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Wicked Funny: American Absurdity in Fiction

Sat, Nov 11, 2017 from 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm PST
1200 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205

The American dream is taken to task in three new works of fiction about people trying to be good but often becoming misdirected or confused, despite best intentions. Jon Raymond’s Freebird features a family story of morality, evil, venture capitalism, wastewater, PTSD, teen angst, and the Holocaust. Helen Phillips wrote of the characters populating Deb Olin Unferth’s Wait Till You See Me Dance, “We may laugh at them, but ultimately we ache along with them.” And a soccer player finds himself in Portland, in the 1980s, and in the middle of a communist plot in Dennie Wendt’s Hooper’s Revolution. With moderator Cari Luna (The Revolution of Every Day).

Jon Raymond

Jon Raymond is the author of three novels, Rain DragonThe Half-Life, and Freebird, and the short-story collection Livability. His work has appeared in Tin House, the Village Voice, Bookforum, and other places. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Deb Olin Unferth

Deb Olin Unferth is the author of five books, including Wait Till You See Me Dance, the graphic novel I, Parrot, and Revolution, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her fiction has appeared in Harper’s MagazineThe Paris ReviewGranta, and Tin House. She lives in Austin, Texas.
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Dennie Wendt

Dennie Wendt is a twenty-year veteran of storytelling in the shoe (and soccer) business. He has been a copywriter, a creative director, and marketing guy, mostly for Nike and Converse. He spent a year in the '80s on the junior team at Proleter Zrenjanin, when that was still Yugoslavia. He's written for SalonPortland Magazine, and Howler MagazineHooper's Revolution is his first novel. 
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Cari Luna

Cari Luna is the author of The Revolution of Every Day, which won the Ken Kesey Award for Fiction. A fellow of Yaddo and Ragdale, her writing has appeared in The Nation, Guernica, Salon, Jacobin, Electric Literature, Catapult, PANK, and elsewhere. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
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