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You Can’t Go Home Again: Memoir of the Past and Present

Sat, Nov 11, 2017 from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm PST
1200 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205

Unflinchingly honest memoirs about mothers, money, anxiety, and dealing with the place you come from. Featuring Gabrielle Bell, whose graphic memoir Everything Is Flammable takes place over one year in which she tries to help her mother rebuild after her house burns down; Jenny Forrester, whose debut memoir Narrow River, Wide Sky is the story of her breaking free from a culture and a place that both shaped her and held her back; and Kate Carroll de Gutes, who finds she can no longer filter her life through Instagram after a tragedy, and embarks on an experiment to be honest about her days, resulting in The Authenticity Experiment: Lessons from the Best and Worst Year of My Life. With moderator Wendy Willis (A Long Late Pledge).

Gabrielle Bell

Gabrielle Bell’s work has been selected several times for Best American Comics and the Yale Anthology of Graphic Fiction, and has been featured in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, McSweeney’s, The Believer, Bookforum, and Vice magazines. Her story, “Cecil and Jordan In New York,” was turned into a film by Michel Gondry. The Voyeurs was named one of the best Graphic Novels of the year by Publishers Weekly. Her first book-length graphic memoir, Everything is Flammable, was published by Uncivilized Books in 2017. Gabrielle Bell currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.
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Jenny Forrester

Jenny Forrester has been published in a number of print and online publications, including Seattle’s City Arts MagazineNailed MagazineHip MamaThe Literary KitchenIndiana Review, and Columbia Journal. Her work is included in the Listen to Your Mother anthology published by Putnam. She curates the Unchaste Readers Series in Portland, Oregon. Her debut memoir Narrow River, Wide Sky is published by Hawthorne Books. 
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Wendy Willis

Wendy Willis is a writer living in Portland, Oregon. Winner of the Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize, she has published two books of poetry, and in journals, including New England ReviewOregon HumanitiesPoetry NorthwestThe RumpusZócalo Public Square, and ZYZZYVA. Her most recent book is the essay collection These Are Strange Times, My Dear. Willis is a lawyer, the executive director of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium, and the founder and director of Oregon’s Kitchen Table. 
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Kate Carroll de Gutes

Kate Carroll de Gutes' book, Objects In Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear, won the 2016 Oregon Book Award for Creative Nonfiction and a 2016 Lambda Literary Award in Memoir. Her latest book, The Authenticity Experiment: Lessons From the Best & Worst Year of My Life, was released in August 2017.  Kate has an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University and is a wry observer who writes about grief, the drama of perimenopause and dating, riding bikes, and the joys and challenges of authentic living.
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