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Resistance and Rebellion: Dystopian Fiction

Sat, Nov 11, 2017 from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm PST
1126 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205

In contemporary Portland, a group of misfits must work together to stop Internet demons from spreading virally into the real world. In 2049, the child-rebel Joan of Arc fights for humankind on an Earth ravaged by climate change. In 2074, the second American Civil War breaks out over fossil fuels in a United States decimated by flooding and terrorism. Featuring Omar El Akkad (American War), Benjamin Percy (The Dark Net), and Lidia Yuknavitch (The Book of Joan) with moderator Fiona McCann (Portland Monthly).

Omar El Akkad

Omar El Akkad is an author and a journalist. He has reported from Afghanistan, Guantánamo Bay, and many other locations around the world. His work earned Canada's National Newspaper Award for Investigative Journalism and the Goff Penny Award for young journalists. His writing has appeared in The GuardianLe MondeGuernicaGQ, and many other newspapers and magazines. His debut novel, American War, is an international bestseller and has been translated into thirteen languages. It won the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award, the Oregon Book Award for fiction, and the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize, and has been nominated for more than ten other awards. It was listed as one of the best books of the year by The New York TimesThe Washington PostGQ, NPR, and Esquire, and was selected by the BBC as one of 100 Novels That Shaped Our World. His latest novel is What Strange Paradise.

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Benjamin Percy

Benjamin Percy has won a Whiting Writers Award, a Plimpton Prize, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. He is the author of the novels The Dead Lands, Red Moon, The Wilding and, most recently, The Dark Net, plus two story collections.
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Lidia Yuknavitch

Lidia Yuknavitch is the nationally bestselling author of the novels The Book of JoanThe Small Backs of ChildrenDora: A Headcase, the memoir The Chronology of Water (currently being adapted for film by director Kristen Stewart) and The Misfit's Manifesto, based on her TED talk "On the Beauty of Being a Misfit," which has been viewed over 3.5 million times. Her most recent book is the story collection Verge. She is the recipient of two Oregon Book Awards and a Willamette Writers Award, and has been a finalist for the Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize and the PEN Center Creative Nonfiction Award. She is the founder of the literary innovation laboratory Corporeal Writing. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Fiona McCann

Fiona McCann is Senior Editor at Portland Monthly. She’s been writing about arts and culture for 20 years, in Portland, Argentina, and Ireland. 
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