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Rosanne Parry Book Signing: A Whale of the Wild

Best-selling author and Annie Bloom’s bookseller Rosanne Parry will be signing copies of her brand new Middle Grade novel, A Whale of the Wild. The signing will take place outside, in front of the store, between 4pm and 6pm on Thursday, September 3. Books will be available to purchase at the door, or you may prepay here online. (To make sure your online order is processed before the signing, please place your order prior to end-of-day on Wednesday 9/2.) Rosanne will also be on AM Northwest on Thursday 9/3, sometime between 9am and 10am. Tune in! About the book: In the stand-alone companion to the New York Times–bestselling A Wolf Called Wander, a young orca whale must lead her brother on a tumultuous journey to be reunited…

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WRITING & THE BODY: SUMMER II, 2020, July 30 – August 2

Jennifer Pastiloff and Lidia Yuknavitch are now running their infamous workshop four times a year! Lucky for us since this workshop has been selling out a year in advance for a while now. Jenn & Lidia are both renowned in their fields in their own right, and both of them are known for their inventive, non-traditional methods. Together they lead you to your most creative place by tapping into your body first, and then picking up the pen. But don’t worry! You do not have to be a published or experienced writer or yogi- we are looking for people who have heart. You have a desire to write? You have a body? Then this weekend is for you. WRITING and the BODY: SUMMER II, 2020 WHEN: Thursday,…

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2019/2020 Portland Arts & Lectures: Colson Whitehead (Sold Out)

Colson Whitehead is a novelist, essayist, and reviewer whose most recent works include 2019’s The Nickel Boys and 2016’s The Underground Railroad, a New York Times best seller which won the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction and the National Book Award and was named one of the Ten Best Books of the Year by theNew York Times Book Review. NPR hailed The Underground Railroad as “an American masterpiece, as much a searing document of a cruel history as a uniquely brilliant work of fiction.” Whitehead’s other books include The Noble Hustle, Zone One, Sag Harbor, The Intuitionist, John Henry Days, Apex Hides the Hurt, and The Colossus of New York. He is a recipient of the MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellowships, a Whiting Writers Award, the Dos Passos Prize, and a fellowship at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. The 35th season…

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The Tesla City Stories – Season 6 Premiere!

A monthly night of vintage radio comedy and drama — live onstage in Portland, Oregon! Straight outta 1944! Laughs! Chills! Romance! Danger! Booze! Eats! Cash bar! Live Foley! 1940’s live music! Prizes! Audience participation! Jealousy is the theme when The Tesla City Stories brings you a night of laughs and light-hearted intrigue on March 28th with all-new (for this century anyway) episodes of a pair of your favorite shows! Join us as we kick off 2020 with: March 28th, 2020 shows: New installment of “Blevins to Betsy“. Threatened by crooner Bobby Villanova’s attentions towards Betsy, Blevins takes comfort in the knowledge he’s still first in the hearts of radio fans. He is, isn’t he? “Blevins to Betsy” is a romantic-comedy set in the world of…

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The 2020 Brazilian Literary Spring in the U.S.

The Printemps Littéraire Brésilien is part of a research and educational initiative that is also aims to promote Lusophone literatures around the World. This annual colloquium was originally idealized by professor Leonardo Tonus (Sorbonne Université) to promote and to expand the training of students in institutions of higher education. Since its inception in 2014, the event has become an important space for debates on Brazilian literature, fomenting new readings and enriching experiences around the Portuguese language. In the 2020 U.S. edition, readings and panels will take place in several cities across the country between February 16th and April 16th. The event is organized in partnership with universities and cultural organizations: Columbia University, Brown University, Indiana University, University of New Mexico, University of Washighton, Oregon Center…

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CANCELED – A Poetry Reading by Rachel Zucker

Rachel Zucker is the author of ten books, including, most recently, SoundMachine (Wave Books, 2019). A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, MacDowell Colony and the Sustainable Arts Foundation, Zucker is an adjunct professor at New York University and the founder and host of the podcast Commonplace: Conversations with Poets (and Other People). Zucker is currently working on an immersive audio project (also called SoundMachine) and a book of lectures calledThe Poetics of Wrongness. Location: Frank Manor House

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CANCELED – Delve Readers Seminar: Graphic Literature as Autobiography

In this Delve seminar, we’ll explore autobiographies executed in the medium of comics, and in doing so sample from a few of the world’s most respected illustrator-storytellers. In turn, Lynda Barry, Alison Bechdel, Marjane Satrapi, Art Spiegelman, and Yoshihiro Tatsumi will each inspire and challenge participants as we examine graphic literature’s unique perspective on created identity. READING LIST: ONE! HUNDRED! DEMONS! by Lynda Barry FUN HOME by Alison Bechdel PERSEPOLIS by Marjane Satrapi MAUS by Art Spiegelman: A DRIFTING LIFE by Yoshihiro Tatsumi Delve Access Program We want Delve seminars to be accessible to everyone, regardless of income and background. We understand that our tuition structure can present obstacles for some people. We are happy to offer an Access Program which provides reduced tuition to…

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CANCELED – Poetry Reading: Linda Bierds & David Biespiel

Annie Bloom’s welcomes Northwest poets Linda Bierds & David Biespiel. The Hardy Tree is Washington poet Linda Bierds’s latest collection. Focusing on figures such as Thomas Hardy, Alan Turing, Virginia Woolf, and the World War One poets, The Hardy Tree examines power, oppression and individual rights in ways that reverberate through our lives today. Uniting these themes is the issue of communication–the various methods and codes we use to reach one another. The book is arranged in four sections. The first visits Vladimir Nabokov as a child with alphabet blocks, Alan Turing at eleven writing home from boarding school with a “pen of his own making,” Virginia Woolf as a teenager practicing her penmanship, and Wilfred Owen trying to draw a musical note from a…

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CANCELED – BIPOC Reading Series

Theme: “Family” Featuring: Olufunke Grace Bankole Brianna Renae Armin Tolentino Hosted by Jessica Meza-Torres The BIPOC Reading Series at Literary Arts grew out of writing workshop and Delve participants requests to share their work in a BIPOC-centered space. We conducted a survey to see if there was larger support and interest in this series. The survey went to 213 writers who had either applied for our Writer of Color fellowship, or attended a workshop for Writers of Color at Literary Arts. Although open to the public, this reading series is intended to prioritize the safety, creativity, and stories of Black people, Indigenous people, and People of Color. We hope this series can evolve into whatever shape its participants see fit-be it a space for networking,…

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Poetry Reading: Judith Montgomery and Carol Barrett

In Mercy, local poet Judith Montgomery chronicles the story of caring for her husband as he endures cancer treatment. Though brutal in its technology, the medical world Montgomery describes is merciful in its human form, peopled by chemotherapy nurses whose expertise is matched by mercy, as they “lift the plumped / sac, poisons mixed to pour fire into flesh.” Anyone who has had even the least brush with cancer will find here an honest and hopeful world, where suffering is lightened by the sight of butterflies, “mutable flames that glide as we– / refugees from the cancer center, / and stunned by treatment– / … glide in luxurious / light, afloat in paradise.” Pansies, Oregon poet Carol Barrett’s collection of thirty slight, delicate vignettes, recounts…

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