In-Store Reading: Camille Cole: The Midnight Show

Annie Bloom's welcomes Portland author Camille Cole for a reading from her memoir, The Midnight Show: Bohemians, Byways & Bonfires.

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About The Midnight Show:

Hang on for the ride of her life. At times a treacherous high-wire act, Camille's wedding was the final act at the Oregon Country Fair's Midnight Show a long time ago. At 2:00 a.m., Reverend Chumleigh, henchman for the Miraculous Church of the Incandescent Resurrection, was perched on a tightrope wearing a leopard skin leotard. He pronounced Camille and Jim permanent partners till the cows come home, and the band played a lively rendition of Teddy Bear's Picnic. Bubble Man encased the two in a giant luminous bubble.

Born at the dawn of the Baby Boom Generation, her tale is a behind-the-scenes peek at one generation’s struggles and triumphs. Woven into her spirited adventure, she shares glimpses into the lives of past generations as told to her as a child by family, and sometimes by ancestors in the attic. She learned the art of the tuck-and-roll through her frequent, sometimes sad, and sometimes hilarious cliff-hangers. She is at times accompanied by the likes of the Merry Pranksters and a community of revolutionary migrants and refugees who’ve come to Oregon in search of something new, something different from anti-war demonstrations and a sense that there must be something healthier and more satisfying in life. Join in at the Bus Farm and other local communes of the 1970s. If you were there, your own story will come forth—if not, you either know someone who was, or you may wish that you were. In her bestselling memoir, The Midnight Show, Camille generously shares her current understanding of the meaning and purpose of it all.

Camille Cole is the author of two books for classroom teachers and a narrative nonfiction account of her great aunt's life-a renowned educator. She has published short stories, articles, book reviews, and a monthly column. Once upon a time she wrote a monthly serialized satirical soap opera about life in Oregon, As the Rain Falls. The Midnight Show is Camille's debut memoir. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her dog, Lillian Albright-Lily.


Event date: 
Thursday, January 26, 2023 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
7834 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, OR 97219
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ISBN: 9781951289041
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Published: Gladeye Press - September 15th, 2022