special exhibit, on the…

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Pop-up: Karen Thompson Walker


November 9, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205 United States

Karen Thompson Walker pops-up in the Portland Art Museum galleries with her newest novel, The Dreamers.  Thompson Walker is paired with the artwork Separation Anxiety by Heidi Schwegler; found in the Northwest Art Gallery, on the 4th floor of the…

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Pop-up: YesYes Books presents Diannely Antigua & Brandon Courtney


November 9, 2019 @ 3:45 pm - 4:00 pm
Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205 United States

Poets Diannely Antigua (Ugly Music) and Brandon Courtney (This, Sisyphus), pop-up in the Portland Art Museum galleries with their poetry collections, out from YesYes Books this year.  Antigua and Courtney are paired with the artwork Allegory of Poetry by Jean François…

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Pop-up: Anthony McCann


November 9, 2019 @ 3:45 pm - 4:00 pm
Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205 United States

Anthony McCann pops-up in the Portland Art Museum galleries with his new book, Shadowlands: Fear and Freedom at the Oregon Standoff.   McCann is paired with the artwork Constellation (Yellow-Brick-Red) by Leon Polk Smith; found on the 2nd floor of the…

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Dark Magic: Folklore & Fantasy


November 9, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Old Church (Edwards Lienhart Family Foundation Stage), 1422 SW 11th Ave Portland, Oregon 97201

Unexpected connections, unexplained power, and secrets unearthed in three fantastical novels that delve into various folklore and myth. In The Candle and the Flame, Nafiza Azad introduces Fatima, a messenger living in the fantastical Silk Road city of Noor, where…

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Strange Places: Middle Grade Novels


November 9, 2019 @ 4:10 pm - 5:00 pm
Oregon Historical Society (Tim & Mary Boyle Stage), 1200 SW Park Ave Portland, Oregon 97205

Stories featuring characters trapped in strange lands: an alien warlord cat exiled from his home planet to Earth, and a young girl who steps through a portal to a strange world in seach of her mother. In Emily Chenoweth’s new…

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Words & Pictures: Making Children’s Literature


November 9, 2019 @ 4:15 pm - 5:00 pm
Portland Parks Foundation Tent (Josie G. Mendoza & Hugh Mackworth Stage), 1010 SW Park Ave Portland, 97205 United States

Janice Bond, author of A Zebra Plays Zither; Vicki Conrad, author, and David Hohn, illustrator of Just Like Beverly!; and Samantha R. Vamos, author of The Piñata that the Farm Maiden Hung discuss making picture books with Mark Savage of…

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Between the Lines: Harper Lee and Boris Pasternak


November 9, 2019 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Portland Art Museum, Whitsell Auditorium (McMenamins Stage), 1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205 United States

Murder, espionage, and two of the greatest writers of the twentieth century: Harper Lee and Boris Pasternak. Two new books combine the real-life stories: behind the book Harper Lee never wrote, and one of the greatest love stories of the…

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Stranger Things: Fiction from the Edge


November 9, 2019 @ 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm
Portland Art Museum, Miller Gallery (Mark & Ann Edlen Family Stage), 1119 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205 United States

Three books that explore the liminal spaces – between waking and dreaming, between genre, between reality and fantasy. In his graphic novel The River at Night, Kevin Huizenga delves deep into consciousness. What begins as a simple, distracted conversation between husband…

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Dangerous Love: Desire & Obsession


November 9, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Portland’5 Winningstad Theatre (Poetry Foundation Stage), 1111 SW Broadway Portland, OR 97205

These poets confront the trauma of the past—the personal past and the shared past—while celebrating desire and love. Ugly Music, the debut collection from Diannely Antigua, explores reality, dream, trauma, and obsession, and how to create an identity informed by…

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Indivisible: Politics & Protest


November 9, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Portland’5 Brunish Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway Ave Portland, Oregon 97205 United States

Three poets offer personal perspectives on the state of the nation. In Hybrida, Tina Chang confronts the complexities of raising a mixed-race child during an era of political upheaval in the United States, ruminating on the relationship between her son’s…

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Rainbow Rowell: Wayward Son


November 9, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
First Congregational United Church of Christ (Joan Cirillo & Roger Cooke Stage), 1126 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205 United States

Rainbow Rowell is the best-selling author of Eleanor & Park, Fangirl, and Carry On. Her new book, Wayward Son, is the sequel to Carry On, and is a book for anyone who ever wondered what happened to the Chosen One…

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Facing the Past: Middle Grade Novels


November 9, 2019 @ 5:10 pm - 6:00 pm
Oregon Historical Society (Tim & Mary Boyle Stage), 1200 SW Park Ave Portland, Oregon 97205

Stories of two very different young women who find themselves in unknown places, where they realize they must face their past to understand their present. In Dylan Meconis’s graphic novel Queen of the Sea, Queen Eleanor is exiled by her…

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Incite: November


November 13, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

2019/2020 Portland Arts & Lectures: Amor Towles (Sold Out)


November 14, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway Portland, OR 97205 United States

On November 14, we welcome Amor Towles, author of the New York Times best sellers Rules of Civility and A Gentleman in Moscow.

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Free

Slamlandia


November 21, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

Slamlandia is a poetry open mic and slam which meets on the second Thursday of each month. This mic provides a space that is creative, fun, and welcoming to all literary communities in Portland. We encourage poets new and old…

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December 2019

One Page Wednesday


December 4, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Author’s Guild Reception


December 5, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

New Authors Guild ambassadors Cai Emmons and Gillian Klucas will be there to greet you as we launch our very first Portland Chapter event. Enjoy drinks and light refreshments as you get to know your fellow Portland authors. At this…

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The Moth Mainstage in Portland


December 10, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway Portland, OR 97205 United States

The Moth returns to Portland this December! This extraordinary performance will sell out quickly, so reserve your seats early and experience unforgettable stories told live.

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Free

Slamlandia: December


December 12, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

Slamlandia is a poetry open mic and slam which meets on the second Thursday of each month. This mic provides a space that is creative, fun, and welcoming to all literary communities in Portland. We encourage poets new and old…

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January 2020

$15

January Writer of Color Sunday Morning Workshop


January 5 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

Sunday, January 5, 2020 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Meets at Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Instructor: Emilly Prado For writers of color at all levels Searching for a space to create new work with fellow writers of color? This…

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$275

Building a Writing Habit


January 5 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

January 5 - February 9, 2020 Sundays, 10 a.m. to noon (6 class meetings) Meets at Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Instructor: Kristina Tate For writers at all levels Using The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron as a resource, this…

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$15

January Writer of Color Sunday Afternoon Workshop


With: Emilly Prado
January 5 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

Sunday, January 5, 2020 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Meets at Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Instructor: Emilly Prado For writers of color at all levels Searching for a space to create new work with fellow writers of color? This two-hour…

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$220

Winter 2020: Fear and Freedom In A Time of Distrust: Zadie Smith and Hunter S. Thompson


January 6 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

Mondays, January 6 – February 10, 2020 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (six sessions) Guide: Benjamin Ficklin Where have the gonzo journalists gone? Who is proudly owning the biases of their bylines? What use to a readership is a novelist turning…

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$220

Delve Winter 2020: Family, Identity, and Womanhood in the work of Min Jin Lee


January 8 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

Wednesdays, January 8-February 19,2020 (no meeting January 15) 6:30-8:30 p.m. (six sessions) Guide: Hannah Kim This seminar is offered exclusively for people of color. Seminar participants will receive one complimentary admission to Literary Arts’ Portland Arts & Lectures event with…

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Free

Incite: January


January 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

The theme for our first Incite of the decade is "The 20s."   Join us for featured readings by Jessica Mehta, Joni Renee Whitworth, Kellie Richardson, and Dustin Hendrick, followed by a community discussion.     

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$220

Delve: Historical Imagination and the Modern Turkish Novel


January 9 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Thursdays, January 9 - February 13, 2020 6:30-8:30 p.m. (six sessions) Guide: Ülker Gökberk This Delve explores two pivotal examples of historical fiction in contemporary Turkish literature, Elif Shafak’s The Forty Rules of Love: A Novel of Rumi (2009) and…

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Free

Slamlandia: January


January 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

Slamlandia is a poetry open mic and slam that meets on the second Thursday of each month. This mic provides a creative, fun, and welcoming space for all literary communities in Portland. We encourage poets new and old to come…

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$275

Collisions: Short Story Workshop


January 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

January 14–February 18, 2020 Tuesdays, 7:00–9:00 p.m. (six sessions) Instructor: Josha Nathan For writers at all levels In this fiction workshop, we will explore how to use all manner of combustible collisions, both small and large, as generative fuel. Have…

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WITS Student Reading: Benson High School


January 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Books With Pictures, 1100 SE Division St Portland, OR 97202 United States

2019/2020 Portland Arts & Lectures: Min Jin Lee (Sold Out)


January 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway Portland, OR 97205 United States

The series continues on January 15 with Min Jin Lee, whose latest novel, Pachinko, was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction and a New York Times 10 Best Books of 2017.

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$220

DELVE: Women Write the West: Leslie Marmon Silko, Annie Proulx and Claire Vaye Watkins


January 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

Wednesdays, January 22- February 26, 2020 7:00-9:00 p.m. (six sessions) Guide: Danielle Frandina In this seminar, we will explore the works of award-winning contemporary writers Leslie Marmon Silko, Annie Proulx, and Claire Vaye Watkins and how they confront, disrupt, challenge,…

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WITS Student Reading: Grant High School


January 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway St Portland, OR 97232 United States

WITS Student Reading: Madison High School


January 23 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Old School Coffee, 8101 SE Division St. Suite 107 Portland, OR 97206 United States
Free

PDX JAZZ: Women in Jazz


January 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States
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