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Pop-up: Willy Vlautin

Sat, Nov 10, 2018 from 12:45 pm - 1:00 pm PST
1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205

Willy Vlautin pops-up with his latest novel, Don’t Skip Out On Me.

Vlautin is paired with Dual Form by Barbara Hepworth, found on the 2nd floor of the Modern & Contemporary Art galleries in the Portland Art Museum. Please reference the Portland Art Museum Map to find this location.


Horace Hopper has spent most of his life on a Nevada sheep ranch, but dreams of something bigger. Mr. and Mrs. Reese, the aging ranchers, took him in and treated him like a son, intending to leave the ranch in his hands. But Horace, ashamed not only of his half-Paiute, half-Irish heritage, but also of the fact his parents did not want him, feels as if he doesn’t belong on the ranch, or anywhere. Knowing he needs to make a name for himself, he decides to leave the only loving home he’s known to prove his worth as a championship boxer.

To become a champion Horace must change not just the way he eats, trains, and thinks, but who he is. A beautiful, wrenching portrait of a downtrodden man, Don’t Skip Out on Me narrates the struggle to find one’s place in a vast and lonely world with profound tenderness, and will make you consider those around you—and yourself—differently.

Willy Vlautin

Willy Vlautin is the author of Don’t Skip Out on MeThe Free, Lean on Pete, Northline, and The Motel Life. He is the singer and songwriter of the band Richmond Fontaine and a member of the band The Delines. He lives outside Portland, Oregon. For more on Willy Vlautin, visit: https://www.willyvlautin.com.
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