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Everybody Reads 2012

Everyone reads the same book—and then comes to Portland State to talk about it.

That's the goal of Multnomah County Library's annual Everybody Reads program, sponsored in part by PSU.

Through schools, lectures, discussion groups, and author visits, and with thousands of copies distributed for free at county libraries, Everybody Reads has become a success story of its own.

Everybody Reads is a story that Portland State University has helped write.

Since 2005, PSU faculty have led community discussions that take readers deeper into each year's selection, exploring complex and challenging themes of cultural identity equity and diversity, history, and social justice.

These conversations, hosted at PSU during February and coordinated by Maude Hines, English, create a richer experience for readers of all ages and backgrounds.

Heidi DurrowThe 2012 Everybody Reads selection is The Girl Who Fell From the Sky (Algonquin, 2010) by Heidi W. Durrow (pictured, right), a New York Times bestselling author, and a graduate of Portland's Jefferson High School.

The Girl Who Fell From the Sky is a compelling debut novel about growing up biracial and bicultural in a mostly black community during 1980s Portland, Ore.

For more information and additional resources, as well as locations to pick up a free copy of The Girl Who Fell From the Sky, visit


Support for Everybody Reads at PSU comes from the Department of English, PSU Library, Center for Academic Excellence, Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning, Auxiliary Services, University Honors, Department of Sociology, School of Social Work, Department of Black Studies, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Student Health and Counseling, Department of World Languages and Literatures, Research and Strategic Partnerships, and University Communications.

Photo at top, L to R: Jilma Meneses, Kristine Rouska and Brandon Morehouse, Caitlin Currie, Andrew Wyatt
Front Page/Thumbnail: Zach Lafferty

The Girl Who Fell From the Sky book coverEverybody Reads Events at PSU in February 2012

All events are free and held at the PSU Library, 1875 S.W. Park Ave., Rm. 160, unless otherwise noted. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Miss an event? Check out this blog by students in this PSU Honors seminar for full coverage of all the talks.

Monday, February 6, 6 p.m.
The Girl Who Fell from the Sky: A Literary Round Table—Portland State University professors Maude Hines (English), Ann Marie Fallon (Honors) and Inger Olsen (World Languages and Literatures) lead an in-depth discussion of Heidi W. Durrow's novel.

UPDATED: Tuesday, February 14, 8:30-10 a.m.
Civic Engagement Breakfast: Understanding the Diverse Human Landscape in Metropolitan Portland, Our Workforce Needs, and PSU's Innovative Classroom Responses—An overview of newly released data describing racial inequalities throughout the metro region, followed by a panel discussion with leaders from several of our region's largest employers on the skills, knowledge, and attitudes needed for success in today's workplace.

Thursday, February 16, 7 p.m.
Growing Up Biracial—Join a panel of biracial adults from the PSU community as they talk about childhood experiences. With Assistant Professor Ethan Johnson (Black Studies), graduate student Adrienne Croskey and student Kevin Thomas.

Tuesday, February 21, 6 p.m.
Child-Rearing and IdentityPortland State University professors Martha Balshem (Sociology) and Alma Trinidad (Social Work) and psychologist Cheryl Forster (Student Health and Counseling) will discuss issues related to identity and development.

Wednesday, February 29, 10 a.m.
Portland's Albina District: Retrospect and Prospect—Join Portland State University Associate Professor Karen Gibson (Urban Studies and Planning) for a panel discussion with long-time Albina residents.

Tuesday, March 6, 7:30 p.m.
Special Event: An Evening with
Author Heidi W. Durrow

Presented by Literary Arts and
Multnomah County Library
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway
Tickets $10—$25. Visit to reserve seats.