• October 28, 2021
          BIPOC Reading Series- October
          November 8, 2021
          Portland Book Festival Virtual Event Pass: November 8–12
          November 8, 2021
          TAP@PBF: Change with John Freeman
          November 8, 2021
          Tenderness: Donika Kelly, Brandon Taylor, and Kirstin Valdez Quade
  • Box Office
Loading Events
  • This event has passed.
Virtual Event
Event Category:

Open Book with The Believer

Sat, Nov 10, 2018 from 5:20 pm - 5:50 pm PST
1119 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205

For the finale in this micro-interview triptych with The Believer magazine, Alexander Chee and Meaghan O’Connell discuss the fluidity of nonfiction – the process of taking from the past and crossing into the present. How much truth does one share, and what details, if anything, are sacred and private?

Advance 2018 Portland Book Festival passes available now.

Alexander Chee

Alexander Chee is a novelist and essayist and an associate professor of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College. He is a contributing editor at The New Republic, an editor at large at The Virginia Quarterly Review, and a critic at large at The Los Angeles Times. He has written the books How to Write an Autobiographical Novel, The Queen of the Night, and Edinburgh.

Purchase How to Write An Autobiographical novel from Annie Bloom’s Books, one of our Portland-based, independent bookstore partners HERE.

Read more

Meaghan O’Connell

Meaghan O'Connell's writing has appeared in New York Magazine, Longreads, and The Billfold, where she was an editor. Her debut book is the memoir And Now We Have Everything. She lives in Portland, OR, with her husband and young son. Visit her online at meaghano.com
Read more

Joshua Wolf Shenk

Joshua Wolf Shenk is a curator, essayist, and author. His Atlantic cover stories include "What Makes Us Happy?" about the Harvard happiness study. He has published in Harper's, The New Yorker, The New York Times, GQ, Riverteeth, and the anthology Unholy Ghost: Writers on Depression. His first book, Lincoln’s Melancholy, was a New York Times Notable book. His most recent book, Powers of Two, on the dynamics of creative intimacy, was a national bestseller. A founding advisor to The Moth, Josh served on the organization's board of directors, where he played a lead role developing The Moth Radio Hour. He created and directs the Erikson Prize for Mental Health Media and serves on the board of PEN Center USA. Josh is the executive director and writer-in-residence of the Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Visit him online at shenk.net.
Read more