Notable Portland: 7/27–8/2


Thursday 7/27: Join Tavern Books for a reading featuring Wrolstad Series poets Megan Levad and Elsbeth Pancrazi. Literary Arts, 7 p.m., free.

Manuel Arturo Abreu and Rob Gray read from their select works. Powell’s City of Books, 7 p.m., free.

Nathan Wade Carter celebrates the launch of his new chapbook, Roygbiv, along with fellow local poets Julia Clare Tillinghast and Jenna Marie Fletcher. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

Friday 7/28: Gobshite Quarterly releases its latest issue with Amy Temple Harper, Sean Davis, Leann Grabel, Shannon Wheeler, and more. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

Saturday 7/29: Join the 9th Annual Northwest Book Festival. Browse through thousands of books and meet local publishers, authors, and book collectors. Pioneer Courthouse Square, 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m., free.

Sunday 7/30: Abby Metzger, author of Meander Scars and Wild in the Willamette, will be giving a reading to kick off the Willamette River Festival. Cathedral Park Waterfront, 1 p.m., free.

Poets Margaret Chula and Lex Runciman read from their latest work. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 4 p.m., free.

Monday 7/31: Sit down for a cup of coffee with Dawn Reno Langley, author of the new novel, The Mourning Parade, as well as 30 other books. Grendel’s Coffee House, 2–3 p.m., free.

Deborah Kennedy reads from her debut novel, Tornado Weather. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

Contributors to Edge of Morning: Native Voices Speak for the Bears Ears, come together and read from this new anthology. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Tuesday 8/1: Andrew Sean Greer reads from his new book, Less, and is joined in conversation by poet Ed Skoog, author of Run the Red Lights. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Wednesday 8/2: Join Tim Taranto and Karen Russell reading in honor of Taranto’s latest book, Ars Botanica. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

Robert Moor reads from his new book, On Trails: An Exploration. 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, on Facebook, and on Twitter. More from this author →