Notable Portland: 10/18–10/24

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Thursday 10/18: Northwest Academy invites Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, author of A Kind of Freedom, to read from her latest work. Plaza Building, 6:30 p.m., free.

John Kaag reads from his latest book, Hiking With Nietzsche: On Becoming Who You Are. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

The Blackonteurs—Portland’s black storytelling collective—presents its latest show with performances by Shanna Christmas, Jemiah Jefferson, Chris Johnson, and Carlos Kareem Windham. Deep End Theater, 7:30 p.m.,  $16.

Friday 10/19: Anastacia-Reneé debuts her new book, (v.), alongside Ashley Toliver, author of Spectra. Literary Arts, 7 p.m., free.

Walter Mosley reads from his new novel, John Woman. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Saturday 10/20: Phoebe Robinson, star of 2 Dope Queens, reads from her new book, Everything’s Trash, but It’s Okay. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Sunday 10/21: Fatimah Asghar reads from her debut poetry collection, If They Come for Us, and is joined in conversation by Samiya Bashir, author of Field Theories. Powell’s City of Books, 2 p.m., free.

Portland artist Stephen O’Donnell shares from his latest collection, The Untold Gaze, alongside writers Lidia Yuknavitch, Monica Drake, Scott Sparling, Margaret Malone, and Jude Brewer, who wrote stories prompted by his paintings for the anthology. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Monday 10/22: Journalist Joshua Hunt reads from his dramatic exposé on how the University of Oregon sold its soul to Nike, University of Nike: How Corporate Cash Bought American Higher Education. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Beth Jusino reads from her new book, Walking to the End of the World: A Thousand Miles on the Camino De Santiago. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

Tuesday 10/23: Shelley Jackson reads from her supernatural novel, Riddance: Or: The Sybil Joines Vocational School for Ghost Speakers & Hearing-Mouth Children. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Wednesday 10/24: Leif Enger reads from her latest novel, Virgil Wander. 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 →