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Pop-up: Tracy Daugherty

Thu, November 19 from 2:00 pm - 2:20 pm PST
#PDXBookFest

Free

Corvallis-based writer Tracy Daugherty shares a selection from his new novella, High Skies, in this reading filmed at the Portland Art Museum.

Catch this reading on Literary Arts’ Instagram Stories on November 19th, or stream it anytime at PDXBookFest.org.


The pop-up readings are a partnership between the Portland Book Festival and the Portland Art Museum where Festival writers are thematically paired with artworks in the Museum. A celebration of creatives, the pop-ups highlight the intersections of visual art and the written word. For his pop-up reading, Daugherty was paired with Untitled (Harney Desert, Harney County, Oregon) by Charles Erskine Scott Wood, in PAM’s American Art collection.


About High Skies:

High Skies recounts the collision of devastating weather, Cold War suspicion, tense race relations, and the unintended consequences of good intentions in a small West Texas town.

High Skies recounts the collision of devastating weather, Cold War suspicion, tense race relations, and the unintended consequences of good intentions in a small West Texas town in the 1950s, changing the futures of the families there and altering their perceptions of America. At the center of this perfect storm is Raymond “Flyboy” Seaker, a respected military veteran, now the vice principal of a school in which Troy, who tells the story, and his disabled friend Stevie will have their lives upended forever. Through a combination of his own well-meaning ambitions and the political maneuverings of others, Flyboy and the families he serves come to grasp the meaning of community and of individual fortitude. Written with a vivid economy recalling Denis Johnson’s Train Dreams and painting as indelible a portrait of small town life as Larry McMurtry’s The Last Picture ShowHigh Skies is a perfectly distilled American epic.


Purchase High Skies from Annie Bloom’s Books, one of our Portland-based, independent bookstore partners HERE.

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Tracy Daugherty

Tracy Daugherty is the author of several books of fiction and nonfiction, including the New York Times bestseller The Last Love Song: A Biography of Joan Didion. His short stories and essays have appeared in the New YorkerVanity FairBritish Vogue, the Paris Review online, McSweeney’s, and many other journals. The recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, he lives in Corvallis, Oregon with his wife, writer Marjorie Sandor.

Purchase High Skies from Annie Bloom's Books, one of our Portland-based, independent bookstore partners HERE.

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