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This Will Destroy You – Pedram Navab and Janice Lee

May 31, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 523 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214 + Google Map

Come to the shop on Friday, May 31 at 7 pm to celebrate the launch of This Will Destroy You, a new novel by Pedram Navab. With special guest Janice Lee. 

Pedram Navab is a neurologist and a Fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine who currently resides in Los Angeles. Educated at Brown and Stanford, he holds both a graduate degree in English/Modern Culture and Media and a JD. His debut novel, Without Anesthesia, was published in 2015 (Jaded Ibis). In his spare time, he acts and makes short films.

Janice Lee is the author of KEROTAKIS (Dog Horn Press, 2010), Daughter (Jaded Ibis, 2011), Damnation (Penny-Ante Editions, 2013), Reconsolidation (Penny-Ante Editions, 2015), and The Sky Isn’t Blue (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2016). She writes about the filmic long take, slowness, interspecies communication, the apocalypse, and asks the question, how do we hold space open while maintaining intimacy? She is Founder & Executive Editor of Entropy, Co-Publisher at Civil Coping Mechanisms, Contributing Editor at Fanzine, and Co-Founder of The Accomplices LLC. She is an Assistant Professor of Fiction at Portland State University and can be found online at: http://janicel.com

Early Praise for This Will Destroy You:

”A riveting story that is at once shattering and wildly engaging.”  Lisa Lutz, New York Times Bestselling author of The Passenger

This Will Destroy You is as delicate and sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel, precisely opening up visceral layers of a haunting psychoanalytic fable.  Rosalind Galt, author of Queer Cinema in the World

This Will Destroy You is both nightmare and ‘daymare’ — a glinting hypodermic shot into the reader’s heart and mind.  — Debra Di Blasi, author ofToday Is The Day That Will Matter

”No other contemporary novel has made the object of desire this accessible, this reflective.” — Jorge Armnenteros, author of The Roar of the River

“This Will Destroy You is an immense and devastating work.” — Janice Lee, author of The Sky Isn’t Blue

“A gripping book that satisfies the cravings of the mind and the soul.” — Nicole Rizzuto, author of Insurgent Testimonies 


Mother Foucault’s Bookshop
523 SE Morrison St
Portland, OR 97214
+ Google Map