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November 2019

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Nov 9

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Nowhere to Hide: Pitch-black Humor

Sat, Nov 9, 2019 from 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm PST

In Ryan Chapman’s Riots I Have Known, an unnamed Sri Lankan inmate barricades himself inside the prison computer lab while a riot rages outside, incited by a poem published in the prison literary journal that he edits. As he awaits inevitable violence, he is determined to share his life story. Chuck Klosterman’s Raised in Captivity one of the most original and exciting story collections in recent memory, a fever graph of our deepest unvoiced hopes, fears and preoccupations. Ceaselessly inventive,…

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Pop-up: Kim Brown Seely

Sat, Nov 9, 2019 from 1:45 pm - 2:00 pm PST

Kim Brown Seely pops-up in the Portland Art Museum galleries with her new book, Uncharted: A Couple's Epic Empty-Nest Adventure Sailing from One Life to Another.  Seely is paired with the artwork A Shipwreck by Charles-François Lacroix; found in the European Art, on the 2nd floor of the Portland Art Museum. Please reference the Portland Art Museum Map to find this location. A couple facing the dreaded empty nest realize they need to rediscover who they are. This is an…

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Pop-up: Emilly Prado

Sat, Nov 9, 2019 from 1:45 pm - 2:00 pm PST

Emilly Prado pops-up in the Portland Art Museum galleries with her essay collection, Funeral for Flaca.  Prado is paired with the artwork American Gothic by Hank Willis Thomas; found on the 1st floor of the Hank Willis Thomas special exhibit. Please reference the Portland Art Museum Map to find this location.

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Nov 9

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Pop-up: Debra Gwartney

Sat, Nov 9, 2019 from 2:00 pm - 2:15 pm PST

Debra Gwartney pops-up in the Portland Art Museum galleries with her new book, I Am a Stranger Here Myself.  Gwartney is paired with the artwork Indian on Horseback by Alexander Phimister Proctor; found in the American Art Gallery, on the 2nd floor of the Portland Art Museum. Please reference the Portland Art Museum Map to find this location. Part history, part memoir, I Am a Stranger Here Myself taps dimensions of human yearning: the need to belong, the snarl of family history,…

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Nov 9

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Revolución: Daniel José Older

Sat, Nov 9, 2019 from 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm PST

Una conversación bilingüe (español/inglés) con Daniel José Older, autor de El libro de los santos perdidos, el cifrado Shadowshaper, Bone Street Rumba y Star Wars Last Shot. Older está conversando con Eduardo Arizaga de la Multnomah County Library. A bilingual (Spanish/English) conversation with Daniel José Older, author of The Book of Lost Saints, the Shadowshaper cypher, Bone Street Rumba, and Star Wars Last Shot. Mr. Older is in conversation with Eduardo Arizaga of Multnomah County Library. Advance Portland Book Festival…

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Nov 9

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Pop-up: T Kira Madden

Sat, Nov 9, 2019 from 2:00 pm - 2:15 pm PST

T Kira Madden pops-up in the Portland Art Museum galleries with her debut memoir, Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls.  Mdden is paired with the artwork Medium by Heather Watkins; found in the Northwest Art Gallery, on the 4th floor of the Portland Art Museum. Please reference the Portland Art Museum Map to find this location. Acclaimed literary essayist T Kira Madden's raw and redemptive debut memoir is about coming of age and reckoning with desire as a queer,…

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Nov 9

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Pop-up: Morgan Parker

Sat, Nov 9, 2019 from 2:00 pm - 2:15 pm PST

Morgan Parker pops-up in the Portland Art Museum galleries. Parker is presenting two new books at the 2019 festival: her debut YA novel, Who Put This Song On?, and her newest poetry collection, Magical Negro. Parker is paired with the artwork Why Wait Another Day to be Adorable? by Hank Willis Thomas; found in the Hank Willis Thomas special exhibit, on the 2nd floor of the Portland Art Museum. Please reference the Portland Art Museum Map to find this location.…

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Nov 9

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Science Comics: Wild Weather

Sat, Nov 9, 2019 from 2:10 pm - 3:10 pm PST

Furious floods, looming landslides, terrifying tornadoes, ferocious forest fires! Is Mother Nature trying to tell us something? As “snowpocalypse” descends once again, one temperamental weatherman is determined to set the record straight on the myths and misconceptions surrounding the elements. What is the difference between weather and climate? How do weather satellites predict the future? Can someone outrun a tornado? Does the rotation of the Earth affect wind currents? And does meteorology have anything to do with meteors? Stormin’ Norman…

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Nov 9

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Pop-up: Peter Rock

Sat, Nov 9, 2019 from 2:15 pm - 2:30 pm PST

Peter Rock pops-up in the Portland Art Museum galleries with his newest novel, The Night Swimmers.  Rock is paired with the photograph 18_IMG_6697 a by Penelope Umbrico; found in the Toughened to Wind and Sun: Women Photographing the Landscape special exhibit on floor 2M of the Modern & Contemporary Art galleries. Please reference the Portland Art Museum Map to find this location. “Swimming at night, to compare its slipperiness to that of a dream would be to ignore the work…

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Pop-up: Shea Ernshaw

Sat, Nov 9, 2019 from 2:15 pm - 2:30 pm PST

Shea Ernshaw pops-up in the Portland Art Museum galleries with her latest YA novel, Winterwood.  Ernshaw is paired with the artwork Greenberg Variations on Variations by Stanley Robert Boxer; found on the 1st floor of the Modern & Contemporary Art galleries. Please reference the Portland Art Museum Map to find this location. Be careful of the dark, dark wood… Especially the woods surrounding the town of Fir Haven. Some say these woods are magical. Haunted, even. Rumored to be a…

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Nov 9

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To Break the Stillness: Writers in the Schools Anthology Launch

Sat, Nov 9, 2019 from 2:15 pm - 3:15 pm PST

Each year, Literary Arts’ Writers in the Schools (WITS) program publishes an anthology of exemplary student work. To Break the Stillness showcases poetry, prose, drama, and comics written by 80 high school students from Portland’s public high schools in 2018–19. Being published is thrilling for writers of any age; publication provides writers with validation, encouragement, and exposure to a larger audience. All proceeds from the sale of the anthologies goes back to support WITS programming. Attendees 17 years of age and younger and/or with valid…

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Nov 9

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Pop-up: Incite: Queer Writers Read presents Emme Lund, Pamela K. Santos, & Adam Swanson

Sat, Nov 9, 2019 from 2:15 pm - 2:30 pm PST

Portland-area writers Emme Lund, Pamela K. Santos, and Adam Swanson read from their personal works. This pop-up is presented in collaboration with Incite: Queer Writers Read.  This group is paired with Portrait of Infanta María Ana de Austria by Felipe Diriksen; found in the European Art Gallery, on the 2nd floor of the Portland Art Museum. Please reference the Portland Art Museum Map to find this location. Incite: Queer Writers Read is a curated, monthly reading series for Queer writers hosted…

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Nov 9

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Pop-up: Liz Scott

Sat, Nov 9, 2019 from 2:30 pm - 2:45 pm PST

Liz Scott pops-up in the Portland Art Museum galleries with her memoir, This Never Happened.  Scott is paired with the artwork Mother and Child by Albert Pinkham Ryder; found in the American Art Gallery, on the 2nd floor of the Portland Art Museum. Please reference the Portland Art Museum Map to find this location. Like an archaeological dig, Liz Scott’s memoir This Never Happened goes in search of the answers to the mysteries of her family. In her relentless quest to uncover…

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Nov 9

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High Stakes: Rebellion & Resistance

Sat, Nov 9, 2019 from 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm PST

Young women find themselves in precarious situations, and must decide whether or not to take the risk to step up to the fight—whether against an active shooter, a corrupt regime, or the high school principal—in these three novels. In April Henry’s Run Hide Fight Back, a group of six teens are trapped when a deadly shooting breaks out a Portland shopping mall that forces each of them to confront their own secrets. (Henry describes the inspiration as Die Hard meets…

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Nov 9

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Pop-up: The Rumpus presents Kristen Arnett, Jake Skeets, & Malcolm Tariq

Sat, Nov 9, 2019 from 2:30 pm - 2:45 pm PST

Portland Book Festival presenting authors Kristen Arnett, Jake Skeets, and Malcolm Tariq join forces for a pop-up reading in the Portland Art Museum Galleries. This pop-up is presented in collaboration with The Rumpus.  The group is paired with Medium by Heather Watkins; found in the Northwest Art Galleries, on the 4th floor in the Portland Art Museum. Please reference the Portland Art Museum Map to find this location.

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Nov 9

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Pop-up: Live Music in the Galleries with Will Adlard

Sat, Nov 9, 2019 from 2:30 pm - 3:15 pm PST

Catch Portland-based singer/songwriter, Will Adlard, perform live in the Portland Art Museum galleries! Find Will paired with Allegory of Music by Jean François de Troy; found in the European Art Gallery, on the 2nd floor of the Portland Art Museum. Please reference the Portland Art Museum Map to find this location.

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Nov 9

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Three Poets Laureate: A Conversation

Sat, Nov 9, 2019 from 2:45 pm - 3:15 pm PST

A discussion of the importance of writing and reading poetry and the role of a poet laureate with three poets laureate. A conversation between Tina Chang, poet laureate of Brooklyn and author of the new collection Hybrida; Paisley Rekdal, poet laureate of Utah and author of the new collection Nightingale; and Kim Stafford, poet laureate of Oregon and author of the new collection Wild Honey, Tough Salt. Advance Portland Book Festival passes available now.

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Nov 9

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Pop-up: The Astro Poets

Sat, Nov 9, 2019 from 2:45 pm - 3:00 pm PST

Dorothea Lasky and Alex Dimitrov, aka the Astro Poets, pop-up in the Portland Art Museum galleries with their new book, Astro Poets: Your Guides to the Zodiac.   Lasky and Dimitrov are paired with the artwork Mystic Slate by Tony DeLap; found on the 2nd floor of the Modern & Contemporary Art galleries. Please reference the Portland Art Museum Map to find this location. Full of insight, advice and humor for every sign in the zodiac, the Astro Poets' unique…

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Nov 9

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Pop-up: Lara Prescott

Sat, Nov 9, 2019 from 2:45 pm - 3:00 pm PST

Lara Prescott pops-up in the Portland Art Museum galleries with her new novel, The Secrets We Kept.  Prescott is paired with the artwork No-Name Women by Lee Chunghie; found in the Korean Art Gallery, on the 1st floor of the Portland Art Museum. Please reference the Portland Art Museum Map to find this location. A thrilling tale of secretaries turned spies, of love and duty, and of sacrifice–inspired by the true story of the CIA plot to infiltrate the hearts…

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Nov 9

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Pop-up: Dylan Meconis

Sat, Nov 9, 2019 from 3:00 pm - 3:15 pm PST

Dylan Meconis pops-up in the Portland Art Museum galleries with her new graphic novel, Queen of the Sea.  Meconis is paired with the artwork Marine by William Trost Richards; found in the American Art Gallery, on the 2nd floor of the Portland Art Museum. Please reference the Portland Art Museum Map to find this location. Cult graphic novelist Dylan Meconis offers a rich reimagining of history in this beautifully detailed hybrid novel loosely based on the exile of Queen Elizabeth…

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Nov 9

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Pop-up: Michele Filgate

Sat, Nov 9, 2019 from 3:00 pm - 3:15 pm PST

Michele Filgate pops-up in the Portland Art Museum galleries with the essay collection, What My Mother and I Don't Talk About.  Filgate is paired with the artwork Kama Mama, Kama Binti (Like Mother, Like Daughter) by Hank Willis Thomas; found in the Hank Willis Thomas special exhibit, on the 2nd floor of the Portland Art Museum. Please reference the Portland Art Museum Map to find this location. Fifteen brilliant writers explore what we don’t talk to our mothers about, and how it…

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Nov 9

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Pop-up: Jericho Brown

Sat, Nov 9, 2019 from 3:00 pm - 3:15 pm PST

Jericho Brown pops-up in the Portland Art Museum galleries with his new poetry collection, The Tradition.  Brown is paired with the artwork Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Us Around by Hank Willis Thomas; found in the Hank Willis Thomas special exhibit, on the 1st floor of the Portland Art Museum. Please reference the Portland Art Museum Map to find this location. The Tradition details the normalization of evil and its history at the intersection of the past and the personal. Brown’s…

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Nov 9

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OPB’s State of Wonder: The Bird King

Sat, Nov 9, 2019 from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm PST

G. Willow Wilson discusses her new novel, The Bird King, with April Baer, host of OPB’s State of Wonder. A fantastical journey set at the height of the Spanish Inquisition from the award-winning author of Alif the Unseen and writer of the Ms. Marvel series, G. Willow Wilson’s The Bird King is a jubilant story of love versus power, religion versus faith, and freedom versus safety. More info. Advance Portland Book Festival passes available now.

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Nov 9

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Lost & Found: Middle Grade Novels

Sat, Nov 9, 2019 from 3:10 pm - 4:00 pm PST

Two novels about very different characters losing, and finding, home. A young Syrian girl must leave her homeland and emigrate to the United States in Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga. In Rosanne Parry’s A Wolf Called Wander, Swift, a young wolf, must make a long, perilous journey after being separated from his family wolf pack. Moderated by Kate Ristau, author of Clockbreakers. Attendees 17 years of age and younger and/or with valid high school ID enjoy free admission.…

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Nov 9

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Pop-up: Molly Gloss

Sat, Nov 9, 2019 from 3:15 pm - 3:30 pm PST

Molly Gloss pops-up in the Portland Art Museum galleries with her short story collection, Unforeseen.  Gloss is paired with the artwork Untitled (Harney Desert, Harney County, Oregon) by Charles Erskine Scott Wood; found in the American Art gallery, on the 2nd floor of the Portland Art Museum. Please reference the Portland Art Museum Map to find this location. From bestselling and award-winning author Molly Gloss comes her first complete collection of short stories—including two brand-new, original tales. Award-winning author Molly…

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Nov 9

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Pop-up: Casey Cep

Sat, Nov 9, 2019 from 3:15 pm - 3:30 pm PST

Casey Cep pops-up in the Portland Art Museum galleries with her new book, Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee.  Cep is paired with the artwork Untitled (Hotel de la Clef D'Or) by Joseph Cornell; found on the 1st floor of the Modern & Contemporary Art galleries. Please reference the Portland Art Museum Map to find this location. Reverend Willie Maxwell was a rural preacher accused of murdering five of his family members for insurance money…

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Nov 9

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Ties That Bind: Epic Family Sagas

Sat, Nov 9, 2019 from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm PST

Modern masterpieces in a classic genre: the intergenerational family epic. Karl Marlantes’s Deep River follows Finnish immigrants, who flee Russian imperialist rule in Finland in the early 1900s and settle in a Washington state logging community, where they strive to rebuild lives and families in an American in flux, while holding fast to the tradition of the home they left behind. A sweeping and enchanting new novel from award-winning author Elizabeth McCracken, Bowlaway is the story of three generations of…

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Nov 9

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Live Through This: Heartbreak, Hope, & Humor

Sat, Nov 9, 2019 from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm PST

These three books at once tender and unsentimental, heartbreaking and humorous. Exploring grief, love, and identity, you’ll cry till you laugh and laugh till you cry. Kristen Arnett’s debut novel, Mostly Dead Things, finds Jessa grieving for her father while trying to keep the family taxidermy business afloat, trying to figure out how she fits in with her family. Profound and deceptively funny, Morgan Parker’s Magical Negro is an archive of everyday Blackness, exploring the troubling tropes and stereotypes of…

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Nov 9

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Discussion of the Undoing

Sat, Nov 9, 2019 from 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm PST

For John Freeman—literary critic, essayist, editor, poet, “one of the preeminent book people of our time” (Dave Eggers)—it is the rare moment when words are not enough. But in the wake of the election of 2016, words felt useless, even indulgent. Action was the only reasonable response. He took to the streets in protest, and the sense of community and collective conviction felt right. But the assaults continued—on citizens’ rights and long-held compacts, on the core principles of our culture…

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Pop-up: Karen Thompson Walker

Sat, Nov 9, 2019 from 3:30 pm - 3:45 pm PST

Karen Thompson Walker pops-up in the Portland Art Museum galleries with her newest novel, The Dreamers.  Thompson Walker is paired with the artwork Separation Anxiety by Heidi Schwegler; found in the Northwest Art Gallery, on the 4th floor of the Portland Art Museum. Please reference the Portland Art Museum Map to find this location. One night in an isolated college town in the hills of Southern California, a first-year student stumbles into her dorm room, falls asleep—and doesn’t wake up.…

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Nov 9

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Home Cooking: New Classic Cookbooks

Sat, Nov 9, 2019 from 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm PST

Two new cookbooks destined to become classics that home cooks will reach for again and again. John Becker and Megan Scott have spent nearly a decade revising and updating one of the most iconic American cookbooks, a veritable kitchen bible, Joy of Cooking. The new edition features more than six hundred new recipes, with updates reflecting the latest ingredients and techniques available to today’s home cooks. In Vietnamese Food Any Day, Andrea Nguyen draws on decades of experience, as well…

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Nov 9

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Pop-up: Wendy Willis

Sat, Nov 9, 2019 from 3:30 pm - 3:45 pm PST

Wendy Willis pops-up in the Portland Art Museum galleries with her essay collection, These Are Strange Times, My Dear.  Willis is paired with the artwork Refusal by Hank Willis Thomas; found in the Hank Willis Thomas special exhibit, on the 1st floor of the Portland Art Museum. Please reference the Portland Art Museum Map to find this location. In these pointed and wide-ranging essays, Wendy Willis explores everything from personal resistance to the rise of political podcasts, civic loneliness to…

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Nov 9

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Self-Portrait: Memoir, Auto-fiction, and History

Sat, Nov 9, 2019 from 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm PST

Three books that combine and move between personal and collective histories to probe both the past and present. Part history, part memoir, Debra Gwartney’s I Am a Stranger Here Myself taps the deepest dimensions of human yearning: the need to belong, the snarl of family history, and embracing womanhood in the patriarchal American West. An electrifying, dazzlingly written reckoning and an essential addition to the national conversation about race and class, Survival Math takes its name from the calculations award-winning author Mitchell S. Jackson…

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Nov 9

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Pop-up: YesYes Books presents Matt Hart & KMA Sullivan

Sat, Nov 9, 2019 from 3:30 pm - 3:45 pm PST

KMA Sullivan, publisher at YesYes Books and author of the new collection Inclined to Riot, pops-up in the Portland Art Museum galleries with poet Matt Hart, whose poetry collection, Everything Breaking / For Good is out from YesYes Books this year. Sullivan and Hart are paired with the artwork Allegory of Poetry by Jean François de Troy; found in the European Art Gallery, on the 2nd floor of the Portland Art Museum. Please reference the Portland Art Museum Map to…

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Nov 9

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Pop-up: Anthony McCann

Sat, Nov 9, 2019 from 3:45 pm - 4:00 pm PST

Anthony McCann pops-up in the Portland Art Museum galleries with his new book, Shadowlands: Fear and Freedom at the Oregon Standoff.   McCann is paired with the artwork Constellation (Yellow-Brick-Red) by Leon Polk Smith; found on the 2nd floor of the Modern & Contemporary Art galleries. Please reference the Portland Art Museum Map to find this location. In 2016, a group of armed, divinely inspired right-wing protestors led by Ammon Bundy occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in the high desert…

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Nov 9

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Pop-up: YesYes Books presents Diannely Antigua & Brandon Courtney

Sat, Nov 9, 2019 from 3:45 pm - 4:00 pm PST

Poets Diannely Antigua (Ugly Music) and Brandon Courtney (This, Sisyphus), pop-up in the Portland Art Museum galleries with their poetry collections, out from YesYes Books this year.  Antigua and Courtney are paired with the artwork Allegory of Poetry by Jean François de Troy; found in the European Art Gallery, on the 2nd floor of the Portland Art Museum. Please reference the Portland Art Museum Map to find this location. About Ugly Music: Diannely Antigua’s debut collection Ugly Music is a cacophonous symphony of reality,…

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Nov 9

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Dark Magic: Folklore & Fantasy

Sat, Nov 9, 2019 from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm PST

Unexpected connections, unexplained power, and secrets unearthed in three fantastical novels that delve into various folklore and myth. In The Candle and the Flame, Nafiza Azad introduces Fatima, a messenger living in the fantastical Silk Road city of Noor, where humans and the mystical djinn coexist. Shea Ernshaw’s Winterwood is a dark fairy tale of a witch, a boy, and a magical wood. A new epic fantasy trilogy begins with Katy Rose Pool’s debut There Will Come a Darkness, which…

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Nov 9

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Strange Places: Middle Grade Novels

Sat, Nov 9, 2019 from 4:10 pm - 5:00 pm PST

Stories featuring characters trapped in strange lands: an alien warlord cat exiled from his home planet to Earth, and a young girl who steps through a portal to a strange world in seach of her mother. In Emily Chenoweth’s new installment of Klawde: Evil Alien Warlord Cat, The Space Dog Cometh, Klawde—a cat who is an emperor from another planet exiled to Earth, and Raj Banerjee’s best friend—must face a new challenger sent to Earth to settle the intergalactic score:…

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Nov 9

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Words & Pictures: Making Children’s Literature

Sat, Nov 9, 2019 from 4:15 pm - 5:00 pm PST

Janice Bond, author of A Zebra Plays Zither; Vicki Conrad, author, and David Hohn, illustrator of Just Like Beverly!; and Samantha R. Vamos, author of The Piñata that the Farm Maiden Hung discuss making picture books with Mark Savage of Powell’s bookstore. Attendees 17 years of age and younger and/or with valid high school ID enjoy free admission. Advance Portland Book Festival passes available now.

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Nov 9

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Between the Lines: Harper Lee and Boris Pasternak

Sat, Nov 9, 2019 from 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm PST

Murder, espionage, and two of the greatest writers of the twentieth century: Harper Lee and Boris Pasternak. Two new books combine the real-life stories: behind the book Harper Lee never wrote, and one of the greatest love stories of the twentieth century, Doctor Zhivago. In the 1970s, Harper Lee traveled back to her native Alabama with the idea of writing her own In Cold Blood. In Furious Hours, Casey Cep brings this story to life, from the shocking murders to the…

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Nov 9

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Stranger Things: Fiction from the Edge

Sat, Nov 9, 2019 from 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm PST

Three books that explore the liminal spaces – between waking and dreaming, between genre, between reality and fantasy. In his graphic novel The River at Night, Kevin Huizenga delves deep into consciousness. What begins as a simple, distracted conversation between husband and wife, Glenn and Wendy Ganges—him reading a library book and her working on her computer—becomes an exploration of being and the passage of time. Bestselling and award-winning author Molly Gloss’s first career retrospective of her short stories, Unforeseen, navigates…

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Nov 9

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Rainbow Rowell: Wayward Son

Sat, Nov 9, 2019 from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm PST

Rainbow Rowell is the best-selling author of Eleanor & Park, Fangirl, and Carry On. Her new book, Wayward Son, is the sequel to Carry On, and is a book for anyone who ever wondered what happened to the Chosen One after he saved the day; for everyone who was more curious about the second kiss than the first… Simon Snow’s hero’s journey might be over, but his life has just begin. Rowell will be interviewed by Jasmine Guillory, author of Royal…

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Nov 9

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Indivisible: Politics & Protest

Sat, Nov 9, 2019 from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm PST

Three poets offer personal perspectives on the state of the nation. In Hybrida, Tina Chang confronts the complexities of raising a mixed-race child during an era of political upheaval in the United States, ruminating on the relationship between her son’s blackness and his safety, exploring the dangers of childhood in a post–Trayvon Martin era, and invoking racialized roles in fairy tales. Shadowlands: Fear and Freedom at the Oregon Standoff by Anthony McCann is a clarifying, exhilarating story of a nation…

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Nov 9

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Dangerous Love: Desire & Obsession

Sat, Nov 9, 2019 from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm PST

These poets confront the trauma of the past—the personal past and the shared past—while celebrating desire and love. Ugly Music, the debut collection from Diannely Antigua, explores reality, dream, trauma, and obsession, and how to create an identity informed by and in spite of the past. Jericho Brown’s The Tradition, longlisted for the National Book Award, details the normalization of evil and its history at the intersection of the past and the personal in poems of fatherhood, legacy, blackness, queerness,…

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Nov 9

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Facing the Past: Middle Grade Novels

Sat, Nov 9, 2019 from 5:10 pm - 6:00 pm PST

Stories of two very different young women who find themselves in unknown places, where they realize they must face their past to understand their present. In Dylan Meconis’s graphic novel Queen of the Sea, Queen Eleanor is exiled by her sister to a tiny island, where she must grapple with the truth of her own past as well as threats to her life. In award-winning and best-selling author Renée Watson’s new novel, Some Places More Than Others, Amara searches for…

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