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12:00 pm

Getting Help with your Oregon Literary Fellowship application: Drop-in session

July 25 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street
Portland, OR 97205
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Free

Friday, August 2, 2019 is the deadline to apply for an Oregon Literary Fellowship.  If you have questions about the application process and would like to meet in person, please note the following dates for drop-in assistance at our office at 925 SW Washington. No prior appointment is required. Thursday, June 20, 2019: 3:00–5:00 p.m. Thursday, June 27, 2019: 3:00–5:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, 2019: 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Thursday, July 25, 2019: 12:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. To make an in-person appointment with Susan or Jessica outside of these hours, please email or call the office first.

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6:00 pm

Horror Book Club

July 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Books Around the Corner, 40 NW 2nd Street
Gresham, OR 97030
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Free

We will discuss Summer of Night by Dan Simmons. It's the summer of 1960 and in the town of Elm Haven, Illinois, five 12-year-old boys are forging the powerful bonds that a lifetime of change will not break. But amid the sun-drenched cornfields their loyalty will be tested when horrifying events begin spreading terror. Available at a 15% discount to order if you plan on attending the book club.

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6:30 pm

Slamlandia July Picnic PDX Poetry Open Mic

July 25 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Picnic PDX, 1305 NW 23rd Ave
Portland, OR 97210
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Free – $5

Join us on JULY 25TH for our **FOURTH** Thursday Poetry Open Mic! Normally a third Thursday show, we are pushing our Picnic PDX open mic back one week, since The Bigfoot Regional Poetry Slam is taking place the previous week - don't want to overwhelm everyone! Doors and sign-ups are at 6:30 PM Get there on time to get a spot in the open mic! Show begins at 7:00 PM Picnic PDX 1305 NW 23rd Avenue Portland, OR 97210 This show is all ages. Please see our Accessibility and Safer Space info below. $5 suggested donation at door. This show will not have a poetry slam or a featured poet. We ask for just poetry on this mic, no music or stand up comedy. ★…

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7:00 pm

What Is Justice? A Personal Exploration – Bill Denham

July 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Another Read Through, 3932 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97227
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Free

Join us for a reading from What is Justice? by Bill Denham. Matthew Avery Solomon and Noel Espinoza were murdered on September 4, 2008. Three men were charged with the crime. In What Is Justice?: A Personal Exploration, author Bill Denham studies the crime and what it reveals about himself and about our broader culture’s pursuit of retributive justice. Incorporating poetry, philosophy, theology, and memoir, Denham suggests an alternative system borne out of our inter-connectedness and reliant on the exercise of our imaginations. What Is Justice?: A Personal Exploration is an engaging, deeply personal, and deeply felt exploration into the meaning of justice. It is an essential and thought-provoking piece. “In death will come, poet Bill Denham attempts the near impossible, coming to terms with the…

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7:30 pm

Gabriel Urza in Conversation With Leni Zumas

July 25 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside Street
Portland, OR 97209
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Free

The illusionist Benjamin Vaughn is 14 years old when he dies under mysterious circumstances at the height of his short career. In the wake of his death, the life of this brilliant yet reclusive prodigy known as "The Great Bendini" is meticulously chronicled by an unnamed narrator who encountered Vaughn when he himself was a boy. Set amidst dusty Northern California towns in the 1990s, the narrator — now an academic and father to a son of his own — unfurls a layered testimony that blurs the line between the observer and the observed; between ambitions that have the potential to transcend, and those with the capacity to destroy. Deployed with immersive detail and haunting observations, Gabriel Urza's The White Death: An Illusion (Nouvella) is…

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Mark Arax

July 25 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214
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Free

Mark Arax is from a family of Central Valley farmers, a writer with deep ties to the land who has watched the battles over water intensify even as California lurches from drought to flood and back again. In The Dreamt Land (Knopf), he travels the state to explore the one-of-a-kind distribution system, built in the 1940s, ’50s, and ’60s, that is straining to keep up with California’s relentless growth. The Dreamt Land weaves reportage, history, and memoir to confront the “Golden State” myth in riveting fashion. Arax’s heartfelt, beautifully written book is about the land and the people who have worked it – from gold miners to wheat ranchers to small fruit farmers and today’s Big Ag. Since the beginning, Californians have redirected rivers, drilled…

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