Notable Portland 4/6–4/12


Thursday 4/6: The Writers in and as Art panel, presented by the BFA in Writing program at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, will feature a panel of curators, publishers, artists, and poets talking about the many ways writing functions in art practices. The panel will feature Tim Johnson, Caitlyn Murray, McIntyre Parker, Stephanie Snyder, and Hope Svenson. PNCA, 12:30 p.m., free.

Join Slamlandia for their April Poetry Open Mic and Slam. Fitz Fitzpatrick will be the spotlight poet, in from Spokane. Hotlips Pizza Hawthorne, 6 p.m., $1 suggested donation.

Delphine Bedient and A.M. O’Malley read together for a night of local literature. Daedalus Books, 7 p.m., free.

Friday 4/7: Celebrate the 25th anniversary of Robin Cody’s classic YA novel, Ricochet River. Ooligan Press is launching a new edition of the book with food, drinks, giveaways, and more surprises with a high school reunion theme. Ford Food + Drink, 7 p.m., free.

Omar El Akkad reads from his new book, American War: A Novel. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Saturday 4/8: Get Nervous is a reading and performance series for folks with neuroses, anxiety, depression, and more. This month’s readers including Tim Day, Ali Shaw, Mindy Nettifee, Josh Lubin, Tanya Dickinson, Jordy Byrd, and Stephanie Patricio. Ford Food + Drink, 7 p.m., free.

Sunday 4/9: Celebrated author of Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk, will host an in-store book signing. Memento PDX, 10 a.m., free.

Kelly Williams Brown, bestselling author of Adulting, reads from her new book, Gracious, a charming, funny guide to modern civility. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Monday 4/10: Siel Ju reads from her debut novel-in-stories, Cake Time, and is joined in conversation by Kevin Sampsell, publisher of Future Tense Books. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

Tuesday 4/11: Head over to April Full Moon: A Night of Poetry and Resilient Connections. This queer immigrant and refugee poetry night features local writers like Ma Poe and Olivia Olivia, and is followed by an open mic. Unite Oregon, 6:30 p.m., free.

Susan DeFreitas reads from her acclaimed debut novel, Hot Season, and is followed by a Q&A session and special giveaway. Broadway Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Hari Kunzru reads from his novel White Tears, a ghost story, murder mystery, and timely meditation on race. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Acclaimed literary icon Siddhartha Mukherjee reads for Literary Arts’ 34th season of Portland Arts & Lectures. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday 4/12: Lisa See reads from her thrilling new novel, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane. Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 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 →