I’ll be in Portland at Wordstock this weekend slinging books alongside fellow Graywolf Jeff Shotts. The schedule is filled with can’t-miss events featuring Graywolf authors Solmaz Sharif, Angela Palm, Jennifer Grotz, and Jon Raymond. Full details below.

And that’s just Graywolf. Woodstock also has events listed with Colson Whitehead, Yaa Gyasi, Dana Spiotta, Jade Chang, and a whole lot more.

Did I mention that Jon Raymond will be in convo with indie rock icon Carrie Brownstein? No? What an oversight.

Be there, PDXers. I’ll sell you your new favorite book.

Saturday, November 5

10:15 – 11:15 AM

Solmaz Sharif / War and the Aftermath: In Words and Images
With Sarah Glidden, Maximillian Uriarte, mod. by Joshua Wolf Shenk
Oregon Historical Society / M.J. Jurdock Charitable Trust Stage

11:00 AM

Angela Palm / Pop-Up Reading
Portland Art Museum

12:45 – 1:45 PM

Angela Palm / The Ties that Bind: Finding Home
With Amy Kurzweil + Pauls Toutonghi, mod. By Natalie Serber
Oregon Historical Society / M.J. Jurdock Charitable Trust Stage

2:45 PM

Jennifer Grotz / Pop-Up Reading
Portland Art Museum

5:00 – 6:00 PM

Jennifer Grotz / The Personal is Poetry
With Melissa Broder + Brenda Shaughnessy, mod. By Ashley Toliver
Brunish Theater

5:00 – 6:00 PM

Jon Raymond / Carrie Brownstein in conversation event
First Congregational United Church of Christ, Cole Haan Stage

7:30 PM

Solmaz Sharif + John Freeman in conversation
Following screening of the film Close-Up
Whitsell Auditorium, Portland Art Museum

Full event schedule 

Ben Percy reading at the Loft

Benjamin Percy’s reading from his new book THRILL ME at the Loft Literary Center on October 26 at 7:00 p.m. You won’t want to miss it! THRILL ME is all about how to craft narratives with the pace of a thriller and the depth of a literary novel.

He knows what he’s talking about. If you’ve read his Deliverance-esque The Wilding or his werewolf epic Red Moon or his post-apocalyptic take on the Lewis and Clark trek in The Dead Lands you know what I mean. Ben’s also the guy behind the recent run of Green Arrow comics and has just been announced as the power behind a new James Bond comics series.

Flaming chainsaws? Check. Jaws? Check. Exploding helicopters? Check. Impossibly deep voice that will give you nightmares? Check.

Oh, and I’m giving the introduction.

Do. Not. Miss. This.

Twin Cities Book Festival

The TCBF is coming in just a few short weeks! I’ll be staffing the Graywolf Press booth from 3-5 p.m. at the Progress Center on the north end of the state fairgrounds. Stop by and say hi!

Local Graywolf Press authors Ben Percy and Gretchen Marquette will be in attendance. Don’t miss them at the morning mingle from 10-11 a.m.

Official details here: http://www.raintaxi.com/twin-cities-book-festival/

See you there!

Second Annual Rock & Roll Reading

Rock and Roll flyer MNIt’s back! Because once is never enough, the AWP Rock & Roll reading is happening again. Wednesday, April 8, 9 pm. Since AWP is in Minneapolis this year, Complexes will be playing a set after ten readers take the stage for some music-inspired writing.

Here’s the reading lineup:

Chelsea Biondolillo
Justin L. Daugherty
Melissa Febos
J. Robert Lennon
Debra Marquart
Brian Oliu
Optimism One
Rob Spillman
Ira Sukrungruang
Leni Zumas

And the live bands:
Frances Gumm

For full details see the Facebook invite.

And in case you don’t have anything to do before the show, check out the literary death match featuring Mark Doten, POS, and more. They are on at 7 before the R&R reading.

Basically, you’ve got no reason to be anywhere other than the Nomad on Wednesday night.

Voices of the Middle West Conference

I’m headed off to the Voices of the Middle West conference in Ann Arbor this weekend.

I’ll be at the book fair selling Graywolf books all day on Saturday, alongside other great indie presses from the Midwest, like Two Dollar Radio, Curbside Splendor, and Dzanc. I’m also on a panel that afternoon led by Jeremiah Chamberlain of Fiction Writers Review.

Stuart Dybeck is the keynote speaker, plus they are bringing in loads of authors that hail from the Midwest like Matt Bell, Alissa Nutting, and more. And there will be a big reading on Friday night at Literati Bookstore.

Full details here:


If you are in the area, you should come!