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COURTESY: KELSEY WALLACE/OREGON ZOO - Kids play on a camel sculpture in the newly reinstalled Warren J. Iliff Sculpture Garden at the Oregon Zoo.Oregon Book Awards

The best of the 2017 Oregon literary scene will be feted at the 31st annual Oregon Book Awards, 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 30, at The Armory, 128 N.W. 11th Ave.

Tickets, ranging from $12-$65, are still available at

Awards in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, young readers and graphic literature will be given. It's hosted by Renee Watson, an acclaimed author of teen novels "This Side of Home" and "Piecing Me Together," as well as picture books "Harlem's Little Blackbird" and "A Place Where Hurricanes Happen."

In the noteworthy category, fiction, the nominees for the Ken Kesey Award are: Omar El Akkad, Portland, "American War"; Wayne Harrison, Springfield, "Wrench and Other Stories"; Victor Lodato, Ashland, "Edgar and Lucy"; Matthew Robinson, Portland, "The Horse Latitudes"; Lidia Yuknavitch, Milwaukie, "The Book of Joan."

Special awards will be given to Tracey Daugherty and Marjorie Sandor of Corvallis (Stewart H. Holbrook Literary Legacy Award) and Carmen T. Bernier-Grand of Portland (Walt Morey Young Readers Literary Legacy Award).

The Readers' Choice Award will be announced on Monday.

It's a Literary Arts event. For a complete list of finalists and to vote in the Readers' Choice Award survey, see

Sculpture Garden

The Oregon Zoo has welcomed back the Warren J. Iliff Sculpture Garden, a fixture on the zoo grounds for 40 years. It has been installed on Wildlife Way near the education center at the zoo, 4001 S.W. Canyon Road.

The statues have been in storage since the construction on the Elephant Lands habitat began in 2012. The statues are of a hippo, bighorn sheep, bear and her cubs, mouse (named Bitsy) and camel calf. The hippo has been displayed since 1978.

Zoo's penguins

Elsewhere at the zoo, the Humboldt penguins have taken up temporary residence at the polar bear habitat, while their Penguinarium undergoes repairs.

The polar bear habitat features 50,000 gallons of deep water for swimming and rocks for diving. The habitat is currently empty while the zoo prepares for construction of Polar Passage, set to open in 2020.

'Oregon My Oregon'

The Oregon Historical Society, 1200 S.W. Park Ave., is closing its longtime exhibit on Saturday, April 28, with a celebration from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

It's been showing for 14 years. There'll be construction on a new state of the art permanent Oregon history exhibition, "Experience Oregon."

There'll also be a brick campaign for "Experience Oregon," which is set to open Feb. 14, 2019, and will include priceless artifacts, a 180-degree intro theater, hands-on interactives and more.

New novel

Famed author Chuck Palahniuk has a new novel coming out, two decades after "Fight Club."

He's returning to themes of toxic masculinity, privilege and appeals of cults with "Adjustment Day." It's his first novel in four years and, arguably, his most political, according a publicist news release.

It comes after his New York Times bestselling graphic novel debut "Fight Club 2" and coloring book debut "Bait: Off-Color Stories for You to Color."

He'll appear at Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd., 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 1, on his book tour.

Souza here

A reminder: Pete Souza, the official White House photographer during the Barack Obama presidency, pays another visit to Portland, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, at Revolution Hall, 1300 S.E. Stark St. He'll show photos and talk about his book, "Obama: An Intimate Portrait." For more:

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