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Stranger Things: Unreal Worlds

Sat, Nov 5, 2016 from 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm PDT
1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205

On the stories and characters that exist in the space between reality and non-reality, where characters live in strange worlds, some of which might not exist outside their own heads. Novels and stories about fantastic versions of one’s self, obsession, and the upside-down with Jonathan Lethem, A Gambler’s Anatomy; Helen Phillips, Some Possible Solutions, and Dana Spiotta, Innocents and Others. Moderated by Isaac Fitzgerald (Knives & Ink).

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Jonathan Lethem

Jonathan Lethem is the bestselling author of twelve novels, including The Feral DetectiveThe Fortress of Solitude and Motherless Brooklyn, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, The Arrest is his twelfth novel.  He currently teaches creative writing at Pomona College in California.

Purchase The Arrest from Annie Bloom’s Books, one of our Portland-based, independent bookstore partners HERE.

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Helen Phillips

Helen Phillips is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer's Award, the Italo Calvino Prize, and more. She is the author of four books, including the recently released short story collection Some Possible Solutions and the widely acclaimed novel The Beautiful Bureaucrat. Her debut collection And Yet They Were Happy was named a notable book by The Story Prize. Her work has appeared in Tin House, Electric Literature, and The New York Times. An assistant professor of creative writing at Brooklyn College, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and children.
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Dana Spiotta

Dana Spiotta is the author of Innocents and OthersStone Arabia, a National Books Critics Circle Award finalist; and Eat the Document, a finalist for the National Book Award. Dana is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Rome Prize for Literature. She lives in Syracuse, New York.
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Isaac Fitzgerald

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Back Fence PDX: Russian Roulette — Wordstock Edition

Friday, November 4 at 9:00 p.m.

McMenamins Mission Theater 1624 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209 Doors at 8:00 p.m., show at 9:00 p.m. McMenamins Mission Theater (1624 NW Glisan St.) Tickets at backfencepdx.com, $15 (GA), $20 (VIP) Back Fence PDX: RUSSIAN ROULETTE Wordstock Edition features crowd favorites: Shannon Balcom Graves; Arthur Bradford; Derrick Brown; Kerry Cohen; Alex Dang; Isaac Fitzgerald; Anis Mojgani, and Caitlin Weierhauser. Created, hosted, and produced by B. Frayn Masters and Mindy Nettifee. Music by Bobby D from XRAY.
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