Live author readings this month at SE Hawthorne Blvd. include:

Monday February 11, 7:30 pmThese Are Strange Times, My Dear: Field Notes From the Republic – Wendy Willis’s new book features pointed essays exploring personal resistance to the rise of political podcasts, civic loneliness, the exploitation of personal data, public outrage to the opioid crisis – all with her poet’s gift for finding the sacred in the mundane as Willis returns to Czech writer, activist and politician Václav Havel’s big question: What does it mean to live in truth?

Monday February 18, 7:30 pm – David Biespiel’s Republic Café is a meditation on love during a time of violence, and what appears and disappears in every moment. Biespiel’s book details the experience of lovers in Portland on the eve and days following September 11, 2001. He will be joined in conversation by April Baer, host of OPB’s State of Wonder.