Notable Portland: 1/26–2/1


Thursday 1/26: James Galvin reads from his poetry, hosted by the Portland State University Creative Writing Department. Literary Arts, 4:30 p.m., free.

Rob Spillman, cofounding editor of Tin House, reads from his new memoir, All Tomorrow’s Parties, and is joined in conversation afterwards by Melissa Febos, author of Whip Smart and the forthcoming Abandon Me. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Hayan Charara reads from his new book Something Sinister and Samiya Bashir flashes a sneak peek from Field Theories. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

Join poets Neil Aitken, Gwendolyn Morgan, and Rosemary Lombard for the bookstore’s monthly poetry reading. Another Read Through, 7 p.m., free.

Sheila Kohler reads from her incredible memoir on her sister’s death at the hands of the man who she loved in Once We Were Sisters: A Memoir. Powell’s on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

Friday 1/27: Portland poet and writer Manuel Arturo Abreu launches their new collection, Transtrender. Yale Union, 7 p.m., free.

Author of the beloved, bestselling The End of Your Life Book Club Will Schwalbe reads from his latest book, Books for Living. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Saturday 1/28: Writers Kate Gray and Kathleen Lane share from their work for the quarterly discussion group, Strong Female Characters. Another Read Through, 7:30 p.m. free.

The Portland Zine Symposium launches its new zine with reading and performances from Anna Vo, A’misa Chiu, Alex Chiu, and Liz Yerby. Ford Food + Drink, 7 p.m., free.

Sunday 1/29: Kick off 2017 with Silent Reading Party Portland! They will have ten free copies of Evicted by Matthew Desmond for the first folks to arrive, courtesy of the Multnomah County Library. Beech St. Parlor, 3 p.m., free.

Kevin Wilson reads from his new book, Perfect Little World. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Monday 1/30: Laurie Frankel reads from her new book, This Is How It Always Is and is joined in conversation by Monica Drake, author of Clown Girl. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Tuesday 1/31: Elizabeth McKenzie reads from her original novel, The Portable Veblen. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Friday 2/1: Ayelet Waldman reads from her new book, A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made a Big Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and My Life. 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 →