Join your host, Kate Carroll de Gutes, on the 3rd Friday of each month--now in our neighbouring space, The Central Hotel! Open mic signup is available at 6:30pm. Call us here at the bookstore for more info.
GenderFuck is an open mic and performance space for
queer, transgender, and genderqueer writers. Because we’re queer and we
cross boundaries, that means we’re not limited by genre, either. You can
write essays or short stories or sonnets. You can be a spoken word
artist or a shy poet who rarely reads out loud. It’s a welcoming place
to try out new material and hone your performance skills. And it’s a
place where a girl in a bowtie or a boy in a dress is welcomed and
should feel comfortable. We are so much more than M or F, gay or
straight. Let’s move beyond binary.
What if eye color rather than skin color determined race? What if you were one of only a few in your country with a twenty-first-century understanding of genetics and heredity? Or if members of the same family with eyes of different colors were treated as members of different races? What if you were significantly disabled, but nobody minded...as long as you didn't have THE ILL FORTUNE TO BE DARK IN THE EYES? What if you alone stood between a schemer and her desire to throw an entire nation into turmoil? Author Berlin Gunning takes on these ideas in her new science fiction novel.
Born in Seattle in 1982, Berlin Gunning is the youngest of her father's seven daughters. She is the first of them to earn a Master of Arts degree, in writing, having first earned a Bachelor of Arts in English, both from Oregon's Portland State University. Miss Gunning lives, writes, indulges her twin passions for classical music and horses, and is happily single in the City of Roses, Portland Oregon. She has blue eyes.
The enchanted place is an ancient stone prison, viewed through the eyes of a death row inmate who finds escape in his books and in re-imagining life around him. A female investigator searches for buried information from prisoners' pasts that can save those soon-to-be-executed. Digging into the background of a killer named York, she uncovers wrenching truths that challenge familiar notions of victim and criminal, innocence and guilt, and reveals shocking secrets of her own.
Join us for a reading of The Enchanted, the darkly magical novel by North Portland author Rene Denfeld, recently selected for France's Prix du premier roman etranger (best foreign novel award) 2014!
After losing both his twin and his father in a brutal, unexpected snowstorm, Matt Lawson must take over the family ranch. As his mother disappears into grief, Matt learns the hardest lesson the west has to teach: he is on his own. The necessity of work stabilizes young Matt against the pitfalls of first love with Wendy, the daughter of a local grocer, and their ragged end will sent Matt on a journey across the county, leaving Wendy to tend the ranch with local schoolteacher Linda Jefferson and her unwieldy son Lucky. It will take decades for Matt to learn his way back home, and that long journey will have great impact on all of those around him.
Invoking the same beautiful landscape and language of his critically-acclaimed debut, The Hour of Lead is a wider, more expansive novel, less violent but just as affecting, another important contribution to the literature of the west. Please join us for a reading by the author, with Q&A.
'Now Name Them reminds us once again that Laura Winter is, at heart, equal parts poet and musician. Read these poems. Read them out loud. Hear the music.' --Ce Rosenow, Mountains and Rivers Press
From the publisher: 'Laura Winter's poetry conveys in short lines and loaded words a world of familiar things rendered strange in theirisolation and placement in spare settings. This world contains movement, a progression from moment to moment toward an unknown state. Emotions and compassion hang in mid-air. Things pause and reveal themselves and then continue into the universal flow. There is a feeling not of resolution but of a temporary coming together. Poignant moments set apart and placed in relationships natural yet tenuous.' Join us for a reading and conversation with the author.
Laura Winter’s most recent book of poetry, Now Name Them, was released spring 2014 from Bare Bone Books. Winter’s love for improvised music informs how she hears language and performs her poetry. Winter also performs her poetry with jazz musicians and improvisers in the US and Europe. Laura’s work has been widely published, translated and composed for art song series. She currently publishes the occasional TAKE OUT, a bag-a-zine of art, writing and music that features powerful voices from around the globe. She is a Vice President for The Oregon Community Foundation.
Everyone told you writing a book would be like birthing a baby. Except...once it's written, you have to sell it! Whether you choose traditional publishing, self-publishing, or craft publishing, you will encounter costs, industry standards, terminology, and more that may make you wish you had taken a college course before starting your project. Knowing them can help you choose your best path to print, and make the most of it once your book is published. For an author who has invested weeks or years of labour, there's a lot at stake. But there's help for you!
Book trade veteran and St. Johns Books owner Nena Rawdah demystifies the economics of producing and selling books. What is a break point? What is an 'advance against royalties?' How does print-on-demand compare to bulk production? What does wholesale mean? When can retailers and other 'middlemen' help you connect your book with its audience? Nena shares her 19 years of industry experience to help you evaluate your choices and give your book its best chance of success.
NOTE: This workshop is focused on print books. It does not cover ebooks, but handouts will include resources for becoming more informed about them, and the role they can play in your success.
Attendance is limited to 20 people. You can call or visit, or use the online option below to make your reservation! Cancellation policy: 24 hour notice required for refund. Minimum enrollment of 8. If class is cancelled by St. Johns Books for any reason, full refunds will be issued in the original method of payment. Waitlist policy: Reservations are first-come, first-served. In case of cancellation, the reopened slot will be offered to the next person in order of reservation date.