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Pop-up: Julia Stoops & Gabriel Liston

Sat, Nov 10, 2018 from 11:30 am - 11:45 am
1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205

Author Julia Stoops and artist Gabriel Liston pop-up with the new novel Parts Per Million. Glimpse Liston live-drawing in the galleries while Stoops shares an excerpt from the book.

Stoops and Liston are paired with Mike the Bite by George Luks; found in the American Art on the 2nd floor of the Portland Art Museum. Please reference the Portland Art Museum Map to find this location.


When John Nelson abandoned his government job to join a scrappy band of activists, he didn’t realize trying to save the world would be so hard. His ideals remain strong, but his optimism is wearing thin. His fellow activists—computer hacker Jen Owens and Vietnam vet Irving Fetzer—still think he’s a square. And their radio show can’t compete with the corporate media.

Parts per Million, Julia Stoops’s socially conscious, fast-paced debut novel, is set in Portland, Oregon, in 2002. As the trio dives into anti-war protests and investigates fraud at an elite university, Nelson falls in love with an unlikely houseguest, Deirdre, a photographer from Ireland—and a recovering addict. Fetzer recognizes her condition but keeps it secret, setting off a page-turning chain of events that threatens to destroy the activists’ friendship even as they’re trying to hold the world together, one radio show at a time.

Julia Stoops

Julia Stoops was born in Samoa and grew up in Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Washington, D.C. She is a native of New Zealand and has lived in Portland since 1994. Her Portland-based novel, Parts per Million, was shaped by her experiences in community radio journalism and anti-war activism, and was shortlisted for the PEN Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction. A visual artist as well as a writer, Julia Stoops is a recipient of Oregon Arts Commission Fellowships for visual arts and literature, and was a resident at the Ucross Foundation in 2016. Her current activist work is in the digital privacy movement. Visit her online at juliastoops.com
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Gabriel Liston

Gabriel Liston is an artist and illustrator. His paintings follow the entanglement of humans and water. With the exception of some historical research, his primary reference is a library of observational notebooks. His author collaborators include Justin Hocking, Bee Lavender, Julia Stoops. He is represented in Oregon by the Froelick Gallery. Visit him online at lastwater.net.
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