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Expect the Unexpected: Surprising Journeys

Sat, Nov 10, 2018 from 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm PST
1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205

Sometimes life doesn’t work out quite the way you planned—thankfully! These fare stories of embracing the unknown and facing your fears—and maybe finding yourself somewhere you never expected. Peter Sagal, host of NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, charts his unlikely path to marathon runner in his “winning, smart, honest and affecting” The Incomplete Book of Running. Courtenay Hameister battles her anxiety by spending a year doing little things that scared her, from a sensory deprivation tank to a first date in the “hilarious and poignant” Okay Fine Whatever. Meaghan O’Connell finds her way through unexpected pregnancy and motherhood with humor and honesty in And Now We Have Everything, which Cheryl Strayed called “Smart, funny, and true in all the best ways.” Moderated by Fiona McCann of Portland Monthly.

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Courtenay Hameister

Courtenay Hameister is a professional nervous person. During her 12 years as host and head writer for Live Wire, a nationally syndicated public radio show, she interviewed over 500 intimidating people and wrote 200 personal essays in bursts of anxiety-fueled inspiration at midnight the night before each show. Her work has also been featured in McSweeney’s, APM’s Marketplace, More magazine, and some scathing emails to the customer service department at Macy’s. Her debut book is Okay Fine Whatever. Visit her online at courtenayhameister.com

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Meaghan O’Connell

Meaghan O'Connell's writing has appeared in New York Magazine, Longreads, and The Billfold, where she was an editor. Her debut book is the memoir And Now We Have Everything. She lives in Portland, OR, with her husband and young son. Visit her online at meaghano.com
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Peter Sagal

Peter Sagal is the host of the Peabody Award-winning NPR news quiz Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me!, the most popular show on public radio, heard by five million listeners each week. He is also a playwright, a screenwriter, the host of Constitution USA with Peter Sagal on PBS, a one-time extra in a Michael Jackson music video, a contributor to publications from Opera News to The Magazine of the AARP and a featured columnist in Runner’s World. He’s run fourteen marathons across the United States. His most recent book is The Incomplete Book of Running. Sagal lives near Chicago with his wife Mara.
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Fiona McCann

Fiona McCann is Senior Editor at Portland Monthly. She’s been writing about arts and culture for 20 years, in Portland, Argentina, and Ireland. 
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