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Middle School Is a Horror Movie: Jonathan Hill & Colin Meloy

Sat, Nov 5, 2022 from 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm PDT
1219 SW Park Avenue Portland, OR 97205

General Admission Pass required for entry

Anyone who has been to middle school knows it can be like a horror movie. These new novels take that idea to… extremes.


Drawing on the experiences of his Vietnamese American family and his love of ’80s sci-fi shows, Jonathan Hill crafts a funny, insightful graphic novel about the immigrant experience and the perils of middle school in Tales of a Seventh-grade Lizard Boy. The Stars Did Wander Darkling is a suspenseful and atmospheric horror set in 1980s Oregon, from New York Times bestselling author and the Decemberists’ lead singer/songwriter, Colin Meloy. Moderated by Emily Chenoweth (Klawde: Evil Alien Warlord Cat).

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Jonathan Hill

Secretary, Literary arts board of directors

Cartoonist & Illustrator

 Jonathan Hill is an award-winning cartoonist, illustrator, and educator. His work has appeared in The Believer Magazine, Fantagraphics, Powell’s City of Books, and the Society of Illustrators. His graphic novel, Odessa, was a finalist for the 2021 PNBA Book Awards and won the 2021 Believer Book Award for Graphic Literature. His latest book, Tales of a Seventh Grade Lizard Boy, was included on the ALA's Best Graphic Novels for Children Reading List for 2022 and has been named an Oregon Spirit Award Honor Book. Jonathan also serves on the board of directors for Literary Arts.

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Colin Meloy

Colin Meloy is the author of The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid and the New York Times bestselling Wildwood Chronicles, as well as two picture books, The Golden Thread: A Song for Pete Seeger and Everyone’s Awake! He is also the singer and songwriter for the indie rock band the Decemberists. Colin lives in Oregon with his wife and frequent collaborator, illustrator Carson Ellis, and their sons. His latest book is The Stars Did Wander Darkling.
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Emily Chenoweth

Emily Chenoweth is the author of Hello, Goodbye, which was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award; co-author of the middle-grade series Klawde: Evil Alien Warlord Cat; and a collaborator with James Patterson on many bestselling novels. A former English teacher and fiction editor at Publishers Weekly, Emily has also written for People, Self, Tin House, Plazm, Bookforum, and Portland Monthly. She sends out free writing prompts every Friday via her Substack, Good Ideas.
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