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Livestream Reading: Jason Tanamor with Grace Talusan

Annie Bloom’s welcomes Portland author Jason Tanamor for a livestream reading from his latest novel, Vampires of Portlandia. He will be in conversation with Grace Talusan, author of The Body Papers. Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIucOCvrDgvGta4PQlWSHUxRitfiVA4ioi3 About Vampires of Portlandia: When Marcella Leones relocates her family of aswang vampires from the Philippines to Portland, Oregon, she raises her grandchildren under strict rules so humans will not expose them. Her only wish is to give them a peaceful life, far away from the hunters and the Filipino government that attempted to exterminate them. Before she dies, she passes on the power to her eldest grandchild, Percival. He vows to uphold the rules set forth by Leones, allowing his family to roam freely without notice. After all, they are…

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Ernest Cline Ticketed Event

Ernest Cline’s Ready Player Two (Ballantine) is the highly anticipated sequel to his beloved worldwide bestseller Ready Player One, the near-future adventure that inspired the blockbuster Steven Spielberg film. Days after winning OASIS founder James Halliday’s contest, Wade Watts makes a discovery that changes everything. Hidden within Halliday’s vaults, waiting for his heir to find, lies a technological advancement that will once again change the world and make the OASIS a thousand times more wondrous — and addictive — than even Wade dreamed possible. With it comes a new riddle, and a new quest — a last Easter egg from Halliday, hinting at a mysterious prize. And an unexpected, impossibly powerful, and dangerous new rival awaits, one who’ll kill millions to get what he wants.…

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Kathryn D. Sullivan

In her new book, Handprints on Hubble: An Astronaut’s Story of Invention (The MIT Press), Kathryn D. Sullivan, the first American woman to walk in space, recounts her experience as part of the team that launched, rescued, repaired, and maintained the Hubble Space Telescope. The Hubble Space Telescope has revolutionized our understanding of the universe. It has, among many other achievements, revealed thousands of galaxies in what seemed to be empty patches of sky; transformed our knowledge of black holes; found dwarf planets with moons orbiting other stars; and measured precisely how fast the universe is expanding. In Handprints on Hubble, the retired astronaut describes her work on the NASA team that made all of this possible. Along the way, Sullivan chronicles her early life…

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Faith G. Harper & Joe Biel

Accountability means accepting responsibility for your actions and repairing any harm you have done. Joe Biel and Faith G. Harper’s new workbook, How to be Accountable (Microcosm), can be used by anyone who is ready to do the work to change toxic behaviors and patterns, from quitting smoking to atoning for abuse or crimes. Biel and Harper will walk you through your own head to understand your patterns and behaviors, untangle them, and live the kind of life you want. Bestselling author Harper also presents her two other new books,Unfuck Your Worth: Overcome Your Money Emotions, Value Your Own Labor, and Manage Financial Freak-Outs in a Capitalist Hellscape (Microcosm) and Unfuck Your Year: a Weekly Unplanner and Self-Care Activity Book to Manage Your Anxiety, Depression,…

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Jonathan Hill in Conversation With Lisa Ko

Three siblings search for their missing mother across a ruined America in Ignatz Award nominee Jonathan Hill’s new original graphic novel, Odessa (Oni Press). Eight years ago an earthquake — the Big One — hit along the Cascadia fault line, toppling cities and changing landscapes up and down the west coast of the United States. Life as we know it changed forever. But for Vietnamese American Virginia Crane, life changed shortly after the earthquake, when her mother left and never came back. Ginny has gotten used to a life without her mother, helping her father take care of her two younger brothers, Wes and Harry. But when a mysterious package arrives for her 18th birthday, her life is shaken up yet again. For the first…

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A Conversation with Santi Holley

Join us for a conversation with journalist and non-fiction writer, Santi Holley. Mr. Holley will discuss his newly-released book on Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ Murder Ballads album, that will be published by Bloomsbury Press in November. Santi Elijah Holley was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan. His essays, short stories, reviews, and journalism have appeared in numerous outlets, including The Atlantic, The Guardian, VICE, Tin House, Atlas Obscura, The Economist, Paste, The Outline, Topic, Sojourners, Pacifica Literary Review, Willamette Week, The Portland Mercury, The Stranger, and Longreads. His work has been selected for Entropy’s Best of 2019: Best Online Articles and Essays, and cited in Best American Essays 2018. He is the recipient of a 2020 PEN America grant, the 2019 Robert B. Silvers…

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Portland Book Festival: Isabel Wilkerson in Conversation With Viet Thanh Nguyen

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Warmth of Other Suns gives us a masterful portrait of an unseen phenomenon in America. In Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, Isabel Wilkerson explores, through an immersive, deeply researched narrative and stories about real people, how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings. Beautifully written, original, and revealing, Caste is an eye-opening story of people and history, and a reexamination of what lies under the surface of ordinary lives and of America life today. Buy the Portland Book Festival Event Ticket and Book

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Jacqueline Winspear in Conversation with Sarah Maslin Nir

Broadway  Books is thrilled to announce a virtual event for the launch of Jacqueline Winspear‘s memoir This Time Next Year We’ll Be Laughing, to be published by Soho Press on November 10th. The event will take place via Zoom at 5:30 pm (Pacific time) on Wednesday, November 18th. Jacqueline Winspear is well-known and well-loved for her Maisie Dobbs series, which explores the aftermath of World War I through the character of Maisie, who is very much a woman of her generation–women who claimed independence they were reluctant to relinquish once the war ended. After sixteen novels, Winspear has produced a deeply personal memoir that reveals the hardships and joys of her family history and gives us a clear insight into how the character of Maisie was born.…

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A Conversation with Charles Baxter

Join us for a conversation with fiction writer Charles Baxter. Dr. Baxter will discuss fiction writing and the short story, “The Next Building I Plan to Bomb,” from his collection, Gryphon. (Link here.) Feel free to join the discussion! Charles Baxter is the author of the novels The Feast of Love (nominated for the National Book Award), First Light, Saul and Patsy, Shadow Play, The Soul Thief, and The Sun Collective, and the story collections Believers, Gryphon, Harmony of the World, A Relative Stranger, There’s Something I Want You to Do, and Through the Safety Net. His stories have been included in The Best American Short Stories. A recipient of the Guggenheim Award, Baxter lives in Minneapolis and teaches at the University of Minnesota and…

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Portland Book Festival: Margaret Atwood in Conversation With Karen Russell

In Dearly, Margaret Atwood’s first collection of poetry in over a decade, Atwood addresses themes such as love, loss, the passage of time, the nature of nature, and zombies. While many are familiar with the author’s fiction — including her groundbreaking and bestselling novels The Handmaid’s Tale, The Testaments, Oryx and Crake, among others — she has, from the beginning of her career, been one of our most significant contemporary poets. Her new poetry collection is introspective and personal in tone, but wide-ranging in topic. In poem after poem, she casts her unique imagination and unyielding, observant eye over the landscape of a life carefully and intuitively lived. This collection is a stunning achievement that will be appreciated by fans of her novels and poetry…

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