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Tales of Two Americas: Inequality in the United States

Sat, Nov 5, 2016 from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm PDT
1126 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205

A discussion of inequality in American with Richard Russo, whose new novel Everybody’s Fool picks up with Sully, hero of Nobody’s Fool, as he faces hard times in North Bath. Kevin Young’s poetry spans the personal to the political in Blue Laws, a collection of highlights from the first twenty years of his extraordinary career. Russo and Young are joined by Karen Russell (Swamplandia!) and moderator John Freeman (editor, Tales of Two Americas and Tales of Two Cities).

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Richard Russo

Richard Russo is a screenwriter, teacher, and the author of seven novels, two story collections, and a memoir. In 2002, he received the Pulitzer Prize for Empire Falls, which was adapted into an award-winning HBO miniseries. Richard was born in Johnstown, New York, and currently resides in Portland, Maine.
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Kevin Young

Kevin Young is the author of ten books of poetry, including Book of Hours, winner of the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets and a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Award; Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels, winner of a 2012 American Book Award; and Jelly Roll: A Blues, a finalist for the National Book Award. He is also the editor of The Hungry Ear: Poems of Food & Drink and seven other collections. His book The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness won the Graywolf Nonfiction Prize, was a New York Times Notable Book and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism, and won the PEN Open Book Award. He is currently the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Creative Writing and English and curator of both Literary Collections and the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library at Emory University.
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Karen Russell

Karen Russell won the 2012 and the 2018 National Magazine Award for fiction, and her first novel, Swamplandia! (2011), was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. She has also written Orange World and, most recently, Sleep Donation. She has received a MacArthur Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship, the "5 under 35" prize from the National Book Foundation, the NYPL Young Lions Award, the Bard Fiction Prize, and is a former fellow of the Cullman Center and the American Academy in Berlin. She currently holds the Endowed Chair at Texas State University's MFA program, and lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and son.


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