Notable Portland: 4/5–4/11


Thursday 4/5: Josh Simmons’s launches Flayed Corpse and Other Stories, his newest collection of harrowing and genre-bending short horror stories. Floating World Comics, 6 p.m., free.

Mark Mizrahi reads from his debut novel, And Suddenly, It Explodes. Another Read Through, 6:30 p.m., free.

Ed Skoog, author of three poetry books including Mister Skylight and Rough Day, reads from his latest work. Pond House, 7 p.m., free.

Rex Sorgatz reads from his new book, The Encyclopedia of Misinformation, and is joined in conversation by Chuck Klosterman, author of But What If We’re Wrong? and Chuck Klosterman X. Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 7 p.m., free.

In partnership with Multnomah County Library and The Library Foundation, Literary Arts is proud to present a lecture by Mohsin Hamid, author of Exit West, as the culminating event of the 16th annual Everybody Reads. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m., tickets start at $15.

Michael Strelow reads from his new novel, Some Assembly Required. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

Friday 4/6: Barbara Lipska reads from her memoir, The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind: My Tale of Madness and Recovery, and is joined in conversation by her coauthor, Elaine McArdle. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

The Muslim Legal Fund of America presents spoken word poet and Syrian-American storytelling activist Amal Kassir and she performs her latest work. Masjid Bilal, 8 p.m., free.

Saturday 4/7: The Peach Blossom Poetry Series welcomes Maggie Chula, author of Daffodils in Twilight. Lan Su Chinese Garden, 3 p.m., $10.

Couch Books presents a book release for XIV Eclipses by David Abel and On My Way by Aaron Simon, also featuring a reading by Zosia Wiatr. Independent Publishing Resource Center, 7 p.m, free.

Literary scholar, nonfiction writer, and author Jill Kolongowski reads from her new essay collection, Life Lessons Harry Potter Taught Me. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

Sunday 4/8: In celebration of National Poetry Month, three poets present their new collections: Rodney Koeneke with Body and Glass, Sandra Simonds with Orlando, and Megan Levad with What Have I to Say to You. Powell’s City of Books, 2 p.m., free.

Daniel H. Pink reads from his new book, When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Monday 4/9: Poets on Broadway presents Forrest Gander, author of Core Samples from the World, and Joe Wilkins, 2017 Oregon Book Award winner and author of When We Were Birds. Newmark Theatre, 7:30 p.m., free.

Leslie Jamison reads from her blend of memoir, cultural history, literary criticism, and reportage, The Recovering: Intoxication & Its Aftermath, and is joined in conversation by Elena Passarello, author of Animals Strike Curious Poses. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Tuesday 4/10: Meg Wolitzer reads from her new novel, The Female Persuasion. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Wednesday 4/11: Unchaste Readers Series brings their monthly lineup to the Jade Lounge. Jade Lounge, 7 p.m., free.

Charles Frazier reads from his new novel, Varina. 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 →