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Chantel Prat in Conversation With Andrea Stocco

Powell's City of Books 1005 W Burnside Street, Portland, OR

From University of Washington professor Chantel Prat comes The Neuroscience of You (Dutton), a rollicking adventure into the human brain that reveals the surprising truth about neuroscience, shifting our focus from what's average to an understanding of how every brain is different, exactly why our quirks are important, and what this means for each of us. With style and wit, Prat takes us on a tour of the meaningful ways that our brains are dissimilar from one another. Using real-world examples, along with take-them-yourself tests and quizzes, she shows you how to identify the strengths and weaknesses of your own brain, while learning what might be going on in the brains of those who are unlike you. With sections like "Focus," "Navigate," and "Connect," The…

Free

In-Store Reading: Bill Lascher: The Golden Fortress

Annie Bloom's Books 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR

Annie Bloom's welcomes Portland author Bill Lascher for the in-store launch of his new book, The Golden Fortress: California's Border War on Dust Bowl Refugees. This in-store reading is first come, first served. Seating is limited. Please be mindful of any store health policies that might be in effect on the night of the reading. Signed and personalized copies are available for pre-order! Please, please, please include the name for personalization in the order notes; all orders without a name specified in the order notes will be signed only. About The Golden Fortress: In February 1936, Los Angeles police officers drove hundreds of miles to California’s state borders with one mission: turn back anyone deemed too poor to enter. Myths of the Golden State’s abundance…

Free

Adam White & Justin Taylor: In-Conversation

Literary Arts 925 SW Washington Street, Portland, OR

Join us for a conversation with Adam White and Justin Taylor, moderated by Steve Nelson of the Northwest Review. This event is in-person at Literary Arts. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required for entry. Please see our guidelines here. Adam White Adam White grew up in Damariscotta, Maine, and now lives with his wife and son in Boston, where he teaches writing and coaches lacrosse. He holds an MFA from Columbia University. The Midcoast is his first novel. Justin Taylor Justin Taylor is the author of the memoir Riding with the Ghost, which was published by Random House in 2020. He is also the author of three books of fiction, all published by HarperColllins: Everything Here Is the Best Thing Ever (2010), The Gospel of Anarchy (2011), and Flings (2014). His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Bomb, and Bookforum, among other…

Free

Delve Readers Seminar: Etgar Keret: Short Fiction as Social Commentary

Online N/A, Portland, OR

Etgar Keret is one of the most important Israeli authors alive today. He has mastered the genre of short fiction with a witticism that uses humor and farce to make readers step outside of their comfort zone and view things from the perspective of the absurd. In doing that, Keret brings a fresh, comical, and many times unsettling view of our family and social relationships. His view is a keen critique of the human condition in general and of the paradoxes of the everyday reality in Israel. In this 3-session Delve seminar we’ll discuss his book Suddenly a Knock on the Door (2012). Access Program We want our writing classes and Delves to be accessible to everyone, regardless of income and background. We understand that…

$125

The Prose Poem

IPRC (Independent Publishing Resource Center) 318 SE Main Street #175, Portland, OR

The Prose Poem: This workshop is in person: Masks + Proof of Vaccination Required Register here How can we create poems when we no longer rely upon (or when we free ourselves from) one of poetry’s most powerful tools: the line? In this class, we’ll dive into this question, drawing inspiration from a diverse array of writers as we investigate how to heighten language to create the intensity of a poem within the short space of a paragraph. We’ll also examine writing that defies conventional genre classification, straddling the lines between poetry, fiction and essay. Through in-class exercises, weekly prompts, and supportive discussion of one another’s work, we’ll immerse ourselves in our creative processes, generating our own prose poems and pieces of writing that push…

$65 – $185

Trivia Night

Rose City Book Pub 1329 NE Fremont, Portland, OR

Trivia is conducted hybrid online and in person. Join us at the bar or join us through Zoom. This is one of our most popular events. Come early to make sure you get a table, and come early so that you can order food and drinks and get settled in time. It is also important to come up with a clever team name. If you come as a single person or a pair and are looking to make new friends, let us know and we will place you with welcoming regulars, or we might place you with other new folks. Trivia night is a great way to make new friends, and they will be sure to be good people since Publiners are quality folks. The…

Free

WRITING & THE BODY w/ Lidia Yuknavitch and Jen Pastiloff: August 11-14, 2022

The Corporeal Writing Center 510 SW 3rd Ave #101, Portland, OR

Jennifer Pastiloff and Lidia Yuknavitch were running their infamous workshop four times a year before the pandemic hit. Covid-19 led to the cancellation of three of these in 2021…Lucky for us, we’re back! Jen & Lidia are both renowned in their fields in their own right, and both of them are known for their inventive, non-traditional methods. Together they lead you to your most creative place by tapping into your body first, and then picking up the pen. But don't worry! You do not have to be a published or experienced writer or yogi—we are looking for people who have heart. You have a desire to write? You have a body? Then this weekend is for you. Check out all the details below, and please…

$995

Reading: Noch Ein at the Stein: A Poetic Essay on Beer, Conversation, and Hippycrits

Rose City Book Pub 1329 NE Fremont, Portland, OR

Eugene writer Tim Shaner will read from his new book Noch Ein at the Stein: A Poetic Essay on Beer, Conversation, and Hippycrits, accompanied by Hawaii transplant Jeff Ibach on guitar. “In Noch Ein at the Stein, Tim Shaner captures the essential elements of why the Stein is my favorite bar in America. The beer community, the stories, the very human social contact & interaction, and, above all, the celebration of beer. . . . Noch Ein is a must read for all those who love bar life and life itself. It is even more poignant during these Covid times when that sense of ‘Communitas’ has been taken away. — Hal Hermanson, KLCC Brewfest Operations/Brewer's Lounge, Underwriting Tim Shaner is the author Noch Ein at…

Free

Write Around Portland: Bi-Monthly BIPOC Online Writing Workshop

Online N/A, Portland, OR

I love being witnessed, and I absolutely love witnessing the words of everyone else in the group. It’s our own kind of magic.” —BIPOC Online Workshop Participant For people who identify as Black, Indigenous or People of Color (BIPOC). 2nd & 4th Friday of every month from 4 to 5:30 pm (Pacific Time), Free. Workshops are held via Zoom. Pre-registration is required. Registration opens the 1st of the month every month and closes when filled or at 12noon the day before the workshop. Pre-register for our 2nd Friday workshop here. Pre-register for our 4th Friday workshop here.  Click here for more workshop details. 

Free

Risograph Basics @ Outlet!

Outlet 2500 Northeast Sandy Boulevard, Portland, OR

Welcome to our Risograph Basics course: a printing, collage, experimentation, and mark making extravaganza! Get to know Outlet and our RISO sisters (Barbara, Janet, Corita, and Tina) and learn the basics of this fun and unique print method with Kate Bingaman-Burt! This workshop is a great place to start if you’re new to riso, or if you’d like a refresher! We’ll take a deep dive into risograph history, an overview of how these machines work, the stencil-duplicator process, and the quirks and fun (sometimes unpredictable) outcomes of riso printing. The main focus of this class is EXPERIMENTATION. We’ll share print and zine inspiration, favorite mark making tools and how to use them for riso, and we’ll walk through a print demo on two of our…

$85 – $100