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Jill Kolongowski: Life Lessons Harry Potter Taught Me
April 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Accio, Muggles! April 7 in the bookshop, we’ll host a most magical reading and conversation with Jill Kolongowski, literary scholar, nonfiction writer, and author of the essay collection, LIFE LESSONS HARRY POTTER TAUGHT ME. Jill will be joined in conversation by Caitlin Weirhauser, Portland comedian and member of the Lez Stand Up comedy troupe in Portland. Caitlin Weirhauser has performed at All Jane Comedy Festival, Bumbershoot, and Bridgetown Comedy Festival. She was included in the AfterEllen list of “40 Hot Queer Ladies in Comedy,” and plans to take down the patriarchy by Christmas.
Kolongowski uses a combination of literary criticism and personal essays to explore issues that everyone faces, from courage and fear to the importance of girl power and the complexity of relationships.
The books will always be a part of you. Now, revisit old Hogwarts haunts. Reconnect with favorite characters. And learn far more than the correct pronunciation of “Wingardium Leviosa.” With Life Lessons Harry Potter Taught Me, you’ll discover how the universal themes and lessons of the series apply to your Muggle life, including:
• Drawing strength from friends
• Learning from mentors and heroes
• Challenging conventional ideas
• Overcoming obstacles and setbacks
• Trusting yourself when others don’t
About Jill and Caitlin:
Jill Kolongowski is a Hufflepuff who teaches writing and literature at the College of San Mateo. She is also the managing editor at YesYes Books. Her essays have won Sundog Lit’s First Annual Contest series and the Diana Woods Memorial Prize in Creative Nonfiction at Lunch Ticket magazine. Other essays are published in Profane, Sweet: A Literary Confection, Southern Indiana Review, Fugue, and elsewhere. She lives in California, and her Patronus is a tortoiseshell cat.
Caitlin Weierhauser has performed at All Jane Comedy Festival, Bumbershoot, and Bridgetown Comedy Festival. She was included in the AfterEllen list of “40 Hot Queer Ladies in Comedy,” and plans to take down the patriarchy by Christmas. Caitlin hosts the podcast “Room of Requirement 237” and can be found on Twitter as @UncleCait.