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Notes from The Oregonian/OregonLive's books desk. "The Need for Books": Nationale, a Southeast Portland gallery and boutique, will host an event it's calling "The Need for Books," the first in a planned series highlighting its library and the work...

Bookmarks: 'The Need for Books' event premiere, author readings and more

Notes from The Oregonian/OregonLive's books desk. "The Need for Books": Nationale, a Southeast Portland gallery and boutique, will host an event it's calling "The Need for Books," the first in a planned series highlighting its library and the work...

Bookmarks: 'The Need for Books' event premiere, author readings and more

Notes from The Oregonian/OregonLive's books desk.

"The Need for Books": Nationale, a Southeast Portland gallery and boutique, will host an event it's calling "The Need for Books," the first in a planned series highlighting its library and the work of "inspiring bookmakers." The series premiere will feature Fredrik Averin, a bookmaker, collector and designer; Delphine Bedient, a writer and publisher; and Haymarket Books, a radical Chicago press whose authors include Noam Chomsky, Angela Davis, Winona LaDuke, Arundhati Roy and Rebecca Solnit. The event runs from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, at Nationale, 3360 S.E. Division St. 

Motherhood and immigration: A Mexican women who is in the U.S. illegally gives birth to a boy who is put into foster care, and an Indian American woman who has been unable to have her own child adopts him. That's the premise of Shanthi Sekaran's debut novel, "Lucky Boy" (G.P. Putnam's Sons, 480 pages, $27), which is receiving numerous raves from all the big-time reviewers: Kirkus Reviews, Booklist, Library Journal. Sekaran reads from "Lucky Boy" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, at Powell's City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside St. 

Roxane Gay: The feminist writer, professor, editor and commentator has a new short story collection, "Difficult Women" (Grove Press, 272 pages, $25), in which she gives voice to numerous unforgettable characters. Wrote The Washington Post: "One of the book's greatest achievements is Gay's psychological acuity in the creation of female characters who are teeming with dissonance and appealing self-awareness." Gay reads from the book at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, at Powell's City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside St.

"The Wrong Kind of Indian": Oregon poet Jessica Tyner Mehta, writing under the pen name Jey Tehya, will read from her new coming-of-age autobiographical novel, "The Wrong Kind of Indian" (Wyatt-McKenzie Publishing, 324 pages, $14.95), at two Portland appearances. Kirkus Reviews called the book "a complex and compelling, though often difficult, story of romance, forgiveness, and loyalty." The author will appear at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, at Another Read Through, 3932 N. Mississippi Ave., and at the 2017 Write to Publish conference Saturday, Feb. 4, at Portland State University, hosted by Ooligan Press. 

A South African memoir: Award-winning author Sheila Kohler (she's won the O. Henry and Willa Cather prizes, among others) was 37 when her sister's husband drove off a road and into a lamppost, killing the sister and rendering the couple's six children motherless. In Kohler's new memoir, "Once We Were Sisters" (Penguin Paperback Original, 256 pages, $16), she holds little back in laying bare her privileged childhood as a white South African during the apartheid era, her and her sister's almost impetuous and troubled marriages, and her desire for revenge upon her brother-in-law. Kohler appears in Portland at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, at Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd.

Disciplining children: JoAnne Nordling, a co-founder of Portland's quarter-century-old Parent Support Center, has published the fifth edition of her guide to child discipline. Originally called "Taking Charge: Caring Discipline That Works at Home and at School," the book has been retitled "Caring Discipline: Practical Tools for Nurturing Happy Families & Classrooms" (336 pages, $15.95). Among the topics Nordling addresses: discipline sabotage, negative behaviors, choices and consequences, and helping aggressive and self-destructive teens.

Congratulations: Christopher Stollar, a former Oregon journalist, won the grand prize in the 2016 Writer's Digest Self-Published e-Book Awards, beating out more than 600 other entries, for his debut novel, "The Black Lens," about a teenage girl and her sister fighting sex trafficking in Oregon. Stollar spent more than three years researching the book, including interviewing survivors, social workers and police officers. He is donating 10 percent of all personal profits from the book sales to organizations in Oregon and elsewhere that battle modern slavery.

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