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First Word Reading Series: The Crucible

The First Word reading series at Powell’s highlights emerging voices from the Portland literary community. The March event features contributors to The Crucible, a new zine dedicated to feminist creative practice and to dismantling the garbage narratives of patriarchy and capitalism. Featured readers: Effy Garside Mitchell, Missy Ladygo, Kristin Olson-Huddle, Renee Honn, Caitlin Delohery, Ivy Ross Ricci, & Nikki Levine. Emceed by Sophia Shalmiyev & Leni Zumas. The inaugural issue of The Crucible will be available for purchase! March’s First Word features contributors to The Crucible, a new zine dedicated to feminist creative practice and to dismantling the garbage narratives of patriarchy and capitalism. Emceed by Leni Zumas (Red Clocks) and Sophia Shalmiyev (Mother Winter), with words by Effy Garside Mitchell, Missy Ladygo, Kristin Olson-Huddle,…

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Emily Strelow in Conversation With Rebecca Clarren

Emily Strelow’s mesmerizing debut stitches together a sprawling saga of the feral Northwest across farmlands and deserts and generations: an American mosaic alive with birdsong and gunsmoke, held together by a silver box of eggshells – a long-ago gift from a mother to her daughter. Written with grace, grit, and an acute knowledge of how the past insists upon itself, The Wild Birds (Rare Bird) is a radiant and human story about the shelters we find and make along our crooked paths home. Strelow will be joined in conversation by Rebecca Clarren, author of Kickdown.

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Write Around Portland 10-Week Workshop

Based on their acclaimed community writing model, “Prompt” is a generative workshop that offers exercises to inspire the writing life. Workshop fee ($300) includes snacks, access to the “bowels of Powell’s,” and helps to fund workshops for low-income youth and adults. This workshop takes place on Thursdays, March 5-May 7. To register or for more information, visit writearound.org.

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First Thursday: This Magic Moment

Renée Staeck is an artist and illustrator based in Portland, Oregon. Her work celebrates the small moments in life where daydreams and magic reside. A lifelong love of nature, eastern art, and historical illustration inform Staeck’s eclectic aesthetic.

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Elephant Speak: A Devoted Keeper’s Life Among the Herd

When Roger Henneous first dons his keeper uniform and sets foot in the Oregon Zoo, he doesn’t know what to expect. But over his 30-year career, Henneous discovers the joys, difficulties, and dangers of life in a zoo, all the while maintaining an unwavering devotion to Belle, Packy, and the rest of the Asian elephants in his care. Melissa Crandall’s Elephant Speak: A Devoted Keeper’s Life Among the Herd (Ooligan) takes place in a time when ethical conversations about animal comfort, safety, and enrichment in zoos were just beginning. More than an evolutionary history of zookeeping, this unique biography celebrates the extraordinary bonds between humans and elephants and asks what we owe elephants, where we have fallen short, and how we can move forward together.

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Your Body in Balance: The New Science of Food, Hormones, and Health

Hidden in everyday foods are the causes of a surprising range of health problems: infertility, menstrual cramps, weight gain, hair loss, breast and prostate cancer, and much more. All of these conditions have one thing in common: they are fueled by hormones hiding in our food or influenced by the foods we eat. Neal D. Barnard’s Your Body in Balance (Grand Central) provides step-by-step guidance for understanding what’s at the root of your suffering – and what you can do to feel better.

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Erin Khar in Conversation With Rene Denfeld

Erin Khar’s Strung Out: One Last Hit and Other Lies That Nearly Killed Me (Park Row) is a personal, illuminating look at the opioid crisis, as lived by one woman and her 15-year struggle with opioids, beginning when she was 13 and ending with motherhood. An urgent and empathetic take, Strung Out is a necessary memoir of addiction, recovery, and the lifesaving power of love. Khar will be joined in conversation by Rene Denfeld, author of The Butterfly Girl.

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William T. Vollmann

National Book Award-winning author William T. Vollmann returns to his original fictional territory – the lives of the dispossessed in San Francisco – with a parable about the limitations of desire and life at the margins of society. The Lucky Star (Viking) aches with compassion as it explores celebrity culture, gender identity, incest, Christian sacrifice, and, most of all, the quotidian and sometimes faltering heroism of marginalized people who in the face of humiliation and outright violence seek to love in their own way, and stand up for who they are.

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Thom Hartmann

In his new book, The Hidden History of the War on Voting (Berrett-Koehler), progressive radio host Thom Hartmann unveils the strategies and tactics that conservative elites in this country have used, from the foundation of the Electoral College to the latest voter ID laws, to protect their interests by preventing “the wrong people” – such as the poor, women, and people of color – from voting, while making it more convenient for the wealthy and white. He also lays out a variety of simple, common-sense ways that we the people can fight back and reclaim our right to rule through the ballot box.

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John Sayles

In Yellow Earth, the site of Three Nations reservations on the Missouri River in North Dakota, film director and author John Sayles introduces us to Harleigh Killdeer, chairman of the Tribal Business Council, who is contracted by an oil firm to spearhead the new Three Nations Petroleum Company. What follows in his new novel, Yellow Earth (Haymarket), with characteristic lyrical dexterity, insight, and wit, introduces us to a memorable cast of characters, weaving together narratives of competing worlds through masterful storytelling. Set shortly before Standing Rock would become a symbol of historic proportions of the brutal confrontation between Native resistance and the forces of big business and law enforcement, the fate of Yellow Earth serves as a parable for our times.

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