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Connie King Leonard Reading - Sleeping in My Jeans

Family/Child (Books)

Join us for an evening with Oregon author Connie King Leonard, reading form her new YA book, Sleeping in My Jeans. Sixteen-year-old Mattie Rollins has it all figured out. She’ll ace her advanced high school courses, earn a college scholarship, and create a new life for herself and her family. There’s no time for distractions—no friends, no fun, and especially no boys. But Mattie’s brilliant plans for a better life begin to crumble after becoming homeless, forcing her family to live in the confines of their beat-up station wagon, Ruby. Then her mother mysteriously disappears. With life against her at every turn and fewer options every day, Mattie must learn how to live—not just survive— in these circumstances while racing to discover the truth behind their mother’s disappearance. Mattie will have to find the strength to keep searching for her mother and to keep her dreams alive before they both slip away forever. About the author: Connie King Leonard is a writer of books for children and teens. She holds degrees in education from Minot State University and the University of Oregon, and she has taught both elementary and middle school. Her years teaching provided the inspiration for this novel; there are an estimated 21,000 homeless students in the Oregon school system this year alone. Sleeping in My Jeans works to give these children a voice and a story.


• Fri 1/25/19 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Wendy Gorton Feading - 50 Hikes with Kids Oregon and Washington

Family/Child (Books)

Join us for an afternoon with Wendy Gorton, author of the new book 50 Hikes with Kids Oregon and Washington. About the book: Handcrafted for Northwest parents, educators, and caregivers who want to spark a love of nature, 50 Hikes with Kids highlights the most kid-friendly hikes in Oregon and Washington. These hikes are perfect for little legs—they are all under four miles and have an elevation gain of 900 feet or less. Every entry includes the essential details: easy-to-read, trustworthy directions; a detailed map; the hike length and elevation gain; highlights to see along the way; bathroom access; and where to grab a bite to eat nearby. Entries also include full-color photographs and fun things to see along the trail. Not just an outdoor guide book, 50 Hikes with Kids will help nurture a lifelong appreciation and reverence for the natural world. About the author: Wendy Gorton is a global education consultant who has traveled to more than fifty countries to design educational programs, build communities, and train other educators. She holds a master’s degree in learning technologies and lives in Portland, Oregon, right by Powell’s Books, one of her greatest troves of inspiration.


• Sat 1/26/19 at 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Sadie Dupuis Reading - Mouthguard

Poetry Reading/Spoken Word

Join us for an evening with Philadelphia poet Sadie Dupuis. (Opening poets to be announced.) About Mouthguard: The poems in Sadie Dupuis' Mouthguard are a means of developing a deep personal mythology; to read them is to feel what self-discovery is, and then recognize it in the rearview mirror, disappearing over the broken American horizon. They emerge from the place where known experience and the unknown collide; a borderline we all cross on the way to becoming ourselves. About the poet: Sadie Dupuis is the guitarist, vocalist & songwriter of rock band Speedy Ortiz. She's also the producer & multi-instrumentalist behind pop project Sad13. Sadie heads the record label Wax Nine, has written for outlets including Spin, Nylon, and Playboy, and holds an MFA in poetry from UMass Amherst. Mouthguard is her first book. "This is a book that hits you in your heart and third eye at the same time, thank god. Sadie is beyond talented." - Melissa Broder.


• Wed 2/6/19 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Ari Rosenschein Reading - Coasting

Poetry Reading/Spoken Word

Join us for an evening with Seattle author Ari Rosenschein. About Coasting: Perched between Middle Men and A Visit From the Goon Squad, Coasting follows music-industry aspirants, a brooding record store clerk, goth teens, and others into rehearsal rooms, 12-step meetings, a cult indoctrination, even a Russian heavy metal bunker. Along the way, they pursue success, connection, and a sense of purpose. Dreamers, schemers, addicts, innocents. They are all coasting. About the author: Ari Rosenschein is a Seattle-based writer whose essays and fiction appear in Entropy, Noisey, Drunk Monkeys, P.S. I Love You, Observer, The Big Takeover, The Bookends Review, and elsewhere. He holds an MFA in creative writing from Antioch Los Angeles. A lifelong musician, Ari currently records and performs with his bands The Royal Oui and STAHV. He lives with his wife and dog and enjoys the woods, the rain, and the coffee of his chosen region. Coasting is his first book.


• Sat 2/16/19 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM