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Hard Conversations: Race, Family, America

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When:November 9, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm


Portland Art Museum, Whitsell Auditorium (McMenamins Stage)
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