Pop-Up Celebrity Book Groups

Book groups start at 7 PM at The Children's Book Bank and like other book groups, include munchies and drinks. 

(See location change for Chelsea Cain's Pop-Up Book Group.)



 Chelsea Cain is the author of The New York Times bestselling Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell thriller series (HEARTSICK, SWEETHEART, EVIL AT HEART, THE NIGHT SEASON, KILL YOU TWICE, and LET ME GO), and the Kick Lannigan book (ONE KICK).  Her Portland-based thrillers, described by The New York Times as "steamy and perverse," have been published in over 30 languages, recommended on “The Today Show,” and appeared in episodes of HBO’s “True Blood” and ABC’s “Castle.” 

Book selection: Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach Date/Location: Thursday, October 11, 2018 in the Foundation Room at the University Club SOLD OUT


Maria Cardona is a CNN and CNN en Español political commentator, who has appeared on MSNBC, FOX, Univision, and Telemundo prior to signing on exclusively with CNN. She is regarded as one of the nation's top 100 most influential Latinos. A seasoned public policy advocate and political strategist, Cardona has more than two decades of experience in the government, politics, public relations and community affairs arenas.

Book selection: The Hellfire Club by Jack Tapper Date: Thanksgiving Weekend

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Jack Jewsbury, retired Portland Timbers midfielder, is one of only 10 MLS players to play 350 or more games in league history. His accomplished 14-year playing career included an MLS Cup championship and a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup trophy. Jewsbury is currently part of the Timbers’ front office as director of business development.

Book selection: Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight Date: Thursday, September 27, 2018

Bonnie Morales, Kachka Chef and Co-Owner is the first-generation American daughter of Belarusian immigrants. Morales (née Frumkin) grew up in Chicago in a large family. In 2014, the Morales’ opened Kachka, a restaurant devoted to the food that Bonnie grew up with, inspired by Russia and former Soviet republics. Kachka was named Willamette Week’s Restaurant of the Year in 2014, and has since received much acclaim and accolades from publications such as Bon Appétit, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Elle and Food & Wine.  

Book selection: City of Thieves by David Benioff Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2018

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Brandon Summers is the lead vocalist/guitarist and lyricist for Portland indie rock duo The Helio Sequence. He’s been recording and performing professionally for over 20 years, working with legendary label Sub Pop, releasing six full-length albums, and touring internationally as a headlining act. His career has brought him far and wide, performing on The Jimmy Kimmel Show, NPR’s World Café, and festival stages from Brazil to Berlin while garnering recognition from Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, The New York Times, and Village Voice among others. Summers also co-owns Helio Sound, a full service recording and production studio working with both music industry and commercial clients.

Book selection: The Invisibility Cloak by Ge Fei Date: Thursday, June 21, 2018


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Laura Veirs takes 2018 by the horns with three new projects. In April, Veirs released her tenth solo album, The Lookout, on her boutique record label, Raven Marching Band. To build community and combat her own loneliness, she began Midnight Lightning, a podcast about the lives of musician parents. Veirs also published her first picture book, Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotton. Illustrated by artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, the book is aimed at children ages 5-8.

Book selection: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead Date: Monday, September 24, 2018

No room for another book on your reading list? Join a fascinating discussion with The New York Times bestselling author Phillip Margolin.


MURDER, MARGOLIN, & MERLOT! Join New York Times bestselling author Phillip Margolin at The Children’s Book Bank for a fascinating talk about where he gets ideas for his books. Margolin, who made the transition from a criminal defense attorney who handled 30 murder cases to a bestselling author, will talk about his writing process.

Date: Thursday, September 13, 2018