Notable Portland: 2/9–2/15


Thursday 2/9: Leslie Jamison, author of The Empathy Exams and The Gin Closet, reads from her latest work for the Reed College Visiting Writers Series. Eliot Chapel, 6:30 p.m., free.

In fraught times, AK Press comes forward with a launch reading for its latest release, Against the Fascist Creep. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

Local author Gary Corbin reads from his new book, The Mountain Man’s Bride. Another Read Through, 7 p.m., free.

Dawn MacKween reads from her transcendent memoir, The Hundred-Year Walk: An Armenian Odyssey. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Friday 2/10: Paul Auster reads from his greatest and most heartbreaking novel to date, 4 3 2 1. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Saturday 2/11: The Get Nervous reading series returns with featured readings by Amanda Blitzer, Bealleka Makau, Kate Gray, Liz Asch, Devon Malone, Melissa Dodson, and Kate Aguilar. Ford Food + Drink, 7 p.m., free.

Ian Caton reads poems to launch his collection, A Crate of Records. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

Sunday 2/12: Celebrate Black History Month with Black literature at the North Portland Library. Join the community as they bring in local celebrations from their favorite works by African American writers. Renee Watson and Intisar Abioto will be sharing from their writings and other works. North Portland Library, 2 p.m., free.

Ana Consuelo Matiella reads from her woven stories in her new memoir, Las Madrinas: Life Among My Mothers. Broadway Books, 4 p.m., free.

Monday 2/13: Philosopher Carrie Jenkins pontificates on her bold new theory on the nature of romantic love in her new book, What Love Is: And What It Could Be. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Wednesday 2/15: Portland author Edward Hershey will read from his memoir, The Scorekeeper. Annie Bloom’s Books, 7 p.m., free.

Unchaste Readers Series returns with readings by Moira McAuliffe, Holly Goodman, Megan Burbank, Sophia Pfaff Shalmiyev, La Nita, Ashley Walker, Lydia Alvarez, and Shayla Lawson. Literary Arts, 7 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 →