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. Another Read Through, 7 p.m., free.

Friday 12/2: The Independent Publishing Resource Center’s 1001: A Literary Journal and Portland Review team up to throw a reading, featuring contributors Shayla Lawson, Manuel Arturo Abreu, Coleman Stevenson, Julian Smuggles, Rob Gray, Tessa Livingstone, and Michael Magnes. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon delivers a reading from his latest novel, Moonglow. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Saturday 12/3: Kyla Merwin reads from her novel, The Lost Codex of Christian Heretics. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 1 p.m., free.

Robbie Robertson of The Band greets Portland and signs copies of his new book, Testimony, where he goes behind the scenes of one of America’s favorite music groups. Powell’s at Cedar Hills, 2 p.m., free.

Celebrate the Portland book launch of The Remedy: Queer and Trans Voices on Health and Health Care. The reading will feature Zena Sharman, Amber Dawn, Cooper Lee Bombardier, Cassia Chambers-Gammill, Sailor Holladay, Sossity Chiricuzio, Alise Marie Sanchez, and Galadriel Mozee. Q Center, 6:30 p.m., free.

Monday 12/5: Award-winning novelist Randa Jarrar reads from her latest short story-collection, Him, Me, Muhammad Ali. Powell’s on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

Science writer Matt Simon reads from his new book on evolution’s most unbelievable, most ingenious solutions to the problems of everyday life, The Wasp That Brainwashed the Caterpillar. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Tuesday 12/6: Vive la Correspondence! Join fellow mail enthusiasts for letter writing, tea, and cookies the first Tuesday of each month at Mother Foucault’s. Stationery and typewriters provided. Hosted by Jennifer Jones. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 4­­–6 p.m., free.

Willy Vlautin, author of The Motel Life, reads with Patterson Hood, author of Crime Plus Music. Broadway Books, 7 p.m., free.

Wednesday 12/7: Steven Church reads from his latest book, One With the Tiger, and is joined in conversation by Justin Hocking, author of The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld. 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 oliviawrites.com, on Facebook, and on Twitter. More from this author →