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Literopolis: A Weekly Look at Portland Literary Events, July 6-12

Monday, July 06, 2015


Happy post-holiday weekend! Hopefully everyone is ready for life to get back to normal, which includes another packed week of author events.

Annie Bloom’s Books will be hosting authors Robin McLean and Polly Dugan. Mclean is the author of short story collection Reptile House, a collection filled with strange and sometimes unsavory characters as they commit often terrible acts trying to achieve the reality they want. Dugan is the author of the novel The Sweetheart Deal, a romance in which a husband and his best friend make a pact that he marry his wife should he die, only for the best friend to find he is obligated to uphold his side of the bargain twelve years later. 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, 7-8pm, FREE

For this month’s Lesbian Book Group, Another Read Through will be reading and discussing Curious Wine by Katherine V Forrest, whose protagonist was the first lesbian police detective in the lesbian romance genre. 3932 N Mississippi Ave., 7-8pm, FREE

Mary Doria Russell will be at Powell’s at Cedar Hills presenting her newest book Epitaph set in the United States in 1881, a turbulent year with parallels to our own time, exploring the aftermath of the legendary shootout in which Doc Holliday and the Earp brothers faced off against an Arizona gang and in the end Holliday was the last man standing. 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., 7pm, FREE

Powell’s City of Books will be hosting Jesse Goolsby, who will be reading from her debut novel I’d Walk with My Friends If I Could Find Them featuring three American soldiers face choosing death or committing a war crime, a choice that leaves all three of them shattered and searching for absolution in the aftermath. 1005 W Burnside St., 7:30pm, FREE

It’s a day of celebrating basketball at Annie Bloom’s Books. Authors Chris Leslie-Hynan and Scott Ellsworth will each be reading from their novels centered around the game: Ride Around Shining and The Secret Game7834 SW Capitol Hwy, 7-8pm, FREE

Another Read Through is hosting an Indie-Pendence celebration in honor of independence day, featuring local, independent authors published by independent presses. Present will be Kate Gray (published by Forest Avenue press), Amy Schutzer (published by Arktoi Books), Bill Cameron (published by Tyrus Books), and Linda Vogt (published by Regal Crest). 3932 N Mississippi Ave., 7-8:30pm, FREE

At Powell’s at Cedar Hills, Don Winslow will be reading from his new novel The Cartel, featuring DEA agent Art Keller who took down the world’s most powerful cartel at the cost of Keller’s partner’s life, his wife, and his future. When the head of the cartel gets out with plans to rebuild, Keller embarks on a journey in order to serve justice—and revenge. 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., 7pm, FREE

Local Lidia Yuknavitch will be at Powell's City of Books presenting her newest novel The Small Backs of Children, the story of the boundaries between art, love, and war, a writer’s obsession of a girl whose image her best friend captured in an iconic photo in Eastern Europe, and the attempts of her artistic husband and friends to find the girl and bring her to America. 1005 W Burnside St., 7:30pm, FREE

Local author Auburn Seal will be at Another Read Through sharing two of her recently launched books: Maya Vanishing, the second book in a multi-genre series involving history, magic, and mystery and Inconvenient Murder, the first in a new mystery series following two spoiled witches attempting to solve a murder in order to not get framed for it. 3932 N Mississippi Ave., 7-8pm, FREE

At Powell’s City of Books, Roger Hobbs will reading from Vanishing Games, the sequel to his explosive first crime novel Ghostman, continuing in the exploits of the eponymous protagonist as he’s called upon by his one-time partner to track down a bag of sapphires and a mysterious treasure, whose worth grants its possessor unlimited power. 1005 W Burnside St., 7:30pm, FREE

Powell’s on Hawthorne will be hosting Rebecca Makkai, author of two previous novels and her most recent release Music for Wartime, a short story collection spanning Hungarian legends, war and destruction, reality TV, and music. 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 7:30pm, FREE

If you’re planning on attending the Mississippi Street Fair this weekend, be sure not to miss Another Read Through and The Reading Frenzy. Both bookstores will have booths will be selling portions of their stock all day. The IPRC will also be sharing space with Reading Frenzy. N Mississippi Avenue from N Fremont to N Skidmore., 10am-9pm, FREE

Glyph Cafe will be hosting a poetry reading and book talk with Christine Colasurdo. Also on display will be the calligraphic artwork of Colasurdo and Ania Bigelow. 804 NW Couch St., 3-5pm, FREE

Another Read Through is partnering with Gay Romance Northwest to bring to the bookstore Guardians of the Galaxy, an event celebrating LGBTQ science fiction and fantasy. Authors who will be reading during this event include Talya Andor, Kim Fielding, Amelia Gormley, Ginn Hale, and Nicole Kimberling. 3932 N Mississippi Ave., 1:30-3pm, FREE


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