Notable Portland: 4/26–5/2


Thursday 4/26: Deep Overstock launches its first issue launch on the theme: Space Exploration. Contributors Phoenix Singer, Olivia Olivia, Robert Torres, and Bobby Eversmann will be reading from their published pieces. Copies of journal will be available for sale along with an announcement of the second issue theme. ILWU Local 5 Union Hall, 6 p.m., free.

Come celebrate Portland’s creative youth during Literary Arts’s seventh annual Verselandia! Poetry Slam. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 7 p.m., $10–$70.

Legendary character actor Stephen Tobolowsky reads from his new book, My Adventures with God. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Celebrates author Masatsugu Ono reads from his latest book, Lion Cross Point, and is joined in conversation by Janice Lee, author and assistant professor of fiction at Portland State University. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

Secretary Madeleine Albright reads from new book, Fascism: A Warning. Entry includes a copy of the book to be distributed at the event. Revolution Hall, 7:30 p.m., $37.99.

Friday 4/27: Poet and activist Sonya Renee Taylor reads from her latest poetry and new book, The Body Is Not an Apology. Q Center, 6:30 p.m., $20 advance/$25 door.

Celebrate the launch of Ines Falcö new book, The Pink Light, with a reading of their new work along with readings by Manuel Arturo Abreu and Olivia Olivia, all hosted by Rob Gray. IPRC, 7 p.m., free.

Jennifer Haupt reads from her new book, In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills, and is joined in conversation by Rene Denfeld, author of The Enchanted and The Child Finder. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Saturday 4/28: Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day at Annie Bloom’s with prizes and a day of readings by local authors, including Tracy Manaster, Mo Daviau, Alex Behr, Liz Prato, Laura Stanfill, and more. Annie Bloom’s Books, 9 a.m.–6 p.m., free.

Portland poet Tricia Knoll reads from her various collected poems for the Peach Blossom Reading Series. Lan Su Chinese Garden, 3 p.m., reading included with cost of entry to garden.

Join Ooligan Press in celebrating the launch of Peter Donahue’s newest work of literary fiction, Three Sides of Water. Corkscrew Wine Bar, 4 p.m., free.

Cap off your Saturday night with the Bunk Bar Poetry and Music Show, featuring Derrick C. Brown, Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz, Anis Mojgani, Mindy Nettifee, and Cardiod. Wonder Ballroom, 9:30 p.m., free.

Sunday 4/29: Street Roots welcomes its thriving vendor community to read from their own poetry. Snacks provided. Central Library, 2 p.m., free.

The Filament Reading Series welcomes readings by Beth Pickard, Pat Rogers, Kathleen Levitt, Molly Simas, Kari Davidson, Megan Freshley, and Wendy Bourgeois. Snacks and boxed wine provided. IPRC, 6:30 p.m., free.

In celebration of National Poetry Month, three poets present their new collections: Anis Mojgani with In the Pockets of Small Gods, Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz with How to Love the Empty Air, and Derrick C. Brown with Hello. It Doesn’t Matter. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Monday 4/30: Anna Yen reads from her novel, Sophia in Silicon Valley. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

Experience the magic of the 2018 Oregon Book Awards Ceremony surrounded by the state’s most beloved authors and literati. Gerding Theater at the Armory, 7:30 p.m., $12–$65.

Tuesday 5/1: Meet Chuck Palahniuk at a daylong book signing session for his new book, Adjustment Day. Please note purchase of the book is required to join the signing line. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 10 a.m.–9 p.m., free

Oakland author Hilary Zaid reads from her debut novel, Paper Is White, and is joined in conversation by local poet Willa Schneberg. Annie Bloom’s Books, 7 p.m., free.

Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed, returns to read from her new book, Natural Causes, and is joined in conversation by Joe Uris, host of KBOO’s The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Wednesday 5/2: Jewell Parker Rhodes, author of Ninth Ward, reads from her new book on the ghost of a young black boy killed by a police officer, Ghost Boys. Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 7 p.m., free.

The Plonk Reading Series caps off its third season with a poetry reading featuring Forest Avenue Press authors Julia Stoops, Robert Hill, and Jamie Yourdon. Corkscrew Wine Bar, 7 p.m., free.

Rebecca Soffer and Gabrielle Birkner share from their edited collection of a variety of voices, Modern Loss: Candid Conversations About Grief. Beginners Welcome. 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 →