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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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Don Waters

In 2010, Don Waters set out to write a magazine story about a surfing icon who had known his absentee father. He didn’t imagine that it would become a years-long quest to understand a man who left behind almost nothing except for a self-absorbed autobiography for his abandoned son. These Boys and Their Fathers (University of Iowa) is a wildly original book blending memoir, investigative reporting, and fiction to sort out aspects of family, masculinity, and what it means to be a father.

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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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American Spirit- a reading

Rob struggles to straddle his Japanese father’s religious traditions and the indulgent lifestyle of his new boarding school friends. Then his mind really explodes when upon marrying his Brazilian wife, Latin, Asian, and American cultures collide. This heartfelt, laugh-out-loud journey of self-discovery explores the challenge of expressing truth and love.

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Going Feral: Field Notes on Wonder and Wanderlust

In her deeply personal and intellectually curious essays, Heather Durham explores wild America, weaving the unique perspectives of a trained ecologist, inquisitive philosopher, and restless nomad, probing the intricacies of the natural world as profoundly as she does herself. She wanders from New England vernal pools to Pacific Northwest salmon runs, Rocky Mountain pine forests to Desert Southwest sage flats in search of adventure, solace, authenticity, and belonging in the more-than-human world. Part scientifically informed nature writing, part soul-searching memoir, Going Feral: Field Notes on Wonder and Wanderlust (Wandering Aengus) is the story of a human animal learning to belong to the earth.

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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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Reading: Evelyn Sharenov and Leanne Grabel

Evelyn will be reading from her new collection of short stories, The New American Family. Leanne will be reading from her new collection of flash memoir, Husband.

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Les AuCoin

In 1974, at the age of 32, Les AuCoin became the first Democrat to win a U.S. House seat in Oregon’s First District. He was one of the post-Watergate reformers who shook up an insular, autocratic Congress and led fights for affordable housing, “trickle-up” economics, wilderness protection, abortion rights, and nuclear arms control. In the 1980s, The Oregonian called him “the most powerful congressman in Oregon.” In his compelling collection of life stories, Catch and Release (Oregon State University), AuCoin traces his unlikely rise from a fatherless childhood in Central Oregon to the top ranks of national power. Catch and Release offers readers a revealing glimpse behind the scenes of congressional life, as lived by the 535 souls who inhabit the U.S. House and Senate…

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When Motherhood Becomes Madness

Readings and education on postpartum psychosis Postpartum Psychosis is a widely misunderstood and serious condition. The cultural representation of it is largely based on the most extreme and tragic cases. Join us as two brave survivors read excerpts from their memoirs and a local expect provides education on the condition. Covered: how Postpartum Psychosis is different than Postpartum Depression and other Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders. Symptoms, prevention, treatment, and a call for action.

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Amy Rigby plus special guest Scott The Hoople!

We are ever so pleased to host the great Amy Rigby! Amy has a new book out – Girl to City – and will be playing songs and reading from her book. Very special guest Scott The Hoople (Scott McCaughey) opens. Don’t miss! 21+// $10// 8pm Amy Rigby’s long-awaited memoir will be published in October 2019. Girl To City: describes Amy’s progression from Elton John fan in the Pittsburgh suburbs to Manhattan art student, CBGB habitué and fledgling musician, to critically acclaimed singer-songwriter. Set in a twentieth century New York world of homemade clubs and bands — through love affairs, temp jobs and motherhood — the challenge of balancing art and real life gave Rigby the themes that define her work as a songwriter and…

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