Notable Portland: 11/1–11/7


Thursday 11/1: Megan Falley headlines the latest open mic and slam with Slamlandia. Guilder, 5:30 p.m., $5 suggested donation.

Friday 11/2: Urban Tellers Immigrants and Refugees presents live-storytelling featuring Sankar Raman, Wafa Almaktari, Ivan Hernandez, Onyeka Jones, Victor Bencomo, and Israa Hasani. The Old Church Concert Hall, 7 p.m., $15 advance, $20 door.

Jessica Brody reads from her latest novel, The Geography of Lost Things. Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 7 p.m., free.

Dan Lyons reads from his latest book, Lab Rats: How Silicon Valley Made Work Miserable for the Rest of Us. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Saturday 11/3: Celebrate the grand opening of the all new Rose City Book Pub, Portland’s literary hub with beer tastings, piñata, 5-minute massages, live music, and an open mic. Rose City Book Pub, 11 a.m.–1 a.m., free.

Kat Gardiner reads from her new novel, Little Wonder. Powell’s City of Books, 2 p.m., free.

Sunday 11/4: Oregon Poet Laureate Kim Stafford speaks on his latest work and on the language of poetry itself. Central Library, 1 p.m., free.

Susan Orlean reads from her book on the infamous Los Angeles Public Library fire, The Library Book. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Monday 11/5: The Rose City Book Pub hosts its first author reading, featuring Frye Gaillard, author of A Hard Rain: America in the 1960s, Our Decade of Hope, Possibility, and Innocence Lost. Rose City Book Pub, 7 p.m., free.

The Grief Rites reading series welcomes Matthew Eiford-Schroeder, author of Consistently East, along with Daniel Dagris, Nicole Smith, Meg Weber, Sean Davis, Marybeth Bonfiglio, Mari Gonzalez, Melissa Lynne, and Jen Violi. Post 134, 7 p.m., free.

Suzanne Matson reads from her latest lyric novel, Ultraviolet. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

Greg Miller and Betsy Mason explore the stories behind maps from across time and cultures in their latest book, All Over the Map: A Cartographic Odyssey. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Wednesday 11/7: The Plonk Reading Series welcomes Melea Seward and Jason Arias for this month’s performance. Corkscrew Wine Bar, 7 p.m., free.

Incite: Queer Writers Read presents a live reading featuring Adam Swanson, Christopher Lord, Mel Brittner Wells, and Amy Schutzer. Literary Arts, 7 p.m., free.

Diane Williams brings her work to Portland audiences with a reading from her latest book, The Collected Stories of Diane Williams. 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 →