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Hard Conversations: Race, Family, America

Sat, Nov 9, 2019 from 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm PST
1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205

Three books that, through various genres and forms, explore identity and division in contemporary America—and, somehow, find hope. Steph Cha’s Your House Will Pay is set in Los Angeles, where a shocking crime forces two families, connected by past violence, to face down their history while navigating the tumult of a city on the brink of more violence. Jennine Capó Crucet’s My Time Among the Whites is a collection of essays on feeling like an “accidental” American and the tectonic edges of identity in a society centered on whiteness. Mira Jacob’s graphic memoir Good Talk is a bold, wry, and intimate graphic memoir about American identity, interracial families, and the realities that divide us. It is a love letter to the art of conversation—and to the hope that hovers in our most difficult questions. Moderated by Mat Johnson, author of Loving Day.

Advance Portland Book Festival passes available now.MAT JOHNSON

Steph Cha

Steph Cha, author of the Juniper Song crime trilogy, is now the Noir Editor at The Los Angeles Review of Books and a contributing book reviewer for The Los Angeles Times. Her most recent book is Your House Will Pay. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two basset hounds.

 

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Jennine Capó Crucet

Jennine Capó Crucet is the author of two previous books and is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. Her novel, Make Your Home Among Strangers, was a New York Times Editors’ Choice book, the winner of the 2016 International Latino Book Award, and was cited as a best book of the year by NBC Latino, the Guardian, and the Miami Herald; it has been adopted as an all-campus read at over thirty American universities. Her short stories have been honored with the Iowa Short Fiction Award, an O. Henry Prize, and other awards. Raised in Miami, Florida, she is an associate professor in the Department of English and the Institute for Ethnic Studies at the University of Nebraska.
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Mira Jacob

Mira Jacob is the author and illustrator of Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations. Her critically acclaimed novel, The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing, was a Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers pick, shortlisted for India’s Tata First Literature Award, longlisted for the Brooklyn Literary Eagles Prize, and translated into seven languages. Her writing and drawings have appeared in The New York Times, Electric Literature, Tin House, Literary Hub, Guernica, and Vogue, and she has a drawn column on Shondaland. She teaches at The New School, and she is a founding faculty member of the MFA Program at Randolph College. She lives in Brooklyn.


Also appearing in Festival partner event:

Live Wire with Luke Burbank featuring Portland Book Festival authors Ross Gay, Mira Jacob, and Tim O'Brien!

Saturday, November 9, 2019 Venue: Alberta Rose Theatre Doors: 6:30pm / Show: 7:30pm TICKETS

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Mat Johnson

Mat Johnson is the author of the novels Loving Day, Pym, Drop, and Hunting in Harlem, the nonfiction novella The Great Negro Plot, and the comic books Incognegro and Dark Rain. He is a recipient of the United States Artist James Baldwin Fellowship, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature. He is a faculty member at the University of Houston Creative Writing Program.
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