Notable Portland: 6/15–6/21

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Thursday 6/15: Kick off Pride month with a queer poetry takeover! This open mic generally happens on the third Thursday of every month. Devil’s Den, 6:30 p.m., free.

Geraldine DeRuiter reads from her new memoir, All Over the Place: Adventures in Travel, True Love, and Petty Theft. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

Kelly Williams Brown reads from her new book, Gracious: A Practical Primer on Charm, Tact, and Unsinkable Strength. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Friday 6/16: The Cascade Booksellers Association hosts its annual Rose City Book & Paper Fair Friday and Saturday. With over fifty independent dealers, you’ll be able to find used and rare books, prints, and ephemera you won’t find anywhere else. DoubleTree Hotel Portland, 2–8 p.m., $3 admission good for both days, proceeds go to Oregon literacy charities SMART and the Children’s Book Bank.

Join Future Tense Books as they present the Summer Park Reading Series. This reading with feature Genevieve Hudson, Mark Leidner, Chelsea Bieker, and Kate Jayroe. Colonel Summers Park, 7 p.m., free.

Saturday 6/17: Don’t miss Day 2 of the Rose City Book & Paper Fair Festival! DoubleTree Hotel Portland, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., $3 admission good for both days, gods to Oregon literacy charities SMART and the Children’s Book Bank.

Laurie R. King reads from her new novel, Lockdown. Powell’s City of Books, 2 p.m., free.

The C3 Initiative and the Nat Turner Project host a Juneteenth BBQ reading and art celebration, featuring music by Zed Jenzo and Ados 33, poetry by Olivia Olivia, and face-painting by Jamaaliz Jamjam Roberts. The event will also feature art by Jaleesa Johnston and Sharyll Burroughs. C3:Initiative, 4 p.m., free.

Portland’s original 100% queer-run LGBTQ storytelling returns for Portland Pride with stories by Cicely Rogers, Nick Sahoyah, Colin Ashante, Brooke Shelley, Crishawn West, Carlos the Rollerblader, and more. Mississippi Studios, 6 p.m., $13 advance, $15 door.

Sunday 6/18: Senator Al Franken speaks on his latest book, Giant of the Senate, and is joined in conversation by Dave Miller, host of OPB’s Think Out Loud. Newmark Theater, 5 p.m., $38. All tickets include a copy of Franken’s new book.

Hit up The Dude’s Poet Society, a weekly spoken word open mic. This week’s feature artist will be Jenny Forrester. Abide! The Big Legrowlski, 7 p.m., free.

Monday 6/19: Naomi Klein reads from her latest book, No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trumps Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need, and is joined by Jo Ann Hardesty, former Oregon state representative and current president of the Portland Chapter of the NAACP. Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 7 p.m., free.

Jacqueline Keeler reads from the anthology she helped edit, Edge of the Morning: Native Voices Speak for the Bears Ears. Annie Bloom’s Books, 7 p.m., free.

Finn Murphy reads from his new memoir, The Long Haul: A Trucker’s Tales of Life on the Road and is joined in conversation by Megan Labrise, feature writer and columnist at Kirkus Reviews. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Andrew Evans reads from his memoir on faith and queerness, The Black Penguin. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

Tuesday 6/20: Jewish Voices for Peace hosts a live reading with Mya Guarnieri Jaradat of her new book, The Unchosen: The Lives of Israel’s New Others. Taborspace, 7 p.m., free but donations welcome.

Author and naturalist Lyanda Lynn Haupt reads from her newest book, Mozart’s Starling. Broadway Books, 7 p.m., free.

Joseph Kanon, author of Leaving Berlin, reads from his new novel, Defectors. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Wednesday 6/21: Caleb Drost hosts a weekly open mic for everything from poets to storytellers to musicians. All creative performances are welcome. The Society Hotel, 6 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 →