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Harry Dodge reads at PSU

Harry Dodge is an American visual artist and writer whose interdisciplinary practice is characterized by its explorations of relation, materiality and ecstatic contamination. He was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2017. His first book, a work of literary nonfiction entitled My Meteorite, or Without the Random There Can Be No New Thing, is forthcoming from Penguin in 2020. Dodge’s sculpture, drawing, and video work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. He co-founded the now-legendary San Francisco community-based performance space The Bearded Lady, which served as a touchstone for a pioneering, queer, DIY literary and arts scene. Dodge’s narrative feature film, By Hook or By Crook, premiered at Sundance in 2002 and won five Best Feature awards. He is permanent faculty of the School…

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Holler if You Hear Me Launch

Local comics artists Ryan Alexander-Tanner and Tatum Howlett will be at Books With Pictures for a signing and presentation to celebrate the release of Holler If You Hear Me, Comic Edition. The book is an adaptation of Greg Michie’s late-90’s memoir that tells the story of a white teacher working in Chicago’s Latinx-majority Back of the Yards neighborhood. The original text was widely recognized as an alternative to typical “white savior” narratives, instead advising teachers to embrace and be changed by the culture they enter into, acknowledging the messiness and complexity of teaching, and, most importantly, providing a platform for the students to share their own stories, in their own words. Each chapter ends with a long-form interview of a student, providing them a forum…

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Reading: Stephanie Thornton Plymale: American Daughter

Annie Bloom’s welcomes Portland author Stephanie Thornton Plymale. At age 4, Stephanie Thornton Plymale survived a full throttle, head-on collision in a mail truck stolen by her mother’s boyfriend. Again, at age 5, sat in the back of a van going 70 miles per hour, Stephanie survived a drunken rollover crash. She was twice physically unscathed but left mute with trauma, a condition which would come and go for years. She later suffered life-threatening burns due to neglect and became blind in one eye. Homelessness evolved to isolation in the Dependent unit of the state of California – to placement in several foster homes, one of which being horribly abusive. By age 10, Stephanie’s experience was that of criminal neglect, chronic hunger, truancy, homelessness, and…

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Columbia Writers Series: Reading & Discussion with Terese Mailhot

Terese Mailhot is from Seabird Island Band. Her work has appeared in Guernica, Pacific Standard, Granta, Mother Jones, Medium, the Los Angeles Times, and Best American Essays 2019. She is the New York Times bestselling author of Heart Berries: A Memoir. She is the recipient of a 2019 Whiting Award. She teaches creative writing at Purdue University. This event will be free and open to the public. Monday, February 24, 2020 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. in PUB 258 A & B

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PDX Queer and Trans Open Mic

PDX Queer and Trans Open Mic!! Bring your poetry, fiction, memoirs, and acoustic music! Before the open mic, there’ll be a space to work on projects and to get feedback from fellow queer and trans folks! Priority will be given to BIPOC creators. Accessibility Details: Venue space and restrooms are wheelchair accessible. Try to come scent and fragrance free (smoke/vape your cigs and weed at least 30 mins before). If you want to get involved organizing the open mic or be a featured monthly reader please feel free to reach out!

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Westside Writing Group

A group for anyone writing nonfiction or memoir who would like company, support, and, most of all, accountability. Whether you’ve never written a word or you’re a published author, join us!

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Biography & Memoir Book Club

The Books Around the Corner Biography/Memoir Book Club will be led by a community member and meets monthly on the third Wednesday of every month at 6PM. We would like to extend an invitation to all of our biography/memoir loving customers. Our book discussions aim to bring people together to talk about books in a safe and inviting atmosphere. Our meetings are lovely and inclusive; we invite you to attend. Come and enjoy a lively discussion about the chosen book with other readers. Join us on February 19th for our Biography/Memoir Book Club. The community run group has chosen to discuss Over the Top by Jonathan Van Ness. About the book: In this revelatory, raw, and rambunctious memoir, the author shares never-before-told secrets and reveals…

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Book Launch: The Reboot: 50 Dates with Myself by Marie MacMillan

Come get your paperback copy of THE REBOOT: 50 DATES WITH MYSELF !!! It’s finally here! My funny/self-care/dating/life-in-my-twenties memoir is out VALENTINE’S DAY from Dancing Moon Press. COMMENT BELOW if you plan to purchase a copy at this event from Rose City Book Pub! It’ll be an informal shindig – with maybe a little reading and Q&A – and beer! they have beer and snacks for purchase also. Hop you can make it! If not, I’ll be at Base Camp Brewing at noon on Friday 2/14 – see other event page. ♡♡♡ “This is not a tale about the breaking, but of the putting back together.” ♡♡♡ Check out little previews on Instagram before the release @macmillanpages Read the whole Prologue and more at…

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Book Launch at Base Camp Brewing

If you can’t make it to Saturday’s book launch event at Rose City Book Pub, then meet me at Base Camp for a beer and a paperback! If you want to pick up a paperback from me at this event, COMMENT BELOW and Venmo me $14.99. I’ll sign copies if you buy ahead of time 😁 Otherwise the book is available on Amazon (ebook and print) Valentine’s Day or at Rose City Book Pub on 2/15. Hope to see you there! ♡♡♡ “This is not a tale about the breaking, but of the putting back together.” THE REBOOT: 50 DATES WITH MYSELF won 2nd Place in the Memoir Category at the PNWA 2017 Literary Contest. Read the Prologue at and follow @macmillanpages on Instagram…

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Mother Winter’s Paperback Launch Party

Join us for MOTHER WINTER’s Paperback Launch Party 2/12! A boatload of PNW authors— Kimberly King-Parsons Chelsea Bieker Genevieve Hudson Leni Zumas John Beer Matthew Dickman Robert Lashley Cari Luna Rene Denfeld Mary Szybist —will each read a chapter of MOTHER WINTER. Shalmiyev will be reading a page of their work as a way of introduction and reciprocity. Signing to follow! Books will be available for sale by Another Read Through, who will have a table set up at The Stacks for this special event. (Also check out their online store at

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