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Pop-up: Michelle Ruiz Keil

Sat, Nov 9, 2019 from 12:15 pm - 12:30 pm
1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205

Michelle Ruiz Keil pops-up in the Portland Art Museum galleries with her YA novel, All of Us With Wings

Keil is paired with the artwork San Francisco Street by Hilaire Hiler; 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.


Michelle Ruiz Keil’s #OwnVoices debut is a literary YA fantasy about love, found family, and healing-an ode to post-punk San Francisco through the eyes of a Mexican American girl.

Seventeen-year-old Xochi is on her own in San Francisco, running from a painful past. On a visit to Golden Gate Park, she meets Pallas, a precocious twelve-year-old with a rockstar family that lives in one of the city’s storybook Victorian mansions. Xochi accepts a position as Pallas’s live-in governess and quickly becomes part of the band’s household, fascinated by their free-love philosophy and the happy calm that balances out their glamorous music personas. But on the night of the Vernal Equinox, as a concert afterparty rages in the house below, Xochi and Pallas perform a pagan ritual that unintentionally summons a pair of ancient creatures devoted to righting the wrongs of Xochi’s adolescence. She’d do anything to preserve her new life, but the nightmares of her past are never far behind: the mother who abandoned her, the man who betrayed her, and the loving grandmother whose death left Xochi alone in the world. With the creatures determined to exact vengeance on those who’ve hurt her, no one in Xochi’s life is safe-not the family she’s chosen, nor the one she left behind.

Michelle Ruiz Keil

Michelle Ruiz Keil is a Latinx novelist and playwright. She teaches writing and curates All Kinds of Fur: A Fairytale Reading Series and Salon in Portland, Oregon. She has been a fellow at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and Lit Camp and is a member of Las Musas, a collective of Latinx kidlit authors. Her published short fiction can be found on Cosmonauts Avenue and in the forthcoming anthology Color outside the Lines. All of Us with Wings is her first novel.
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