Notable Portland: 8/16–8/22


Thursday 8/16: Local author Kathleen Valenti reads from her latest book, 39 Winks. Another Read Through, 7 p.m., free.

Join Laura Moe as she reads from her new novel, Breakfast with Neruda, alongside Sheryl Scarborough, author of To Right the Wrongs and To Catch a Killer. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

Elizabeth Rush reads from her latest book on climate change, Rising: Dispatches From the New American Shore. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

Susan Anglada Bartley reads from her latest nonfiction work, A Different Vision: A Revolution Against Racism in Public Education. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Friday 8/17: Portland writer Heidi Harrison reads from her new book, The Four Seasons. Another Read Through, 7 p.m., free.

Celebrate the release of the fourth issue of 1001, a literary journal edited, designed and produced by Certificate Program Students and IPRC volunteers. Featured contributors from the current issue will read, including Tyler Sowa, Julia Wohlstetter, Ryan Mills, Kara McMullen, Joe Galvan, and Tyler Meese. Independent Publishing Resource Center, 7 p.m., free.

Sunday 8/19: Join Why There Are Words PDX for a reading featuring writers Neil Aitken, Brian Benson, Shauna Hannibal, Bette Lynch Hysted, Lisa Scheffer, Julia Stoops, and Jean Znidarsic reading on the theme “Bridge.” Leach Botanical Garden, 4 p.m., $10.

Monday 8/20: Julie Whipple reads from her investigative nonfiction book, Crash Course. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Tuesday 8/21: Jonathan Miles reads from his provocative new novel, Anatomy of a Miracle. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Wednesday 8/22: Courtenay Hameister reads from her memoir, Okay Fine Whatever: The Year I Went from Being Afraid of Everything to Only Being Afraid of Most Things. 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 →