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Strange Places: Middle Grade Novels

Sat, Nov 9, 2019 from 4:10 pm - 5:00 pm PST
1200 SW Park Ave Portland, Oregon 97205

Stories featuring characters trapped in strange lands: an alien warlord cat exiled from his home planet to Earth, and a young girl who steps through a portal to a strange world in seach of her mother. In Emily Chenoweth’s new installment of Klawde: Evil Alien Warlord Cat, The Space Dog Cometh, Klawde—a cat who is an emperor from another planet exiled to Earth, and Raj Banerjee’s best friend—must face a new challenger sent to Earth to settle the intergalactic score: a dog; meanwhile, Raj faces his own out-of-town visitor; his grandmother. Rivka Galchen’s Rat Rule 79 introduces a young girl, Fred, goes searching for her mother and finds herself in the Land of Impossibility, a loopily illogical place where time is outlawed and words carry dire consequences. Moderated by Lanel Jackson 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.

Emily Chenoweth

Emily Chenoweth is the author of the novel Hello Goodbye (Random House), which was a finalist for an Oregon Book Award and was named one of the top ten Northwest books of 2009 by The Oregonian. As a ghostwriter and co-writer, she’s penned a dozen other novels, many of which were New York Times bestsellers. A former English teacher and fiction editor at Publishers Weekly, Emily has also written for PeopleSelfTin HousePortland Monthly, and Bookforum.
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Rivka Galchen

Rivka Galchen is an award winning fiction writer and journalist who loves noodles and numbers and modest-sized towns where her dad might have worked. Her work appears often in The New Yorker, Harper’s, The London Review of Books and The New York Times. She is the author of four books: Atmospheric Disturbances (Novel, FSG, 2008), American Innovations (Short Stories, FSG 2014), Little Labors (Essays, New Directions, 2016) and Rat Rule 79, her first book for young readers. She has received numerous prizes and fellowships, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rona Jaffe Fellowship, The Berlin Prize and The William J Saroyan International Prize in Fiction. In 2010, she was named to The New Yorker’s list of 20 Writers Under 40. Galchen also holds an MD from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. 
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Lanel Jackson

Lanel Jackson is a Black Cultural Library Advocate (BCLA) team member and Library Assistant at Multnomah County Library. As a BCLA team member, Lanel works to provide culturally relevant programming, books and information to the Black community. Although she mostly reads nonfiction and history books, Lanel has a special place in her heart for children’s books.
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