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Erica Trabold and Steven Moore Virtual Event
Friday August 28 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
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Meeting ID: 950 9660 2856
Five Plots is a debut essay collection by Erica Trabold, winner of the inaugural Deborah Tall Lyric Essay Book Prize, selected by John D'Agata. Five Plots delves into notions of how we are shaped by the land every bit as much as we shape it. This is a book that eschews easy ways of understanding and experiencing the world by investigating place as a malleable psychological and phenomenological force.
Erica Trabold is a Nebraska-born essayist. Her debut collection, Five Plots, won the inaugural Deborah Tall Lyric Essay Book Prize and a 2019 Nebraska Book Award. Trabold’s lyric essays appear in Brevity, The Rumpus, Passages North, Seneca Review, and elsewhere. A graduate of Oregon State University’s MFA program and the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Erica writes and teaches in central Virginia.
Steven Moore’s The Longer We Were There follows the author’s experience in the Iowa Army National Guard, as Moore balances university classes and infantry training, and navigates both civilian life as a student and the part-time job of being a soldier. When Moore deploys—first to the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, then to a remote valley in the Hindu Kush mountains—the experience fragments further, into questions about war, narrative, language, and purpose. The Longer We Were There received the 2018 AWP Award for Creative Nonfiction and was published by the University of Georgia Press.
Steven Moore received an MFA from Oregon State University in 2016. His nonfiction has appeared in The Georgia Review, Ninth Letter, Entropy, and recently received The Normal School’s inaugural Bradley & Stuckey-French Prize for the Essay. He is a contributing editor at Moss and resides in Corvallis, Oregon.
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Lord Birthday Virtual Event
Friday September 11 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
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Meeting ID: 990 7133 5503
What makes life worth living? If you ask Lord Birthday, the answer is visor hats. And lighthouses. And the stranger who gave him a half-eaten panini on the bus the other day.
In Your Life Is a Life of Hope!, the Internet’s favorite mustachioed king presents a series of short, illustrated essays in which he argues for hope by way of absurdity and transcendence by way of the mundane. In his signature childlike, dryly humorous style, Lord Birthday explores the things that make life so great, including jackets and bags and “booping someone on the nose.” Both strange and strangely moving, this collection will delight fans and newcomers alike.
Chad Murphy is a father, college professor, failed baseball person, and former Mormon. He created Lord Birthday in 2015 as an anonymous outlet for his newly discovered absurdist streak. His unconventional biography was featured on NPR’s Invisibilia in 2017. Lord Birthday quickly gained traction on social media, leading him to focus on list-based comics, and now, short-short essays. His first book, How to Appear Normal at Social Events, was published in March 2018.
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Doug Stone Virtual Event
Tuesday September 22 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
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Meeting ID: 962 3054 6709
In Sitting in Powell’s Watching Burnside Dissolve in Rain, Doug Stone, a fourth generation Oregonian, shares his love of Oregon—its places, its seasons, and its people. Through his lyrical and narrative poems, we are led to witness the power of place, the bonds of family, and his tributes to favorite artist and poets—all through the lens of the ubiquitous northwest rain.
Doug Stone lives in Albany, Oregon. He has written two chapbooks, The Season of Distress and Clarity (Finishing Line), The Moon’s Soul Shimmering on the Water (Clear Space), and a poetry collection, Sitting in Powell’s Watching Burnside Dissolve in Rain (The Poetry Box). His poems have been published in numerous journals and in the anthology, A Ritual To Read Together: Poems in Conversation with William Stafford.
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Jonathan Slaght Virtual Event
Thursday September 24 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
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Meeting ID: 967 6691 5304
Jonathan C. Slaght is the Russia and Northeast Asia coordinator for the Wildlife Conservation Society, where he manages research projects on endangered species and coordinates avian conservation activities along the East Asia–Australasian Flyway from the Arctic to the tropics. His annotated translation of Across the Ussuri Kray, by Vladimir Arsenyev, was published in 2016, and his work has been featured by The New York Times, The Guardian, the BBC World Service, NPR, Smithsonian Magazine, Scientific American, and Audubon magazine, among others. He lives in Minneapolis.
In Owls of the Eastern Ice, Jonathan Slaght brings us on a fascinating quest to find—and save—the world's largest species of owl. It's a journey that spans five years and transports us all the way to the Russian Far East. Between nights spent wide awake listening for the male/female fish owl duet, Slaght and his Russian colleague Sergey meet a cast of hard-drinking, gnome-believing characters who can't resist inserting themselves into the fish owl quest. But the real stars of this book are its non-human cast members: the fish owls themselves. Equally valuable for its entertainment as it is for its conservation efforts, Owls of the Eastern Ice is a rare glimpse into the fieldwork on an even rarer owl, written by a scientist fully aware of the enormity of his undertaking.
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Lee van der Voo Virtual Event
Thursday October 01 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
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Meeting ID: 950 1054 4013
Lee van der Voo is an award-winning investigative and environmental journalist whose work has appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, and The Guardian, among others. Her 2016 book The Fish Market, which chronicles the gentrification of the sea in the name of sustainable seafood, won an Oregon Book Award for General Nonfiction.
When 21 youth activists filed Juliana v. United States, they asserted that the government’s continued negligence of the environment constituted a violation of their rights to life, liberty, and property. In As the World Burns, Lee van der Voo follows the still-evolving legal case as she tells the plaintiffs’ stories, all against the backdrop of the current climate-related crises and the mass protests happening and around the world. Granted unparalleled access to the plaintiffs and their legal team, van der Voo reveals the human side of the climate crisis, the dire effects of decades of inaction, and the reasons why tackling our environmental issues in the courts is possibly our last real hope for meaningful intervention.
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George Estreich Virtual Event
Wednesday October 14 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
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Meeting ID: 955 7656 9429
George Estreich is the author of a poetry collection, Textbook Illustrations of the Human Body, the Oregon Book Award-winning memoir The Shape of the Eye, and Fables and Futures: Biotechnology, Disability, and the Stories We Tell Ourselves. His essays and articles have appeared in The New York Times, Aeon, The American Medical Association Journal of Ethics, and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. He lives in Oregon with his family.
George will be reading from his three books Textbook Illustrations of the Human Body, The Shape of the Eye, and Fables and Futures: Biotechnology, Disability, and the Stories We Tell Ourselves.