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Finding Freedom: Searching & Identity

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When:November 9, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am


The Old Church (Edwards Lienhart Family Foundation Stage)
1422 SW 11th Ave
Portland, Oregon 97201

Three stories about the struggle to figure out who you are; well, to start to sort of figure it out, at least. Michelle Ruiz Keil’s All of Us with Wings features Xochi, seventeen and alone in San Francisco, having run away from a painful past, when she meets a young girls and finds a home with her family, a group of musicians, and tries to reconcile her past with her future when she accidentally summons a pair of vengeful magical creatures. In Morgan Parker’s Who Put This Song On?, loosely based on her own teenage years and diaries, seventeen-year-old Morgan is trapped in suburbia, searching for her own identity when the world around her views her depression as a lack of faith and her blackness as something to be politely ignored. Gabby Rivera’s Juliet Takes a Breath follows a self-proclaimed closeted Puerto Rican baby dyke from the Bronx—only she’s not so closeted anymore, after coming out to her family the night before flying to Portland, OR, to intern with her favorite feminist writer. In Portland Juliet learns what it means to come out—to the world, to her family, to herself. Moderated by Emilly Prado, author of Funeral for Flaca.

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