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Faith G. Harper & Joe Biel

Accountability means accepting responsibility for your actions and repairing any harm you have done. Joe Biel and Faith G. Harper’s new workbook, How to be Accountable (Microcosm), can be used by anyone who is ready to do the work to change toxic behaviors and patterns, from quitting smoking to atoning for abuse or crimes. Biel and Harper will walk you through your own head to understand your patterns and behaviors, untangle them, and live the kind of life you want. Bestselling author Harper also presents her two other new books,Unfuck Your Worth: Overcome Your Money Emotions, Value Your Own Labor, and Manage Financial Freak-Outs in a Capitalist Hellscape (Microcosm) and Unfuck Your Year: a Weekly Unplanner and Self-Care Activity Book to Manage Your Anxiety, Depression,…

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Jonathan Hill in Conversation With Lisa Ko

Three siblings search for their missing mother across a ruined America in Ignatz Award nominee Jonathan Hill’s new original graphic novel, Odessa (Oni Press). Eight years ago an earthquake — the Big One — hit along the Cascadia fault line, toppling cities and changing landscapes up and down the west coast of the United States. Life as we know it changed forever. But for Vietnamese American Virginia Crane, life changed shortly after the earthquake, when her mother left and never came back. Ginny has gotten used to a life without her mother, helping her father take care of her two younger brothers, Wes and Harry. But when a mysterious package arrives for her 18th birthday, her life is shaken up yet again. For the first…

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Portland Book Festival: Isabel Wilkerson in Conversation With Viet Thanh Nguyen

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Warmth of Other Suns gives us a masterful portrait of an unseen phenomenon in America. In Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, Isabel Wilkerson explores, through an immersive, deeply researched narrative and stories about real people, how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings. Beautifully written, original, and revealing, Caste is an eye-opening story of people and history, and a reexamination of what lies under the surface of ordinary lives and of America life today. Buy the Portland Book Festival Event Ticket and Book

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Portland Book Festival: Margaret Atwood in Conversation With Karen Russell

In Dearly, Margaret Atwood’s first collection of poetry in over a decade, Atwood addresses themes such as love, loss, the passage of time, the nature of nature, and zombies. While many are familiar with the author’s fiction — including her groundbreaking and bestselling novels The Handmaid’s Tale, The Testaments, Oryx and Crake, among others — she has, from the beginning of her career, been one of our most significant contemporary poets. Her new poetry collection is introspective and personal in tone, but wide-ranging in topic. In poem after poem, she casts her unique imagination and unyielding, observant eye over the landscape of a life carefully and intuitively lived. This collection is a stunning achievement that will be appreciated by fans of her novels and poetry…

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Portland Book Festival: Jess Walter in Conversation With Andrew Proctor

The author of Beautiful Ruins delivers another “literary miracle” (NPR) — an intimate story of brotherhood, love, sacrifice, and betrayal set against the panoramic backdrop of an early 20th-century America that eerily echoes our own time. The Cold Millions offers a kaleidoscopic portrait of a nation grappling with the chasm between rich and poor, between harsh realities and simple dreams. Featuring an unforgettable cast of cops and tramps, suffragists and socialists, madams and murderers, it is a tour de force from a “writer who has planted himself firmly in the first rank of American authors” (Boston Globe). Buy the Portland Book Festival Event Ticket and Book

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Portland Book Festival: Opening Day

Join Literary Arts for the annual Portland Book Festival, presented by Bank of America, taking place online November 5-21, 2020, with digital events streaming at different times throughout the day. The digital festival will feature author events for all ages, pop-up readings, and writing classes. Come together with your community and celebrate our shared passion for books. Subscribe to our monthly e-news and continue to check online for the latest news.

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Natalie Diaz

Natalie Diaz was born and raised in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California, on the banks of the Colorado River. She is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Tribe. Her second poetry collection, Postcolonial Love Poem, came out in 2020 from Graywolf. Her first collection, When My Brother Was an Aztec, was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2012. Diaz was a 2018 MacArthur Foundation Fellow, a Lannan Literary Fellow, and a Native Arts Council Foundation Artist Fellow. She was awarded a Bread Loaf Fellowship, the Holmes National Poetry Prize, a Hodder Fellowship, a PEN/Civitella Ranieri Foundation Residency, and a US Artists Ford Fellowship. Diaz teaches at the Arizona State University Creative Writing MFA program. **Register here for the Natalie Diaz reading. A link will be…

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Fall 2020: Six-Month Short Story Intensive: Starting the Story Collection

This class is for experienced writers who are dedicated to starting the first draft of a story collection over the course of 6 months. We will have 22 class meetings between October and April, with a four-week break from mid-December to mid-January to focus on generating and revising our work. Participants should have experience writing stories and familiarity with the elements of literary short fiction including scene, character, conflict, place and revision. We will study individual stories by authors, read craft essays, and discuss several published collections and how the stories unite to form a book. This class is specifically designed for writers who are comfortable in a workshop setting. We will be giving and receiving feedback on works in progress at each of our…

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Andrés Neuman & Fernanda Melchor in Conversation With Jeremy Garber

Critically acclaimed, prize-winning author Andrés Neuman’s new novel, Fracture (translated by Nick Caistor and Lorenza Garcia) (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), is an ambitious literary work set against Japan’s 2011 nuclear accident in a cross-cultural story about how every society remembers and forgets its catastrophes. An earthquake unnerves Tokyo on March 11, 2011, triggering the Fukushima nuclear disaster — and a tectonic stirring of the collective past. Mr. Yoshie Watanabe, an aging executive at an electronics company and a survivor of the atomic bomb, feels as though he is a fugitive of his own memory. As the seams of his country threaten to come undone yet again, he braces himself to make the biggest decision of his life. Meanwhile, four women narrate their own memories of…

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Fiction Addiction Book Club (Remote)

Join us for the October meeting of the Fiction Addiction Book Club on October 28th at 6pm. We will discuss Anxious People by Fredrik Backman. About the Book: A poignant comedy about a crime that never took place, a would-be bank robber who disappears into thin air, and eight extremely anxious strangers who find they have more in common than they ever imagined. Viewing an apartment normally doesn’t turn into a life-or-death situation, but this particular open house becomes just that when a failed bank robber bursts in and takes everyone in the apartment hostage. As the pressure mounts, the eight strangers slowly begin opening up to one another and reveal long-hidden truths. First is Zara, a wealthy bank director who has been too busy…

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