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Livestream Reading: David Biespiel and Vanessa Veselka

Annie Bloom’s welcomes Portland authors David Biespiel and Vanessa Veselka for a livestream reading and conversation about their new books. Signed copies of both books are available! Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUqcuCuqj8vG92lnXWQqd8GA8L86yBLrlOH (Please note the new date of 10/27/20; this event was originally scheduled for 10/22.) About David Biespiel’s A Place of Exodus: Literary Nonfiction. Poetry. Jewish Studies. Memoir. Are we ever done leaving home? Acclaimed poet and memoirist David Biespiel tells the story of the rise and fall of his Jewish boyhood in Texas, and his search for the answer to his life’s central riddle. After a near-forty-year exile, Biespiel returns for a day to the world he left behind as a different person. He creates a moving meditation on the meaning of home, uncovering bittersweet…

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2020/21 Portland Arts & Lectures: Helen Macdonald (Virtual Event)

For the opening night of the 2020-21 season of Portland Arts & Lectures, an evening with Helen Macdonald, we will be presenting a virtual event on October 13, 2020. Given that Macdonald lives in England, and the uncertain timing of when we can gather again in the Schnitzer Concert Hall, there was not a reasonable way to reschedule. Again, this event will be highly produced and re-imagined to give our subscribers a special and exclusive evening. Details about how to access these digital presentations will be sent via email to subscribers. Portland Arts & Lectures 2020/21 Season Presented by Literary Arts Join Literary Arts for another five-part season of engaging talks from some of the world’s best writers and thinkers. Helen Macdonald is a writer,…

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Former CIA Director John O. Brennan in Conversation With Rob Reiner Ticketed Event

Undaunted: My Fight Against America’s Enemies, at Home and Abroad (Celadon) is a powerful and revelatory memoir from former CIA Director John O. Brennan, spanning his more than 30 years in government. Friday, January 6, 2017: On that day, as always, John Brennan’s alarm clock was set to go off at 4:15 a.m. But nothing else about that day would be routine. That day marked his first and only security briefing with President-elect Donald Trump. And it was also the day Brennan said his final farewell to Owen Brennan, his father, the man who had taught him the lessons of goodness, integrity, and honor that had shaped the course of an unparalleled career serving his country from within the intelligence community. In his brutally honest…

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David Biespiel in Conversation With David Naimon

In his new book, A Place of Exodus: Home, Memory, and Texas (Kelson), acclaimed writer David Biespiel tells the story of the rise and fall of his Jewish boyhood in Texas, and his search for the answer to his life’s central riddle: Are we ever done leaving home? Raised in the 1970s in Meyerland, the historic Jewish neighborhood of Houston, Biespiel explores the story of triumph and shame that changed his relationship to the world around him. With cinematic fluidity, he writes of his early years as a teenager who yearns for bold self-invention as he grapples with the enigmas of illness, death, love, and the meaning of faith. Growing up in a family devoted to Jewish identity, Biespiel comes under the tutelage of the…

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Michael Ian Black in Conversation With Maria Konnikova

In a world in which the word masculinity now often goes hand in hand with toxic, comedian, actor, and father Michael Ian Black offers up a way forward for boys, men, and anyone who loves them. Part memoir, part advice book, and written as a heartfelt letter to his college-bound son, A Better Man (Algonquin) reveals Black’s own complicated relationship with his father, explores the damage and rising violence caused by the expectations placed on boys to “man up,” and searches for the best way to help young men be part of the solution, not the problem. “If we cannot allow ourselves vulnerability,” he writes, “how are we supposed to experience wonder, fear, tenderness?” Honest, funny, and hopeful, Black skillfully navigates the complex gender issues…

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Dan Mathews in Conversation With Alex Ebert

Dan Mathews knew that his witty, bawdy, unhinged mother, Perry, was unable to maintain her fierce independence at 78 — so he flew her across the country to Virginia to live with him in an 1870 townhouse badly in need of repairs. But to Dan, a screwdriver is a cocktail not a tool, and he was soon overwhelmed with two fixer-uppers: the house and his mother. Unbowed, Dan and Perry built a rollicking life together fueled by costume parties, road trips, after-hours gatherings, and an unshakable sense of humor as they faced down hurricanes, blizzards, and Perry’s steady decline. They got by with the help of an ever-expanding circle of sidekicks — Dan’s boyfriends (past and present), ex-cons, sailors, strippers, deaf hillbillies, evangelicals, and grumpy…

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Fall 2020 Online: Memoir Infusion!

The best work speaks intimately to you even though it has been consciously made to speak intimately to thousands of others.- Jeanette Winterson This class is meant to get you moving, excited and deeply engaged with your memoir project. Whether you’ve almost got a full draft, are just beginning, or somewhere in between, together we’re going to make progress. Through reading memoir samples, craft talks and readings, plus specific writing exercises, we’ll examine what makes a reader engage with your story. We will look at ways to organize and shape life-chaos into art. Through vivid details, authentic voice, inventive uses of form, captivating dialog and invigorated settings, we can indeed make our personal stories universal. During the first half of class we will workshop short…

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Fall 2020: Nine-Month Memoir Intensive

WAITING LIST ONLY. This class begins in September, with the goal of finishing a complete draft of a memoir by June. Participants do not need to be published writers; however, they should have some experience with elements of memoir, including character, setting, dialogue and scene, and have a clear project in mind that they will devote nine months to. They should also be comfortable in a workshop setting, giving and receiving criticism on works in progress. Though it is not a prerequisite, students who have taken “Memoir Boot Camp” or “Advanced Memoir” at Literary Arts should find this class an appropriate next step. Download the syllabus here. Contact Susan Moore at susan@literary-arts.org with questions. Access Program The scholarship position for this class has been filled.…

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Author Reading: rough house by tina ontiveros and Remote by DJ Lee

DJ Lee, author of the March release Remote: Finding Home in the Bitterroots, and tina ontiveros, author of the forthcoming rough house, join us for an evening of stunning prose and frank conversation about the particular complexities of parent/child relationships and how they shape who we are. Remote: Finding Home in the Bitterroots Skillfully intertwining history, outdoor adventure, and mystery, Lee’s memoir is an engaging contribution to the growing body of literature on women and wilderness and a lyrical tribute to the spiritual connection between people and the natural world. Lee is a Regents Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at Washington State University, the Director of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness History Project, and a scholar-fellow at the Black Earth Institute. rough house In searingly honest,…

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Rob Bell in Conversation with the band Joseph

In his profound and deeply personal new book, New York Times bestselling author Rob Bell explores the endless dynamic questions and connections that have shaped his life to provide powerful insight into understanding your purpose and place in the world. Our home is a universe of endless dynamic connections that never stop inviting us to participate in the great mysterious love at the heart of it all. Everything Is Spiritual (St. Martin’s Essentials) is a brief history of how these ideas about creation, love, and connection shaped the author — and can shape every one of us. In his new book, Bell explores the concept that what people really want, more than anything, is to understand their purpose here — so much so that it…

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