Notable Portland: 10/5–10/11


Thursday 10/5: Slamlandia returns to their regular open mic night featuring Jack Siebel as this week’s spotlight poet. Hawthorne Hot Lips Pizza, 6 p.m. $1–$5 sliding scale donation suggested.

Founding editor and publisher of NOON Diane Williams reads from her latest book, Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine as part of the Reed College Visiting Writers Series. Eliot Hall Chapel, 6:30 p.m., free.

Celebrate First Thursday in the Pearl at Powell’s with a gallery show, The Bookstore, dedicated to the history of the beloved bookstore. Powell’s City of Books, 6:30 p.m., free.

Poet and artist Arn Strasser reads from his new collection, Incidental Longing. Broadway Books, 7 p.m., free.

Friday 10/6: Historian and writer Jeremi Suri reads from his latest book, The Impossible Presidency: The Rise and Fall of America’s Highest Office. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Monday 10/9: Jessica Bruder reads from her poetic research on the American worker, Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

Tuesday 10/10: The Fall issue of Windfall: A Journal of Poetry of Place launches with four contributors, Amee Broumand, Andrea Hollander, Alex Leavens, and George Venn, as well as two co-editors, Michael McDowell and Bill Siverly, reading from their latest work. Broadway Books, 7 p.m., free.

Robin Sloan, author of the acclaimed Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, returns with his latest novel, Sourdough. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Sarah Schmidt reads from her debut novel, a masterful reimagining of Lizzie Borden’s story, See What I Have Done. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Wednesday 10/11: Richard Tillinghast reads from his latest collection, Journeys into the Mind of the World: A Book of Places. Broadway Books, 7 p.m., free.

Michael Shou-Yung Shum reads from his modern retelling of the classic Pushkin fable, Queen of Spades, alongside Jaclyn Watterson, author of Ventriloquisms, her debut short story collection. Shum and Watterson will be joined in conversation by Alexis Smith, author of Glaciers. 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 →