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Ta-Nehisi Coates in Conversation with Renée Watson

Literary Arts is proud to present an evening with acclaimed author and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates in celebration of his first novel, The Water Dancer (coming September 24). Coates will be in conversation with bestselling author Renée Watson. Tickets will go on sale July 16 at 1:00 p.m. [Buy Tickets Here] Tickets start at $15. Each $85/65-level tickets includes a pre-signed copy of The Water Dancer, Coates’ latest book (coming September 24). In this boldly imagined work of magic and adventure, Coates offers a bracingly original vision of the world of slavery. Driven by the author’s bold imagination and striking ability to bring readers deep into the interior lives of his brilliantly rendered characters, The Water Dancer is the story of America’s oldest struggle—the struggle to tell…

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Margaret Atwood In Conversation with Omar El Akkad

Literary Arts is proud to present an evening with Margaret Atwood, acclaimed novelist, poet, literary critic, and activist. Join us as we celebrate the publication of The Testaments, Atwood’s hugely anticipated sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, coming September 10, 2019. Atwood will be in conversation with award-winning journalist and Oregon author Omar El Akkad. The appearance of Atwood’s acclaimed dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale in 1985, and the current Emmy-award winning television series based on the novel, have created a cultural phenomenon. Interviewed live on stage by Omar El Akkad, the conversation will span the length of Atwood’s remarkable career, her diverse range of works, and why she has returned to her seminal story, 34 years later. Join us for an unmissable and intimate evening…

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SFWA Portland Reading Series: Ted Chiang, Jack Skillingstead, and Daryl Gregory

Pacific Northwest-based Sci-Fi writers Ted Chiang, Jack Skillingstead, and Daryl Gregory head up the latest installment of a quarterly reading series with readings from their latest works, along with opportunities for networking and conversation. [See also the Facebook event page and the SFWA official site]

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Susan Steinberg in Conversation With Leni Zumas

Susan Steinberg’s first novel, Machine (Graywolf), is a dazzling and innovative leap forward for a writer whose most recent book, Spectacle, gained her a rapturous following. Machine revolves around a group of teenagers – both locals and wealthy out-of-towners – during a single summer at the shore. Steinberg captures the pressures and demands of this world in a voice that effortlessly slides from collective to singular, as one girl recounts a night on which another girl drowned. Hoping to assuage her guilt and evade a similar fate, she pieces together the details of this tragedy, as well as the breakdown of her own family, and learns that no one, not even she, is blameless. A daring stylist, Steinberg contrasts semicolon-studded sentences with short lines that…

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Lauren Acampora in Conversation With Cari Luna

In small-town Michigan, Abby Graven leads a solitary life. Once a bright student on the cusp of a promising art career, she now languishes in her childhood home, trudging to and from her job as a supermarket cashier. Each day she is taunted from the magazine racks by the success of her former best friend, Elise, a rising Hollywood starlet whose life in pictures Abby obsessively scrapbooks. At night Abby escapes through the films of her favorite director, Auguste Perren, a cult figure known for his creative institute, the Rhizome. Inspired by Perren, Abby draws fantastical storyboards based on her often premonitory dreams, a visionary gift she keeps hidden. When Abby encounters Elise again at their high school reunion, she is surprised and warmed that…

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Madeline Stevens in Conversation With Kevin Sampsell

Ella is flat broke: wasting away on bodega coffee, barely making rent, seducing the occasional strange man who might buy her dinner. Unexpectedly, an Upper East Side couple named Lonnie and James rescues her from her empty bank account, offering her a job as a nanny and ushering her into their moneyed world. Ella’s days are now spent tending to the baby in their elegant brownstone or on extravagant excursions with the family. Both women are just 26 – but unlike Ella, Lonnie has a doting husband and son, unmistakable artistic talent, and old family money. Ella is mesmerized by Lonnie’s girlish affection and disregard for the normal boundaries of friendship and marriage. Convinced there must be a secret behind Lonnie’s seemingly effortless life, Ella…

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Kathleen Belew in Conversation With Elliott Young

The white power movement in America wants a revolution. Returning to a country ripped apart by a war they felt they were not allowed to win, a small group of Vietnam veterans and disgruntled civilians who shared their virulent anti-communism and potent sense of betrayal concluded that waging war on their own country was justified. The command structure of their covert movement gave women a prominent place. They operated with discipline, made tragic headlines in Waco, Ruby Ridge, and Oklahoma City, and are resurgent under President Trump. Based on a decade of deep immersion in previously classified FBI files and on extensive interviews, Kathleen Belew’s Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America (Harvard) tells the story of American paramilitarism and the…

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Mystery Box Social Dinner Party Featuring Janet W. Hardy and Ceara Lynch

Let’s erase the stigma of sex being a forbidden topic of conversation! Normalization has always been a goal at The Mystery Box show. This elegant dinner party takes it one step further by allowing and ENCOURAGING sex talk at the dinner table! The evening will begin with cocktails and appetizers, followed by 2 courses and dessert, interspersed with a special screening and deep dive into some of the Mystery Box Show’s most compelling sex-centric stories. All paired with wine and amazing conversation! We will be joined by the storytellers themselves- a real treat to be able to talk directly to their experiences. And who knows? Maybe the evening will inspire anecdotes and stories of your own! This evening will feature author Janet W. Hardy (The…

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Kimberly King Parsons in Conversation With Claire Vaye Watkins

Kimberly King Parsons’s debut story collection, Black Light (Vintage), is a love letter to Texas’s most scrappy, beastly, and strange – and a paean to characters who dare furiously to dream despite being trapped in places devoid of hope. With raw, poetic ferocity, Parsons exposes desire’s darkest hollows – those hidden places where most of us are afraid to look. In her debut collection of enormously perceptive and brutally unsentimental short stories, Parsons illuminates the ache of first love, the banality of self-loathing, the scourge of addiction, the myth of marriage, and the magic and inevitable disillusionment of childhood. Taking us from hot Texas highways to cold family kitchens, from the freedom of pay-by-the-hour motels to the claustrophobia of private school dorms, these stories erupt…

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Peg Alford Pursell in Conversation With Sophia Shalmiyev

Following her acclaimed debut, Show Her a Flower, a Bird, a Shadow, Peg Alford Pursell explores and illuminates love and loss in 78 hybrid stories and fables. A Girl Goes Into the Forest (Dzanc) immerses readers in the complex desires, contradictions, and sorrows of daughters, wives, and husbands, artists, siblings, and mothers. In forests literal and metaphorical, the characters try, fail, and try again to see the world, to hear each other, and to speak the truth of their longings. Powerful, lyrical, and precise, Pursell’s stories call up a world at once mysterious and recognizable. A Girl Goes Into the Forest invites fans of Lydia Davis and Helen Oyeyemi into a world where “no one can deter a person from her mistakes.” Pursell will be…

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