Notable Portland

Notable Portland: 4/20–4/26

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Thursday 4/20: One of Portland’s most beloved writing groups, The Guttery, reads together for the public. Another Read Through, 7 p.m., free.

The Comma Reading Series presents authors Melissa Madenski and Christine Colasurdo to read from their latest works. Broadway Books, 7 p.m., free.

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Notable Portland: 4/13–4/19

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Thursday 4/13: Paige McKenzie will be at Voodoo Doughnut Too for a book signing of her new work, The Sacrifice of Sunshine Girl, and interaction with fellow doughnut lovers. Voodoo Doughnut Too, 5 p.m., free.

Jason R. Richter launches his latest book, L.I.F.E.

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Notable Portland 4/6–4/12

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Thursday 4/6: The Writers in and as Art panel, presented by the BFA in Writing program at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, will feature a panel of curators, publishers, artists, and poets talking about the many ways writing functions in art practices.

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Notable Portland: 3/30–4/5

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Thursday 3/30: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Paul Watson reads from his new book, Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Poet Christopher Merrill reads from his memoir, Self-Portrait with Dogwood.

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Notable Portland: 3/16–3/22

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Thursday 3/16: Looking to discuss fascinating articles you’ve reading in a magazine or online site? Join Portland’s new Article’s Club—like a book club but with articles found in places like Vogue or the Atlantic. The Perlene, 6:30 p.m., free.

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Notable Portland: 3/9–3/15

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Thursday 3/9: Portland State University’s Chicano/Latino Studies Department hosts Frida-Fest in celebration of Frida Kahlo. Activities will including showing a documentary on Frida’s life, a poetry slam open mic, a photo booth, and fun political postcards. Casa Latina Student Center, 4 p.m., free.

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Notable Portland: 3/2–3/8

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Thursday 3/2: Join Alex Chiu, Sophie Franz, Josh Simmons, Lark Pien, Jacon Sturgill, Erin Nations, and others for the launch of the seventh issue of Vision Quest, Portland’s free comic newspaper. Floating World Comics, 6 p.m., free.

Robin Coste Lewis reads from her latest book, Voyage of the Sable Venus.

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Notable Portland: 2/23–3/1

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Thursday 2/23: Celebrate the launch of Mercy Strongheart’s debut novel, A Boy Named Trout, with a live reading complete with snacks and beverages. 20% of book sales will go to the p:ear gallery. p:ear, 6:30 p.m., free.

Enjoy a free writing sampler on women writing for (a) change.

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Notable Portland: 2/9–2/15

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Thursday 2/9: Leslie Jamison, author of The Empathy Exams and The Gin Closet, reads from her latest work for the Reed College Visiting Writers Series. Eliot Chapel, 6:30 p.m., free.

In fraught times, AK Press comes forward with a launch reading for its latest release, Against the Fascist Creep.

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Notable Portland: 2/2–2/8

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Thursday 2/2: Reed College Professor and PDX Jazz Board Member Pancho Savery will host a reading and lecture on the music that shines through the eras, “The Political Implications of James Baldwin’s ‘Sonny’s Blues.’” Literary Arts, 7 p.m., free.

Local author Deni Starr reads from her new book, Below the Belt.

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Notable Portland: 1/26–2/1

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Thursday 1/26: James Galvin reads from his poetry, hosted by the Portland State University Creative Writing Department. Literary Arts, 4:30 p.m., free.

Rob Spillman, cofounding editor of Tin House, reads from his new memoir, All Tomorrow’s Parties, and is joined in conversation afterwards by Melissa Febos, author of Whip Smart and the forthcoming Abandon Me.

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Notable Portland: 1/19–1/25

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Thursday 1/19: Celebrate at the press party for the January edition of PQ Monthly. Scandals, 5 p.m., free.

Experience the long-awaited showdown between Portland’s two most active slam-poetry scenes: Slamlandia vs. Portland Poetry Slam! Hosted by Robyn Bateman, this face-off will feature Nikki Burian, Kojo, Jill Greenseth, and Clementine Von Radics representing the Portland Poetry Slam and Jane Belinda, Jamie Mortara, Josselyn Haldeman, and TK Layman representing Slamlandia.

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Notable Portland: 1/12–1/18

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Friday 1/13: Franz Nicolay reads from his anarcho-leftist memoir debut, The Humorless Ladies of Border Control and is joined afterwards in conversation by Cari Luna, author of The Revolution of Every Day. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

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Notable Portland: 1/5–1/11

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Thursday 1/5: The Slamlandia Open Mic and Slam returns for 2017 with a special reading from Kay Kassirer. Hot Lips Pizza Hawthorne, 6 p.m., $1 suggested donation.

Author Diane Simmons shares from her research on a notorious bigamist who predated on women during late WWII in her book, The Courtship of Eva Eldridge.

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Notable Portland: 12/8–12/14

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Thursday 12/8: Join Susan DeFreitas for the Northwest launch of her debut novel, Hot Season. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Friday 12/9: Enjoy an evening of cross-genre entertainment by The Brody Ensemble and selected guest poets Neil Aitken, Nathan Wade Carter, and Kjirsten Severson.

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Notable Portland: 12/1–12/7

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Thursday 12/1: Senator Bernie Sanders comes to Portland to share his personal experiences from the campaign trail and read from his book, Our Revolution. Powell’s City of Books, 12 p.m., free.

Local author and Olympian Carolyn Wood reads from her memoir, Tough Girl.

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Notable Portland: 11/24–11/30

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Saturday 11/26: Celebrate Indies First Day with Cheryl Strayed, author of Torch and Wild. Other authors joining the celebration include Estela Bernal, Randy Blazak, Peter Ames Carlin, Curtis Chen, Rene Denfeld, Monica Drake, Jamie Duclos-Yourdon, Laura Foster, Casey Jarman, Karen Karbo, Joe Kurmaskie, Pamela Lindholm-Levy, Whitney Otto, Arn Strasser, Pauls Toutonghi, Suzy Vitello, Ruth Wariner, Alan Wieder, Carolyn Wood, and Lidia Yuknavitch.

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Notable Portland: 11/10–11/16

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Thursday 11/10: The Reed College Visiting Writers Series welcomes Nathaniel Mackey to read from his poetry, including his latest collection, Blue Fasa. Eliot Chapel, 6:30 p.m., free.

Enjoy a night of the bawdy, the indecent, the delightful, and the total opposite of sexy at Hussy Tales and Whore’r Stories: A Night of Live Sex Worker Storytelling.

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Notable Portland: 9/1–9/7

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Thursday 9/1: Reading Frenzy celebrates its Copper Anniversary with special literary guests, signings, snacks, specials, and other surprises. Support one local bookshop surviving twenty-two years! Reading Frenzy, 11–7 p.m., free.

Dmae Roberts reads from her book, The Letting Go Trilogies: Stories of a Mixed-Race Family.

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Notable Portland: 8/18–8/24

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Thursday 8/18: Join PQ Monthly and the National Equality Publishers Association for the August issue release party. Jupiter Hotel, 5 p.m., free.

The Neuwerk series invites Richard Braucher, Stephanie Adams-Santos, and Jamondria Harris to bring their poetry to life with live music from Raymond Anderson Jernigan, and Cotton along with live performance and dance by Claire Barrera.

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