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Everybody Reads 2020: Tommy Orange

Celebrate the power of books to create a stronger community by attending the 2020 Everybody Reads author event with Tommy Orange. Literary Arts is proud to host an evening with award-winning author Tommy Orange as the culminating event of Multnomah County Library’s Everybody Reads program. This year’s programming will center on Orange’s debut novel, There There. Tickets start at $15, available at Portland5.com With the selection of There There, Everybody Reads 2020 centers around the experience of urban Native Americans in Oakland, California. Through a shared reading experience, we will explore a multitude of themes in the book, from identity and ownership to the urban-rural divide. About There There: Orange’s shattering novel follows twelve characters from Native communities: all traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow,…

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2019/2020 Portland Arts & Lectures: Min Jin Lee (Sold Out)

Min Jin Lee’s novel Pachinko was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction and a New York Times 10 Best Books of 2017. The San Francisco Chronicle lauds it as “beautiful. . . Lee’s sweeping four-generation saga of a Korean family is an extraordinary epic.” It was on over 75 best books of the year lists, and will be translated into 27 languages. Her debut novel, 2007’s Free Food for Millionaires, was also a national best seller as well as a Top 10 Books of the Year for The Times of London, NPR’s Fresh Air, and USA Today. Lee is a recipient of fellowships in fiction from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study at Harvard. The 35th season of Portland Arts & Lectures features some of the most engaging…

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Susan DeFreitas – Alt. Architecture: Nov. 7, 14, 21

ALT. ARCHITECTURE w/ Susan DeFreitas When: November 7, 14, and 21 6pm-9pm Where: The Corporeal Center “Underground literary goddess” Ariel Gore has called out traditional story structure for basically taking the shape of a penis. Let’s take that metaphor further: Yes, you must bring your reader to orgasm, but pretending there’s only one way to do that is dumb. (Not to mention boring.) In this three-week class, we’ll examine alternative structures for the novel that allow for more creativity, more play, and yes, more pleasure. This class is appropriate for writers with a novel manuscript (or novel concept) in development; at the end, all participants will receive a 45-minute tutorial designed to help them develop or refine the structure of their novel-in-progress. Scroll down for…

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The Write to Heal Retreat

This is a rare opportunity to connect, share, create and constructively critique with other folks that can relate. Heal Write! Workshop Series and The Write to Heal Retreat is an open space that will inspire creatives to speak their truth to trauma. We intentionally design the environment to be safe, culturally competent, and collaborative. Registration is simple, space is limited. Participants in the The Heal Write! Workshop Series are eligible to recieve scholarships to attend The Write to Heal Retreat, November 1-3rd, 2019 in Rockaway Beach, Oregon.    We encourage writers of any genre, at any stage in their writing development to join an open space that inspires creatives to speak their truth to trauma.  There is no cost to attend the Heal Write! Workshop…

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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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Powell’s Books Presents: Richard Powers

Winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Richard Powers’s The Overstory is a prescient work of fiction arriving at a time of fierce political debate over the environment and a surge in grassroots activism. From one of America’s most “prodigiously talented” writers (New York Times Book Review) comes a magisterial novel about the world of trees and a band of people determined to change the way it is perceived. In The Overstory, the National Book Award-winning author carves a spellbinding tale of lives interlinked across vast stretches of time and space by nature’s powerful, unseen hand. A year spent under the redwoods of California’s Central Peninsula revealed to Powers the immensity and miracle of trees. In reflecting on his previous novels, he realized he had never fully…

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Powell’s Books Presents: ZADIE SMITH

Zadie Smith has established herself as one of the most iconic, critically respected, and popular writers of her generation. The author of five novels, including the award-winning White Teeth and On Beauty, as well as two collections of essays, Smith was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2002, and was listed as one of Granta‘s 20 Best Young British Novelists in 2003 and again in 2013. In her first short story collection, Grand Union, Smith combines her power of observation and her inimitable voice to mine the fraught and complex experience of life in the modern world. Interweaving 11 completely new and unpublished stories with some of her best-loved pieces from The New Yorker and elsewhere, Smith presents a dizzyingly rich…

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HOCUS Reading: Hauntings

We are a community of writers dedicated to the liturgies of literature, the creeds of creation, the sacraments of the synonym. We prostrate ourselves at the temple of Times New Roman. HOCUS is an episodic, eclectic, and occasionally unhinged series of readings and gatherings. Our themed readings emphasize prose of all lengths (from prose poems to novel excerpts) with an emphasis on still-emerging writers. Our events also focus on building community and connections between writers. The theme of the October 9th Reading is . The submission period is now open at www.hocus.ink. Deadline is September 15th 2019. [see also the Facebook event page]

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Suspense and Treats: Sweethearts (a novel by Elizabeth Mitchell)

Come join me (Elizabeth Mitchell) at Broadway Books for the launch of my new literary suspense novel, SWEETHEARTS! Nineteen years after finding Laura Hurst in a frozen lake, Ada Bailey agrees with her therapist: it’s time to revisit Lynn Pond and confront the past. But Silynn holds more than memories. Decades-old secrets tumble out as Ada explores the town she was sent away from, though her return dredges up more than sordid pieces of the townsfolk’s lives. Sam Pruette, a collector of innocents, worries Ada may remember details from that frigid day in November of 1988. Laura was only the first sweetheart. On Wednesday, October 2nd at 8 pm, I will be reading from SWEETHEARTS. There will be cookies, drinks, and cute take-home conversation heart…

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Submission Deadline: smoke + mold Issue 2

smoke + mold is an online journal of, broadly defined, nature focused prose by trans writers in reaction to ongoing crises of climate and culture. Work should be limited to 3000 words or less. Excerpts of longer work welcome, but should be able to stand on their own. Prose poems are welcome, but the journal really wants prose of fiction, nonfiction, and critical work. All writers receive $50 upon acceptance. See the website for greater detail of the kind of work their looking for. smoke + mold is also accepting issue proposals for 1-2 themed special issues revolving around a particular theme, issue, question, etc. to be selected, edited, and introduced by a guest editor. See the same link above for further info.

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