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Star-Crossed: Love & Friendship

Sat, Nov 9, 2019 from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm PST
1422 SW 11th Ave Portland, Oregon 97201

First love is often downright Shakespearean, as the love-lorn characters in these three books discover. From falling for your sworn enemy, to being torn apart, contending with tradition, love triangles, and more. From Faith Erin HicksComics Will Break Your Heart is a modern romance, a Romeo and Juliet story of geek royalty, where Miriam falls for the grandson of the man who defrauded her grandfather out of the smash-hit comic series he co-created. In Sabina Khan’s The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali, Rukhasana’s world falls apart when her conservative Muslim parents catch her kissing her girlfriend and send her to Bangladesh, where she searches for the courage to fight for her love without losing her family. In Abdi Nazemian’s Like a Love Story, it’s 1989, and Reza has just moved to New York City, where the AIDS crisis is inescapable, and where he meets Judy, an aspiring fashion designer, and Art, a photographer and Judy’s best friend. A love triangle, of course, traps the three as they figure out who they are in a time of upheaval. Moderated by Natasha Forrester-Campbell of Multnomah County Library.

Attendees 17 years of age and younger and/or with valid high school ID enjoy free admission. Advance Portland Book Festival passes available now.

Faith Erin Hicks

Faith Erin Hicks is a writer and artist living in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her previous works include the Nameless City trilogy, Friends with BoysThe Last of Us: American Dreams (with Neil Druckmann), Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong (with Prudence Shen), and the Eisner Award–winning The Adventures of Superhero Girl. Her newest projects include Comics Will Break Your Heart, her debut prose novel, and Pumpkinheads, an original graphic novel written by Rainbow Rowell.

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Sabina Khan

Sabina Khan writes about Muslim teens who straddle cultures. She was born in Germany, spent her teens in Bangladesh, and lived in Macao, Illinois, and Texas before settling down in British Columbia with her husband, two daughters, and the best puppy in the world. Her debut young adult novel is The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali.
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Abdi Nazemian

Abdi Nazemian is the author of The Authentics. His novel, The Walk-In Closet, won the Lambda Literary Award for LGBT Debut Fiction. His most recent book is Like a Love Story. His screenwriting credits include the films The Artist's WifeThe Quiet, and Menendez: Blood Brothers, and the NBC television series The Village. He has been an executive producer and associate producer on numerous films, including Call Me By Your Name, Little Woods, The House of Tomorrow and Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood. He lives in Los Angeles with his fiancé and two children.
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Natasha Forrester Campbell

Natasha Forrester Campbell is a Youth Librarian at the Multnomah County Library’s Hollywood location. In her professional life, she does programming and reader’s advisory for kids ages birth–18 and the adults who raise and teach them including storytimes for babies through preschoolers and moderating two family graphic novel book groups for kids and their favorite adults. She is a member of the Amelia Bloomer Project committee for the American Library Association’s Feminist Task Force, and when not actively librarianing she plays board games, walks her dogs, searches for the perfect taco, and collects picture books and graphic novels like a dragon hoards gold.
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