Notable Portland: 8/24–8/30

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Thursday 8/24: Jarret Middleton reads from his stunning debut, Darkansas, and Lance Olsen reads from Dreamlives of Debris, a hybrid retelling of the Theseus and Minotaur myth. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Saturday 8/26: The Summer Park Reading Series hosted by Future Tense Books presents Rebecca Schiff, Sara Jaffe, Sam Axelrod, and songs by Melissa Amstutz. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs, snacks, beverages, sunscreen, and anything else your little hands can carry. Irving Park, 7 p.m., free.

Sunday 8/27: Join the weekly night of creativity with the Portland Poetry Slam. Sign up or come to hear this week’s featured poet, Samantha Peterson. Alberta Street Pub, 5 p.m., $5 suggested donation.

Monday 8/28: The Spare Room Reading Series welcomes Claudia F. Savage and Lauren Camp for this week’s performance. Passages Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

Adrian Shirk reads from her new exploration of American women, And Your Daughters Shall Prophesy: Stories from the Byways of American Women and Religion. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

Anne Helen Petersen, author of Scandals of Classic Hollywood, reads from her new book, Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Wednesday 8/30: Daniel Magariel reads from his masterful debut, One of the Boys, and is joined in conversation by Cheston Knapp, Managing Editor of Tin House. 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 →