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Events for May 30, 2019
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Please join us on May 30th at Crush Bar. Sign ups 6:30 pm Show 7:00 pm $5 dollar suggested donation. All proceeds go towards Bryony Blazes chap book. We are honored to have two features. Xesxa Depentes is a poet and performer living in Portland, OR. it’s the author of the chapbook crying in the sun (txt books, 2017). its work has been published in the recluse, the poetry project newsletter and on the poetry foundation’s harriet blog. Trenna Sharpe is a poet from Tennessee, currently living and writing in Portland, Oregon. Her poems appear in the The Heart's Many Doors, The Tangerine, 5:2:One Magazine, Industrial Lunch, Poetry Miscellany, Incessant Pipe, and The Lifeboat. She's a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Program for…Find out more »
We welcome New York author Christopher X. Shade to read from his debut novel The Good Mother of Marseille. The novel is set in the summer of 2013, in the year of Marseille's designation as the European Capital of Culture. Americans wander and sightsee in this dangerous and impoverished yet seductive city. The Americans whose stories are told in this novel -- anthropology students Noémie and Corey, the couple from a small town in Alabama, the Colorado man with late-stage cancer, and a woman and her journalist husband -- put their Marseille experience in the context of their own histories. Hovering on the fringe are the Marseillais themselves -- the shopkeepers, artists, and café waiters -- following the rhythm of European street life. The book is a love letter to the…Find out more »
Annie Bloom's welcomes Thomas J. Sims to read from On Call in the Arctic: A Doctor's Pursuit of Life, Love, and Miracles in the Alaskan Frontier. The evening will also include a visual presentation. The fish-out-of-water stories of Northern Exposure and Doc Martin meet the rough-and-rugged setting of The Discovery Channel's Alaskan Bush People in Thomas J. Sims's On Call in the Arctic, where the author relates his incredible experience saving lives in one of the most remote outposts in North America. In Anchorage, Dr. Sims was scheduled to act as Chief of Pediatrics at the Alaska Native Medical Center. Life changed, along with his military orders, when he learned he was being transferred from Anchorage to work as the only physician in Nome. There,…Find out more »
An evening of animation and poetry in celebration of the American poet Walt Whitman’s 200th birthday. Portland-based animator Marilyn Zornado reached out to a handful of other animators from around the globe including Northwest-based artists Devon Damonte, Teresa Drilling, Deanna Morse, Barbara Tetenbaum, and Academy Award-winner Joan C. Gratz, to create new short works representative of Whitman’s writings. Interspersed throughout the screening will be readings of Whitman’s poems by special guests. This screening is in partnership with David Abel and Passages Bookshop. Complete Program can be found here. Reception at 6 pm.Find out more »
Join us for a reading from Slow Media: Why Slow is Satisfying, Sustainable and Smart, a Nautilus Book Award winner described as a “powerful corrective to media scholarship” (Chris Atton), a “spirited, sane, and savvy manifesto” (Carl Honoré), and a “compelling argument for how media can promote human existence more proportioned to human beings” (Douglas Rushkoff). Jennifer Rauch’s Slow Media aims to transform the way we produce and use media, just as the Slow Food movement changed how people grow, buy and eat food. Her book helps readers understand complex relationships between everyday media choices, human well-being and the natural world. It propels conversations about how we can challenge the status quo — as users, consumers, and citizens. These alternative visions nurture a media ecosystem that…Find out more »
In 1908, three unknown riders arrived in Cheyenne, Wyoming, their hats adorned with wildflowers, to compete in the world’s greatest rodeo. They had travelled 3,000 miles from Hawaii, where their ancestors had herded cattle for generations, to test themselves against the toughest riders in the West. Dismissed by whites, who considered themselves the only true cowboys, the Hawaiians left the heartland as champions – and American legends. David Wolman and Julian Smith’s Aloha Rodeo (William Morrow) blends rough-knuckled frontier drama with a rousing underdog narrative.Find out more »
What happens when an undocumented teen mother takes on the U.S. immigration system? Taking us into detention centers, immigration courts, and more, Aaron Bobrow-Strain’s The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) reveals the human consequences of militarizing what was once a more forgiving border. This event in sponsored by Voz Workers' Rights Education Project and Causa, Oregon's Immigrant Rights Organization.Find out more »