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Cancelled – We Keep Us Safe: Building Secure, Just, and Inclusive Communities

[From Powell’s website: Powell’s Books Suspends Event Programming Through April 2020 Following Governor Kate Brown’s announcement of new rules to slow the spread of COVID-19 and our own commitment to ensure the safety of our employees and customers, Powell’s is cancelling all author events, book clubs, and other scheduled gatherings at each of our store locations through the end of April 2020. Please check back here for updates, and thank you for your patience as we continue to adjust our plans as national and local events unfold.] As the effects of aggressive policing and mass incarceration harm historically marginalized communities and tear families apart, how do we define safety? In We Keep Us Safe (Beacon), community leader and lawyer Zach Norris lays out a radical…

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Cancelled – Ramiza Shamoun Koya

[From Powell’s website: Powell’s Books Suspends Event Programming Through April 2020 Following Governor Kate Brown’s announcement of new rules to slow the spread of COVID-19 and our own commitment to ensure the safety of our employees and customers, Powell’s is cancelling all author events, book clubs, and other scheduled gatherings at each of our store locations through the end of April 2020. Please check back here for updates, and thank you for your patience as we continue to adjust our plans as national and local events unfold.] Ramiza Shamoun Koya reveals the devastating cost of anti-Muslim sentiment in The Royal Abduls (Forest Avenue), her debut novel. Evolutionary biologist Amina Abdul accepts a post-doc in Washington, DC, choosing her career studying hybrid zones over a faltering…

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Cancelled – Emily Beyda

[From Powell’s website: Powell’s Books Suspends Event Programming Through April 2020 Following Governor Kate Brown’s announcement of new rules to slow the spread of COVID-19 and our own commitment to ensure the safety of our employees and customers, Powell’s is cancelling all author events, book clubs, and other scheduled gatherings at each of our store locations through the end of April 2020. Please check back here for updates, and thank you for your patience as we continue to adjust our plans as national and local events unfold.] A strange man discovers our nameless narrator selling popcorn at a small-town movie theater and offers her an odd and lucrative position: she will forget her job, her acquaintances, even her name, and move to Los Angeles, where…

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Well-Read Black Girl Book Club

Black women and Black nonbinary people are invited to join us every second Thursday of the month for the Well-Read Black Girl Book Club. This month we’re reading I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou.

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Faith G. Harper

In her new book, Unfuck Your Boundaries (Microcosm), bestselling author Dr. Faith Harper offers a full understanding of issues of boundaries and consent, how we can communicate and listen more effectively, and how to survive and move on from situations where our boundaries are violated.

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Golden Gates: Fighting for Housing in America

Spacious and affordable homes used to be the hallmark of American prosperity. Today, however, punishing rents and the increasingly prohibitive cost of ownership have turned housing into the foremost symbol of inequality and an economy gone wrong. In Golden Gates (Penguin Press), New York Times journalist Conor Dougherty chronicles America’s housing crisis from its West Coast epicenter, peeling back the decades of history and economic forces that brought us here and taking readers inside the activist uprisings that have risen in tandem with housing costs. Dougherty will be joined in conversation by Oregonian reporter Brad Schmidt.

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Michael Christie

Michael Christie’s Greenwood (Hogarth) is a dazzling, immersive generational saga that charts a family’s rise and fall, its secrets and inherited crimes, and conflicted relationship with the source of its fortune – trees – from one of Canada’s most acclaimed novelists. A shining, intricate clockwork of a novel, Greenwood is a rain-soaked and sun-dappled story of the bonds and breaking points of money and love, wood and blood – and the hopeful, impossible task of growing toward the light.

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Donnie Horn in Conversation With Darcelle

Donnie Horn’s Darcelle: Looking From My Mirror (Donald L. Horn) tells the complete story of Walter W. Cole, aka Darcelle – Guinness World Record holder for oldest drag queen performer. Horn’s The Many Shades of Darcelle: 50 Years of Fashion 1969 Until Present documents Cole’s life as Darcelle, as well as his purchase of Portland’s Demas Tavern and its transformation into Darcelle XV Showplace. Horn will be joined in conversation by Walter W. Cole.

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Kids’ Storytime

Join us for kids’ storytime. Today we’re reading The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch.

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Colum McCann in Conversation With Ronan McCann

In his daring, symphonic new novel, Colum McCann, National Book Award-winning author of Let the Great World Spin, tells an epic story rooted in the real-life friendship between two men united by loss. McCann crafts Apeirogon (Random House) out of a universe of fictional and nonfictional material crossing centuries and continents, stitching time, art, history, nature, and politics together in a tale both heartbreaking and hopeful. Musical, cinematic, muscular, delicate, and soaring, Apeirogon is a novel for our times. McCann will be joined in conversation by his brother, Ronan McCann.

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