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      July 31, 2019

      Wednesday   7:30 PM

      1005 W Burnside St.
      Portland, Oregon 97209

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      Debra Gwartney in Conversation With Apricot Irving

      Part history, part memoir, Debra Gwartney’s I Am a Stranger Here Myself (University of New Mexico) taps dimensions of human yearning: the need to belong, the snarl of family history, and embracing womanhood in the patriarchal American West. Gwartney becomes fascinated with the missionary Narcissa Prentiss Whitman, the first Caucasian woman to cross the Rocky Mountains and one of 14 people killed at the Whitman Mission in 1847 by Cayuse Indians. Whitman's role as a white woman drawn in to "settle" the West reflects the tough-as-nails women in Gwartney's own family. Arranged in four sections as a series of interlocking explorations and ruminations, Gwartney uses Whitman as a touchstone to spin a tightly woven narrative about identity, the power of womanhood, and coming to peace with one's most cherished place. Gwartney will be joined in conversation by Apricot Irving, author of The Gospel of Trees.

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