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  • Tuesday
    Sep 12 2017
    We Were Witches Portland Launch
    free

    Powell's Books

    Join author Ariel Gore for a reading and Q&A for her new novel, WE WERE WITCHES!

    Cashing into the dream that education is the road out of poverty, a teen mom takes a chance on bettering herself, gets on welfare rolls, and talks her way into college. But once she’s there, the phallocratic story of “overcoming” permeates every subject. Creative writing professors depend heavily on Freytag’s pyramid to analyze life. So Ariel turns to a rich subcultural canon of resistance and failure, populated by writers like Audre Lorde, Adrienne Rich, Gloria Anzaldúa, Tillie Olsen, and Kathy Acker.

    Wryly riffing on feminist literary tropes, We Were Witches documents the survival of a demonized single mother. She’s beset by custody disputes, homophobia, and America’s ever-present obsession with shaming odd women into passive citizenship. But even as the narrator struggles to graduate—often the triumphant climax of a dramatic narrative—the question lingers uncomfortably. If you’re dealing with precarious parenthood, queer identity, and debt: What is the true narrative shape of your experience?

    "Gore's magic-infused narrative. . . .is a moving account of a young writer and mother striving to claim her own agency and find her voice." —Publishers Weekly

    "This book mimics the messy, discursive texture of memory—of life. . . . Inventive and affecting." —Kirkus Reviews

    Ariel Gore is a journalist, memoirist, novelist, nonfiction author, and teacher. She is a graduate of Mills College and the University of California at Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. She is the founding editor/publisher of Hip Mama, an Alternative Press Award-winning publication covering the culture and politics of motherhood.

    Her memoir, Atlas of the Human Heart, was a 2004 finalist for the Oregon Book Award. Her anthology Portland Queer: Tales of the Rose City won a LAMBDA Literary Award in 2010. She has taught at The Attic Institute in Portland, Oregon, at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, and at the Institute for American Indian Arts in Santa Fe.

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  • Monday
    Jul 31 2017
    Jacqueline Keeler Reading Edge of Morning

    Powell's Books

    Edge of Morning: Native Voices Speak for the Bears Ears by Jacqueline Keeler

    In Edge of Morning (Torrey House), edited by Jacqueline Keeler, Native writers bear testimony to the fragile and essential nature of Bears Ears, a sacred landscape in America’s remote red rock country. Through poem and essay, these often-ignored voices explore the ways many native people derive tradition, sustenance, and cultural history from the Bears Ears. The book’s 15 contributors are multi-generational writers, poets, activists, teachers, students, and public officials, each with a strong tie to landscape and a particular story to tell. Willie Grayeyes, chairman of Utah Diné Bikéyah, shares his ancestral ties to the Bears Ears. Klee Benally, Diné activist, musician, and filmmaker, asks, "What part of sacred don’t you understand?" Morning Star Gali, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer at Pit River Tribe, speaks to the fight for cultural preservation. The contributors speak for the Bears Ears and elevate the conversation around tribal sovereignty and sacred places across the United States.


    Torrey House Press

    Voices for the Land ~ We publish stories that connect you with landscape, wild places, and awe. Follow us: Twitter Instagram @TorreyHouse

    Minnecoujou Oyate rising against KXL

    We, the Lakota Advocates for the Rights of the People, are preparing to stand against the KXL Pipeline which will cross Tribal and Treaty Lands!!

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  • Monday
    Jun 26 2017
    Patricia Kullberg reads On the Ragged Edge of Medicine at Powell's
    free

    Powell's Books

    Patricia Kullberg will read from and sign copies of her new book, On the Ragged Edge of Medicine, at Powell's City of Books in Portland, Oregon.

    On the Ragged Edge of Medicine offers a unique and personal glimpse into a medical practice for the homeless and urban poor in Portland, Oregon. Told through fifteen patient vignettes and drawn from the author’s decades of experience on the front lines, this revealing memoir illuminates the impact of poverty on the delivery of health services and the ways in which people adapt and survive (or don’t survive) in conditions of abuse and deprivation. Kullberg’s stories show the direct and sometimes devastating effects of poverty on personal health, poignantly demonstrating that medicine is as much a social enterprise as a scientific one.

    This collection of narratives is filled with questions about the realities people face in their everyday lives and the inadequacies of medicine to remedy them. A life-saving procedure is refused without explanation; an agoraphobic woman suffers silently and fails to cope; an accidental overdose takes another life. Delving into her daily interactions with patients, Kullberg muses on the impact of scarce resources, the ways she managed to succeed, the fall-out of her own mistakes, and the strategies she used to keep her sanity.

    Written for anyone interested in the limits and possibilities of medicine within a context of social inequity, On the Ragged Edge of Medicine draws the reader into the big tragedies, small victories, and everyday mishaps of medicine when ministering to the destitute.


    Oregon State University Press - publishes books on the history, natural history, cultures, and literature of the Pacific Northwest.

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