LitWatch May: Hear from authors, dive into Emerson and visit a pop-up bookstore

Ralph Waldo Emerson – 19th-century New England essayist, poet and philosopher – is the subject of a Delve Readers literary arts seminar starting May 8.

Called “one of the most profound and devastating novels to ever come out of Vietnam – or any war” by The New York Times, Karl Marlantes’ 2010 book Matterhorn: A Novel About the Vietnam War will be featured alongside her 2019 novel deep river as part of Cannon Beach Library’s NW Authors Lecture Series on Saturday, May 7 at the Coaster Theater Playhouse.

Marlantes is an author from Astoria who grew up on the Oregon coast. He attended Yale University before becoming an infantry officer with the US Marines 1st Battalion in 1968. He was awarded the Navy Cross, Bronze Star, two Purple Hearts and other Medals of Honor. His combat experiences inspired both matterhorn and his 2011 memoir, What’s it like to go to war, an account of his return to civilian life after being drafted in the Vietnam War. In 2017, he was featured in Ken Burns’ PBS documentary series, Vietnam Warwhere he talked about his experiences.

In 2019, Marlantes focused on writing deep river, a novel exploring the role of the Industrial Workers of the World, or Wobblies, in the canneries and logging of the Northwest in the early 20th century. Chronicle of a family’s journey from Finland to Astoria and southwest Washington, deep river is inspired by the author’s family history and the immigration of his grandparents to the United States.

This event is free and open to the public. Proof of COVID vaccination is required and masks are optional.

Week 1: May 1-7

Author Event: “The Book Woman’s Daughter” by Kim Michele Richardson
Presented by Roundabout Books
Wednesday May 4
5 p.m. via ZOOM

Kim Michele Richardson, author of historical fiction and New York Times bestselling memoirist, will read an excerpt from her latest publication, The Book Woman’s Daughter, in a virtual event hosted by Bend’s Roundabout Books. The novel is about young Honey Lovett, a girl who takes the road to her mother’s library on horseback in remote Appalachia. It examines the importance of family ties and the strength cultivated by women living in a male-dominated society.

Author Karl Marlantes
Author Karl Marlantes appears May 7 in Cannon Beach as part of the NW Authors Lecture Series.

NW Author Lecture Series: Karl Marlantes
Presented by Cannon Beach Library
Saturday May 7
2 p.m., in person
Coaster Theater Playhouse
108 N. Hemlock St., Cannon Beach
Free, proof of COVID vaccination required

North Shore native Karl Marlantes will join the NW Authors speaker series to talk about his two novels, Matterhorn: A Novel About the Vietnam War and deep river. Originally from Astoria, Marlantes drew on his experiences in the U.S. Marines to write matterhorn in 2010 before exploring the history of the 20th century logging industry of the Columbia River in deep river in 2019.

Week 2: May 8-14

Emerson’s Essays: Cultural and Philosophical Themes
Presented by Literary Arts
Sundays from May 8 to June 19
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. via ZOOM
$250, access rates available

Join Bennett Gilbert of Portland State University, author of A personalist philosophy of history, as he leads this Delve Readers seminar on Ralph Waldo Emerson – “the man with the mind on fire”. The texts explored will relate to his essays, in particular Circles, Speech to Divinity College Graduatesand the Library of America edition of Essays and conferences. Discussions will focus on Emerson’s critiques of Christianity, philosophical beliefs and his ideas on education.

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Emily St. John Mandel talks about her new book in a virtual Barnes & Noble presentation.

Emily St. John Mandel talks about “Sea of ​​Tranquility”
Presented by Barnes & Noble
tuesday 10 may
3 p.m., presented virtually

Emily St. John Mandel, award-winning Canadian author of station eleven and The glass hotelwill talk about his latest novel, sea ​​of ​​tranquility, as part of this Barnes & Noble Book Club Pick event. A story about an eclectic group of individuals including a time traveler, a British exile, a lonely girl and the resident of a futuristic lunar colony, sea ​​of ​​tranquility is considered a unique and timely combination of sci-fi, psychological drama, and dystopian narrative perfect for our trying times.


Metropolitan Youth Symphony Arlene Schnitzer May Concert Portland Oregon

David H. Wilson Jr. in conversation with Nancy Egan and Richard Meeker
Featured by Powell Books
Friday May 13
7 p.m., in person
Powell’s City of Books
1005 W. Burnside Street, Portland

David H. Wilson Jr. will be joined by Nancy Egan, great-great-great-granddaughter of Paiute Chief Egan, and Richard Meeker, publisher of Willamette Week. They will discuss the new version of Wilson Northern Paiutes of the Malheur: High Desert Reckoning in Oregon Country. Wilson’s book aims to reveal the extent of the injustice and atrocities inflicted 140 years ago on the Northern Pauite people while describing real events and stories passed down throughout their history.

Broadway Books 30th Anniversary Celebration
Presented by Broadway Books
Saturday May 14
11 a.m. to 4 p.m., in person
Broadway Books
1714 NE Broadway, Portland

Come celebrate with Broadway Books as the store celebrates its 30th anniversary with cupcakes, contests, book sale, puzzles, photo booth and other family activities. Wear a Broadway Books t-shirt or hoodie to the party and automatically become eligible for additional discounts on book purchases all day.

Week 3: May 15-21

Shawn Levy: “In the joke”
Presented by Broadway Books
Wednesday May 18
6:30 p.m., in person
Broadway Books
1714 NE Broadway, Portland

Shawn Levy – film critic, author, blogger and former writer for The Oregonian – will appear in person at Broadway Books to read from In On the Joke: The Original Queens of Stand-Up Comedy. Called “a seminal work on the incredible journey of women in comedy, past and present” by comedian Margaret Cho, In On the joke spotlights female pioneers of the genre and the compelling stories of their success.

Susan Rich and John Sibley Williams
Presented by Literary Arts
Friday May 20
7 p.m., in person
925 SW Washington St., Portland

Susan Rich will be joined by John Sibley Williams for the launch of Rich’s new book, A Gallery of Postcards and Cards: New and Selected Poems. This collection brings together important and award-winning poems from his last four collections as well as unpublished works created during the last 20 years of his travels.

Week 4: May 22-31

Liz Carlisle in conversation with Latrice Tatsey
Featured by Powell Books
tuesday 24 may
7 p.m., in person
Powell’s City of Books
1005 W. Burnside Street, Portland

Join author Liz Carlisle as she tells stories of Native, Black, Latino, and Asian American farmers working to revive age-old techniques and methods of food cultivation that have been curtailed by the industrial food system. From replenishing the soil to implementing mushroom restoration practices, Healing Grounds discusses the importance of adopting a “holistic approach that values ​​the diversity of both plants and people”. Carlisle will be joined by tribal-led conservationist and bison restoration advocate Latrice Tatsey (In-niisk-ka-mah-kii).

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Peter Rock, author of “My Abandonment” and “The Night Swimmers,” talks about his new novel, “Passersthrough,” on May 25.

Peter Rock: “Passers”
Featured by Powell Books
Wednesday May 25
7 p.m., in person
Powell’s City of Books
1005 W. Burnside Street, Portland

Twenty-five years after disappearing into the wilderness of Mount Rainier National Park as a child, Helen reunites with her father, Benjamin, in Portland. Pierre Rock, author of Passers-by (Soho) and professor at Reed College, will appear live at Powell’s City of Books to discuss his novel rooted in a haunting tale of family, mystery, memory and mortality.

Bookstore at Extracto
Brought to you by St. Rita’s Amazing Traveling Bookstore and Textual Apothecary
Monday May 30
8 a.m., in person
Extracto Coffee Roasters
2921 NE Killingsworth Street, Portland

Join St. Rita’s incredible traveling bookstore and text-based apothecary as she sets up shop at Extracto Coffee Roasters for a pop-up book sale featuring strong coffee, fresh pastries, good conversation and French accordion performances by local musician Shirley.


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