Portland State University is a co-sponsor of Multnomah County Library's Everybody Reads 2012. Everybody Reads is a community reading project to encourage discussion of issues that matter and celebrate the power of books in creating a stronger community.
The Girl Who Fell from the Sky: A Literary Round Table
Monday, February 6, 6pm
Portland State University professors Maude Hines (English), Ann Marie Fallon (Honors) and Inger Olsen (World Languages and Literatures) lead an in-depth discussion of Heidi W. Durrow's novel.
Admission is free and open to the public. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
About Everybody Reads
The tenth annual Everybody Reads selection is The Girl Who Fell from the Sky by Heidi W. Durrow. This debut novel tells the story of Rachel, the daughter of a Danish mother and a black G.I. who becomes the sole survivor of a family tragedy. With her strict African American grandmother as her new guardian, Rachel moves to a mostly black community in Portland, where her light brown skin, blue eyes and beauty bring mixed attention her way. Growing up in the 1980s, she learns to swallow her overwhelming grief and confronts her identity as a biracial young woman in a world that wants to see her as either black or white.
See full list of Everybody Reads events at the Library on our Events page.