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Gabriela Torres Olivares, Jennifer Donovan, and Justin Hocking

From PSU Creative Writing’s website: Gabriela Torres Olivares was born in Monterrey, México. She is the author of three collections of short stories: Enfermario (2010), which Reforma named as one of the Best Books of 2010; Incompletario (2007); and Están Muertos (2004). Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies and periodicals, including Vice, Pic-Nic, Playboy, and Luvina. She received a 2015-16 grant from the National Fund for Culture and Arts to complete a novel. Les Figues Press published Enfermario in English (translated by Jennifer Donovan) in 2017. Jennifer Donovan is an interdisciplinary artist based in the Tijuana-San Diego border. Her work addresses the ontology of boundaries and liminal spaces through presence/absence phenomena. She works between literary (writing and translation) and visual practices to grapple with power relationships embedded in…

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Annie Bloom’s 40th Anniversary Celebration!

From Annie Bloom’s website: Join us for a party to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Annie Bloom’s Books! We first opened our doors in Multnomah Village in October 1978. Forty years later, we’re still thriving! We’d like to show our thanks to you, our loyal customers, by inviting you to an afternoon party. We’ll be serving cake, sparkling beverages, and coffee. Plus, we’ll have raffles for prizes, and a special weekend sale on select titles. At 2pm, we’ll have a toast to Annie Bloom’s owner Bobby Tichenor.

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Benefit Reading at City Hall

From IPRC’s website: The Independent Publishing Resource Center’s 20th Anniversary Reading Featuring: Anis Mojgani, Lidia Yuknavitch, Martha Grover Graciously Hosted By: Portland City Hall

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Reading: Courageous Pursuits

From Annie Bloom’s website: Annie Bloom’s welcomes authors Donna Cameron, Lisa Reddick, Barbara Stark-Nemon, and Cathy Zane to discuss their latest books. In Donna Cameron’s A Year of Living Kindly–using stories, observation, humor, and summaries of expert research–she shares her experience committing to 365 days of practicing kindness. She presents compelling research into the myriad benefits of kindness, including health, wealth, longevity, improved relationships, and personal and business success. She explores what a kind life entails, and what gets in the way of it. And she provides practical and experiential suggestions for how each of us can strengthen our kindness muscle so choosing a life of kindness becomes ever easier and more natural. An inspiring, practical guide that can help any reader make a commitment…

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Stranger in the Pen

From Literary Arts’s website: panel discussion featuring Mohamed Asem, Dana Ghazi, Ramzy Farouki, and Dr. Priya Kapoor  July, 2016: Three days after the terror attack on Bastille Day, Mohamed Asem is detained overnight by British immigration officials without cause. In an elegantly digressive, self-interrogative style, Asem describes the boredom and uncertainty of confinement, and how this specific kind of helplessness leads, inevitably, to a self-reckoning. What series of events has led to this moment? As a teenager, he was stranded in Paris with his mother during the first Gulf War, while his father remained in Kuwait. He spent his twenties dutifully trying to follow the blueprint for manhood back home in the Middle East, only to cast it all aside after his mother’s early death. Stranger in…

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An Evening with Doris Kearns Goodwin

From Oregon Historical Society’s website: Join us for a captivating evening with award-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin on her forthcoming book, Leadership in Turbulent Times. Pulitzer Prize-winning author and presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin brings history alive with a master storyteller’s grasp of drama and depth as she examines the leadership triumphs, trials, and tribulations of the men and women who have shaped this nation. With a deft wit and an uncanny ability to weave stories that put you “right in the room” as history occurs, Goodwin offers extraordinary insight into the lives of America’s leaders. Goodwin is the author of six New York Times best-selling and critically acclaimed books. She worked with director Steven Spielberg on the film Lincoln, which is partly based on…

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Renee Linnell presents The Burn Zone

From Annie Bloom’s website: Annie Bloom’s welcomes Renee Linnell to read from her memoir, The Burn Zone. After seven years of faithfully following her spiritual teacher, Renee Linnell finally realized she was in a cult and had been severely brainwashed. But how did that happen to someone like her? She had graduated magna cum laude with a double degree. She had traveled to nearly fifty countries alone before she turned thirty-five. She was a surf model and a professional Argentine tango dancer. She had started five different companies and had an MBA from NYU. How could someone like her end up brainwashed and in a cult? The Burn Zone is an exploration of how we give up our power―how what started out as a need…

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Anastacia-Reneé and Ashley Toliver

From Literary Arts’s website: Anastacia-Reneé’s words frame so many questions: what is sacred, what is beauty, what is tragedy, what rites of passage have we endured to be initiated into the complexities of our humanity? The poems in her new book (v.), published by Gramma Books, read like rituals, invoking ancestors and Becky alike in a nuanced honest reflection of this time in life. Established in 2016, Gramma is an independent poetry press based in Seattle. Gramma is an offshoot of Western Bridge, a contemporary exhibition space, which existed in Seattle’s SODO District from 2004 to 2012. Ashley Toliver is the author of Spectra (Coffee House Press, September 2018) and a chapbook, Ideal Machine (Poor Claudia, 2014). A poetry editor at Moss., her work has been supported by  the Cave…

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2018 Kellogg Speaker: Cheryl Strayed

From PSU’s English website: The PSU English Department is excited to welcome Cheryl Strayed, who will deliver the 54th annual Nina Mae Kellogg Lecture on Thursday, October 18, 2018, at 7:00pm, in the Columbia Falls Ballroom at the University Place Hotel, located adjacent to the PSU campus at 310 SW Lincoln St., Portland, OR 97201. We’re offering interested attendees the opportunity to RSVP for free guaranteed seating; remaining seats will be available at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here to request reservations.

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Joan Diver presents When Spirit Calls

From Annie Bloom’s website: Annie Bloom’s welcomes author, spiritual healer, and former “First Lady” of Reed College Joan Diver to present her book, When Spirit Calls: A Healing Odyssey. When Spirit Calls is at once an adventure story and meditation on the healing journey that traces Joan Diver’s odyssey from Boston foundation executive to spiritual healer. Imbued with the wisdom of great spiritual teachers from both East and West, Joan Diver shares a remarkable journey through urban violence, family crisis, physical pain and spiritual awakening. As Boston’s Hyams Foundation’s first executive director, Joan Diver was nationally recognized for her creative leadership. A student of diverse spiritual paths and speaker from the heart, Joan has since offered healing to seekers, led contemplative and healing church ministries…

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