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Tin House Presents Love Among the Ruins: From Norway to Nigeria, Portland to Hawaii

Characters meet-cute and not-so-cute at a Viking museum above the Arctic Circle, a girls’ boarding school in a Nigeria torn apart by civil war, and wrestle with conflicts between love and loyalty in China, Hawaii, and right here in Portland. Four debut novelists—Rebecca Dinerstein (The Sunlit Night), Polly Dugan (The Sweetheart Deal), Chinelo Okparanta (Under the Udala Trees), and Cecily Wong (Diamond Head)—on falling into relationships where and when you least expect to. Moderated by Rachel Fershleiser (Tumblr).

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Rebecca Dinerstein

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Rebecca Dinerstein is the author of the novel The Sunlit Night, and the bilingual English-Norwegian collection of poems Lofoten. Her nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, and The New Yorker online among others. She received her B.A. from Yale and her M.F.A. in Fiction from New York University, where she was a Rona Jaffe Graduate Fellow. She lives in Brooklyn.

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Rebecca Dinerstein will give a Pop-Up Reading at 1:30pm in Modern and Contemporary Art (Jubitz Center, 1st Floor).

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Polly Dugan

Dugan_cover_webPolly Dugan is the award-winning author of So Much a Part of You, which writer Alan Heathcock said “announces the arrival of a potent and fresh new voice” in fiction. A former employee of Powell’s Books, she is an alumna of the Tin House Writer's Workshop and a reader at Tin House magazine. Her short fiction has been featured as a Narrative Story of the Week and awarded an Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers contest. She lives in Portland, Oregon. Website - Facebook - Twitter - Instagram - Tumblr
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Chinelo Okparanta

Okparanta_cover_webBorn in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, Chinelo Okparanta is the author of Happiness, Like Water. Her honors include an O. Henry Prize, a Lambda Award, and finalist selections for the Young Lions, the Caine Prize, and the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. Her stories have appeared in Granta, The New Yorker, and Tin House, among others. She lives in New York. Website - Facebook
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Cecily Wong

Wong_cover_webChinese-American Cecily Wong was born in Hawaii and has lived in Oregon, where her parents run a Hawaiian restaurant. Her novel Diamond Head grew from family stories, told to her by her parents and grandparents, shaped by the details of old Hawaii. She graduated from Barnard College, where the first pages of this novel won the Peter S. Prescott Prize for Prose (2010). She lives in New York City but nurtures a wanderlust that keeps her travelling and blogging about her trips. WebsiteFacebookTwitter - Tumblr   Cecily Wong will give a Pop-Up Reading at 2pm in the Chinese Art Gallery (Main Building, 1st Floor).

Cecily Wong is appearing at “Tumblr Presents Slaughterhouse 90210—THE BOOK!” as part of Lit Crawl Portland the evening of November 7, 8:30–9:15 p.m. at Dig a Pony.

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Rachel Fershleiser

Rachel Fershleiser heads publisher outreach at Tumblr. Previously she was Community Manager at Bookish and Director of Public Programs at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, where she now serves on the board of directors. She is the co-creator of Six-Word Memoirs and co-editor of The New York Times Bestseller Not Quite What I Was Planning and three other books. You may also know her from her soup zine "Stock Tips" or her TEDx talk "Why I <3 the Bookternet."
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