Start: 6:00 pm
Bestselling Portland author Chelsea Cain's scintillating run of thrillers featuring the 'Beauty Killer,' Gretchen Lowell, and Portland police detective Archie Sheridan hits new heights in her fourth and most recent, Kill You Twice (St. Martin's). "Gretchen is back, and she's betterand badderthan ever ... Every time we wonder if Cain has gone as far as she can with the Gretchen-Archie danse macabre, she surprises us with something utterly fresh and compelling ... Like the best thriller writers, though, she knows how to ease off the throttle, too, making room for subtle and satisfying character interplay but at the same time as we wait for the narrative to burst into overdrive once again. Masterful at every level." - Bill Ott, Booklist.
Start: 8:00 pm
It's a Portland doubleheader here this evening. Following Chelsea Cain is self-described "novelist, failed writer, schmo" Yuvi Zalkow with his "neurotic" (again) debut novel, A Brilliant Novel in the Works (MP Publishing). "Yuvi Zalkow writes like the secret love child of the smartest person you ever met and the weirdo who lives down the block. In A Brilliant Novel in the Works, he mines the territory between hilarity and heartbreak with a voice so original it's as if he made the territory up. His prose is wise and perceptive, generous and bold, funny and tender. The truest things I can say about this ambitiously realized debut is: you must read this." - Cheryl Strayed. "If you buy just one book this year, consider resting this book on top of it. Yuvi Zalkow is a writer I'm going to watch from a safe distance." - Gary Shteyngart.