This week (May 19th to 25th) there are two events at the Argo:
Michael Heald launches
Goodbye to the Nervous Apprehension with Jacob Wren
May 22nd @ 7PM
Tomorrow, we’ll be hosting the final stop in the Portland publicist/author Michael Heald’s debut book tour. Goodbye to the Nervous ApprehensionÂ (Perfect Day Publishing) is Heald’s debut essay collection, receiving praise from numerous sources, including The Oregonian (“Sneaky deep”), The Baltimore City Paper (“Truly brilliant”) and an ex-girlfriend (“Embarrassing”). “Across eleven essays, Michael Heald compulsively measure himself against men like Eli Manning, Ryan Gosling, and Stephen Malkmus, and always comes up short. After a decade of failed relationships, estranged siblings, and abandoned hopes, he may or may not have learned his lesson. Goodbye to the Nervous Apprehension is not nearly as depressing as any of this sounds” (from Perfect Day Publishing).
If you want to get a sense of the book before coming out to the reading, check out an interview with Michael Heald on Oregon Public Broadcasting here.Â Details for the reading are available on Facebook, if you’re into that sort of thing.
“The very first â€” and the very last â€” pages of Michael Heald’s new book of essays have the same four words: “My twenties are ending.” They’re fitting bookends for what’s inside.
Goodbye to the Nervous ApprehensionÂ is made up of eleven autobiographical essays. Together, they’re a kind of field guide to Heald’s 20s. In his telling, this is a decade of self-definition and self-discovery â€” a time that’s both painfulÂ andÂ thrilling. He writes about a strained relationship with his older brother and about doomed romantic entanglements. He captures the special place that music holds in those years, and what it means to be five foot four… (courtesy of Dave Miller, OPB)”
Lectures at the Argo:
Richard Swift launchesÂ The Great Revenue Robbery: How to Stop the Tax Cut Scam and Save Canada
May 23rd @ 7PM
â€œFor decades, the right has flooded the airwaves and taken over the political podiums with its anti-tax hysteria. But Canadians are waking up to the simple truth that taxes are the price we pay for civilization, and that scrimping on taxes means scrimping on civilization.â€Â â€“ Linda McQuaig, author and journalist
Edited byÂ RichardÂ SwiftÂ forÂ Canadians for Tax Fairness,Â The Great Revnue RobberyÂ is a collection of essays surrounding â€œthe misinformation spewing out of right-wing think tanks and media outletsâ€ over tax cuts (McQuaig). â€œThis is a welcome critique of conventional economic wisdom,â€ says Toronto Star political columnist Thomas Walkom. â€œIf you thought tax cuts would solve all of your problems, readÂ The Great Revenue RobberyÂ and think again.â€
Join us asÂ RichardÂ SwiftÂ and other contributors launch this new book from Between the LinesÂ Books!