Notable Portland: 2/14–2/20


Thursday 2/14: Enjoy a spotlight performance by Sage Lilac at the annual Slamlandia Valentine’s Day Show, followed by an open mic and slam. Literary Arts, 6:30 p.m., free.

Jill Santopolo reads from her new novel, More Than Words. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

Marlon James from his epic new novel, Black Leopard, Red Wolf. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Friday 2/15: Clem Starck and Barbara Drake read from their latest poetry. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

Sharma Shields reads from her latest book, The Cassandra. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Sunday 2/17: Why There Are Words PDX presents a reading themed on Peace & Justice, featuring readings by Steven Allred, Omar El Akkad, Rachel King, Mary Milstead, Alicia Jo Rabins, and Sam Roxas-Chua. Leach Botanical Garden, 4 p.m., $10 suggested donation.

The Filament Reading Series presents readings by Nada Sewidan, Kathleen Levitt, Samuel Wilhalm, Neil Hetrick, Lauren Hobson, and Elyse Fenton. Independent Publishing Resource Center, 7 p.m., free.

Reema Zaman reads from her new book, I Am Yours, and is joined in conversation by Lidia Yuknavitch, author of The Book of Joan. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Monday 2/18: David Biespiel reads from his new book, Republic Café, and is joined in conversation by April Baer, host of OPB’s State of Wonder. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

Tuesday 2/19: Johannes Lichtman reads from his new comedic novel, Such Good Work. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Award-winning author Angie Thomas discusses new book, On the Come Up, in conversation with Laini Taylor, author of Muse of NightmaresNewmark Theater, 7 p.m., $28.99 includes copy of book, tickets available here.


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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 →