Notable Portland: 5/11–5/17

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Thursday 5/11: The Writers in the Schools program at Grant High School hosts a student reading to share their semester of work. Broadway Books, 7 p.m., free.

Jeff VanderMeer, author of Southern Reach Trilogy, reads from his new book, Borne, a story about two humans and two creatures. VanderMeer will be joined in conversation by Lidia Yuknavitch, author of The Book of Joan. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Donia Bijan reads from debut novel set against the backdrop of Iran’s rich, turbulent history, The Last Days of Café Leila. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

Friday 5/12: Queens of the Night hosts a special reading focusing on the work of Zora Neale Hurston. Hurston’s work will be read by Anna Doogan, Mary Rechner, and Patricia Romero. Admission to the museum is $5 after 5 p.m. on Fridays but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Portland Art Museum, 6:30 p.m., $5.

Lili St. Anne performs alongside poets T.S. Leonard and Matthew Daniel. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

Dani Shapiro read from her loving memoir on marriage and time, Hourglass. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday 5/13: Join Ooligan Press as they celebrate the release of local author Brian K. Friesen’s debut novel, At the Waterline. The Buffalo Gap Saloon & Eatery, 6 p.m., free.

Join the Portland Bi Brigade for another talent explosion at their second Open Mic Night. Poetry. Music, stand up, and more are welcome. Crush Bar, 7 p.m., free.

Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! reads from her new book, Democracy Now!: Twenty Years Covering the Movements Changing America. Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 5 p.m., free.

Sunday 5/14: Cory Doctorow reads from his new book, Walkaway, and is joined in conversation by Andy Baio, XOXO Festival co-founder and author of the Wasxy.org blog. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Monday 5/15: David Callahan reads from his new book, The Givers: Wealth, Power, and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

Peter Rock reads from his new book, Spells: A Novel Within Photographs. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Tuesday 5/16: Debut novelist Keith Rosson reads from his new book, The Mercy of the Tide. Broadway Books, 7 p.m., free.

Nailed Magazine presents Robert Lashley, Anna Doogan, Grace Forrester, Jenna Marie Fletcher, and Emmett Wheatfall for the night’s topic: Listening to Black Voices. Old Gilbert Road Tavern, 7 p.m., free, 21+ only.

Music critic Ryan White reads from his new book, Jimmy Buffet: A Good Life All the Way. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Wednesday 5/17: Join Planned Parenthood for a fundraiser breakfast with Jamaican writer, political activist, and spoken-word poet Staceyann Chin. Sentinel, 7:30 a.m., $125 general, $250 VIP admission.

Michael Ruhlman reads from his James Beard Award-winner, Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

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