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Jess Walter in conversation with Andrew Proctor: Portland Book Festival

Thu, November 5 from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Book-inclusive Ticket

Purchasing this preorder from Powells.com entitles you to a ticket to the Portland Book Festival virtual event featuring Jess Walter on Thursday, November 5, at 6:00 p.m. (Pacific). By purchasing the book through this link, you will be automatically registered for the virtual event, and Literary Arts will send you an email two days prior to the event containing a link to the event and instructions on how to access it. Your copy of The Cold Millions will ship on the day of the event.

 

About The Cold Millions:

The author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Beautiful Ruins delivers another “literary miracle” (NPR)—a propulsive, richly entertaining novel about two brothers swept up in the turbulent class warfare of the early twentieth century.

The Dolans live by their wits, jumping freight trains and lining up for day work at crooked  job agencies. While sixteen-year-old Rye yearns for a steady job and a home, his older brother, Gig, dreams of a better world, fighting alongside other union men for fair pay and decent treatment. Enter Ursula the Great, a vaudeville singer  who performs with a live cougar and introduces the brothers to a far more dangerous creature: a mining  magnate determined to keep his wealth and his hold on Ursula.

Dubious of Gig’s idealism, Rye finds himself drawn to a fearless nineteen-year-old activist and feminist named Elizabeth Gurley Flynn. But a storm is coming, threatening to overwhelm them all, and Rye will be forced to decide where he stands. Is it enough to win the occasional  battle, even if you cannot win the war?

An intimate story of brotherhood, love, sacrifice,  and betrayal set against the panoramic backdrop of an early twentieth-century America that eerily echoes our own time, The Cold Millions offers a  kaleidoscopic portrait of a nation grappling with the chasm between rich and poor, between harsh realities and simple dreams. Featuring an unforgettable cast of cops and tramps, suffragists and socialists, madams and murderers, it is a tour de force from a “writer who has planted himself firmly  in the first rank of American authors” (Boston Globe).

Jess Walter

Jess Walter is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Beautiful Ruins, the national bestseller The Financial Lives of the Poets, the National Book Award finalist The Zero, the Edgar Award-winning Citizen Vince, Land of the Blind, the New York Times Notable Book Over Tumbled Graves, and the story collection We Live in Water. He lives in Spokane, Washington, with his family. Jess Walter is appearing at the 2020 Portland Book Festival (more info). Purchasing a preorder of The Cold Millions from Powells.com entitles you to a ticket to the Portland Book Festival virtual event featuring Jess Walter on Thursday, November 5, at 6:00 p.m. (Pacific). By purchasing the book through this link, you will be automatically registered for the virtual event, and Literary Arts will send you an email two days prior to the event containing a link to the event and instructions on how to access it. Your copy of The Cold Millions will ship on the day of the event.
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Andrew Proctor

Executive Director

Pronouns: he/him Andrew has been the director of Literary Arts since 2009. Born and raised in Canada, Proctor, earned a bachelor’s degree in English and Music at Concordia University in Montreal, and later worked in London for the Cultural Attaché to the Canadian High Commission. In the UK, he also earned an MA in English Literature at the University of East Anglia under the supervision of England’s then Poet Laureate, Andrew Motion. From 2000-2004 Proctor worked as an editor for HarperCollins in New York City and then as the Membership and Operations Director of the PEN American Center, a global literary and human rights organization focused on the welfare of writers and editors. In total, Proctor has worked in the literary world for over twenty years in the governmental, for profit and nonprofit sectors.
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