Emme Lund “The Boy with a Bird in His Chest” Book Discussion

Join in an in person book launch with Emme Lund, author of “The Boy with a Bird in His Chest.”


[In Conversation with Lydia Kiesling]
February 15 @ 7:00 pm
Clinton Street Theater
2522 SE Clinton Street
Portland, Oregon 97202
More Details: https://cstpdx.com/show/boy-bird-his-chest-book-launch

Join in a virtual event with Emme Lund, author of “The Boy with a Bird in His Chest.”


[In Conversation with Davey Davis]
February 16 @ 5:00 pm
Powell’s Books
Registration Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/2716425369135/WN_71IcOTRlTXC_rFv3uZT4Uw

[In Conversation with Sarah Neilson]
February 17 @ 6:00 pm
Third Place Books
Registration Link: https://www.thirdplacebooks.com/event/virtual-event-emme-lund-sarah-neilson

[In Conversation with Andrew Sean Greer]
February 18 @ 12:00 pm
The Booksmith
Registration Link: https://www.booksmith.com/event/emme-lund

About the Author:

Emme Lund is an author living and writing in Portland, Oregon. She has an MFA from Mills College. Her work has appeared in Electric LiteratureTimeThe RumpusPaper Darts, and many more. In 2019, she was awarded an Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship in Fiction. The Boy with a Bird in His Chest is her first novel. Visit EmmeLund.net for more information.

About the Book:

“A modern coming-of-age full of love, desperation, heartache, and magic” (Andrew Sean Greer, Pulitzer Prize–winning author) about “the ways in which family, grief, love, queerness, and vulnerability all intersect” (Kristen Arnett, New York Times bestselling author). Perfect for fans of The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Thirty Names of Night.

Though Owen Tanner has never met anyone else who has a chatty bird in their chest, medical forums would call him a Terror. From the moment Gail emerged between Owen’s ribs, his mother knew that she had to hide him away from the world. After a decade spent in hiding, Owen takes a brazen trip outdoors in the middle of a forest fire, and his life is upended forever.

Suddenly, Owen is forced to flee the home that had once felt so confining and hide in plain sight with his uncle and cousin in Washington. There, he feels the joy of finding a family among friends; of sharing the bird in his chest and being embraced fully; of falling in love and feeling the devastating heartbreak of rejection before finding a spark of happiness in the most unexpected place; of living his truth regardless of how hard the thieves of joy may try to tear him down. But the threat of the Army of Acronyms is a constant, looming presence, making Owen wonder if he’ll ever find a way out of the cycle of fear.

A heartbreaking yet hopeful novel about the things that make us unique and lovable, The Boy with a Bird in His Chest grapples with the fear, depression, and feelings of isolation that come with believing that we will never be loved, let alone accepted, for who we truly are, and learning to live fully and openly regardless.

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