May
20
7:00 PM19:00

Mortified Portland

 

"Witness a night of adults telling stories about their lives by sharing their most mortifying childhood artifacts (diaries, letters, lyrics, poems, home movies)… in front of total strangers."

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If you're looking for an evening of cathartic laughter, this reading series does not disappoint. I'll be reading mortifying teenage diary entries from the missionary compound in Haiti, and I promise there will be at least one performer who confesses to a cringe-worthy moment that you thought you were alone in remembering. Tickets still available for May 19 at 9 p.m. and May 20 at 7 p.m. at the Alberta Rose. Mortified Portland - a night to celebrate having survived adolescence.

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Mortified Portland
May
19
9:00 PM21:00

Mortified Portland

 

"Witness a night of adults telling stories about their lives by sharing their most mortifying childhood artifacts (diaries, letters, lyrics, poems, home movies)… in front of total strangers."

 

If you're looking for an evening of cathartic laughter, this reading series does not disappoint. I'll be reading mortifying teenage diary entries from the missionary compound in Haiti, and I promise there will be at least one performer who confesses to a cringe-worthy moment that you thought you were alone in remembering. Tickets still available for May 19 at 9 p.m. and May 20 at 7 p.m. at the Alberta Rose. Celebrate with us: we survived adolescence.

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Apr
27
6:30 PM18:30

Portland State University: Apricot Irving and Kristin Kaye

  • Smith Memorial Student Union, Portland State University (map)
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A shared evening with a dear friend and fellow author, to include readings from our books and a conversation that will no doubt touch on loss, trees, and the writing process with Kristin Kaye, author of "Tree Dreams," and Apricot Irving, author of "The Gospel of Trees"--at our alma mater, the Portland State University MFA program.

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Apr
26
7:00 PM19:00

A chance to hear my father talk about harvesting native seeds in Oregon

Sponsored by the Native Plant Society of Oregon, Jon Anderson will share stories and techniques for seed collection, cleaning and storage of native seeds on Thursday, April 26th from 7 to 8:45 pm in the Carnegie Room of the McMinnville Public Library, 225 NW Adams St., McMinnville. "Come if you can. I shared some good secrets at the earlier talks and I will do so again." www.jonnynativeseed.com

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Mar
8
7:30 PM19:30

Portland: Book Launch at Powell's City of Books

In her compelling new memoir, The Gospel of Trees (Simon & Schuster), Apricot Irving recounts her childhood as a missionary's daughter in Haiti during a time of upheaval – both in the country and in her home. Beautiful, poignant, and explosive, The Gospel of Trees is the story of a family crushed by ideals, and restored to kindness by honesty. Told against the backdrop of Haiti's long history of intervention, it grapples with the complicated legacy of those who wish to improve the world and bears witness to the defiant beauty of an undefeated country.

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Feb
16
11:00 AM11:00

Interview with Publisher's Weekly Radio

In this lush, emotional debut memoir, Irving tells of her life as a missionary’s daughter in Haiti. Irving was born in California, but in 1982, at age six, her parents moved her and her sisters to Haiti. Years of destructive colonization had left Haiti with severe deforestation, and her father began an ambitious mission to plant trees. Irving unflinchingly evaluates the consequences of well-meaning humanitarian work, which often included the perpetuation of oppressive colonial structures. She writes, “There is, in colonial literature, a recurring image: a foreign man, emboldened by his authority and by the lack of accountability, takes on a native mistress as a token of both his unquestioned power and his affection.” Amid the poverty in Haiti, Irving finds a “more complicated world where sorrow and beauty lived under the same leaky roof.” There, Irving wrestled with the prescriptions of her Christian beliefs, ultimately discovering a deeper faith in something else—that of beauty. “Beauty, it seemed, had been here all along: a wild summons, a name for God that did not stick in my throat.” This is a beautiful memoir that shows how a family altered by its own ambitious philanthropy might ultimately find hope in their faith and love for each other, and for Haiti. 

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