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On the Run: Mothers and Money

Sat, Nov 10, 2018 from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm PST
1119 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205

Sometimes, you find yourself literally running away from your problems—but they always find you. In Patrick deWitt’s darkly comic French Exit, a wealthy widow and her adult son flee New York for Paris in the wake of scandal and financial disintegration. Vanessa Hua’s debut novel A River of Stars introduces us to two women on the run from a secret maternity home as they try to make their own way in San Francisco in this story of motherhood, migration, and the American dream. In Lydia Kiesling’s The Golden State, a young mother escapes the stress and tedium of her life in San Francisco and hides out with her toddler in the high desert of California, where she confronts the tedium of child-rearing and a local secessionist movement. Moderated by Marisa Siegel, editor-in-chief and owner of The Rumpus.

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Patrick deWitt

Patrick deWitt is the author of the critically acclaimed Ablutions: Notes for a Novel, as well as The Sisters Brothers, which was short-listed for the Booker Prize. His most recent novel is French Exit. Born in British Columbia, he has also lived in California and Washington, and now resides in Portland, Oregon.
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Vanessa Hua

Vanessa Hua is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and the author of a short story collection, Deceit and Other Possibilities. For two decades, she has been writing, in journalism and fiction, about Asia and the Asian diaspora. She has received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, the San Francisco Foundation’s James D. Phelan Award, and a Steinbeck Fellowship in Creative Writing, as well as honors from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Asian American Journalists Association. Her work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Atlantic, and The Washington PostA River of Stars is Vanessa Hua’s first novel. Visit her online at vanessahua.com
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Lydia Kiesling

Lydia Kiesling is the editor of The Millions. Her debut novel is The Golden State. Her essays and criticism have appeared in The New York Times MagazineThe GuardianSlate, and The New Yorker online, and have been recognized in The Best American Essays 2016. She lives in San Francisco with her family. Visit her online at lydiakiesling.com
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Marisa Siegel

Marisa Siegel lives, writes, and edits near NYC. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Mills College in Oakland, CA. Her essay “Inherited Anger” appears in the anthology Burn It Down (Seal Press, 2019) and her debut poetry chapbook, Fixed Stars, is forthcoming from Burrow Press in April 2022. She is senior acquiring editor for trade at Northwestern University Press, and owner/publisher of The Rumpus.

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