Giving Fear the Finger: The Okay Fine Whatever Book Release
Aug 9, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Minors OK when accompanied by a parent or guardian
18 and over recommended due to adult themes

Doors open at 6:30

Courtenay Hameister, former host, co-producer and head writer of Live Wire Radio will host this evening of stories and conversations about facing our fears to celebrate the release of her first book, "Okay Fine Whatever: The Year I Went From Being Afraid of Everything to Only Being Afraid of Most Things".

Hameister will be joined onstage by Karen Karbo, Storm Large, Cheryl Strayed, Lidia Yuknavitch, Shelley McLendon and Reema Zaman.

Ticket price includes a copy of Hameister's book, which retails at $26.

$36 Advance
$39 At the Door
$46 Preferred Seating (First five rows of the center section - available in advance only)
Ticket sales ended Aug 9, 2018 6:30 PM. Additional tickets may be available at the box office.
Courtenay Hameister is a columnist, playwright, screenwriter and teacher. She is the former host and head writer of Live Wire, Portland’s nationally-syndicated radio variety show. Her work can be found in McSweeney’s, The Portland Mercury, APM’s Marketplace and some scathing emails to Macy’s customer service. He first book, Okay Fine Whatever: The Year I Went From Being Afraid of Everything to Only Being Afraid of Most Things will be released on July 31, 2018. more >>>
Cheryl Strayed | 7:30 PM
Cheryl Strayed cuts to the quick. Author of nonfiction books, Wild, Tiny Beautiful Things, and Brave Enough, and novel Torch, Strayed has made a brand of dropping truth, cutting to the chase, being real, and shooting straight. Host of WBUR’s Dear Sugar podcast, she’s here to tell it like it is. more >>>
Lidia Yuknavitch is the author of the widely acclaimed memoir The Chronology of Water and the novel Dora: A Headcase. Her most recent novel, The Backs of Small Children has been receiving rave reviews across the country. Her writing has appeared in the Atlantic, the Iowa Review, Mother Jones, Ms., the Sun, the Rumpus, PANK, Zyzzyva, Fiction International, and other publications. She writes, teaches and lives in Portland, Oregon with the filmmaker Andy Mingo and their Renaissance man son Miles. She is the recipient of the Oregon Book Award - Reader's Choice, a PNBA award, and was a finalist for the 2012 Pen Center creative nonfiction award. She is a very good swimmer. more >>>
Karen Karbo | 7:30 PM
Karen Karbo is the award-winning author of novels, short stories, memoirs and non-fiction. She ascribes her ability to live by her literary wits to her personal motto, from writer Ellen Parr: “The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.” Her "Kickass Woman Series" includes life lessons from the likes of Georgia O'Keefe, Coco Chanel, Katherine Hepburn and Julia Child. Her latest book, In Praise of Difficult Women, chronicles what we can learn from the imperfect and extraordinary legacies of 29 iconic women who forged their own unique paths in the world. more >>>
Reema Zaman | 7:30 PM
The 2018 Oregon Literary Arts Writer of Color Fellow, Reema Zaman is an author, speaker, and actress. Born in Bangladesh, raised in Thailand, and presently residing in Oregon, she holds a double BA in Gender Studies and Theater from Skidmore College. Her forthcoming memoir "I Am Yours" is available for pre-order, and will be released on January 8, 2019.

"I Am Yours" is the story of Reema's unwavering fight to protect and free her voice from the harsh winds, and hands, of life. Beginning in Bangladesh, moving into Thailand, then New York, and finally, Oregon, I Am Yours is an iconic, definitive book on the female, the human, condition. In impossibly gorgeous prose that is at once beautiful and biting, poetic and political, haunting and healing, Reema's personal narrative acts as an uncannily perfect backdrop to ask and answer our most pressing universal questions: Why do we wound each other and ourselves? Where does pain begin and live, in the same spot as love? Why do we oppress and overpower when, beneath pigment, all flesh are the same color? And, in this rapidly changing world, what is authentic integrity, kindness, and equality, and how do we put it into practice, amidst genders, amidst family, amidst one another?

Above all, what is, and where is, home? In "I Am Yours", these queries are explored, traveling between the streets of Dhaka, slums of Bangkok, and glittery film sets of New York City, in a singular voice that is radically vulnerable, loving, and powerful. more >>>
Storm Large | 7:30 PM
Storm Large will love you, leave you, delight you and abuse you with a wicked charm that will have you begging for more. Storm blends cabaret class with rock-n-roll edge, creating her own kind of intoxicating chemistry.

A performer of extraordinary gifts, Storm Large has been singing around the globe for more than 15 years. Portland, Oregon club goers remember her as the lead singer of Storm and the Balls. She shot to national prominence in 2006 as a finalist on the CBS show Rock Star: Supernova. The following year she took a career departure and starred in Portland Center Stage’s production of Cabaret with Wade McCollum. The show was a smash hit, earning Large glowing reviews. Her next endeavor, the autobiographical musical memoir, Crazy Enough played to packed houses in 2009 during its unprecedented 21 week sold out run in Portland. Storm went on to perform the show to critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Adelaide Festival in Australia, and Joe’s Pub in New York.

In 2011 and 2012 she performed a series of sold out concerts with the Oregon Symphony, following her acclaimed symphony debut in 2010. In 2013, she performed Kurt Weill’s “Seven Deadly Sins” with the Oregon Symphony in Seattle and Portland and with the Detroit Symphony in Detroit and Carnegie Hall. She continues to tour this piece with symphonies throughout the country.

Storm is featured in Rid of Me, a film by Portlander James Westby, starring Katie O’Grady and Theresa Russell. In November and December of 2010 she starred at the Mark Taper Forum with Katey Sagal and Michael McKean in Jerry Zak’s production of “Harps and Angels”, a musical featuring the work of Randy Newman.

Storm made her debut as guest vocalist with the band Pink Martini in April, 2011, singing four sold-out concerts with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. She continues to perform with the band and is featured on their “Get Happy” CD. She also continues to tour with her own band, Storm Large and Le Bonheur.

Her memoir, Crazy Enough was released by Simon and Schuster in 2012, garnering an Oregon Book Award and rave reviews, including Oprah’s Book of the Week. more >>>
Shelley McLendon is a producer, playwright, director, teacher and improviser. She is the owner of Portland's premiere comedy venue, The Siren Theater, and the creator of stellar stage parodies like Road House: The Play!, Lost Boys Live and Poltergeist. She is also half of the sketch duo The Aces and has performed in sketch festivals around the country. more >>>