Notable Portland: 11/30–12/6


Thursday 11/30: Another Read Through hosts its monthly poetry reading, this time featuring Judith Arcana, Devon Balwit, and Matthew Minicucci—all with new publications out in recent months. Another Read Through, 7 p.m., free.

Paul Madonna reads from, his new novel, Close Enough for the Angels. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Elise Hooper reads from her debut novel, The Other Alcott, and is joined in conversation by Zach Dundas, author of The Great Detective. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

Friday 12/1: Author Ho Lin reads in Portland all the way from San Francisco, showcasing his latest collection, China Girl: And Other Stories. Another Read Through, 7 p.m., free.

Georgetown law professor Peter Edelman reads from his new book, Not a Crime to Be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Saturday 12/2: The Grinch himself will show up and read from the infamous Dr. Seuss tale for children young and old. Powell’s City of Books, 11 a.m., free.

The Switch Reading invites Mary Cisper from New Mexico, Cedar Sigo from San Francisco, and Portland’s own Sara Sutter. IPRC, 7 p.m., $5 suggested donation.

Sunday 12/3: Join the Oregon Historical Society for their 50th annual celebration of Oregon’s literary talents at their holiday book sale and signing. Chat with over 80 authors and make a dent in your holiday shopping by picking up the perfect personalized gift. Enjoy holiday treats, listen to seasonal tunes by local performers, and get into the spirit of the season. Oregon Historical Society, 12 to 4 p.m., free.

It’s that time of year again—join Another Read Through for their annual Holiday Litera-Cheer with a bevy of local authors: AJ Beauregard, Leigh Goodison, Anne Hendren, Rita Traut Kabeto, Signe Kopps, Marilyn Owen, and Catherine McDonald. Another Read Through, 1:30 p.m., free.

Victoria Sweet reads from her research and stories she has heard along the way in Slow Medicine: The Way to Healing. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Monday 12/4: The Free Range Poetry reading series presents Linda Ferguson, Carolyn Martin, and Claudia F. Savage for their latest show. An open mic will precede the featured poets. Northwest Library, 6 p.m., free.

Grief Rites Reading Series returns with more stories about grief, loss, and love. Post 134, 7 p.m., free.

Prize-winning historian Alfred W. McCoy explores America as an imperialist threat and reads from In the Shadows of the American Century: The Rise and Decline of US Global Power. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

Gary Rogowski reads from Handmade: Creative Focus in the Age of Distraction. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Tuesday 12/5: Barry Gifford reads from his collection of linked stories, The Cuban Club, and is joined in conversation by Willy Vlautin, author of The Free. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Wednesday 12/6: Barry Gifford reads again from The Cuban Club and answers questions. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

The Plonk Reading Series presents VoiceCatcher magazine’s Fall 2017 issue launch, featuring readings by Rachel Barton, Marie Biondolillo, Ann Farley, Suzanne Ganoux, Carolyn Martin, and Joanna Lynn Ponce. Corkscrew Wine Bar, 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 →