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This Is America: Race and Family

Three very different stories, each with a central commentary on race in the present moment here in the United States. Luis Alberto Urrea’s novel The House of Broken Angels, the story of one family coming together for one huge, celebratory, weekend, asks: what does it mean to be the first generation to live two lives across one border? Nicole Chung’s memoir All You Can Ever Know is the story of her childhood as a Korean-American child raised by white parents, facing prejudices her family could not see, and finding her identity as an Asian American and as a writer. And Friday Black, the incendiary debut short story collection from Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, ordinary characters are placed in extraordinary situations, revealing the violence, injustice, and painful absurdities that black people in America confront daily. Moderated by Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Fruit of the Drunken Tree.

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Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah has an MFA from Syracuse University. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous publications, including Guernica, Printer’s Row, and The Breakwater Review, where ZZ Packer awarded him the Breakwater Review Fiction Prize. Black Friday is his first book. Visit him online at nanakwameadjei-brenyah.com
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Nicole Chung

Nicole Chung's debut memoir All You Can Ever Know was published in OctoberHer essays and articles have appeared in The New York Times, GQ, Longreads, BuzzFeed, and Hazlitt, among many others. She is the editor-in-chief of Catapult magazine and the former managing editor of The Toast. Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Nicole currently lives in the DC area. Find her online at nicolechung.net. Nicole will sign books after her 11:45 a.m. event at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, and at the Catapult / Counterpoint / Soft Skull Press booth in the exhibitor fair (1st floor, Portland Art Museum's Mark Building) from 3:00-3:30 p.m.

In addition to her festival events, Nicole Chung is appearing in the following festival partner events:


Live Wire with Luke Burbank

featuring special guests Nicole ChungAbbi Jacobson, and Eileen Myles

Saturday, November 10, 2018 Venue: Alberta Rose Theatre Doors: 6:30pm / Show: 7:30pm

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Luis Alberto Urrea

A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his landmark work of nonfiction The Devil’s Highway, Luis Alberto Urrea is also the bestselling author of the novels The Hummingbird’s Daughter, Into the Beautiful North, and Queen of America, as well as the story collection The Water Museum, a PEN/Faulkner Award finalist, and most recently The House of Broken Angels. He has won the Lannan Literary Award, an Edgar Award, and a 2017 American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, among many other honors. Born in Tijuana to a Mexican father and an American mother, he lives outside of Chicago and teaches at the University of Illinois–Chicago. Visit him online at luisurrea.com.  

In addition to his festival event, Luis Alberto Urrea is appearing in the following festival partner event:

Live Wire with Luke Burbank

featuring special guests Lauren GroffTommy Orange, and Luis Alberto Urrea

Sunday, November 11, 2018 Venue: Alberta Street Pub Doors: 11:30 / Show: 12:00pm


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Ingrid Rojas Contreras

Ingrid Rojas Contreras was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. Her essays and short stories have appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Electric Literature, Guernica, and Huffington Post, among others. She has received fellowships and awards from The Missouri Review, Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, VONA, Hedgebrook, The Camargo Foundation, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, and the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures. She is the book columnist for KQED Arts, the Bay Area's NPR affiliate. Her debut novel is Fruit of the Drunken Tree. Find her online at ingridrojascontreras.com
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