Patricia Oleson
Patricia Oleson



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Olympia Provisions

Olympia Provisions

Olympia Provisions, 107 SE Washington St, Portland, OR 97214, USA

Portland’s December Girly Book Club

Olympia Provisions, 107 SE Washington St, Portland, OR 97214, USA

Book Club Starts
December 17th at 6:30 PM

Happy Holidays, Chicas!! I hope you can fit us into your holiday festivities and join us this month at a local favorite, Olympia Provisions. We will be meeting the SE location tucked into one of Portland’s restored industrial buildings. They have shared plates, snacks, salads, and traditional entrée-style dining. They also have an extensive wine list with many Old World varieties and some west coast favorites too. To make things easy, if you want to split a meat & cheese board or small plates to share some of the cost bring some cash along. As is the tradition to our December meeting we are also hosting a Secret Santa Book Exchange at our meeting this month! Please come to this GBC meeting with your favorite new or gently used novel all wrapped up. During the evening, we will play a game where you can either open an unwrapped gift or steal a book that has already been opened. Each unwrapped book may be stolen up to two times by someone who has not yet gone. If your book gets stolen, you get to choose a book already unwrapped (if it hasn’t been stolen twice) or a wrapped book. This meeting is always a great time and a member favorite!


This much-anticipated second collection of stories is signature Ted Chiang, full of revelatory ideas and deeply sympathetic characters. In The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate, a portal through time forces a fabric seller in ancient Baghdad to grapple with past mistakes and the temptation of second chances. In the epistolary Exhalation, an alien scientist makes a shocking discovery with ramifications not just for his own people, but for all of reality. And in The Lifecycle of Software Objects, a woman cares for an artificial intelligence over twenty years, elevating a faddish digital pet into what might be a true living being. Also included are two brand-new stories: Omphalos and Anxiety Is the Dizziness of Freedom.

In this fantastical and elegant collection, Ted Chiang wrestles with the oldest questions on earth—What is the nature of the universe? What does it mean to be human?—and ones that no one else has even imagined. And, each in its own way, the stories prove that complex and thoughtful science fiction can rise to new heights of beauty, meaning, and compassion


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Olympia Provisions, 107 SE Washington St, Portland, OR 97214, USA


  1. Marian Woods says:

    Hi there! I would like to cancel my registration for this one. Thank you!

  2. Haley Teach says:

    Can you please let me know if a space becomes available? I’d love to join this book club!

  3. Abby Chmil says:

    Wait list me please 🙂

    Abby Chmil

  4. Lindsey says:

    If a spot opens up, I’d love to join the discussion & book exchange this month. If not, I’ll try to catch a future meet-up. Thanks!

  5. Patricia says:

    Hi Ladies,

    I’m excited we have so many people interested in our little book club. I have been working with December’s venue to add more people to the reservation but was unaware that more than 12 people would require a family-style meal at $45 per person. I plan to email the current RSVPs a week beforehand to see if there are any more cancellations and will send personal emails to anyone on the waitlist as space becomes available.

    I’m am also meeting a new venue next week that could host enough people that we should not sell out of tickets. So, hopefully, this will be the last month with a waitlist. I will send out an email when January’s reservations become available.

    Thank you for your patience as we have been growing quickly.
    Your host,

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