Thursday 1/18: Lauren-Brooke Eisen reads from her latest book, Inside Private Prisons: An American Dilemma in the Age of Mass Incarceration. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday 1/20: The Spare Room Reading Series presents Jean Day and John Niekrasz for this month’s reading. Passages Bookshop, 7 p.m., $5 suggested donation.
Monday 1/22: Hear public scholar, organizer, and spoken word artist Walidah Imarisha connect Oregon’s past and present to the concept of a racially just future at Portland State University’s annual MLK Tribute. Smith Student Union Ballroom, 7 p.m., free but first come, first serve.
Wednesday 1/24: From Charles C. Mann, the bestselling, award-winning author of 1491 and 1493, comes The Wizard and the Prophet, an incisive portrait of the two little-known 20th-century scientists, Norman Borlaug and William Vogt, whose diametrically opposed views shaped our ideas about the environment, laying the groundwork for how people in the 21st century will choose to live in tomorrow’s world. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.
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