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Tin House Presents A Particular Moment: Time and Place in Fiction

Sat, Nov 7, 2015 from 5:00 pm - 5:50 pm PST
1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205

Setting, both the when and the where, is often so integral to a story that we argue setting is a character. Learn about a very specific time—between the 1976 bicentennial celebration and the 1977 blackout—in New York City in Garth Risk Hallberg’s epic City on Fire; a fictionalized version of our very own Portland in 1992 in Sara Jaffe’s Dryland; and a contemporary(ish) Mexico City that is both totally out of time and place while grounded in real streets—with names like Disneylandia— in the inventive Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli. Moderated by Justin Hocking (The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld).

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Garth Risk Hallberg

Hallberg_cover_webGarth Risk Hallberg was born in Louisiana and grew up in North Carolina. His writing has appeared in Prairie Schooner, The New York Times, Best New American Voices 2008, and, most frequently,The Millions; a novella, A Field Guide to the North American Family, was published in 2007. He lives in New York with his wife and children. This is his first novel. Website - Facebook - Twitter - Instagram
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Sara Jaffe

Jaffe_cover_webSara Jaffe is a fiction writer living in Portland, Oregon. Her short fiction and criticism have appeared in publications including FenceBOMBNOONPaul Revere’s Horsematchbook, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. She coedited The Art of Touring (Yeti, 2009), an anthology of writing and visual art by musicians drawing on her experience as guitarist for post-punk band Erase Errata. Dryland is her debut novel. Website - Twitter

Sara Jaffe is teaching a Wordstock Workshop on "Resisting Epiphany." This master class is limited to nine students; more info and registration here.

Sara Jaffe is appearing at “Tin House/PEN present NERD JEOPARDY (21+)” as part of Lit Crawl Portland the evening of November 7, 8:30–9:15 p.m. at the Morrison Hotel.

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Valeria Luiselli

Luiselli_cover_webValeria Luiselli was born in Mexico City in 1983 and grew up in South Africa. A novelist (Faces in the Crowd and The Story of My Teeth) and essayist (Sidewalks), her work has been the recipient of the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and the National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 award. Website - Twitter  
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