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Rene Denfeld presents The Enchanted

03/12/2015 7:30 pm

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!

The Enchanted (Paperback)

$14.99
ISBN-13: 9780062285515
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Published: Harper Perennial, 2/2015

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Tina Tau & Keith Moe present Hardscrabble Road

02/13/2015 7:00 pm
In a step beyond mere word games, Tina Tau and Keith Moe challenged each other to 20 games of Scrabble, and then wrote poems using the words from each game.  Hardscrabble Road collects the resulting poems, and demonstrates how a limited set of tools can inspire the artist.  Join us on the night before Valentine's as Tina and Keith read from their book and take questions about their unusual and fun process of creating it.
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Left Coast Crime! Kenneth Wishnia, Wendy Hornsby, & Travis Richardson

03/13/2015 7:00 pm
Join Kenneth Wishnia, Wendy Hornsby, and Travis Richardson for a bookstore reading during Crimelandia, the 2015 Left Coast Crime convention in Portland, OR.

KENNETH WISHNIA, author of the Edgar Allan Poe Award-nominated Filomena Buscarsela series. kennethwishnia.com

WENDY HORNSBY, author of The Color of Light, The Hanging, and The Paramour’s Daughter. Edgar Award winning author of the Maggie MacGowen mysteries. wendyhornsby.com

TRAVIS RICHARDSON, editor of Sisters-In-Crime Los Angeles newsletter Ransom Notes, author of Lost in Clover and Keeping the Record. tsrichardson.com

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GenderFuck

02/20/2015 7:00 pm

 

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. 

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Berlin Gunning presents The Ill Fortune To Be Dark In the Eyes

02/21/2015 3:00 pm

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.

 

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Behind the Badge In River City with Don DuPay

03/06/2015 7:30 pm
Behind the Badge in River City; A Portland Police Memoir, with foreword by crime writer Phil Stanford, is a fascinating first-hand account of the Portland Police Department during the gritty 60s & 70s. DuPay's compassionate and insightful book paints compelling--and sometimes disturbing-- portraits of a cop, a police department and a city.  Join us for the launch of this book, enjoy treats with us, and hear Don's anecdotes about the St. Johns of 40 years ago.
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Bruce Holbert presents The Hour of Lead

09/18/2014 7:30 pm

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.

The Hour of Lead (Hardcover)

$25.00
ISBN-13: 9781619022928
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Published: Counterpoint LLC, 7/2014

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Laura Winter presents Now Name Them

09/11/2014 7:30 pm

'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.

 

 

 

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You Are Your Own Imaginary Friend - A Dharma Talk by Dogo Barry Graham

08/06/2014 7:30 pm

 

Dogo Barry Graham's book on Zen practice has been Dogo Barry Graham a bestseller in its category as an ebook and in-store, and Tricycle magazine declared, "You might as well take your socks off... because they'll be knocked off anyway by the writing of Dogo Barry Graham. Little diamonds of Zen blasted into your mushy brain to pry your eyelids open." Premiere magazine called him "a white trash Buddhist monk" with "an uncompromising vision, but also full of tenderness and compassion, that makes him one of the most touching and interesting authors of his generation."
Dogo Sensei teaches Zen for real life, in the world of relationships, jobs, dirty dishes, teacups and toilets, eschewing traditional institutions and dogmas and insisting instead that we trust in ourselves. Zen is not a system of belief, or a theory about the meaning of life. It is beyond philosophy, beyond religion. It is the gateless gate to freedom from suffering.
This Dharma talk — about how we create our suffering by attaching to a false sense of self — will be followed by a question and answer period and discussion.

 

$10.19
ISBN-13: 9781466247581
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Published: Createspace, 9/2011

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Barbara Scot presents Nude Beach Notebook

07/12/2014 7:00 pm
In this engaging new memoir, a loose sequel to her earlier  Prairie Reunion, Barbara J. Scot explores her reluctance and longing to reconnect with a much-loved brother, lost to alcoholism for thirty years. Scot uses long, meditative walks on the “clothing optional” beach of the idyllic Sauvie Island near Portland, Oregon, to explore family responsibility, time’s passage, and faith. She weaves entries from her notebook—a record of the island’s wildlife, descriptions of the “Odd Ones” she encounters on the beach, and stories about the native people who once lived on the river—with the main narrative, tracing her search for her brother, her close friendship with a fellow writer, and daily life on the moorage. Scot considers the uses of fiction and non-fiction in memory as well as in writing, the brevity and beauty of human existence, and the inscrutable, enduring mystery of death.

In The Nude Beach Notebook, Scot highlights the importance of place as a means for exploring and interpreting one’s own story. In the end, her walks on Sauvie Island lead to her own redemptive journey.

About the Author
In addition to The Nude Beach Notebook and Child of Steens Mountain (with Eileen McVicker) Barbara J. Scot is the author of The Violet Shyness of their Eyes: Notes from Nepal, a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Book Award winner; Prairie Reunion, a New York Times Notable Book; and The Stations of Still Creek. She taught public school for twenty-six years and was a Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal. Scot lives with her husband in a houseboat on Sauvie Island, near Portland, Oregon.
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