Author Events!

cropped-kathy-jetnil-kijiner-620pxClimate justice spoken word poet teaches workshop at FHS March 14, 2018  Franklin’s library will host Marshall Islands activist Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner. Kathy is a renowned poet and celebrated professor, and is currently the Pacific Studies adviser at the College of the Marshall Islands. She was named the 2017 Impact Hero of the Year by Earth Company, and spreads her message of healing the earth through her poetry.


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Poet Claudia Rankine visits FHS February 8, 2018  Award-winning poet Claudia Rankine spoke about race, power, voice, and change as she read from and talked about her latest collection: Citizen: An American Lyric. View pictures from the event here. Students and other members of the FHS community traveled to Schnitzer Hall to hear her evening lecture.


2i4Nwmli_400x40030 students attend Vice President Joe Biden talk on November 30, 2017  Joe Biden represented Delaware for 36 years in the U.S. Senate before serving as 47th Vice President of the United States from 2009 to 2017. He is the author of the forthcoming memoir Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose. He shared how the loss of his son Beau tested his resolve, and how he is finding new purpose in a time of uncertainty.



Dr.Siddhartha Mukherjee visits Franklin High April 11, 2017 Dr. Mukherjee is among the most famous cancer researchers in the world and author of  The Emperor of All Maladies, which became a bestseller and won the Pulitzer Prize. It was also turned into a documentary series . Dr. Mukherjee is most recently the author of The Gene: An Intimate History, which Anthony Doerr calls “prodigious, sweeping, and ultimately transcendent. If you’re interested in what it means to be human today and in the tomorrows to come, you must read this book.”



Matthew Desmond visits Franklin High March 9, 2017  Desmond talked about his book, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City and participated in a Q & A with students. Students and FHS community members also attended Desmond’s evening lecture at  Schnitzer Hall.



Michael Lewis Visits Franklin High January 26, 2017 150 students attended the daytime event and about 20 FHS community members attended the evening event where Lewis talked about The Undoing Project.



April 29th Field Trip to Cleveland High to see Teen Author Ambassador Yang2and Graphic Novelist Gene Yang After Ms. Wagner, Ms. Hines, & Ms. Jo taught American Born Chinese to their freshman classes (thanks to MCPL donation of books), we brought 125 students to Cleveland High to hear the author speak at an event hosted by MCPL. Gene Yang spoke about his own experience as an Asian American, the literary history of the monkey king, and his graphic novel career. Not only has he written the award winning  American Born Chinese & Boxers & Saints–he has collaborated on Superman and is collaborating on a new Asian Superman. He encourages students to read outside their own experience and their usual genres. See our pics HERE.


rankineFebruary 25th Claudia Rankine- Students to the Schnitzer Field Trip   We did not get to see Rankine but we did see Robin Coste Lewis and she was amazing. She blew our minds talking about Literary Erasure.


doerr faceNovember 19, 2015 Anthony Doerr Vists Franklin HighAuthor Event Anthony Doerr, Pulitzer Prize Winner, visited the Franklin library November 19. 150 students attended. 20 community members traveled to the Schnitzer to attend his lecture that evening.  Pictures & recap HERE.  See blog post by Literary Arts. Pictures are HERE


zeroesOctober 3, 2015 Scott Westerfeld visits Franklin High  200 students attended a visit by authors Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti to promote their new book – Zeroes


ResidueYearsMarch 10, 2015 Mitchell S Jackson- Everybody Reads! at the Schnitzer 70 FHS community members will attend. We also received 70 copies. $ classes and Step Up are participating. See Resource Links too HERE


kolbertNovember 13, 2014 Elizabeth Kolbert at Franklin Library and the Schnitzer 100 students were to attend a Q & A with Climate Crisis Author; however event cancelled due to extreme weather. 50 students were to attend her evening lecture at the Schnitz thanks to Literary Arts.


James McBride

October 16, 2014 James McBride- Field Trip to the Schnitzer

42 students will attend this Literary Arts lecture to hear this National Book Award Winner.


April 3, 2014 Julia Alvarez

March 11, 2014 Everybody Reads: Sonia Sotomayor.  Lily Lamadrid, grade 9 and Abril Garcia-Gonzalez, Grade 11 of Franklin High both had their questions read and pictures taken with the justice, though Lily actually attended with her parents and was not part of the 90 Quakers strong field trip (which included 8 wonderful FHS staff as chaperones). Also thanks to Literary Arts and MCPL for providing tickets, books, transportation and hosting the event.

February 16, 2014 Author Event: Chris Ware & Chip Kidd  See Photos of Event HERE and read about the great questions kids asked HERE



Over 100 students listened to or talked with SHERMAN ALEXIE , featured author for 2013 EVERYBODY READS MARCH 12 sponsored by Multnomah County Library and Litrary Arts during special invitational Q & A in the FHS Library and at our evening field trip to the Schnitzer. See  Oregonian Article about the event HERE ,Flyer HERE, posting HERE, and pictures  soon HERE.


heartLove Hurts! See the Pictures! Audio/Video coming soon. Congratulations to Sam Burnett, Olivia Wood, Jade Eichmiller, Pearl Thompson, Trebin Jenkis, Andrea Reck!They were selected to participate in MothShop 2013 and performed their stories LIVE on the FHS stage Friday February 8 at 10:30 in a special invitational assembly. Read about it on the Writers In the Schools Blog.  Olivia was chosen to perform during the FHS Talent Show. Sponsored by Literary Arts.

45 students will attend the Portland  Literary Arts author event: Jonathan Franzen Thursday evening 1/10/13. Free tickets and bus ride to and from FHS at 6:30. Get permission slip from Language Arts Teacher or library or Ms. Childs and turn in by Jan 4 to Ms. Childs’ box. More information HERE.


Over 40 Franklin students are attending the Portland Literary Arts author event: Sebastian Junger,  Journalist and Academy Award nominee, on Thursday evening 2/23/12. Some will post their reflection of the event HERE.

Others will be adding to the Twitter Feed at hashtag #fhsauthors.  Check out their responses after the event.


DANIEL BEATY  peforming his award winning one man show– Emergency!  Tuesday February 28-10:30 All School Special Student Assembly43 different characters fighting to be free –all played by one amazing man.  Special Assembly Schedule. Remind your friends! Be on time! Students sit with 5th period. Twitter about it afterward at hashtag #fhsauthors.

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2 Responses to Author Events!

  1. Andrea says:

    Sebastian Junger seems like he has been through a lot concerning war and watching it. I to would suffer from PTSD if i had to watch the lives of my brothers/friends die right in fount of me. Junger seems like a really funny guy who has observed war and its qualities.
    “I want to amaze people with the lives of others.” -Sebastian Junger.
    This quote poped out to me when Junger said it. If everyone believed in this though, in its self, there probably would be no war to begin with.
    Andrea R.

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