Notable Portland: 3/30–4/5


Thursday 3/30: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Paul Watson reads from his new book, Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Poet Christopher Merrill reads from his memoir, Self-Portrait with Dogwood. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

Friday 3/31: Come celebrate the release of Sweeping Exits’ The Projectionist, a graphic novel by Oliver Muchmore. The Waypost, 8 p.m., $2–$5 suggested donation.

Saturday 4/1: Come say goodbye to Portland’s beloved locally owned bookshop, Reading Frenzy! As owner—now Commissioner—Chloe Eudaly—moves on to saving our housing, the store is liquidating and selling piles of awesome books. Reading Frenzy, all day Saturday and Sunday, free.

Join The Timberline Review for their latest issue contributor reading, featuring Devon Balwit, Richard Porus, Barbara Freeman, Evan Morgan Williams, Lois Rosen, and Samuel Snoek-Brown. Wine and appetizers will be served! Another Read Through, 1:30 p.m., free.

Sunday 4/2: Award-winning theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss reads from his new landmark and unprecedented work of scientific history, The Greatest Story Ever Told—So Far: Why Are We Here? Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Monday 4/3: Oregon author Beckie Elgin reads from her book, Journey: The Amazing Story of OR-7, the Oregon Wolf that Made History. Annie Bloom’s Books, 7 p.m., free.

Augusten Burroughs reads from his memoir, Lust & Wonder. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m.

Grief Rites, a monthly storytelling showcase about grief, loss, and love, returns to Post 134. Post 134, 7 p.m., free.

Renee Macalino Rutledge reads from her debut novel, The Hour of Daydreams. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

Tuesday 4/4: Join community members for Portland Prisoner Letter Writing Night. Guests are welcomes to write to long-time political prisoners in the company of others. 4019 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 7 p.m – 9 p.m., free.

Hannah Tinti reads from her new novel, The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley, and is joined in conversation by Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia!. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Wednesday 4/5: Contributors from MUTHA Magazine join Plonk to tell stories of keeping it real with kids. Readers will include Madison Young, Anna Doogan, Ramiza Koya, and Frances Badalamenti, all MC’d by Alex Behr. Corkscrew Wine Bar, 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 →