Notable Portland: 6/8–6/14

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Thursday 6/8: Tracy J. Prince and her researcher Zadie Schaffer give a presentation based on Prince’s new book, Notable Women of Portland. Broadway Books, 7 p.m., free.

Join Portland Community College Cascade’s literary journal, Pointed Circle, in celebrating the launch of their latest issue, featuring readings from editors and contributors. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 7:30 p.m., free.

Katherine Heiny reads from her new novel, Standard Deviation. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

Friday 6/9: The Switch Reading Series hosts Davy Knittle from Philadelphia, along with Portland’s own Hajara Quinn and James Yeary. Ford Food + Drink, 7 p.m., free.

Lisa Ko reads from her new novel, The Leavers, and is joined in conversation by Megan Labrise, feature writer and columnist at Kirkus Reviews. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Saturday 6/10: Kelly Sue DeConnick reads from her new volume of Bitch Planet and is joined in conversation by Lidia Yuknavitch and Chelsea Cain. Powell’s City of Books, 2 p.m., free.

Sunday 6/11: Fredrik Backman reads from his new book, Beartown, and is joined in conversation by Emily Chenoweth, author of Hello Goodbye. Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 4 p.m., free.

Monday 6/12: Steven Rowley reads from his latest book, Lily and the Octopus. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

Tuesday 6/13: Join Portland Story Theater as Grammy-nominated local recording artist Julianne R. Johnson moderates “We Can Listen: Immigrant and Refugee Stories.” The evening will feature immigrant and refugee stories developed with the theater. The Old Church Concert Hall, 7 p.m., free.

Jenny Forrester reads from her debut memoir, Narrow River, Wide Sky. Broadway Books, 7 p.m., free.

Wednesday 6/14: James McGrath Morris reads from his latest book, The Ambulance Drivers: Hemingway, Dos Passos, and a Friendship Made and Lost in War. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

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Olivia Olivia comes from the same place all sad things come from—the sea. Her writing has appeared in Salon, The Rumpus, The Establishment, Ex-Berliner, and the Portland Mercury, among other places. Her speculative memoir set in the afterlife, No One Remembered Your Name But I Wrote It Down, is available through Impossible Wings Press. Prepare yourselves. You can follow her work at oliviawrites.com, on Facebook, and on Twitter. More from this author →