Notable Portland: 11/9–11/15


Thursday 11/9: Historian and organizer Mark Bray presents, Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook, in conversation with Shane Burley, author of Fascism Today: What It Is and How to End It. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Friday 11/10: Tin House hosts a special book sale at their offices, allowing readers to pick out discounted back issues and anthologies. Tin House, 12–5 p.m., free.

Kickoff your weekend of Wordstock with the annual Portland Lit Crawl. Featuring dozens of venues, authors, and stories! Various locations, 6–9 p.m., free.

Our Words Are a Bridge: An Evening with The Rumpus, Future Tense Books, and Forest Avenue Press! Readers include Dena Rash Guzman, Olivia Olivia, Gloria Harrison, Morgan Parker, Danzy Senna, and Ellen Urbani, with emcee Tabitha Blankenbiller. The Cleaners at Ace Hotel, 7 p.m., free.

When you’re done with Lit Crawl, hit up the official Tin House Awkward After Party to celebrate a night of readings and literature. Gallery 135, 9 p.m., free.

Saturday 11/11: Attend Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival, and enjoy on-stage author interviews, discussions with over 100 writers, pop-up readings, a book fair and exhibition, writing workshops, and more. Portland Art Museum, 9 a.m.–6 p.m., $15 in advance/$18 at the door/free entry to all attendees 17 or under with a valid high school ID.

The Rumpus Pop-up: Kaveh Akbar, Melissa Febos, and Sarah Manguso read poetry and prose next to works of art. Portland Art Museum, 3 p.m., free.

Don’t miss our Editor-in-Chief Marisa Siegel in conversation with Kaveh Akbar, Melissa Febos, and Megan Stielstra for “Questions, Interrogations, and Confessions: Making Life into Art.” 5:15 p.m., Brunish Theatre, free with Wordstock admission.

Sunday 11/12: Portland writer Chuck Palahniuk hosts a book signing for Legacy: An Off-Color Novella for You to Color. Please note: this event is a book signing only. A purchase of Legacy is required to join the signing line. Powell’s City of Books, 12 p.m., free.

Joe Hagan reads from Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine. Hagan will be joined in conversation by Peter Ames Carlin, author of Homeward Bound and Bruce. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Monday 11/13: Claire McMillan reads from her new novel, The Necklace. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

Wednesday 11/15: The Unchaste Readers Series returns to Literary Arts for its monthly reading. Literary Arts, 7 p.m., free.

Local writers Alex Behr, Gigi Little, and Brad Rosen read from their latest works. Broadway Books, 7 p.m., free.

The Loggernaut Reading Series presents Mean: A Reading, featuring Omar El Akkad, Dana Levin, and Nancy Slavin. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.


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Notable Portland logo art by Olivia Olivia.

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 →