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Loaners: The Making of a Street Library

Sat, November 13 from 10:30 am - 11:30 am PST
1010 SW Park Ave Portland, 97205

Loaners is the most heartening, encouraging book I’ve read in years. Ever? What a beauty, how human and terrifying and funny, what a strange conversation.”
–Peter Rock, author of My Abandonment

In 2011, Laura Moulton founded Street Books, a mobile library serving people living outside in Portland, Oregon. That summer, Ben Hodgson became one of her most dedicated regulars, setting the still-unbroken single-season record for borrowing. Then Ben’s routine’s changed, and he didn’t cross paths again with Laura for almost two years. Loaners is the story they began to tell when they reconnected, offering a street-level perspective of a community whose stories are seldom told, alternating between their two unforgettable points of view in this addictively readable, occasionally sublime memoir.

Ben Hodgson and Laura Moulton discuss Loaners with author Karen Russell.

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Ben Hodgson

Ben Hodgson was a computer technician in the air force and a cab driver for many years. He is currently on the board of Street Books, and works as a street librarian, speaker, and inventory specialist. Loaners, co-written with Laura Moulton, is his first book.

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Laura Moulton

Laura Moulton teaches in the Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis & Clark College and leads residences in high schools for Literary Arts. Over the years she has taught writing in public schools, prisons and teen shelters. Moulton is the founder of Street Books, Portland’s bicycle-powered street library.

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Karen Russell

Karen Russell won the 2012 and the 2018 National Magazine Award for fiction, and her first novel, Swamplandia! (2011), was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. She has also written Orange World and, most recently, Sleep Donation. She has received a MacArthur Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship, the "5 under 35" prize from the National Book Foundation, the NYPL Young Lions Award, the Bard Fiction Prize, and is a former fellow of the Cullman Center and the American Academy in Berlin. She currently holds the Endowed Chair at Texas State University's MFA program, and lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and son.

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