Notable Portland: 6/4–6/10


Thursday 6/4: Nate Orton reads from his self-published collection of chronicles of Portland life, My Day: The First Ten Years. He is joined by friends and frequent collaborators Chris Ashby and James Yeary. Glyph, 5 p.m., free.

Ed Luce reads from his debut graphic novel Wuvable Oaf, which has been described as a gayer, hairier, illustrated interpretation of Sex and the City. Floating World Comics, 6 p.m., free.

Edith Mirante reads and shares images from her new book, The Wind in the Bamboo. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

Amy Butcher reads from her new memoir, Visiting Hours: A Memoir of Friendship and Murder. Powell’s on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

Friday 6/5: James Anderson reads from his latest book, The Never-Open Desert Diner. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Saturday 6/6: Virgie Tovar leads a three-hour memoir writing workshop that focuses on the body, Scars & Stretch Marks. Literary Arts, 12 p.m., $75.

One Flaming Arrow, an intertribal art, music, and film festival, hosts an all-indigenous reading, Brave Women Run in My Family, featuring Melanie Fey, Amanda Ranth, and Miranda Crystal. Surplus Space, 2 p.m., sliding scale donation.

The In Translation reading series welcomes translators and poets Julia Clare Tillinghast and Maged Zaher for this month’s reading. Mother Foucault’s, 7 p.m., free.

The Brody Poetry Improv Series presents Free Verse, a night of original works by local poets John Beer, Jay Nebel, A.M. O’Malley, and Rachel Springer, accompanied with inspired improvisations by the Brody Ensemble. Brody Theater, 7:30 p.m., $9 for students and seniors, $12 general admission.

Sunday 6/7: Albert Goldbarth reads from his latest poetry collection, Selfish. Powell’s City of Books, 4 p.m., free.

Jon Fine reads from his memoir, Your Band Sucks. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Monday 6/8: Charles Dubow reads from his new book, Girl in the Moonlight. Powell’s on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

Journalist and lifelong Sherlock fan Zach Dundas reads from his new book on the long-lasting Holmes fandom, The Great Detective. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Tuesday 6/9: Examining the Japanese-American experience from two wildly different perspectives, poet Brian Komei Dempster and author Janice P. Nimura will share from their new books. Dempster’s debut poetry collection Topaz follows a Japanese-American family that is split up among separate internment camps during WWII. Nimura tells the true account of five Japanese girls, all daughters of samurai, who were sent to San Francisco in the 1870s to learn American customs in Daughters of the Samurai: A Journey from East to West and Back. Literary Arts, 7 p.m., free.

Salon Skid Row presents Matthew Lane Brouwer, Mark Russell, and Hobie Anthony for this week’s reading. The Corner Bar, 7:30 p.m., free.

A unique combination of memoir, history, and travelogue, A Passion for Paris is David Downie’s irreverent quest to uncover why Paris is the world’s most romantic city—and has been for over 150 years. His reading will be followed by a Q&A and book signing. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Slant Queer Live Storytelling celebrates pride by welcoming local writers and storytellers on the theme “Hot Dish.” Stories by Laura Whitley, Sister Britt, Adam Arnold, Gisella Contreras, Luc Smith, Renee Honn, and Eddie Moreno. Mississippi Studios, 8 p.m. $11 presale, $14 door.

Wednesday 6/10: National Book Award finalist Paulo Bacigalupi reads from his near-future thriller, The Water Knife. Powell’s at Cedar Hills Crossing, 7 p.m., free.

Chris Hedges reads from his study on revolution and social change, Wages of Rebellion. 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, on Facebook, and on Twitter. More from this author →