State by State, a "wonderful...beguiling" collection (Publishers Weekly, starred review) of 50 original essays, resurrects a landmark effort from the 1930s when the Federal Writers' Project commissioned America's best authors "to describe America to Americans." What do we talk about when we talk about our states? Join Live Wire's Courtenay Hameister, State by State editor Sean Wilsey, author Daphne Beal, and other special guests at this one-night-only Portland screening of a candid and captivating 35-minute film about the book, which stars 19 of its contributors — Anthony Bourdain, Susan Orlean, David Rakoff, Alison Bechdel, and others. Please note: This ticketed event takes place at the Bagdad Theater, 3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Tickets, $5, are available at the Bagdad Theater box office, the Crystal Ballroom box office, Ticketmaster.com, and all Ticketmaster outlets.