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November 2020

Thursday

Nov 5

Michele Harper and Ruth Dickey
Nonfiction Portland Book Festival

The Beauty in Breaking: Dr. Michele Harper & Ruth Dickey

Thu, November 5 from 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm PST

Dr. Michele Harper discusses her best-selling memoir about her experiences as a female, African American emergency room physician and her own journey to self-healing with poet Ruch Dickey.

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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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Monday

Nov 9

Robert Kolker and Eli Saslow
Nonfiction Portland Book Festival

Hidden Valley Road: Robert Kolker & Eli Saslow

Mon, November 9 from 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm PST

The heartrending story of a midcentury American family with twelve children, six of them diagnosed with schizophrenia, that became science’s great hope in the quest to understand the disease.

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Tuesday

Nov 10

Evette Dionne and Anne Helen Peterson
Nonfiction Portland Book Festival

Burnout and the Ballot: Evette Dionne & Anne Helen Petersen

Tue, November 10 from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm PST

A discussion about burnout and politics, voting, and elections—and how politics, voting, and elections will be only way to fight the forces that lead to burnout.

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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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Thursday

Nov 12

Nonfiction Portland Book Festival

If Then: Jill Lepore on OPB

Thu, November 12 from 3:00 pm - 3:40 pm PST

A revelatory account of the Cold War origins of the data-mad, algorithmic twenty-first century.

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Friday

Nov 13

Nonfiction Portland Book Festival

Live Wire Radio at PBF: 99% Invisible & Shayla Lawson

Fri, November 13 from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm PST

Featuring interviews with Roman Mars and Kurt Kohlstedt, hosts of the 99% Invisible podcast and authors of The 99% Invisible City: A Field Guide to Everyday Design; and with Shayla Lawson, poet and author of the new essay collection, This Is Major.

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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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Sunday

Nov 15

Nonfiction Portland Book Festival

Miami Book Fair x Portland Book Festival: Lisa Hanawalt & Adrian Tomine

Sun, November 15 from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm PST

Presented in partnership with Miami Book Fair. Watch at MiamiBookFairOnline.com.

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Monday

Nov 16

Nonfiction Portland Book Festival

Paying the Land: Joe Sacco on OPB’s Think Out Loud

Mon, November 16 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PST

Eisner Award–winning author Joe Sacco discusses his new book, a masterful work of comics journalism about indigenous North America, resource extraction, and our debt to the natural world with OPB's Dave Miller.

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Tuesday

Nov 17

Nonfiction Portland Book Festival

How I Built This: Guy Raz & Sadie Lincoln

Tue, November 17 from 10:00 am - 10:45 am PST

Priceless insights and inspiration from the world’s top entrepreneurs on how to start, launch, and build a successful venture. Guy Raz in conversation with Sadie Lincoln, founder of barre3.

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Wednesday

Nov 18

Nonfiction Portland Book Festival

This Is Chance!: Jon Mooallem on OPB

Wed, November 18 from 11:00 am - 11:45 am PST

The thrilling, cinematic story of a community shattered by disaster—and the extraordinary woman who helped pull it back together. Interview by John Notarianni of OPB.

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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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Thursday

Nov 19

Nonfiction Portland Book Festival

This Is Major: Shayla Lawson on OPB

Thu, November 19 from 11:00 am - 11:45 am PST

A relevant, insightful, and riveting collection of personal essays on the richness and resilience of black girl culture.

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Thursday

Nov 19

Veronica Chambers and Alexis Coe
Middle Grade Nonfiction Portland Book Festival

Making History: Veronica Chambers & Alexis Coe

Thu, November 19 from 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm PST

Two books which shed new light on history—and the present—by revealing often untold stories and reexamining some of our foundational "truths."

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Thursday

Nov 19

Nonfiction Portland Book Festival

Caste: Isabel Wilkerson & Viet Thanh Nguyen

Thu, November 19 from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm PST

An eye-opening story of people and history, and a reexamination of what lies under the surface of ordinary lives and of American life today. Pre-order from Powell's to attend.

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Friday

Nov 20

Nonfiction Portland Book Festival

Live Wire Radio with Jill Lepore

Fri, November 20 from 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm PST

A revelatory account of the Cold War origins of the data-mad, algorithmic twenty-first century.

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Saturday

Nov 21

Nonfiction Portland Book Festival

Miami Book Fair x Portland Book Festival: Marcus Samuelsson & Dawn Davis

Sat, November 21 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PST

This event will be broadcast on Miami Book Fair's platform; register at MiamiBookFairOnline.com.

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