Claire Rudy Foster: Shine of the Ever

November 8, 2019 @ 6:00 pm
Orca Books
509 4th ave E

Please join us for an evening with author Claire Rudy Foster. Claire will be reading from and discussing their short story collection Shine of the Ever. There will be time for questions and book signings after the talk.


By turns tender and punk-tough, Shine of the Ever is a literary mixtape of queer voices out of 1990s Portland. This collection of short stories explores what binds a community of queer and trans people as they negotiate love, screwing up, and learning to forgive themselves for being young and, sometimes, foolish.

“The writing here, in its subtlety and insight, delivers the more lasting, resonant pleasures of lessons learned, and the possibility of brighter futures.” —Pete Rock, author of My Abandonment

“The characters in Foster’s fiction are all achingly lonely and the victims of human error, yes—but they’re also miracles of endurance whose devastations, large and small, illuminate the better parts of ourselves.” —Benjamin Percy, author of The Dead Lands

“‘[W]e are a mass of bliss and fury and love and pain and truth and sound,’ Foster writes in the first story of this polychromatic collection of short fiction set in and around Portland. Queue up your Sleater-Kinney records.” —Michelle Hart, O: The Oprah Magazine


Claire Rudy Foster is a queer, trans writer from Portland, Oregon. Their work on sex, identity, relationships, and recovery appears in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and McSweeney’s, among others. Foster is the author of I’ve Never Done This Before (978-0998072708, Sept. 2016). Their essays and fiction have been recognized for excellence, including four nominations for the Pushcart Prize. Foster holds an MFA in creative writing and teaches writing workshops in Portland.

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