Notable Portland: 4/19–4/25


Thursday 4/19: The Timberline Review celebrates its sixth issue with author readings from Nancy Townsley, Bruce Barrow, Patricia Kullberg, George Perreault, and Tuula Rebhahn. Another Read Through, 7 p.m., free.

William T. Vollmann reads from his new book, No Immediate Danger: Carbon Ideologies #1. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Annelise Orleck reads from her new book on the labor movement, We Are All Fast-Food Workers Now: The Global Uprising Against Poverty Wages. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

Friday 4/20: Join the Community Partners for Affordable Housing as they host over a dozen Northwest authors at their annual literary fundraiser, HomeWord Bound. This signature dinner and event will reading guest authors Rene Denfeld, Omar El Akkad, Joyce Cresswell, Karen Karbo, Bart King, April Henry, Patricia Kullberg, Carolyn O’Doherty, Matthew Robinson, Rick Seifert, Susan Sokol Blosser, Willy Vlautin, Wilson Wewa, and Daniel H. Wilson. Oregon Zoo, 6 p.m., $85.

Poet and Newberry Award-winning author Kwame Alexander reads from his new book Rebound and other works, courtesy of the The Library Foundation. Alberta Rose Theatre, 6:30 p.m., free. A pre-event book signing begins at 6 p.m.

Join the Whitenoise Project for their latest reading, featuring Nisi Shawl, Walidah Imarisha, and Janice Lee. Mile Post 5, 7 p.m., $5–$10 suggested donation, no one turned away for lack of funds.

Zulema Renee Summerfield reads from her debut novel, Every Other Weekend.  Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Saturday 4/21: The Peach Blossom Poetry Series presents Rick Jolly for this week’s National Poetry Month Reading. Lan Su Garden, 3 p.m., included with cost of admission to garden.

Sunday 4/22: In celebration of National Poetry Month, three poets present their new collections: Shayla Lawson with I Think I’m Ready to See Frank Ocean, Dan Kaplan with Instant Killer Wig, and Stacey Tran with Soap for the Dogs. Powell’s City of Books, 4 p.m., free.

Monday 4/23: Julia Stoops reads from her debut novel, Parts per Million. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Jon Michael Varese reads from his debut novel, The Spirit Photographer, and is joined in conversation by Jon Raymond, author of Freebird.  Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

Tuesday 4/24: Phillip Margolin reads from new book, The Third Victim. Broadway Books, 7 p.m., free.

Wednesday 4/25: Rebecca Kauffman reads from her new book, The Gunners, and is joined in conversation by Cari Luna, author of The Revolution of Every Day. Broadway Books, 7 p.m., free.

Back Fence PDX presents their regular storytelling competition show, Russian Roulette. This edition will feature Jason Rouse, Caitlin Weierhauser, Nicole J. Georges, Kirsten Kuppenbender, Eugenie Fontana, and Samira Sahebi. A portion of all ticket proceeds will go to the Oregon Food Bank. Curious Comedy Theater, 7:30 p.m., $16–$22.


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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 →