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Facing the Past: Middle Grade Novels

Sat, Nov 9, 2019 from 5:10 pm - 6:00 pm PST
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 sister to a tiny island, where she must grapple with the truth of her own past as well as threats to her life. In award-winning and best-selling author Renée Watson’s new novel, Some Places More Than Others, Amara searches for her roots and exploring her family’s history—and their present—while visiting her father’s family in New York City. Moderated by Heidi Schulz, author of Hook’s Revenge.

Attendees 17 years of age and younger and/or with valid high school ID enjoy free admission. Advance Portland Book Festival passes available now.

Dylan Meconis

Dylan Meconis is a cartoonist, writer, and illustrator who created the graphic novels Family Man, Bite Me!, The Long Con, and Outfoxed,which was nominated for a Will Eisner Comic Industry Award. Her most recent book is Queen of the Sea. She lives with her wife in Portland, Oregon.
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Renée Watson

Renée Watson is a New York Times-bestselling author, educator, and activist. Her young adult novel, Piecing Me Together received a Coretta Scott King Award and Newbery Honor. Her books include Ways to Make SunshineSome Places More Than OthersThis Side of HomeWhat Momma Left MeBetty Before X, cowritten with Ilyasah Shabazz, and Watch Us Rise, cowritten with Ellen Hagan, as well as two acclaimed picture books: A Place Where Hurricanes Happen and Harlem’s Little Blackbird, which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. Renée grew up in Portland, Oregon, and splits her time between Portland and New York City.

Purchase Ways to Make Sunshine from Green Bean Books, one of our Portland-based, independent bookstore partners HERE.

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Heidi Schulz

New York Times Bestselling author and self-proclaimed giraffe suspicioner, Heidi Schulz, lies to children for fun and profit. She is best known for her bestselling novel for middle grade readers, Hook’s Revenge, published by Little Brown Books, and her picture book Giraffes Ruin Everything, published by Bloomsbury Kids. When she is not writing, Heidi can be found in her Salem, Oregon home attempting to corral her two unwieldy dogs, sewing herself yet another fit-and-flare dress, or working through her bottomless stack of nightstand books.

Purchase Hook's Revenge from Green Bean Books, one of our Portland-based, independent bookstore partners HERE.

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