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November 2020

Thursday

Nov 5

Souvankham Thammavongsa and Lidia Yuknavitch
Fiction Portland Book Festival

Body of Work: Souvankham Thammavongsa & Lidia Yuknavitch

Thu, November 5 from 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm PST

Join us for a conversation centered on two highly acclaimed new story collections from Souvankham Thammavongsa and Lidia Yuknavitch, moderated by Marisa Siegel.

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Thursday

Nov 5

Fiction Portland Book Festival

Seeking Salvation: Chelsea Bieker & Kelli Jo Ford

Thu, November 5 from 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm PST

Two novels about generations of women trying to survive in inhospitable places, examining what we inherit and what we must leave behind. Moderated by Kesha Ajose Fisher.

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Thursday

Nov 5

Fiction Portland Book Festival

The Cold Millions: Jess Walter & Andrew Proctor

Thu, November 5 from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm PST

The author of the bestseller Beautiful Ruins delivers another “literary miracle” (NPR)—a propulsive, richly entertaining novel about two brothers swept up in the turbulent class warfare of the early twentieth century.

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Friday

Nov 6

Nick Flynn and Mary Szybist
Fiction Nonfiction Portland Book Festival

This Is the Night Our House Will Catch Fire: Nick Flynn & Mary Szybist

Fri, November 6 from 11:00 am - 11:45 am PST

When Nick Flynn was seven years old, his mother set fire to their house. His new memoir unravels the story of the fire that Flynn had to escape, and the ways in which, as an adult, he has carried that fire with him until it threatens to burn down his own house.

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Friday

Nov 6

Fiction Portland Book Festival

Afterlife: Julia Alvarez, presented in partnership with Texas Book Festival

Fri, November 6 from 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm PST

Join Portland Book Festival and Texas Book Festival for a conversation with Julia about her first adult novel in nearly fifteen years, a book which is in part about managing when just about everything goes wrong.

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Friday

Nov 6

Genevieve Hudson and C Pam Zhang
Fiction Portland Book Festival

American Tales: Genevieve Hudson & C Pam Zhang

Fri, November 6 from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm PST

A not-to-be-missed discussion featuring two of the most exciting debut novels of 2020: an adventure tale across the gold rush–era American West, and a Southern Gothic story of the football and faith in Alabama high school.

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Monday

Nov 9

Carl Hiaasen and Karen Russell
Fiction Portland Book Festival

Squeeze Me: Carl Hiaasen & Karen Russell

Mon, November 9 from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm PST

Best-selling author Carl Hiaasen discusses his new novel with fellow Floridian (turned Portlander) Karen Russell.

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Tuesday

Nov 10

Fiction Portland Book Festival

Missionaries: Phil Klay on OPB’s Think Out Loud

Tue, November 10 from 9:30 am - 10:30 am PST

In his new novel, National Book Award winner Phil Klay examines the globalization of violence through the interlocking stories of four characters and the conflicts that define their lives.

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Tuesday

Nov 10

Brit Bennett and Bryan Washington
Fiction Portland Book Festival

Family Ties: Brit Bennett & Bryan Washington

Tue, November 10 from 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm PST

Stunning novels about race, love, family, inheritance, choice and consequence. Moderated by Jennifer Baker.

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Tuesday

Nov 10

Fiction Portland Book Festival

On the Edges: Lysley Tenorio & Vanessa Veselka

Tue, November 10 from 2:30 pm - 3:15 pm PST

Explorations of inheritances and mythologies—national, familial, personal—animate these stories of journeys, as these characters seek answers after family secrets are revealed. Moderated by Megan Labrise.

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Wednesday

Nov 11

Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Kawai Strong Washburn, and John Freeman
Fiction Nonfiction Poetry Portland Book Festival

Tales of Two Planets: Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Kawai Strong Washburn, & John Freeman

Wed, November 11 from 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm PST

A cross-genre discussion of environmental justice and the inseparableness of the climate crisis and economic inequality.

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Wednesday

Nov 11

Naomi Novik and Fonda Lee
Fiction Portland Book Festival

A Deadly Education: Naomi Novik & Fonda Lee

Wed, November 11 from 2:30 pm - 3:15 pm PST

With flawless mastery, Naomi Novik creates a school bursting with magic like you’ve never seen before, and a heroine for the ages—a character so sharply realized and so richly nuanced that she will live on in hearts and minds for generations to come.

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Thursday

Nov 12

Fiction Portland Book Festival

Book of Revelations: Rumaan Alam & Jonathan Lethem

Thu, November 12 from 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm PST

Nowhere is safe in these novels of post-collapse contemporary dread and family tension.

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Friday

Nov 13

Claire Messud and Lydia Millet
Fiction Nonfiction Portland Book Festival

Life Story: Claire Messud & Lydia Millet

Fri, November 13 from 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm PST

An indelible novel of teenage alienation and adult complacency in an unraveling world, and a glimpse into a beloved novelist’s inner world, shaped by family, art, and literature. Moderated by Alexander Chee.

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Friday

Nov 13

Fiction Poetry Portland Book Festival Young Adult

Black Talk, Black Feeling with The Believer

Fri, November 13 from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm PST

A series is intended to connect this critical moment to others in the past, establishing a link between the conversations folks are having now with the discussions that have been ongoing in Black writing communities.

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Monday

Nov 16

Emily Nemens and Charles Yu
Fiction Portland Book Festival

Typecasting: Emily Nemens & Charles Yu

Mon, November 16 from 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm PST

Go behind the curtain of two quintessentially American worlds—baseball and Hollywood—in these novels about ambition, disappointment, family, and the possibility of a new story. Moderated by Jon Raymond.

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Tuesday

Nov 17

Rebecca Dinerstein Knight, Raven Leilani, and John Freeman
Fiction Portland Book Festival

Tainted Love: Rebecca Dinerstein Knight & Raven Leilani with John Freeman

Tue, November 17 from 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm PST

Obsession and lust, sex and death, preoccupy these sharp, wickedly funny novels about young women entangled in messy, obsessive relationships. Moderated by John Freeman.

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Wednesday

Nov 18

Fiction Portland Book Festival

Homeland Elegies: Ayad Akhtar on OPB’s Think Out Loud

Wed, November 18 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PST

A deeply personal work about identity and belonging in a nation coming apart at the seams, blending fact and fiction to tell an epic story of longing and dispossession in the world that 9/11 made. This event will be broadcast live on OPB radio.

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Wednesday

Nov 18

Liz Crain and Megha Majumdar
Fiction Nonfiction Portland Book Festival

Breaking Bread: Liz Crain & Megha Majumdar

Wed, November 18 from 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm PST

A nourishing discussion about food and storytelling, in fiction and cookbook writing.

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Friday

Nov 20

Veronica Roth and Charlie Jane Anders
Fiction Portland Book Festival

Chosen Ones: Veronica Roth & Charlie Jane Anders

Fri, November 20 from 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm PST

What do you do when you’re the most famous people on Earth, your only education was in magical destruction, and your purpose in life is now fulfilled?

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