Friday, July 03, 2009

Spotlighted Literary Events

Date: Tues., Thurs., Fri. July 7, 9, 10
"There's no criticism when you read to a dog, there's no correction...He just licks your face and thinks you're wonderful." -The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
The Multnomah County Library, in conjunction with DoveLewis, regularly hosts Read to the Dogs at libraries around the county. Youngsters get to sit and read with dogs (and their handlers).
When: 7pm
Where: There are four locations hosting this week--Albina, Hollywood, North Portland, and St. John's.
Cost: Free but registration is required
For more information see the complete schedule for Multnomah County Libraries. You can read the Seattle PI article at

Date: Tuesday, July 7
Portland's own Tin House editor Rob Spillman has worked to anthologize nearly 30 contemporary African authors in Gods and Soldiers: The Penguin Anthology of Contemporary African Writing. Featuring some familiar names like J.M. Coetzee and Chinua Achebe, there are plenty of new writers included. Come to hear Spillman speak about the book and its contributors.
When: 7:30pm
Where: Powell's City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside St.
Cost: Free
For more detail about the anthology see Jeff Baker's article in the Oregonian. Read Spillman's article (written with Elissa Schappell) for Vanity Fair on Africa's new generation of authors.

Date: Wednesday, July 8
In the spirit of keeping a certain Pacific Northwest anomaly alive and well is Michael McLeod's fascinating contribution, Bigfoot: Anatomy of a Beast.
"Part history, part road trip, and part biography, this is the true story of a remarkable group of men whose obsession with Bigfoot turned the giant hominid into an American icon."
When: 7:30-9pm
Where: St. John's Booksellers, 8622 N Lombard St. Portland OR
Cost: Free
For more information, visit the St. John's Bookseller's website event page.

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