Notable Portland: 11/15 –11/21


Thursday 11/15: Samiya Bashir headlines The Mouths of Others Reading Series at Mount Hood Community College. Visual Arts Theatre, 1 p.m., free.

Award-winning Diné poet and multimedia artist Esther Belin reads from her latest work as part of the Reed College Visiting Writer Series. Eliot Hall Chapel, 6:30 p.m., free.

Cai Emmons reads from her new book, Weather Woman. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

FORM, a new series designed to expose Portlanders to new local artists and writers, welcomes featured readers Maia Wiseman, Nellie Papsdorf, Hannah Whalen, Adara Degnan, and William DeWilde. An open mic will take place after the scheduled readers and performers. Parkway North Project, 7 p.m., free.

Novelist and comedian David Sedaris reads from his canon of work to Portland audiences. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m., $32.50 – $57.50.

Tavern Books launches the 40th anniversary edition of Ai’s poetry collection, Killing Floor, featuring readings by Zachary Schomburg, Stephanie Adams-Santos, Sara Guest, Jenna Marie Fletcher, and Mary Haidri. The Metropolitan Lounge at Union Station, 8:15 p.m., free.

Friday 11/16: Elly Lonon reads from her new book based on the successful McSweeney’s column, Amongst the Liberal Elite. Lonon is then joined in conversation by Cathy Camper, author of Lowriders Blast From the Past. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Saturday 11/17: Celebrate the launch of a new literary magazine, Old Pal, with a featured contributor reading featuring Colleen Burner, Erin Perry, Caroline Wilcox Reul, and Consuelo Wise. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

Sunday 11/18: Carlos Reyes reads from his new poetry collection, Along the Flaggy Shore, alongside Judith Barrington, author of Long Love. Powell’s City of Books, 2 p.m., free.

Why There Are Words PDX presents six acclaimed authors for their latest reading, featuring Kate Carroll de Gutes, Michael Copperman, M. Allen Cunningham, Ramiza Koya, Anca L. Szilágyi, and Valerie Wallace. Leach Botanical Garden, 4 p.m., $10.

The Spare Room Reading Series presents a reading featuring writers Jennifer Denrow and Rodney Koeneke. Passages Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

Peter Walker reflects on the Malheur occupation and the ongoing battle over the future of America’s public lands with his new book, Sagebrush Collaboration: How Harney County Defeated the Takeover of Malheur Wildlife Refuge. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Monday 11/19: Jack Nisbet reads from his latest work, The Dreamer and the Doctor: A Forest Lover and a Physician on the Edge of the Frontier. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Joe Ide reads from his new novel, Wrecked. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Tuesday 11/20: Damien Echols reads from his memoir based on his life on death row for a crime he never committed, High Magick: A Guide to the Spiritual Practices That Saved My Life on Death Row. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.


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