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Live Through This: Heartbreak, Hope, & Humor

Sat, Nov 9, 2019 from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
1111 SW Broadway Portland, OR 97205

These three books at once tender and unsentimental, heartbreaking and humorous. Exploring grief, love, and identity, you’ll cry till you laugh and laugh till you cry. Kristen Arnett’s debut novel, Mostly Dead Things, finds Jessa grieving for her father while trying to keep the family taxidermy business afloat, trying to figure out how she fits in with her family. Profound and deceptively funny, Morgan Parker’s Magical Negro is an archive of everyday Blackness, exploring the troubling tropes and stereotypes of Black Americans and connecting themes of loneliness, displacement, grief, ancestral trauma, and objectification. Kimberly King Parsons’s debut story collection Black Light, longlisted for the National Book Award, explores the darkest hollows of desire, from first love to addiction. Moderated by Megan Labrise of Kirkus Reviews.

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Kristen Arnett

Kristen Arnett is a queer fiction and essay writer. She won the 2017 Coil Book Award for her debut short fiction collection, Felt in the Jaw, and was awarded Ninth Letter's 2015 Literary Award in Fiction. She's a columnist for Literary Hub and her work has either appeared or is upcoming at North American ReviewThe Normal SchoolGulf CoastTriQuarterlyGuernicaElectric LiteratureVolume 1 BrooklynBennington ReviewTin House Flash Fridays/The GuardianSalonThe Rumpus, and elsewhere. Her debut novel is Mostly Dead Things. Also appearing at Festival partner events:

Northwest Film Center Presents: Film to Page

Friday, November 8 Venue: Whitsell Auditorium, Portland Art Museum 7:00 p.m.

FREE with a PBF wristband! $8 general admission. Tickets here.

Live Wire with Luke Burbank featuring Portland Book Festival authors Kristen Arnett, Casey Cep, and Saeed Jones!

Sunday, November 10 Venue: Alberta Rose Theatre Doors: 11:30am / Show: 12:00pm

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Morgan Parker

Morgan Parker is the author of the poetry collections Magical NegroThere Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé, and Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night. Her debut YA novel Who Put This Song On? will be published in Fall 2019 from Delacorte Press, and her debut book of nonfiction is forthcoming from One World/Random House. Park3er is the recipient of a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, winner of a Pushcart Prize, and a Cave Canem graduate fellow. She is the creator and host of Reparations, Live! at the Ace Hotel. With Tommy Pico, she co-curates the Poets with Attitude (PWA) reading series, and with Angel Nafis, she is The Other Black Girl Collective. She lives in Los Angeles.


  Also appearing in Festival partner event:

Northwest Film Center Presents: Film to Page

Festival Writers on Influential Films

Saturday, November 9, 2019 Venue: Whitsell Auditorium, Portland Art Museum 7:00 p.m. FREE with a PBF wristband! $8 general admission. Tickets here.

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Kimberly King Parsons

Kimberly King Parsons is the author of the short story collection Black Light, forthcoming from Vintage on August 13, 2019. Her fiction has been published or is forthcoming in The Paris ReviewBest Small FictionsNo TokensKenyon Review, and elsewhere. A recipient of fellowships from the Sustainable Arts Foundation and Columbia University, she lives with her partner and sons in Portland, OR, where she is completing a novel about Texas, motherhood, and LSD.   
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Megan Labrise

Megan Labrise is the editor-at-large of Kirkus Reviews. She hosts the weekly podcast Fully Booked, writes the biweekly column “Field Notes,” and interviews hundreds of authors each year. In 2015 she judged the Kirkus Prize for Fiction, one of richest literary awards in the world, with author Colson Whitehead and bookseller Nicole Magistro. She is a graduate of Reed College and NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, a former newspaper reporter, and a food writer. Her work has appeared in Edible Hudson Valley, Epicurious, Gourmet Live, Guernica Daily, Salon, and other publications. She lives in Portland.
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