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Ernest Cline Ticketed Event

Ernest Cline’s Ready Player Two (Ballantine) is the highly anticipated sequel to his beloved worldwide bestseller Ready Player One, the near-future adventure that inspired the blockbuster Steven Spielberg film. Days after winning OASIS founder James Halliday’s contest, Wade Watts makes a discovery that changes everything. Hidden within Halliday’s vaults, waiting for his heir to find, lies a technological advancement that will once again change the world and make the OASIS a thousand times more wondrous — and addictive — than even Wade dreamed possible. With it comes a new riddle, and a new quest — a last Easter egg from Halliday, hinting at a mysterious prize. And an unexpected, impossibly powerful, and dangerous new rival awaits, one who’ll kill millions to get what he wants.…

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Kathryn D. Sullivan

In her new book, Handprints on Hubble: An Astronaut’s Story of Invention (The MIT Press), Kathryn D. Sullivan, the first American woman to walk in space, recounts her experience as part of the team that launched, rescued, repaired, and maintained the Hubble Space Telescope. The Hubble Space Telescope has revolutionized our understanding of the universe. It has, among many other achievements, revealed thousands of galaxies in what seemed to be empty patches of sky; transformed our knowledge of black holes; found dwarf planets with moons orbiting other stars; and measured precisely how fast the universe is expanding. In Handprints on Hubble, the retired astronaut describes her work on the NASA team that made all of this possible. Along the way, Sullivan chronicles her early life…

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Faith G. Harper & Joe Biel

Accountability means accepting responsibility for your actions and repairing any harm you have done. Joe Biel and Faith G. Harper’s new workbook, How to be Accountable (Microcosm), can be used by anyone who is ready to do the work to change toxic behaviors and patterns, from quitting smoking to atoning for abuse or crimes. Biel and Harper will walk you through your own head to understand your patterns and behaviors, untangle them, and live the kind of life you want. Bestselling author Harper also presents her two other new books,Unfuck Your Worth: Overcome Your Money Emotions, Value Your Own Labor, and Manage Financial Freak-Outs in a Capitalist Hellscape (Microcosm) and Unfuck Your Year: a Weekly Unplanner and Self-Care Activity Book to Manage Your Anxiety, Depression,…

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Jonathan Hill in Conversation With Lisa Ko

Three siblings search for their missing mother across a ruined America in Ignatz Award nominee Jonathan Hill’s new original graphic novel, Odessa (Oni Press). Eight years ago an earthquake — the Big One — hit along the Cascadia fault line, toppling cities and changing landscapes up and down the west coast of the United States. Life as we know it changed forever. But for Vietnamese American Virginia Crane, life changed shortly after the earthquake, when her mother left and never came back. Ginny has gotten used to a life without her mother, helping her father take care of her two younger brothers, Wes and Harry. But when a mysterious package arrives for her 18th birthday, her life is shaken up yet again. For the first…

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Portland Book Festival: Isabel Wilkerson in Conversation With Viet Thanh Nguyen

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Warmth of Other Suns gives us a masterful portrait of an unseen phenomenon in America. In Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, Isabel Wilkerson explores, through an immersive, deeply researched narrative and stories about real people, how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings. Beautifully written, original, and revealing, Caste is an eye-opening story of people and history, and a reexamination of what lies under the surface of ordinary lives and of America life today. Buy the Portland Book Festival Event Ticket and Book

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Portland Book Festival: Margaret Atwood in Conversation With Karen Russell

In Dearly, Margaret Atwood’s first collection of poetry in over a decade, Atwood addresses themes such as love, loss, the passage of time, the nature of nature, and zombies. While many are familiar with the author’s fiction — including her groundbreaking and bestselling novels The Handmaid’s Tale, The Testaments, Oryx and Crake, among others — she has, from the beginning of her career, been one of our most significant contemporary poets. Her new poetry collection is introspective and personal in tone, but wide-ranging in topic. In poem after poem, she casts her unique imagination and unyielding, observant eye over the landscape of a life carefully and intuitively lived. This collection is a stunning achievement that will be appreciated by fans of her novels and poetry…

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Kim Gordon in Conversation With Carrie Brownstein Ticketed Event

The personification of downtown New York cool, Kim Gordon is undoubtedly one of the most singular and influential figures in modern music, art, and fashion. Her 2015 New York Times-bestselling memoir, Girl in a Band, gave readers a behind-the-scenes look at her trailblazing life and the birth of the totemic alt-rock band, Sonic Youth. Her new book, Kim Gordon: No Icon (Rizzoli), is an evocative, visual self-portrait of the indie underground cultural maven and ’90s style icon, and the perfect companion tome for anyone who’s ever crooned along to “Teenage Riot” or rocked an X-girl T-shirt. Part scrapbook, part visual diary, Kim Gordon: No Icon is a collection of personal photographs, magazine and newspaper clippings, zines, fashion editorials, and ad campaigns, spliced with lyrics, writing,…

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Kiese Laymon in Conversation With B. Brian Foster

Brilliant and uncompromising, piercing and funny, Kiese Laymon’s How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America (Scribner) is essential reading. The new edition of the award-winning writer’s first work of nonfiction (featuring six new essays) looks inward, drawing heavily on the author and his family’s experiences, while simultaneously examining the world — Mississippi, the South, the United States — that has shaped their lives. With subjects that range from an interview with his mother to reflections on Ole Miss football, OutKast, and the labor of Black women, these 13 insightful essays highlight Laymon’s profound love of language and his artful rendering of experience, trumpeting why he is “simply one of the most talented writers in America” (New York magazine) and a “star in the…

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Portland Book Festival: Jess Walter in Conversation With Andrew Proctor

The author of Beautiful Ruins delivers another “literary miracle” (NPR) — an intimate story of brotherhood, love, sacrifice, and betrayal set against the panoramic backdrop of an early 20th-century America that eerily echoes our own time. The Cold Millions offers a kaleidoscopic portrait of a nation grappling with the chasm between rich and poor, between harsh realities and simple dreams. Featuring an unforgettable cast of cops and tramps, suffragists and socialists, madams and murderers, it is a tour de force from a “writer who has planted himself firmly in the first rank of American authors” (Boston Globe). Buy the Portland Book Festival Event Ticket and Book

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Eduardo Halfon, Chloe Aridjis & Andrés Neuman

And We Came Outside and Saw the Stars Again: Writers From Around the World on the COVID-19 Pandemic (edited by Ilan Stavans) (Restless Books) is a rich, eye-opening, and uplifting anthology featuring dozens of esteemed writers, poets, artists, and translators from more than 30 countries. As our world is transformed by the coronavirus pandemic, writers offer a powerful antidote to the fearful confines of isolation: a window onto lives and corners of the world beyond our own. Taking its title from the last line of Dante’s Inferno, when the poet and his guide emerge from hell to once again behold the beauty of the heavens, the anthology offers a profound global portrait of the defining moment of our time, and sends a clarion call for…

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