Renner spent more than a year traveling around the world and interviewing women (50 are presented in this book), asking them to reflect on what they had absorbed from their fathers and what they didn't get that they still yearned for. His goal was to better understand the father-daughter relationship so that he could do a better job with his own daughters. He talked to women from across cultures, economic strata, professions -- those who felt loved by their fathers and those who felt abandoned or abused. In the book he presents the stories of their relationships, along with his own story.
Renner is the founder and president of B2B Market Strategies. He divides his time among his family, writing, and his work as a marketing and brand strategist to emerging companies. He lives in Portland with his wife Meg, daughters Julia and Katherine, and an ever evolving animal population. Renner received his social science degree from UC-Santa Cruz before beginning his career as a business journalist. Later he completed an MBA at UC- Berkeley, where he lived with 600 women and men from around the world at The International House.
On Tuesday night we welcome the editor of and several contributors to Volume V of Drash: Northwest Mosaic, just recently published. Drash is a Seattle-based annual literary magazine that features an ecumenical embrace of poetry and prose with a Northwest and Jewish tilt. Scheduled to read tomorrow night are Akiva Miller, David Fuks, Jeanne Krinsley, Hanna Goldbaum, Carolyn Martin, and the editor, Wendy Marcus.
Thursday night we host our monthly Comma reading series, moderated by Kirsten Rian. On the third Thursday of each month,Comma features two regional authors, representing a variety of literary genres. Each author reads for 20 to 25 minutes from new projects, established pieces, or ongoing works in progress and then engages in discussion with each other and with the audience.
This month Comma presents Barry Sanders and Tim DuRoche. Sanders is a professor emeritus of Pitzer College in Claremont, California. He is currently writer-in-residence at Pacific Northwest College of Art. He is also a social activist and the author of two recent books: The Green Zone: The Environmental Costs of Militarism and Unsuspecting Souls: The Disapperance of the Human Being -- both of which were nominated for this year's Oregon Book Award for General Nonfiction. He loves teaching at PNCA and brings his students to the Donald E. Long detention center in Portland to teach reading and writing.
DuRoche is a writer, jazz musician, artist, and curator. His writing about visual culture, jazz and performance, planning, urban history, and cultural policy have appeared in a number of print and online venues. Since moving to Portland in 2000, he's worked with a number of creative cultural institutions including Northwest Film Center and Portland Center Stage. Currently he is the Director of Programs for the World Affairs Council of Oregon. He is a frequent public speaker and moderator for cultural organizations across the state and hosts a weekly jazz program on KMHD-89.1 FM.
Each of these events will begin at 7pm. Please join us for one, two, or all three events -- it's always a pleasure to see you!