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Storytime: Libba

Sat, Nov 10, 2018 from 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm PST
1200 SW Park Ave Portland, Oregon 97205

This lyrical, loving picture book from popular singer-songwriter Laura Veirs and debut illustrator Tatyana Fazlalizadeh tells the story of the determined, gifted, daring Elizabeth Cotten—one of the most celebrated American folk musicians of all time.

Elizabeth Cotten was only a little girl when she picked up a guitar for the first time. It wasn’t hers (it was her big brother’s), and it wasn’t strung right for her (she was left-handed). But she flipped that guitar upside down and backwards and taught herself how to play it anyway. By age eleven, she’d written “Freight Train,” one of the most famous folk songs of the twentieth century. And by the end of her life, people everywhere—from the sunny beaches of California to the rolling hills of England—knew her music.

Attendees 17 years of age and younger and/or with valid high school ID enjoy free admission. Advance 2018 Portland Book Festival passes available now.

Laura Veirs

Laura Veirs is a singer-songwriter and longtime fan of Elizabeth Cotten. Her album Year of Meteors was selected by the New York Times as a  "critics’ choice.” Her award-winning album of music for children, Tumble Bee features guest musicians including Colin Meloy, Jim James, and Bela Fleck. case/lang/veirs, her collaborative project with k.d. lang and Neko Case, earned widespread praise. Libba is her first book. She lives in Portland with her family. Visit her online at lauraveirs.com
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