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June 2019 events at Powell’s Books on Hawthorne
June 6 - June 30
Giraffes on Horseback Salad
Grab some popcorn and take a seat… The curtain is about to rise on a film like no other! But first, the real-life backstory: Giraffes on Horseback Salad was a Marx Brothers film written by modern art icon Salvador Dalí, who’d befriended Harpo. Rejected by MGM, the script was thought lost forever. Author and film buff Josh Frank unearthed the original script, andDalí’s notes and sketches for the project, tucked away in museum archives. With comedian Tim Heidecker and Spanish comics creator Manuela Pertega, Frank recreated the film as Giraffes on Horseback Salad: Salvador Dalí, the Marx Brothers, and the Strangest Movie Never Made (Quirk), a graphic novel in all its gorgeous full-color, cinematic, surreal glory.
Monday the 10th, 7:30pm / Powell’s on Hawthorne
Beloved author Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love and Big Magic) returns to fiction with a unique love story set in the New York City theater world during the 1940s. Told from the perspective of an older woman as she looks back on her youth with both pleasure and regret (but mostly pleasure), City of Girls (Riverhead) explores themes of female sexuality and promiscuity, as well as the idiosyncrasies of true love. Written with a powerful wisdom about human desire and connection, City of Girls is a love story like no other. Please note: Tickets for this event, $38, include admission and a copy of City of Girls and are available at the Revolution Hall box office, revolutionhall.com, or by calling Ticketfly at 877-435-9849. Books will be distributed at the event.
Thursday the 13th, 7:30pm / Revolution Hall
In this pulse-pounding thriller from the author of the “haunting, twisting thrill ride” (Megan Miranda) The River at Night, a young woman leaves behind everything she knows to take on the Bolivian jungle, but her excursion abroad quickly turns into a fight for her life. Primal, gripping, and terrifying, Into the Jungle (Gallery/Scout Press) features Erica Ferencik’s signature “visceral, white-knuckle” (Entertainment Weekly) prose that will sink its fangs into you and not let go.
Thursday the 13th, 7:30pm / Powell’s on Hawthorne
The Democracy Fix
Caroline Fredrickson, former special assistant for legislative affairs to President Clinton, president of the American Constitution Society, and author of Under the Bus, shows how the left can undo the right’s damage and take the country back. Despite representing the beliefs of a minority of the American public on many issues, conservatives are in power not just in Washington, DC, but also in state capitals and courtrooms across the country. In The Democracy Fix (New Press), Fredrickson shows us how we can learn from the right by having the determination to focus on judicial elections, state power, and voter laws without stooping to their dishonest, rule-breaking tactics. This event is sponsored by the American Constitution Society – Oregon Lawyer Chapter.
Monday the 17th, 7:30pm / Powell’s on Hawthorne
Erica Bauermeister, author of The School of Essential Ingredients, presents a captivating coming-of-age novel about how fragrances conjure memories capable of shaping the course of our lives.Emmeline lives an enchanted childhood on a remote island with her father, who teaches her about the natural world through her senses. What he won’t explain are the mysterious scents stored in the drawers that line the walls of their cabin, or the origin of the machine that creates them. As Emmeline grows, however, so too does her curiosity, until one day the unforeseen happens, and Emmeline is vaulted out into the real world. To understand her past, Emmeline must unlock the clues to her identity, a quest that challenges the limits of her heart and imagination. Lyrical and immersive, The Scent Keeper (St. Martin’s) explores the provocative beauty of scent, the way it can reveal hidden truths, lead us to the person we seek, and even help us find our way back home.
Thursday the 20th, 7:30pm / Powell’s on Hawthorne
In The Voice of This Stone (Carpe Diem), a respected volcanologist with five decades of scientific study and boots-on-the-ground experience shares his expert knowledge. Through more than a dozen case studies from around the globe, Kevin Scott offers chilling details about what happened before, during, and after infamous volcanic cataclysms. During his lengthy career as a field geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Scott traveled extensively to visit sites that were dramatically altered by forces within the earth. Scott’s case studies highlight some of the best known events and advance warnings regarding future episodes. By deciphering the histories of other disasters, Scott proposes, lives can and will be spared.
Monday the 24th, 7:30pm / Powell’s on Hawthorne
Poets Dobby Gibson & Zachary Schomburg
The poems in Dobby Gibson’s new book transform the everyday into the revelatory. Little Glass Planet (Graywolf) exults in the strangeness of the known and unknowable world. In poems set as far afield as Mumbai and Marfa, Texas, Gibson maps disparate landscapes, both terrestrial and subliminal, to reveal the drama of the quotidian. Elegiac, funny, and candid, Little Glass Planet is a kind of manual for paying attention to a world that is increasingly engineered to distract us from our own humanity. In Zachary Schomburg’s own words, Pulver Maar (Black Ocean) “is a collection of poems written between 2014 and 2018. Some of the poems are long, and some of them are short.” These are every bit the poems you’ve come to dream of, long for, and expect from Schomburg, where clouds fall in love and Bob the Buoy bobs in the center of the sea.
Thursday the 27th, 7:30pm / Powell’s on Hawthorne
Powell’s on Hawthorne
3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd.