Notable Portland: 1/18–1/24

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Thursday 1/18: Lauren-Brooke Eisen reads from her latest book, Inside Private Prisons: An American Dilemma in the Age of Mass Incarceration. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m.

Jesmyn Ward reads from her award-winning titles and gives a live lecture for the 2018 season of Portland Arts & Lectures. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m., prices vary.

Local author Jeff Stookey reads from Acquaintance, the first book in the Medicine for the Blues historical fiction series. Another Read Through, 7 p.m., free.

Wryly T. McCutchen reads from My Ugly and Other Love Snarls alongside Stephen M. Park, who reads from his latest, The Grass Is Greener. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

Saturday 1/20: The Spare Room Reading Series presents Jean Day and John Niekrasz for this month’s reading. Passages Bookshop, 7 p.m., $5 suggested donation.

Monday 1/22: Hear public scholar, organizer, and spoken word artist Walidah Imarisha connect Oregon’s past and present to the concept of a racially just future at Portland State University’s annual MLK Tribute. Smith Student Union Ballroom, 7 p.m., free but first come, first serve.

Tuesday 1/23: Rebecca D. Costa reads from her new book, On the Verge. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Wednesday 1/24: From Charles C. Mann, the bestselling, award-winning author of 1491 and 1493, comes The Wizard and the Prophet, an incisive portrait of the two little-known 20th-century scientists, Norman Borlaug and William Vogt, whose diametrically opposed views shaped our ideas about the environment, laying the groundwork for how people in the 21st century will choose to live in tomorrow’s world. 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 oliviawrites.com, on Facebook, and on Twitter. More from this author →