Notable Portland: 10/11–10/17


Thursday 10/11: Author Madeline ffitch, author of Valparaiso, Round the Horn and the forthcoming Stay and Fight, reads from her latest writing as part of the Reed College Visiting Writers Series. Eliot Hall Chapel, 6:30 p.m., free.

Slamlandia hosts an open mic and slam, with featured guest poet Igor Brezhnev. Literary Arts, 6:30 p.m., free.

Andre Dubus III reads from his new novel, Gone So Long. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

The 34th season of Portland Arts & Lectures is proud to present Jill Lepore, author of the New York Times bestseller The Secret History of Wonder Woman and National Book Award finalist Book of Ages. Lepore will be discussing her new book, These Truths. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m., ticket prices vary.

Tod Davies reads from his latest book, Report to Megalopolis: The Post-Modern Prometheus (History of Arcadia #4). Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

Friday 10/12: Kisha Schlegel celebrates the release of her new book, Fear Icons, with a reading, featuring fellow writer Erica Trabold, author of the forthcoming Five Plots. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

Mortician and writer Caitlin Doughty reads from her new book on how different cultures care for their dead, From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Saturday 10/13: Author Francesca Varela reads from her latest book, The Sea of Distant Stars, alongside Beth Kander as she reads from Original Syn. Another Read Through, 1:30 p.m., free.

The Portland State University MFA in Creative Writing Program hosts the latest in their Filament Reading Series, featuring special guest writer Jason Arias, author of the debut short story collection, Momentary Illumination of Objects in Motion. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

Sunday 10/14: Julia Turshen, author of Small Victories and Feed the Resistance, reads from her new book, Now and Again, and is joined in conversation by photographer Celeste Noche. Powell’s City of Books, 2 p.m., free.

Coretta Scott King Author Honoree Kwame Alexander reads from his new free-verse poetic novel, Swing. Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3 p.m., free.

Evelyn McDonnell reads from her new collection, Women Who Rock: Bessie to Beyoncé, Girl Groups to Riot Grrrl. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Monday 10/15: Ben Marcus reads from his new short story collection, Notes from the Fog: Stories. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Invisible Spectrum, Portland’s premiere storytellers of color series, hosts its latest show on the subject “Belonging.” The Secret Society, 7 p.m., $10. 21+ venue.

Wednesday 10/17: R. O. Kwon reads from her debut novel, The Incendiaries, and is joined in conversation by Elena Passarello, author of Animals Strike Curious Poses and Let Me Clear My Throat. 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 →