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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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NW Academy Visiting Writer Series: Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

From Northwest Academy’s website: Please join us on Thursday, October 18, for visiting writer Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, author of A Kind of Freedom. Northwest Academy high school students have been reading A Kind of Freedom this school year and will have the opportunity to have a conversation with Wilkerson Sexton about her writing. Prior to Wilkerson Sexton’s talk, two student authors, Lily Cohn and Mazie Drummond, will be reading excerpts from original works of short fiction. We are honored to be hosting this phenomenal author at Northwest Academy, so please help us make her feel welcome and show our support for Lily and Mazie with an amazing turnout! We hope to see you all there! From event release flier: Please join us on Thursday, October…

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Maureen Healy presents The Emotionally Healthy Child

From Annie Bloom’s website: Annie Bloom’s welcomes author Maureen Healy to read from her book The Emotionally Healthy Child. While growing up has never been easy, today’s world presents kids and their parents with unprecedented challenges. The upside, posits Maureen Healy, is a widespread acknowledgment that emotional health, resilience, and equilibrium can be learned and strengthened. Healy is an expert on teaching skills that address the high sensitivity, big emotions, and hyper energy she herself experienced growing up. Three simple steps are key — Stop, Calm, and Make Smarter Choices. While not always easy, these steps are powerful, and Healy shows readers exactly how to implement them. Children move from acting out or shutting down, experiencing frequent physical symptoms such as head- and stomachaches, or…

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Jill Lepore – 2018/2019 Portland Arts & Lectures

From Literary Arts’s website: The 2018/2019 series is sold out! Sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of the page to be among the first to know when next year’s series goes on sale, in Spring 2019. The series begins on October 11 with Jill Lepore, author of the New York Times best seller The Secret History of Wonder Woman and National Book Award finalist Book of Ages, discussing her new book, These Truths. On December 4, we welcome Tara Westover, whose first book Educated: A Memoir is a #1 New York Times bestseller. The series continues on January 17 with Tayari Jones, author of An American Marriage, a 2018 Oprah’s Book Club selection; Leaving Atlanta; The Untelling; and Silver Sparrow. Jennifer Egan, author of Manhattan Beach, winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal, and the Pulitzer Prize–winning A Visit From the Goon Squad, will join us on…

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Slamlandia

From Literary Arts’s website: Slamlandia is a poetry open mic and slam which meets on the second Thursday of each month. This mic provides a space that is creative, fun, and welcoming to all literary communities in Portland. We encourage poets new and old to come share their work. We strive towards a safer space for poets to read their own poetry, witness others, and participate in the community.

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Joel Gunderson presents Boise State of Mind

From Annie Bloom’s website: Annie Bloom’s welcomes Portland writer Joel Gunderson, who will read from his book on college football, Boise State of Mind. After decades of under-the-radar success, the Boise State Broncos became a household name during the 2006-07 NCAA football season. That was when the 12-0 Broncos were set to face the 11-2 Oklahoma Sooners in the Fiesta Bowl. A David vs. Goliath event, everyone expected the Sooners, who played in the highly competitive Big 12 conference and had dominated since coach Bob Stoops took over in 1999, to beat the no-names from the Western Athletic Conference. The match-up would end up becoming one of the greatest college football games ever played, with Boise State beating Oklahoma, 43-42, on a trick-play two-point conversion…

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