Notable Portland: 5/10–5/16

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Thursday 5/10: Tommy Pico reads from his new book, Junk, and is joined in conversation by Matthew Dickman, author of Wonderland. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Travel writer Thomas Swick reads from his book, The Joys of Travel: And Stories That Illuminate Them. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

Friday 5/11: Alok Vaid-Menon reads from their book of poetry, Femme in Public, with special guest Shea Diamond. First Congregational Church, 7 p.m., $12.

Poets Jocelyn Saidenberg, author of Dead Letter, and Johanna Drucker, author of The General Theory of Social Relativity, read from their latest work. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gregory Pardlo reads from his memoir, Air Traffic: A Memoir of Ambition and Manhood in America. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Saturday 5/12: Join Michael Rerick for a celebration of his new book, The Switch Yards, with fellow readers C.C. Hannett and Bryan Edenfield. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

The Submission Reading Series presents Alex Behr and Josh Fomon for this month’s reading. Independent Publishing Resource Center, 7 p.m., $10 suggested donation.

Sunday 5/13: Kimberly Harrington reads from her new book, Amateur Hour: Motherhood in Essays and Swear Words, and is joined in conversation by award-winning copywriter Lauren Holden Kilbane. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Monday 5/14: Penelope Scambly Schott reads from her latest collection of poetry, House of the Cardamom Seed. Broadway Books, 7 p.m., free.

Todd Robert Petersen reads from his new collection of interconnected stories, It Needs To Look Like We Tried. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

Experience the new collection, Chuck Klosterman X: A Highly Specific, Defiantly Incomplete History of the Early 21st Century, a collection of the author’s two decades in journalism and books. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Wednesday 5/16: French science-fiction writer Sylvie Denis reads from her latest work and is joined in conversation by American science-fiction writer Molly Gloss. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

Rachel Kushner reads from her new novel, The Mars Room. 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 →