Notable Portland: 9/4—9/10

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Thursday 9/4: Powell’s welcomes storyteller and writer Emily Myers to share her experimental narrative, When Ruby Was Blue, for a First Thursday reading. Powell’s City of Books, 6:30 p.m., free.

Readings by Tatiana Ryckman, Michael Heald, and Rumpus writer Kevin Sampsell, followed by live music by Ezza Rose. Valentine’s, 6:30 p.m., free.

New York City forensic pathologist Dr. Judy Melinek and her husband T.J. Mitchell read from their chronicle of death and bioterrorism, Working Stiff. Powell’s on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

Friday 9/5: Reading Frenzy hosts its 20th Anniversary celebration complete with print show by Sean Tejaratchi and a Kickstarter launch for his next project. Reading Frenzy, 6 p.m., free.

Kate Gray takes an unblinking look at bullying in her debut novel, Carry the Sky. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Saturday 9/6: Bone Tax Press celebrates Robyn Bateman’s new chapbook, Dead As, with readings by Robyn Bateman, Robert Duncan Gray, and Julia Claire Tillinghast. Glyph, 5 p.m., free.

Sam Snoek-Brown celebrates the release of his new novel Hagridden by reading alongside fellow authors Monica Drake and Mark Russell. IPRC, 7 p.m., free.

Sunday 9/7: The Verse Union Poetry Club welcomes Zachary Schomburg to share from his latest collection, The Book of Joshua for this month’s reading and discussion. Reading Frenzy, 5 p.m., free.

The Portland Poetry Slam hosts its weekly reading. Glyph, 7 p.m., free.

Rick Perlstein reads from his latest political history, The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and The Rise of Reagan. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Monday 9/8: Local author Anne Hendren reads from her latest novel, Project Runway. Another Read Through, 7 p.m., free.

Stuart Rojstaczer reads from his new novel, The Mathematician’s Shiva. Powell’s on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

John Moe reads from his collection, Dear Luke, We Need to Talk, Darth. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Literary Arts celebrates its 30th Birthday with a special evening featuring Elizabeth Gilbert, Calvin Trillin, musical guest Colin Meloy of the Decemberists, and others. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m., tickets start at $15.

Tuesday 9/9: Cathy Lamb reads from his latest novel, What I Remember Most. Powell’s at Cedar Hills Crossing, 7 p.m., free.

Bitch Magazine celebrates its fall release, the Love/Lust issue. The Waypost, 7 p.m., $4 suggested donation.

Wednesday 9/10: The Alliance Française de Portland sponsors Susan Winkler as she reads from her latest book, Portrait of a Woman in White. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.


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 →