An Occasional Reading Series, is a new Portland, Oregon reading series hosted by Dena Rash Guzman. It will occur occasionally! Its debut event features readers Leah Umansky, Olivia Olivia, Dena Rash Guzman, and one more TBA. Special musical performance by Phoenix Singer. Special musical guests Complimentary Colors will finish the night off with their beautiful songs.
Smart, sassy, and unapologetically feminine, Karen Karbo’s new book, In Praise of Difficult Women: Life Lessons From 29 Heroines Who Dared to Break the Rules (National Geographic), is an ode to the bold and charismatic women of modern history. Karbo, author of The Gospel According to Coco Chanel, spotlights the spirited rule breakers who charted their way with little regard for expectations: Frida Kahlo, Elizabeth Taylor, Nora Ephron, Carrie Fisher, Amelia Earhart, Helen Gurley Brown, Edie Sedgwick, and Shonda Rhimes, among others. Their lives — imperfect, elegant, messy, glorious — provide inspiration and instruction for the new age of feminism we have entered. Karbo distills these lessons with wit and humor, examining the universal themes that connect us to each of these mesmerizing personalities today: success and style, love and authenticity, daring and courage. Being “difficult,” Karbo reveals, might not make life easier. But it can make it more fulfilling — whatever that means for you. Karbo will be joined in conversation by Olivia Olivia, author of No One Remembered Your Name but I Wrote It Down.