Notable Portland: 11/24–11/30



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. Broadway Books, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., free.

Sunday 11/27: À reading is turning 3 and throwing a party! Enjoy a reading featuring Anna Vo and Anis Mojgani, along with a Dimsummer Book Club pop-up shop premiering Lost Nixon, a photo book by Robert Duncan Gray. Valentines, 5 p.m., free.

Monday 11/28:  Matt Hern reads from his book What a City is For: Remaking the Politics of Displacement, in which he investigates gentrification in the 21st Century. Hern will joined in conversation by Lisa Bates, Portland State University Associate Professor of Urban Studies and Planning and John Washington, Vice-Chair of the North/Northeast Business Association. Powells City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Tuesday 11/29: David France reads from his riveting story of the grassroots movement of activists during the AIDS epidemic, How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Wednesday 11/30:  Environmental historian Lauret Savoy traces her mixed ancestry ad shares the experience of displacement in her new book, Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape. 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, on Facebook, and on Twitter. More from this author →