Notable Portland: 5/25–5/31


Thursday 5/25: Claire Dederer reads from her latest memoir, Love and Trouble: A Midlife Reckoning. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Walt Gragg reads from his new book, The Red Line. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

Friday 5/26: Alan Felsenthal celebrates the launch of his new book, Lowly, and is joined by poets Jamie Mortara and John Nikerasz. Ally’s House, 7:30 p.m., free but donations accepted to go to the Sylvia Rivera Law Project.

Celebrate the release of the third issue of 1001 with readings by Kate Jayroe, Ryan Mills, Grant Miller, Kevin Sampsell, Robert Torres, Jessica Yen, and Liz Yerby. Independent Publishing Resource Center, 7:30 p.m., free.

J. Robert Lennon reads from his new novel, Broken River, and is joined in conversation by Ed Skoog. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Saturday 5/27: Pulitzer Prize winner Chris Hedges and Portland-based award-winning cartoonist and journalist Joe Sacco star together in a benefit for KBOO Radio, Stop Fascism. Aladdin Theater, 2 p.m., $20.

Tender Table, women of color talking about food, presents local writers Anna Vo, Stephanie Adams-Santos, and Zeloszelos Marchandt. Yale Union, 3 p.m., $5–$10 sliding scale to support artists (no one turned away for lack of funds).

Slamlandia celebrates its one-year anniversary with a backyard poetry show with featured poets and an open mic. 68 NE Thompson, 6 p.m., $1–$5.

Join local writers for a literary happy hour to celebrate the new Writers on Writers anthology. Readers will include Craig Epplin, Sarah Koenig, Dan Raphael, and Ed Skoog. Another Read Through, 6 p.m., free.

Bring in any book with a book jacket description and the Brody Theater team will spin their own version of the story—a complete improvised “novel” in each unique show. Brody Theater, 7:30 p.m., $12 general/$9 students and seniors.

Tuesday 5/30: Portland author Omar El Akkad reads from his post-apocalyptic debut novel American War. Broadway Books, 7 p.m., free.

Wednesday 5/31: Robin Cody and Brian Friesen read from Ricochet River and At the Waterline. Broadway Books, 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 →