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If You Can Make It Here: Art and Artists in New York City

Sat, Nov 11, 2017 from 10:00 am - 11:00 am
1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205

There’s a dark side to every New York fairy tale, especially when the complicated lives of artists are at the center. Stories of desire and destruction, of ambition and aspiration, of creativity and commerce. Adam Gopnik remembers his first years in the city and the art world of the 1980s in the new book of essays, At the Stranger’s Gate: Arrivals in New York. In Jami Attenberg’s new novel All Grown Up, narrator Andrea Bern is at a crossroads, having left her hard-drinking, struggling artist days behind but also not ready—or wanting—to go the marriage and babies route. Mel and Sharon, best friends and artistic partners, find their relationship tested when they begin to find commercial success in Kayla Rae Whitaker’s debut novel The Animators. With moderator Maris Kreizman, editorial director at Book of the Month.

Jami Attenberg

Jami Attenberg is the New York Times best-selling author of five novels, including The Middlesteins and Saint Mazie. She has contributed essays about sex, urban life, and food to the New York Times Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, and Lenny Letter, among other publications. Her most recent novel is All Grown Up. She divides her time between Brooklyn and New Orleans. 
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Adam Gopnik

Adam Gopnik is widely known as one of the most winning and wide-ranging of The New Yorker critics and essayists, and as the author of the best-selling Paris to the Moon, as well as Through the Children's Gate, and most recently The Table Comes First, which will be coming to Broadway as a musical in 2017. Gopnik's reputation has only grown with his blogging, podcasts, and performances for the MOTH, where he will soon star in a one-man show called Through the Gates, incorporating stories from Through the Children's Gate and At the Stranger's Gate. He is also a frequently sought-out speaker who sells books wherever he goes. Also appearing in:

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Date: Saturday, Nov 11 Venue: Alberta Rose Theatre Doors: 6:30pm / Show: 7:30pm

w/ Creators of Welcome to Night Vale: Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor + Adam Gopnik + Elena Passarello + Blossom

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Kayla Rae Whitaker

Kayla Rae Whitaker’s work has appeared in Buzzfeed, Literary Hub, Joyland, Split Lip Magazine, and others. She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and New York University. Her debut novel, The Animators, was a Spring 2017 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and a February 2017 Book of the Month Club selection. She was also featured on Publishers Weekly’s Spring 2017 Writers to Watch list. She lives in Louisville, Kentucky.
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Maris Kreizman

Maris Kreizman is the editorial director at Book of the Month. She is the creator of Slaughterhouse 90210, a blog and book (Flatiron Books, 2015) that celebrates the intersection of literature and pop culture. Formerly a publishing outreach specialist at Kickstarter, she is also a writer and critic whose work has appeared in the New York Times, the LA Times, Vanity Fair, Esquire, and more.
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