Lidia Yuknavitch is the author of The Chronology of Water: A Memoir and three works of short fiction: Her Other Mouths, Liberty’s Excess, and Real to Reel, as well as a book of literary criticism, Allegories of Violence. Her work has appeared in Ms., The Iowa Review, Exquisite Corpse, Another Chicago Magazine, Fiction International, Zyzzyva, and elsewhere. Her book Real to Reel was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award and she is the recipient of awards and  fellowships from Poets and Writers and Literary Arts, Inc. The Chronology of Water won the Oregon Book Award Reader’s Choice 2012 and the PNBA Award 2012. Her work appears in the anthologies Life As We Show It, Forms At War, Wreckage of Reason. She teaches writing, literature, film, and women’s studies in Oregon.


Dora: A Headcase

  • Introduction by Chuck Palahniuk
  • fiction

Dora is too much for Sigmund Freud but she’s just right for us – raunchy, sharp and so funny it hurts.

Katherine Dunn
author of Geek Love

Ida needs a shrink; or so her philandering father thinks, and he sends her to a Seattle psychiatrist. Immediately wise to the head games of her new shrink, who she nicknames Siggy and Sig, Ida begins a coming of age journey. At the beginning of her therapy Ida, whose alter ego is Dora, and her...Forward

The Chronology of Water

  • Introduction by Chelsea Cain
  • nonfiction / memoir

This is the book I’ve been waiting to read all of my life.

Cheryl Strayed
author of Torch

This is not your mother’s memoir. Lifelong swimmer and Olympic hopeful Lidia Yuknavitch accepts a college swimming scholarship in Texas in order to escape an abusive father and an alcoholic, suicidal mother. After losing her scholarship to drugs and alcohol, Lidia moves to Eugene and enrolls in...Forward

Readings and events

Thursday, 15 May 2014 at 7:00 pm|

Powell’s Books and Pharos Editions Present: Cheryl Strayed, Lidia Yuknavitch, and Ursula K. Le Guin Live in Conversation

Welcome three of Portland’s most talented authors as they discuss books near and dear to their hearts that have long languished out of print and are now available again through Pharos Editions: The Lists of the Past, a technically mesmerizing collection of stories by Julie Hayden; The Tattooed Heart & My Name is Rose, two emotionally charged literary novels by Theodora Keogh; and Crazy Weather, a classic coming-of- age tale set in the American Southwest that serves as “an important document in our cultural history.”

Cheryl Strayed (Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail), Lidia Yuknavitch (Dora: A Headcase), and the legendary Ursula K. Le Guin (The Earthsea Cycle, The Unreal and the Real) will explore the history, context, and reasons they chose to introduce these titles and help bring them back to readers once more. Discussion will be moderated by editor-in-chief of Bitch Media, Kjerstin Johnson.

This event is sponsored by:
Bitch Media a Feminist Response to Pop Culture.

locationPowell’s Books
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd, , Beaverton, OR 97005
503 228-4651


On the Hawthorne Books Blog

Two out of eight "Small Press Books to Watch in 2014 (AWP edition)," by Valerie Stivers-Isakova for the Huffington Post, include Tom Spanbauer's I Loved You More and Poe Ballantine's Things I Like About America. Lidia Yuknavitch also cited as a "big star!"

Posted by Rhonda Hughes on 06 March 2014

From all accounts AWP Seattle 2014 was a wild success!

Thank you to Adam O’Connor Rodriguez for working the Hawthorne booth as well as moderating three panels. Thank you to Scott F. Parker who...Forward

Hawthorne makes introductions

Posted by Rhonda Hughes on 19 March 2013

Imagine going to a party and someone is there to take you in hand, guide you though the room, and introduce you to the guests.  These introductions increase the odds that even the most timid...Forward