Story Time for Grownups - Gonna Roll the Bones

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Monday, December 4, 2023, 8–9:30 pm
Rose City Book Pub Sabin (Portland)
This is an in-person event
All Ages

The following description comes from the event organizer.

“Story Time for Grownups” returns with a classic tale of the ultimate game of craps—against Death himself. Joe Slattermill, a perpetual no-count who works as a miner and frequents gambling parlors, finds himself in an unusual game to wager everything (including his life) on a roll of the dice.


David Loftus will read this award-winning fantasy novelette at Rose City Book Pub, Portland’s first and only combination used bookstore and taproom. No cover.


Order a pint of beer, a pot of tea, soup, sandwich, or cookies while you enjoy the old-fashioned experience of listening to a story read aloud, just like your parents did for you (if you were lucky). Browse the shelves for a volume you might like to take home.


Founder and host of “Story Time for Grownups” David Loftus has read to listeners in libraries, coffee shops, Powell’s Books, Borders, multiple branches of Umpqua Bank, on the streets of Portland, and for recordings for the blind. He has voiced Gandalf, Bilbo, and Gollum live with Willamette Radio Workshop, and Sherlock Holmes on KBOO.

David currently voices principal characters for the science-fiction podcasts “Exoplanetary” and “253 Mathilde.” He has also acted in an episode of “Grimm” and in many local theater productions.


David’s most recent performances have been in Oregon Children’s Theatre productions of “The Journal of Ben Uchida” and “Last Stop on Market Street.” In June he turned in the final draft of his mother’s memoir about growing up in Hood River and being sent to prison camps on U.S. soil with other Japanese Americans during World War II, From Thorns to Blossoms. The book, which he revised, expanded, and edited, will be published by OSU Press in spring 2024.


On his Patreon site, Loftus writes about books, films, travel, and politics, and has uploaded excerpts of a book about his paternal grandmother’s life in Alaska Territory a century ago.


You may have seen his viral rendition of Led Zeppelin’s “Black Dog” on the back of an electronic tricycle in downtown Portland, which totaled nearly 13 million views on TikTok the past year, and more than half a million likes on Instagram.


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Rose City Book Pub

1329 NE Fremont Portland, OR 97213 Venue website

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