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Nowhere to Hide: Pitch-black Humor

Sat, Nov 9, 2019 from 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm PST
1111 SW Broadway Ave Portland, Oregon 97205

In Ryan Chapman’s Riots I Have Known, an unnamed Sri Lankan inmate barricades himself inside the prison computer lab while a riot rages outside, incited by a poem published in the prison literary journal that he edits. As he awaits inevitable violence, he is determined to share his life story. Chuck Klosterman’s Raised in Captivity one of the most original and exciting story collections in recent memory, a fever graph of our deepest unvoiced hopes, fears and preoccupations. Ceaselessly inventive, hostile to corniness in all its forms, and mean only to the things that really deserve it. And Kimberly King Parsons’s debut story collection, Black Light, was praised as “grimy and weird, surprising, utterly lush” by Carmen Maria Machado. The stories in Black Light are enormously perceptive and brutally unsentimental on everything from first love to addiction. Moderated by Sarah Rothenfluch.

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Ryan Chapman

Ryan Chapman is a Sri Lankan-American writer originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota. His work has appeared online at The New YorkerGQBookforumBOMBGuernica, and The Believer. He is a recipient of fellowships from Vermont Studio Center and the Millay Colony for the Arts. He lives in upstate New York. Riots I Have Known is his debut novel. 
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Chuck Klosterman

Chuck Klosterman is the bestselling author of eight nonfiction books (including Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa PuffsI Wear the Black HatBut What If We're Wrong?; and Killing Yourself to Live) and two novels (Downtown Owl and The Visible Man). He has written for The New York TimesThe Washington PostGQEsquire, SpinThe GuardianThe BelieverBillboardThe A.V. Club, and ESPN. Klosterman served as the Ethicist for The New York Times Magazine for three years, appeared as himself in the LCD Soundsystem documentary Shut Up and Play the Hits, and was an original founder of the website Grantland with Bill Simmons. His most recent book is Raised in Captivity: Fictional Nonfiction.

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Kimberly King Parsons

Kimberly King Parsons is the author of the debut collection Black Light (Vintage), which was longlisted for both the 2019 National Book Award and the 2019 Story Prize, and was a finalist for the 2020 Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction, the 2020 Texas Institute of Letters Best Work of First Fiction Award, and the 2020 Oregon Book Award. Her story “Foxes” was among the trio that won The Paris Review 2020 National Magazine Award for Fiction from the American Society of Magazine Editors. Parsons is a recipient of fellowships from Columbia University, Yaddo, and the Sustainable Arts Foundation; her fiction has been published in The Paris Review, Best Small Fictions 2017, Black Warrior Review, No Tokens, Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. She lives with her partner and sons in Portland, where she is completing a novel (forthcoming from Knopf) about Texas, motherhood, and LSD.
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Sarah Rothenfluch

Sarah Rothenfluch is the Executive Director of Dress for Success Oregon, as well as an accomplished journalist, strategist, storyteller and conversation creator with two decades experience producing for public media in the United States and Canada. Rothenfluch was the Executive Editor of News at Oregon Public Broadcasting. She was the executive producer of State of Wonder and and the executive producer of the daily talk show, Think Out Loud, from the creation of the show in 2008 until 2015. Originally from Canada, Sarah spent a number of years at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as a producer for numerous national shows including This Morning, The Sunday Edition, and Richler on Radio. Rothenfluch is a member of the Portland Book Festival Advisory Council.
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