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Matthew Shea presents Reflections on a Life Worth Living

05/02/2015 3:00 pm

This book is about a life worth living. I was born with a rare, genetic disorder called Sotos Syndrome, which caused me to grow faster, have some learning trouble and other disabilities making me seem different from most people. It tells about my life growing up in a wonderful family but also shows how Sotos Syndrome changed things. None of it was easy but with help from family and community, there was a lot of success. I also graduated from Oklahoma Wesleyan University, a four-year college. The purpose of this book is to spread the word not only about my life but also to raise the awareness of Sotos Syndrome and to encourage all persons who have it or live with someone who does. It is also a means to show and teach people who have never heard of it or who may have misunderstood the condition so they may understand better. The book may teach that a person with disabilities is the way he was made by God and that everyone's life is worth living with great success.

From typical fights to disabilities, Matthew and his brother, Patrick, faced everything together as far as they could and when they could. They are two brothers who shared disabilities, not the same ones but conditions that were there for all to see. Matthew has a disability called Sotos Syndrome that has no cure. Patrick had different physical problems. None of this kept the boys from living as greatly and fully as well as they could. Both graduated from high school and Matthew has a college degree. Matthew lives in Portland, Oregon, helps in his church, works at his job and lives a great life. He tells about his Sotos Syndrome experiences, recognizes it as a disability and intends to show others that they, too, can do a lot, can achieve their hopes and dreams because life is worth living and getting the best is possible with lots of work.

$16.95
ISBN-13: 9781634486897
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Published: America Star Books, 2/2015

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Voices From the Rainbow with Traci Taylor and friends

05/07/2015 7:30 pm
Traci Taylor is joined by contributors to Voices From the Rainbow for this presentation.  This collection of stories from more than fifty individuals presents the unsent letters, trials by fire, and heart-songs of wounded spirits begging to be heard. Traci Leigh Taylor listened, to coming-out stories and more. Four years of interviews and correspondence with LGBTQ people across the United States and around the globe is captured in first-person accounts that lift hearts and rend souls. Voices from the Rainbow delves into the world of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer—where the human struggle for love and acceptance is the common denominator. This book offers a path to understanding, acceptance, and healing. It is a call to love.
$13.93
ISBN-13: 9780692262276
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Published: Mother Warrior Press, 10/2014

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Bards Deluxe!

05/09/2015 3:00 pm
When the parade is over and the party is on, drop by St Johns Booksellers for poetry from the Bards Deluxe!

The current issue of The Bear Deluxe (one of our favourite journals) celebrates Poetry of Place. To that end, The Bear held a poetry contest and the winners, selected by Oregon poet laureate Paulann Petersen, have been published in issue #36. Five of the "Bards" Deluxe (Laura Dunn, Megan Freshley, Heidi Greenwald, Marj Hogan, and Ross Robbins) will read at your bookstore following the St Johns Parade.
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GenderFuck

05/15/2015 7:00 pm

Join your host, Kate Carroll de Gutes, on the 3rd
Friday of each month--now in our neighbouring space, The Central Hotel!
Open mic signup is available at 6:30pm. Call us here at the bookstore
for more info. GenderFuck is an open mic and performance space for
queer, transgender, and genderqueer writers. Because we’re queer and we
cross boundaries, that means we’re not limited by genre, either. You can
write essays or short stories or sonnets. You can be a spoken word
artist or a shy poet who rarely reads out loud. It’s a welcoming place
to try out new material and hone your performance skills. And it’s a
place where a girl in a bowtie or a boy in a dress is welcomed and
should feel comfortable. We are so much more than M or F, gay or
straight. Let’s move beyond binary.

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JUST SAY YES! with Catherine Hiller

05/08/2015 7:30 pm

JUST SAY YES, perhaps the first marijuana memoir ever
published, is a positive account of long-term cannabis use. With
ruthless honesty and deadpan humor, the author observes the effect of
weed upon every aspect of her life: marriage, motherhood, friendship,
work, sport, sex. Phillip Lopate, Nonfiction Director of Columbia
University's MFA Writing Program, lauds JUST SAY YES: "This funny, wry
and very candid memoir purports to be a Confession of an American
Pot-Smoker but is really a cultural/personal history of the past fifty
years. The narrative progresses backward and not only the past but
innocence itself is recaptured." John Updike wrote about Hiller's short
story collection, SKIN, this is "good, brave and joyful writing."

$10.74
ISBN-13: 9781942762010
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Published: Heliotrope Books LLC, 4/2015

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Left Coast Crime! Kenneth Wishnia, Wendy Hornsby, & Travis Richardson

03/13/2015 7:00 pm
Join Kenneth Wishnia, Wendy Hornsby, and Travis Richardson for a bookstore reading during Crimelandia, the 2015 Left Coast Crime convention in Portland, OR.

KENNETH WISHNIA, author of the Edgar Allan Poe Award-nominated Filomena Buscarsela series. kennethwishnia.com

WENDY HORNSBY, author of The Color of Light, The Hanging, and The Paramour’s Daughter. Edgar Award winning author of the Maggie MacGowen mysteries. wendyhornsby.com

TRAVIS RICHARDSON, editor of Sisters-In-Crime Los Angeles newsletter Ransom Notes, author of Lost in Clover and Keeping the Record. tsrichardson.com

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GenderFuck

02/20/2015 7:00 pm

 

Join your host, Kate Carroll de Gutes, on the 3rd Friday of each month--now in our neighbouring space, The Central Hotel!  Open mic signup is available at 6:30pm.  Call us here at the bookstore for more info.

GenderFuck is an open mic and performance space for queer, transgender, and genderqueer writers. Because we’re queer and we cross boundaries, that means we’re not limited by genre, either. You can write essays or short stories or sonnets. You can be a spoken word artist or a shy poet who rarely reads out loud. It’s a welcoming place to try out new material and hone your performance skills. And it’s a place where a girl in a bowtie or a boy in a dress is welcomed and should feel comfortable. We are so much more than M or F, gay or straight. Let’s move beyond binary. 

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Berlin Gunning presents The Ill Fortune To Be Dark In the Eyes

02/21/2015 3:00 pm

What if eye color rather than skin color determined race? What if you were one of only a few in your country with a twenty-first-century understanding of genetics and heredity? Or if members of the same family with eyes of different colors were treated as members of different races? What if you were significantly disabled, but nobody minded...as long as you didn't have THE ILL FORTUNE TO BE DARK IN THE EYES? What if you alone stood between a schemer and her desire to throw an entire nation into turmoil?  Author Berlin Gunning takes on these ideas in her new science fiction novel.

Born in Seattle in 1982, Berlin Gunning is the youngest of her father's seven daughters. She is the first of them to earn a Master of Arts degree, in writing, having first earned a Bachelor of Arts in English, both from Oregon's Portland State University. Miss Gunning lives, writes, indulges her twin passions for classical music and horses, and is happily single in the City of Roses, Portland Oregon. She has blue eyes.

 

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Behind the Badge In River City with Don DuPay

03/06/2015 7:30 pm
Behind the Badge in River City; A Portland Police Memoir, with foreword by crime writer Phil Stanford, is a fascinating first-hand account of the Portland Police Department during the gritty 60s & 70s. DuPay's compassionate and insightful book paints compelling--and sometimes disturbing-- portraits of a cop, a police department and a city.  Join us for the launch of this book, enjoy treats with us, and hear Don's anecdotes about the St. Johns of 40 years ago.
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Bruce Holbert presents The Hour of Lead

09/18/2014 7:30 pm

After losing both his twin and his father in a brutal, unexpected snowstorm, Matt Lawson must take over the family ranch. As his mother disappears into grief, Matt learns the hardest lesson the west has to teach: he is on his own. The necessity of work stabilizes young Matt against the pitfalls of first love with Wendy, the daughter of a local grocer, and their ragged end will sent Matt on a journey across the county, leaving Wendy to tend the ranch with local schoolteacher Linda Jefferson and her unwieldy son Lucky. It will take decades for Matt to learn his way back home, and that long journey will have great impact on all of those around him.

Invoking the same beautiful landscape and language of his critically-acclaimed debut, The Hour of Lead is a wider, more expansive novel, less violent but just as affecting, another important contribution to the literature of the west.  Please join us for a reading by the author, with Q&A.

The Hour of Lead (Hardcover)

$25.00
ISBN-13: 9781619022928
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Published: Counterpoint LLC, 7/2014

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