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Powell’s Books Presents Rebecca Solnit in Conversation With Cheryl Strayed – SOLD OUT

This Event is All Ages and Reserved Seating. ALL SALES ARE FINAL. PLEASE, DOUBLE CHECK YOUR ORDER BEFORE PURCHASING. NO REFUNDS. TO ACCESS PRESALE TICKETS, CLICK ON “TICKETS” AND ENTER THE PASSWORD ON “ENTER PROMO CODE” An Evening With the Author of Men Explain Things to Me Renowned feminist writer Rebecca Solnit has been writing important, acclaimed, prize-winning books for years. Her 2014 essay collection, Men Explain Things to Me, won her an ardent readership among a new generation of young women readers who found a welcome touchstone in Solnit’s articulation of the female experience. Solnit’s new memoir, Recollections of My Nonexistence, offers an electric portrait of the artist as a young woman — and asks how a writer finds her voice in a society…

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Courtney Maum in Conversation With Kimberly King Parsons

It is 1937, and Europe is on the brink of war. Hitler is circulating a most-wanted list of “cultural degenerates.” To prevent the destruction of her favorite art (and artists), impetuous American heiress and art collector Leonora Calaway begins chartering boats and planes for an elite group of surrealists to Costalegre, a mysterious resort in the Mexican jungle. The story of what happens to these artists when they reach their destination is told from the point of view of Lara, Leonora’s neglected 15-year-old daughter. Heartbreaking and strange, Courtney Maum’s Costalegre (Tin House) is inspired by the real-life relationship between the heiress Peggy Guggenheim and her daughter, Pegeen. Maum will be joined in conversation by Kimberly King Parsons, author of Black Light.

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Sierra Crane Murdoch in Conversation With Rebecca Clarren

When Lissa Yellow Bird was released from prison in 2009, she found her home, the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota, transformed by the Bakken oil boom. The landscape had been altered beyond recognition, her tribal government swayed by corporate interests, and her community burdened by a surge in violence and addiction. Three years later, when Lissa learned that a young white oil worker, Kristopher ‘KC’ Clarke, had disappeared from his reservation worksite, she became particularly concerned. Unfolding like a gritty mystery, Sierra Crane Murdoch’s Yellow Bird (Random House) traces Lissa’s steps as she obsessively hunts for clues to Clarke’s disappearance. Crane Murdoch will be joined in conversation by Rebecca Clarren, author of Kickdown.

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Jenny Offill in Conversation With Claire Vaye Watkins

Lizzie Benson slid into her job as a librarian without a degree, but this gives her a vantage point from which to practice her other calling: she is a fake shrink. For years she has tended to her God-haunted mother and her recovering addict brother. They have both stabilized for the moment, but soon Lizzie’s old mentor makes a proposal. She’s become famous for her podcast, Hell and High Water, and wants to hire Lizzie to answer the mail she receives: from left-wingers worried about climate change and right-wingers worried about the decline of western civilization. From Jenny Offill, author of Dept. of Speculation, comes Weather (Knopf), a shimmering tour de force about a family, and a nation, in crisis. Offill will be joined in…

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Catana Comics

From Catana Chetwynd, author of the bestselling Little Moments of Love, comes Snug (Andrews McMeel), a collection of comics that perfectly captures the honest, playful, and relatable snapshots of romantic life. Chetwynd’s new book has the same charming and inviting style as her first and includes 50 percent new, never-before-shared comics. Snug is a celebration of the quirks and peculiarities of every one of us – and the magic that happens when we find our matching puzzle piece. Chetwynd will be joined at the event by her fiancé, John Freed, the daily inspiration for her drawings.

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You’re Not Listening: What You’re Missing and Why It Matters

For readers of Susan Cain’s Quiet and Charles Duhigg’s The Power of Habit, You’re Not Listening (Celadon) is an eye-opening wake-up call by New York Times reporter Kate Murphy, drawing attention to the worldwide epidemic of not listening – exposing the profound impact that it is having on us all and showing what we can do about it. Murphy will be joined by Kathryn Zerbe, OHSU professor of psychology, for a conversation moderated by Megan Labrise, editor-at-large of Kirkus Reviews.

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Believe Me: How Trusting Women Can Change the World

Harvey Weinstein. Brett Kavanaugh. Jeffrey Epstein. Donald Trump. The most infamous abusers in modern American history are being outed as women speak up to publicly expose behavior that was previously only whispered about – and it’s both making an impact and sparking a backlash. Believe Me (Seal) brings readers into the evolving landscape of the movement against sexual violence, and outlines how trusting women is the critical foundation for future progress. Editor Jaclyn Friedman will be joined in conversation by Believe Me contributors Katherine Cross and Sassafras Lowery.

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Gayle Brandeis in Conversation With Rene Denfeld

A novel in poems by Gayle Brandeis, Many Restless Concerns (Black Lawrence) gives voice to the hundreds of girls and women killed by Countess Erzsébet Báthory of Hungary between 1585 and 1609. The ghosts of these women speak in chorus, compelling us to bear witness to the violence enacted against them, and to share their quest for justice – not only for themselves, but for all women to come. Brandeis will be joined in conversation by Rene Denfeld, author of The Butterfly Girl.

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Lance Olsen in Conversation With David Naimon

Set on a single day in 1927, Lance Olsen’s My Red Heaven (Dzanc) imagines a host of characters – some historic, some invented – crossing paths on the streets of Berlin. Drawing inspiration from Otto Freundlich’s painting by the same name, My Red Heaven explores a complex moment in history: the rise of deadly populism at a time when everything seemed possible and the future unimaginable. Olsen will be joined in conversation by David Naimon, host of the Between the Covers podcast.

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Power to the People: The Black Panther Party’s Legacy in Albina

The Vanport Mosaic presents a multi-faceted oral history presentation and community conversation led by Mr. Kent Ford, a founding member of the Portland Chapter of the ’60s-era black empowerment organization – the Black Panther Party. Watch the short documentary Sting Like A Bee, and listen to Kent Ford’s personal memory of revolutionary activism and community organizing. The event culminates in a conversation between Mr. Ford and another local activist, connecting these stories to the broader political scene and stimulating a group reflection that links this provocative history to the challenges we face today. This program is made possible by the generous support of the Multnomah County Cultural Coalition and the Oregon Cultural Trust, and is co-hosted by the Albina Branch of the Multnomah County Library…

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