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Jim Landwehr for "The Portland House"

  • SubText Books 6 West 5th Street Saint Paul, MN, 55102 United States (map)

Join SubText Books on Saturday, March 10th at 7:00 PM for a reading with St. Paul native Jim Landwehr! Jim will be reading from his new memoir, The Portland House. Book signing to follow!

The Portland House takes you into the lives of a widow and her six children as they put down roots in an average Midwestern house in 1970. It welcomes you to the crowded dinner table, where hotdish is a weekly staple and table manners sometimes take a back seat to kids being kids. It shoves you into raucous teenage parties when Mom is on vacation. It chokes you with the smoke of a small kitchen fire. Later you wander the neighborhood and the city of Saint Paul, Minnesota, with latchkey kids until the street lights come on.

The house is full of love, teenage energy, and an adopted stray who walks with a limp. From the warmth of family on Christmas Eve, to the sadness of a losing a beloved pet, the Portland House is home to it all. So, come on in and experience life growing up in the era of disco, lava lamps, and Tang orange drink.

About the author:
Jim Landwehr enjoys writing creative non-fiction and poetry. He has two book-length nonfiction books, The Portland House: A 70’s Memoir and Dirty Shirt: A Boundary Waters Memoir both published by eLectio Publishing. He also has two published poetry collections, Reciting from Memory and Written Life. His non-fiction has been published in Main Street Rag, Prairie Rose Publications, Boundary Waters Journal, and others. His poetry has been featured in Torrid Literature Journal, Fox Adoption Magazine, Off the Coast Poetry Journal, and many others. He enjoys fishing, kayaking, biking and camping with his kids in the remote regions of Minnesota. Jim lives and works in Waukesha, Wisconsin with his wife Donna, and their two children Sarah and Ben.

Earlier Event: March 7
Judy McConnell for "Dreamhouse"
Later Event: March 16
Katie Heaney for "Would You Rather?"

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