Ben Hodgson and Laura Moulton with Martha Grover
In 2011, Laura Moulton founded Street Books, a bicycle-powered lending library serving folks living outside in Portland, Oregon. That summer, Ben Hodgson became one of her most dedicated regulars, setting the still-unbeaten single season record for borrowing. Then winter came, and Ben's routines changed, and they didn't see each other for two years. Loaners (co-published by Street Books/Perfect Day Books) is the story they began to tell when they reconnected. Ben Hodgson was a computer technician in the air force and a cab driver for many years. He is currently on the board of Street Books, and works as a street librarian, speaker, and inventory specialist. Laura Moulton is an adjunct professor at Lewis & Clark College and leads residencies in high schools for Literary Arts. Over the years she has taught writing in public schools, prisons, and teen shelters. She is the founder of Street Books, Portland’s bicycle-powered street library.
"As someone saved by books when homeless, I know that true resiliency lies in the imagination. Kudos to Street Books for bringing the magic literature to so many souls on the street, and this illuminating, powerful story to all of us." - Rene Denfeld.
“One of the single best ideas I’ve seen in this town." - Omar El Akkad,
Also joining us tonight is Portland author, poet and folk artist Martha Grover, author of Sorry I Was Gone (Antiquated Future Press). Her previous books include The End of My Career, a finalist for the Oregon Book Award in creative nonfiction in 2017. She has been publishing her zine Somnambulist since 2003. Moderating tonight is Michael Heald, the author of Goodbye to the Nervous Apprehension, a collection of essays. A writer at large for Runner's World magazine, he is also the publisher of Perfect Day Publishing.