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Wordplay Festival: West x Midwest Present Alison Bechdel in Conversation with Cheryl Strayed

Join The Loft’s virtual Wordplay Festival for a conversation between Alison Bechdel and Cheryl Strayed about Bechdel’s new graphic memoir, The Secret to Superhuman Strength. The long and complicated history of workout crazes in the US—from the Thighmaster, to Nordictrack, to Peloton and Soul Cycle—have created a culture that chases fads over facts. And Alison Bechdel, iconic, award-winning graphic memoirst, has not been immune to the promises. But in her quest for superhuman strength, Bechdel’s journey leads her to another muscle: the heart. And then turns towards the ultimate flex: letting her brain guide her. Join her and fellow soul-seeker Cheryl Strayed as they discuss Bechdel’s latest graphic memoir. In partnership with Literary Arts (Portland, OR), The Loft (Minneapolis, MN), Black Mountain Institute (Las Vegas, NV),…

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Mannie Murphy + Stephen R. Bissette: I Never Promised You A Rose Garden Virtual Book Launch

Portland artist Mannie Murphy celebrates the release of their new graphic memoir/history, I Never Promised You A Rose Garden. Mannie is joined in conversation by special guest Steve Bissette (Swamp Thing) to discuss the new book. Told in the style of an illustrated diary, I Never Promised You A Rose Garden begins as an affectionate reminiscence of the author’s 1990s teenage infatuation with the late actor River Phoenix but morphs into a remarkable, sprawling account of the city of Portland and state of Oregon’s dark history of white nationalism. Murphy details the relationship between white supremacist Tom Metzger (former KKK Grand Wizard and founder of the White Aryan Resistance) and the “Rose City” street kids like Ken Death that infiltrated Van Sant’s films — a…

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Live Online Lecture and Q & A with Mira Jacob

Mira Jacob is a novelist, memoirist, illustrator, and cultural critic. Her book Good Talk is a graphic memoir that describes complex conversations with her young son about “race, color, sexuality, and, of course, love.” It was named a Best Book of the Year by the New York Times Book Review, Time, Kirkus Reviews, and others. This event will be free and open to the public. For the link and password to the event, write to

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Virtual Author Reading with Malaka Gharib

Join us for a virtual author reading with Malaka Gharib, including a conversation with local writer and artist Sarah Mirk and a chance to ask questions. Malaka Gharib is an editor and digital strategist at National Public Radio. Her first book, I Was Their American Dream, is a graphic memoir that focuses on her experience as a Filipino-Egyptian-American. In a starred review, Kirkus Reviews praised the book as “A heartwarming tribute to immigrant families and their descendants trying to live the American dream.” Join this event virtually.  To call into this event, please call +1-415-655-0001. Use access code 927 958 092.

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Hazel Newlevant

When 17-year-old Hazel Newlevant takes a summer job clearing ivy from the forest in her hometown of Portland, Oregon, her only expectation is to earn a little money. Homeschooled, affluent, and sheltered, Hazel soon finds her job working side by side with at-risk teens to be an initiation into a new world that she has no skill in navigating. No Ivy League (Lion Forge) is Newlevant’s uncomfortable and compelling graphic memoir – an important story of a girl’s awakening to the racial insularity of her life, the power of white privilege, and the hidden story of segregation in Portland.

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How I Tried To Be A Good Person book signing with Ulli Lust

Ulli Lust, author of the LA Times Book Prize-winning graphic memoir Today Is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life, joins us to celebrate the launch of her new book, How I Tried to Be a Good Person. How I Tried to Be a Good Person is a story of sexual obsession, gender conflict, and self-liberation, told with an honesty few cartoonists are capable of. This powerfully vulnerable graphic memoir follows Lust’s life as a young, enthusiastic anarchist making her way in 1990s Vienna. In the hopes of fulfilling all of her romantic needs, Lust enters into a tumultuous love triangle with two men: the “perfect companion” Georg, an actor twenty years her elder, and the “perfect lover” Kimata, a Nigerian man-about-town. As…

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