• December 7, 2021
          Maxine Scates and Joseph Millar
          December 8, 2021
          One Page Wednesday: December
          December 9, 2021
          Bagley Wright Lecture Series: “Is That A Real Poem Or Did You Just Make It Up?”
          December 14, 2021
          The Moth Mainstage in Portland
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Vanessa Hua

Vanessa Hua

Vanessa Hua is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and the author of a short story collection, Deceit and Other Possibilities. For two decades, she has been writing, in journalism and fiction, about Asia and the Asian diaspora. She has received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, the San Francisco Foundation’s James D. Phelan Award, and a Steinbeck Fellowship in Creative Writing, as well as honors from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Asian American Journalists Association. Her work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Atlantic, and The Washington PostA River of Stars is Vanessa Hua’s first novel. Visit her online at vanessahua.com

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Nov 10

Portland Book Festival  

On the Run: Mothers and Money

Sometimes, you find yourself literally running away from your problems—but they always find you. In Patrick deWitt’s darkly comic French Exit, a wealthy widow and her adult son flee New York for Paris in the wake of scandal and financial disintegration. Vanessa Hua’s debut novel A River of Stars introduces us to two women on

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Nov 10

Pop Up Events  

Pop-up: Vanessa Hua

Vanessa Hua pops-up with her debut novel, A River of Stars. Hua is paired with Sleeping Child by Will Barnet; found in the Modern American Realism exhibit on the 2nd floor of the Portland Art Museum. Please reference the Portland Art Museum Map to find this location. Holed up with other mothers-to-be in a secret maternity home

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