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Survivor: Women at the End of the World

Sat, Nov 10, 2018 from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm PST
1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205

Three very different dystopias center women in their dystopic—yet often funny—depictions of the near future. In Aminder Dhaliwal’s hilarious graphic novel Woman World, a birth defect has made men extinct, and a group of women grapple with problems old and new as they mourn the past while creating a new future. A fever has taken the majority of the population in Ling Ma’s horror-satire Severance, a millennial office worker navigates a post-apocalyptic New York City before joining a group of survivors making their way to a promised land. Leni Zumas connects the five women in the small Oregon coastal town of Red Clocks find themselves in a world where abortion is illegal and embryos have more rights than women. Moderated by Lidia Yuknavitch, author of The Book of Joan.

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Aminder Dhaliwal

Aminder Dhaliwal is a native of Brampton, Ontario and received a Bachelors of Animation from Sheridan College. She now lives in Los Angeles, where she is the Director at Disney TV Animation. Previously, she worked as a Storyboard Director at Cartoon Network and Storyboard Director on the Nickelodeon show Sanjay and Craig. She has serialized Woman World biweekly on instagram since March 2017 and has garnered over 120,000 followers. Woman World was nominated for an Ignatz Award for Outstanding Online Comic. Her most recent graphic novel is Cyclopedia Exotica.

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Ling Ma

Ling Ma received her MFA from Cornell University. Prior to graduate school she worked as a journalist and editor. Her writing has appeared in Granta, Vice, Playboy, Chicago Reader, Ninth Letter and elsewhere. A chapter of Severance, her debut novel, received the 2015 Graywolf SLS Prize. She lives in Chicago. Visit Ling online at lingma.tumblr.com
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Leni Zumas

Leni Zumas is the author of Red ClocksFarewell Navigator: Stories, and The Listeners, which was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. She teaches in the MFA and BFA programs at Portland State University. Visit her online at lenizumas.com
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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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