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Powell’s Books on Hawthorne Author Readings and Events for April 2019
April 5 - April 30
Powell’s on Hawthorne
3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
The Feminine Revolution
Challenging old and outdated perceptions that feminine traits are weaknesses, Amy Stanton’s The Feminine Revolution (cowritten with Catherine Connors) (Seal) revisits those characteristics to show how they are powerful assets that should be embraced rather than maligned. It argues that feminine traits have been mischaracterized as weak, fragile, diminutive, and embittered for too long, and offers a call to arms to redeem them as the superpowers and gifts that they are. With an upbeat blend of self-help and fresh analysis, The Feminine Revolution reboots femininity for the modern woman.
Monday the 8th, 7:30pm / Powell’s on Hawthorne
How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy
Nothing is harder to do these days than nothing. But in a world where our value is determined by 24/7 data productivity… doing nothing may be our most important form of resistance. So argues artist and critic Jenny Odell in How to Do Nothing (Melville House), a field guide to doing nothing. Far from the anti-technology screed or the back-to-nature meditation we read so often, How to Do Nothing is an action plan for thinking outside of capitalist narratives of efficiency and techno-determinism.
Thursday the 11th, 7:30pm / Powell’s on Hawthorne
In his riveting new novel, Prix Médicis étranger winner David Vann reimagines his father’s final days. Halibut on the Moon (Grove) traces the roots of mental illness in one man’s life as he attempts to anchor himself to the places and people that once shaped his sense of identity. In vivid and haunting prose, Vann offers us an aching portrait of a mind in peril, searching desperately for some hope of redemption.
Monday the 15th, 7:30pm / Powell’s on Hawthorne
Mark Doten in Conversation With Justin Taylor
Twice a week, the president pilots his ultra-luxury airship Trump Sky Alpha (seats start at $50,000), delivering a streaming YouTube address to the nation, in which he trumpets his successes and blasts his enemies – until the day his words plunge the world into nuclear war. In his new novel, Trump Sky Alpha (Graywolf), Mark Doten, a satirist of unparalleled vision, brilliantly details how the Internet has infiltrated every aspect of our lives, laying the groundwork for the tumult of our current political moment, and, in the kaleidoscopic, queer, all-consuming, parallactic swirl of Trump Sky Alpha, for the future headed our way. Doten will be joined in conversation by Justin Taylor, author of Flings.
Thursday the 18th, 7:30pm / Powell’s on Hawthorne
Steel on Stone: Living and Working in the Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon National Park has been called many things, but home isn’t often one of them. Yet after years of traveling the globe, Nathaniel Brodie found his home there. Steel on Stone (Trinity University Press) is Brodie’s epic account of living in the canyon during the eight years he worked on a National Park Service trail crew, navigating a vast and unforgiving land. Steel on Stone is a love letter to the Grand Canyon and those who have given years of their lives to work its trails so that we may understand and enjoy it today as the transformative landscape we seek.
Thursday the 25th, 7:30pm / Powell’s on Hawthorne
Carolyn Burke’s Foursome: Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O’Keefe, Paul Strand, Rebecca Salsbury (Knopf) is a captivating, spirited account of the intense relationship among four artists whose strong personalities, passionate feelings, and aesthetic ideals drew them together, pulled them apart, and profoundly influenced the very shape of 20th-century art.
Monday the 29th, 7:30pm / Powell’s on Hawthorne