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The Past Is Present: New Fiction

Sat, Nov 11, 2017 from 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm PST
1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205

The protagonists of these novels are women who find themselves at a crossroads, questioning who they are as they realize the precariousness of the lives they have built for themselves. In Julie Buntin’s Marlena, Cat escapes her small town, but loses herself in too many martinis, haunted by an intense, formative friendship that ended tragically. Ruth, the narrator of Rachel Khong’s Goodbye Vitamin, is fresh from a break-up as she chronicles her days back in her childhood home, helping to care for her father as he sinks into the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Edan Lepucki’s Woman No. 17 is tinged with a Hollywood film noir vibe and is told in the dual narratives of Lady, a mother with a complicated past, and S, the young artist she hires as a live-in nanny. Moderated by Steph Opitz.

Julie Buntin

Julie Buntin is from northern Michigan. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, Cosmopolitan, O, The Oprah Magazine, Slate, Electric Literature, and One Teen Story, among other publications. She teaches fiction at Marymount Manhattan College, and is the director of writing programs at Catapult. Her debut novel is Marlena. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Marlena is her debut novel.
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Rachel Khong

Rachel Khong grew up in Southern California, and holds degrees from Yale University and the University of Florida. From 2011 to 2016, she was the managing editor then executive editor of Lucky Peach magazine. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in JoylandAmerican Short FictionThe San Francisco ChronicleThe Believer, and California Sunday. She lives in San Francisco. Goodbye, Vitamin is her first novel.
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Edan Lepucki

Edan Lepucki is the New York Times bestselling author of the novel California as well as the novella If You're Not Yet Like Me. A contributing editor and staff writer at the Millions, she has also published fiction and nonfiction in McSweeney's, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Cut, and elsewhere. She is the founder of Writing Workshops Los Angeles. Her most recent work is Woman No. 17.  Also appearing in:

Northwest Film Center Presents: Film to Page

Wordstock Writers on Influential Films Screening of Troop Beverly Hills with a post-film conversation with Lepucki Date: Saturday, Nov 11 Venue: Whitsell Auditorium, Portland Art Museum Doors: 7:00 PM

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Live Wire with Luke Burbank

Date: Sunday, Nov 12 Venue: Mississippi Studios Doors: 10:00am / Show: 11:00am

w/ Ed Asner + Edan Lepucki + Danez Smith + Chad VanGaalen


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Steph Opitz

Steph Opitz is the festival director at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, and currently serves as a judge for Book of the Month club, as an advisory board member for Wordstock: Portland's Book Festival, and on the junior committee for the National Book Foundation. She has curated literary events and festivals around the country--as the literary director of the Texas Book Festival, the fiction co-chair of the Brooklyn Book Festival, on the programs team for the PEN World Voices Festival, among others. Steph was the books reviewer for Marie Claire magazine for six years, and her book reviews can also be found in Garden & GunDeparturesKirkus, and elsewhere.
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