Events This Week: Michael Heald & Richard Swift

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 Apprehension (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. Details for the reading are available on Facebook, if you’re into that sort of thing.

“The very first — and the very last — 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 Apprehension 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 — a time that’s both painful and 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 launches The Great Revenue Robbery: How to Stop the Tax Cut Scam and Save Canada

May 23rd @ 7PM


“For 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.” – Linda McQuaig, author and journalist



Edited by Richard Swift for Canadians for Tax Fairness, The Great Revnue Robbery is a collection of essays surrounding “the misinformation spewing out of right-wing think tanks and media outlets” over tax cuts (McQuaig). “This is a welcome critique of conventional economic wisdom,” says Toronto Star political columnist Thomas Walkom. “If you thought tax cuts would solve all of your problems, read The Great Revenue Robbery and think again.”


Join us as Richard Swift and other contributors launch this new book from Between the Lines Books!



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