Notable Portland: 10/19–10/25


Thursday 10/19: Pat Thomas reads from his latest book, Did It! From Yippie to Yuppie, exploring the life and times of Jerry Rubin. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

The Comma Reading Series invites local authors Tracy Daugherty, author of The Last Love Song, and Julian Smith to read from their latest works. Broadway Books, 7 p.m., free.

Friday 10/20: Beth Macy reads from her book, Truevine: Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother’s Quest: A True Story of the Jim Crow South. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Saturday 10/21: Liars League PDX presents: Fires & Quakes. This series brings together four stories exploring the subject with performers sharing the story live. Literary Arts, 6:30 p.m., free.

Sunday 10/22: Late poet Chana Bloch’s The Moon Is Almost Full focuses frankly and tenderly on the themes of aging and death. Poets Andrea Hollander, Paulann Petersen, and Willa Schneberg join together to read selections from Bloch’s The Moon Is Almost Full. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 4 p.m., free.

Eisner Award-winning cartoonist and author Shannon Wheeler reads from her latest book, Sh*t My President Says: The Illustrated Tweets of Donald J. Trump. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Monday 10/23: Blaire Briody reads from her new book, The New Wild West: Black Gold, Fracking, and Life in a North Dakota Boomtown. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Tuesday 10/24: The Multnomah County Library and Eraserhead Press join forces to present a subversive, weird, and grotesque reading just in time for Halloween. Featured writers will include Jeremy Robert Johnson, Cameron Pierce, Tiffany Scandal, Jeff Burk, Kevin L. Donihe, Kirsten Alene, and Danger Slater. Central Library, 6 p.m., free.

Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis—creators of The Wildwood Chronicles—read from their new book, The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid. Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 7 p.m., free.

Lidia Yuknavitch reads alongside writers Sean Davis, Melanie Alldritt, Jordan Foster, and Domi J. Shoemaker for the launch of the new anthology, The Misfit’s Manifesto. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Wednesday 10/25: Love Her Wild is a collection of new and beloved poems from Atticus, a young elusive writer who has caught the attend of thousands of social media followers. Atticus reveals himself and his work to the public reading from his latest book. Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 7 p.m., free.

Local poets David Biespiel and Wendy Willis read from their latest works. 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 →