Notable Portland: 7/16–7/22

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Thursday 7/16: Wesley Chu reads from his new book, Time Salvager. Powell’s at Cedar Hills Crossing, 7 p.m., free.

Steve Anderson reads from his new book, The Other Oregon: A Thriller. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Terry Masear reads from her account on saving hummingbirds, Fastest Things on Wings: Rescuing Hummingbirds in Hollywood. Powell’s on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

The Tin House Workshop invites Manuel Gonzales, Amy Gerstler, and Jenny Offill for their summer readings. Reed College Amphitheater, 8 p.m., free.

Friday 7/17: The Tin House Workshop invites Karen Russell, Natalie Diaz, and Jim Shepard for their summer readings. Reed College Amphitheater, 8 p.m., free.

Saturday 7/18: Drawing on his experiences growing up in the border town of Rio Grande City, Texas, author and artist Xavier Garza also writes about his passion for lucha libre. He will share stories and talk about his books Lucha Libre: The Man in the Silver Mask and Maximilian and the Mystery of the Guardian Angel. Two real life luchadores will give a demonstration to visitors. North Portland Library, 11 a.m., free.

The Bear Deluxe celebrates the winners of their latest poetry contest with a reading featuring Armin Tolentino, Megan Freshley, Heidi Schulman Greenwald, Ross Robbins, Anita Sullivan, kendall core, and Marj Hogan. Glyph, 3 p.m., free.

The Tin House Workshop invites Maggie Nelson, Victor Lavelle, and Tony Hoagland for their summer readings. Reed College Amphitheater, 8 p.m., free.

Sunday 7/19: Edan Lepucki reads from her her debut novel, California. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Monday 7/20: Two Oregon writers share a reading and bring Northwest literature to Portland. Matt Love reads from his book of creative nonfiction, A Nice Piece of Astoria. Tim Sproul reads from his third book of poems, Newported, a Poetic Field Guide to the Pacific Ocean. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Tuesday 7/21: Unchaste Readers invites Sossity Chiricuzio, Mariah Talicuran, Clementine von Radics, Asha Doré, Michelle Gonzales, Anna Doogan, and Vanessa Veselka for this month’s reading. American Legion, 7 p.m., free.

Salon Skid Row presents a Sex Workers Showcase with Julia L., Jaime Dunkle, and Steven Lopez. The Corner Bar, 7 p.m., free.

In her new Lakota mystery, The Handless Maiden, about a murder on the Pine Ridge Reservation, Dorothy Black Crow draws on her own experiences as the wife of a Lakota leader as well as an outsider in the Native American community. She will be joined by poet (and mayor of Fossil, OR) Jack Lorts for Milepost 5’s Visiting Artists Series. Milepost 5, 7 p.m., free.

Sonya Lea reads from her memoir, Wonder Who You Are. She is joined in conversation by Christopher Ryan, co-author of Sex at Dawn. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Wednesday 7/22: Robert Brockway reads from his urban fantasy, The Unnoticeables. 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 →