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The World Changed: Disasters Natural and Man-made

Sat, Nov 5, 2016 from 10:00 am - 11:00 am PDT
1422 SW 11th Ave Portland, Oregon 97201

Three new novels about people trying to change the world and confronting crisis. In In Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist, Sunil Yapa brings together activists, police, and the Sri Lankan delegate in the 1999 WTO protests in Seattle. Alexis M. Smith’s Marrow Island explores sacrifice and survival on an island off the coast of Washington poisoned by an earthquake-cased chemical spill. On the other side of the world, two scientists find their relationship tested in the icy waters of the Antarctic in Midge Raymond‘s My Last Continent. Moderated by Portland Monthly executive editor Zach Dundas.

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Midge Raymond

Midge Raymond is the author of the novel My Last Continent and the short story collection Forgetting English, which received the Spokane Prize for Short Fiction. Her work has appeared in Poets & Writers, the Los Angeles Times, TriQuarterly, and Bellevue Literary Review, and other publications.
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Alexis Smith

Alexis M. Smith was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. She attended Mount Holyoke College, Portland State University, and Goddard College. Her debut novel, Glaciers, was a finalist for the Ken Kesey Award and a selection for World Book Night 2013. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her son. Also appearing in:


Northwest Film Center presents Film to Page: Wordstock Writers on Influential Films Gas Food Lodging with Alexis M. Smith

Thursday, November 3 at 7:30 p.m.

Film Screening of Gas Food Lodging followed by a Q&A with Alexis M. Smith, author of Marrow Island Northwest Film Center 1219 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97205 Tickets at Northwest Film Center $9 General $8 PAM Members, Students, Seniors $6 Silver Screen members
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Sunil Yapa

Sunil Yapa’s debut novel Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist was named an Amazon Spotlight selection, a Barnes & Noble Discover selection, an Indies Next Pick, and was the launch title for Lee Boudreaux Books in January 2016. Sunil holds an MFA from Hunter College, where he was a Hertog Fellow, and a BA from Penn State, where he studied Economic Geography. Yapa has lived around the world, including time living in Greece, Guatemala, Chile, Argentina, China, India, London, Montreal, and New York City.
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Zach Dundas

Zach Dundas is editor-in-chief at Portland Monthly, a longtime journalist, and the author of The Great Detective, a book about Sherlock Holmes from HMH, and The Renegade Sportsman.
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