An up-and-coming Oregon writer, Tabitha Blankenbiller's essays excavate the truth behind fashion, food, friendships, old video games, and squished lizards. Her work springs to life where personal and pop cultures intersect.
She will read from her debut essay collection, EATS OF EDEN, as well as sign copies of her book.
Wine reception: 5:30-6:00. Wines by the glass or bottle can be purchased. Beer and soft drinks also available.
Reading: 6:00 - 6:30 p.m.
RSVPs not necessary, but helpful.
Eats of Eden is a trip into the memory, into the stomach, and into the heart of every woman. These essays of tasty bites, writing, coming-of-age, family, sex, self-esteem—and above all, overcoming personal odds to live your best life—are complete with mouth-watering recipes and memories that will change your relationship with food forever. From self-identity to love affairs with the sinking of the Titanic to cheese snobbery to reconciling the unanswered questions of a lost friendship, the home-loving socialite at the heart of this memoir dishes and dines on fashion, feminism, fabulousness, and food.
The book follows a year of attempting to write a novel, and the daily life, occasional revelations and passions that feed, distract, complicate, and enrich that process—in the author’s case, constant detours into the kitchen. It’s a book about writing, eating, and surviving in the modern west, from literary hustling at the Doug Fir Lounge, to waiting for life-altering emails around a stew-cooking campfire at Crater Lake.
Tabitha Blankenbiller was raised in a small town on Mt. Rainier's plateau and currently lives in Hubbard, Oregon. She graduated from the Pacific University MFA program, and EATS OF EDEN is her first book. Her essays have been featured or are forthcoming in a number of journals including Tin House, The Rumpus, Bustle, and Catapult, and have been nominated for the Pushcart and Best of the Net awards.