Notable Portland: 4/13–4/19

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Thursday 4/13: Paige McKenzie will be at Voodoo Doughnut Too for a book signing of her new work, The Sacrifice of Sunshine Girl, and interaction with fellow doughnut lovers. Voodoo Doughnut Too, 5 p.m., free.

Jason R. Richter launches his latest book, L.I.F.E. in the 23rd Century, with a party. Entry includes an autographed book and a heavy acoustic set by local doom band Menin. Half the proceeds go to Planned Parenthood and the event is sponsored by Dystopia Vodka. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 7 p.m., $20.

Kelly Garrett hosts a launch party for his latest book, The Last to Die. Lucky Lab, 7 p.m., free.

The Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic hosts its April edition, featuring April Bullard and Ian Caton and hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Partington of Printed Matter Vancouver. Angst Gallery, 7 p.m., free.

Join author Kim Dinan as she reads from and discusses her book, The Yellow Envelope. Broadway Books, 7 p.m., free.

David Samuel Levinson reads from his new book, Tell Me How This Ends Well. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

Julie Bunton reads from her electric debut novel, Marlena, and is joined in conversation by Amanda Bullock, director of public programs at Literary Arts. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Friday 4/14: The Latte Da Coffeehouse and Wine Bar host their monthly writer’s open mic night. This month’s themes are Utopia and Dystopia. Poetry and short stories may be read. Latte Da Coffeehouse and Wine Bar, 5:30 p.m., free.

Join Apocalips in welcoming Devi Gonzales for an evening of community building through poetry. The Rusty Nail Student Co Op, 5:30 p.m., free.

Portland State University’s Creative Writing Program present a reading by faculty members John Beer and Gabe Uzra. PSU, 6:30 p.m., free.

Writers Chelsea Werner-Jatzke, Robert Lashley, Rebecca Schiff, Dena Rash Guzman, James Gapinski, and Kate Garklavs read from their latest works for this Adventure in Literary Reading event. Likewise, 7 p.m., free.

Join Sidony O’Neal and Manuel Arturo Abreu for a presentation of sound, poetry, and ritual in conjunction with their collaborative writing project, Windows. After the performances, Abreu will DJ as people drink and mingle. Yale Union, 7 p.m., free.

Elizabeth Kostova reads from her new novel, The Shadow Land. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center along with The Asian American Literary Review and Kundiman present the 2017 edition of Literaoke, the best kind of mashup of Asian American lit and karaoke, and booze, featuring Floyd Cheung, Betsy Huang, Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay, Augusto Espiritu, Jane Wong, Adriel Luis, Mimi Khúc, Neelanjana Banerjee, Andrew Leong, Emily H., and Stacey Tran. Kell’s Irish Restaurant & Pub, 9 p.m., free.

Saturday 4/15: Be inspired by mythic poet Niema Lightseed she offers most of her emergent medicinal poetry book, with live music by Kristin Brown and Ryan Powell of One Root. Sun Gate, 7:30 p.m., $10–$20.

Sunday 4/16: Workers World Party PDX hosts a reading and breakout discussion group in honor of Rosa Luxemburg’s work, The Mass Strike. In Other Words, 5 p.m., free.

Monday 4/17: John Mark Comer reads from his new book, God Has a Name. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Tuesday 4/18: What better way to celebrate National Poetry Month and Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month than to join a writing workshop taught by acclaimed Portland slam poet Alex Dang? There will also be a performance and open mic. The Rusty Nail Student Co Op, Workshop starts at 5:30 p.m., Open mic and performance by Alex Dang starts at 7 p.m., free.

Susan DeFreitas reads from her debut novel, Hot Season. Annie Bloom’s Books, 7 p.m., free.

Spend National Poetry Month writing a letter to long-time political prisoners and those in custody. Bring snacks and stamps and share an intentional space to write, discuss, and think. 4019 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 7 p.m., free.

Join Lidia Yuknavitch for reading and signing of her new novel, The Book of Joan. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Wednesday 4/19: The Society Hotel welcomes you to their monthly open mic. Music, poetry, songs, beats, and vibes are invited. The Society Hotel, 6 p.m., free.

The Unchaste Readers Series presents Multi Generational Voices of Black Women, featuring Jordan Dinnwiddie, Margaret Jacobsen, Jewels, Aisha Edwards, Shayla Lawson, and Rashida Shani Young. Literary Arts, 7 p.m., free.

Jeff Guinn delivers his comprehensive, authoritative, and tragic take on Jim Jones in his latest book, The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple. 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 →