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Pop-up celebrity book groups: Six local celebrities have each selected one of their favorite books to discuss at a book group in support of The Children's Book Bank. Sign up for your seat at the table for a one-time intimate conversation at a pop-up celebrity book group. Only $30 per seat!  (Limited availability per 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.” 

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.

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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 careers 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.

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.  

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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.


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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.


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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.

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The Snowy Day Quilt“One winter morning Peter woke up and looked out the window. Snow had fallen during the night. It covered everything as far as he could see." A work of art capturing the beauty of Ezra Jack Keats' beloved classic The Snowy Day.