Notable Portland: 4/11–4/17


Thursday 4/11: Katie Grindeland celebrates the launch of her debut novel, The Gifts We Keep, with a reading, free tarot readings, and raffle prizes. Rogue Hall, 5 p.m., free.

Artist and critic Jenny Odell reads from her new book, How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

Friday 4/12: Celebrate the launch of the Portland Review 2019 Anthology, Uncharitable: On Environmental Unknowns, with a reading featuring contributors Amalia Gladhart, Vuslat D. Katsanis, Tracy Daugherty, and Brooke Matson. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Saturday 4/13: Songbook PDX invites eight writers to tell stories about songs that terrified and inspired them, featuring Carmel Breathnatch, Flint, Daniel Dagris, Chris Bleiler, Bethann Cartino, Missy Ladygo, Carol Fishbach, and Adam Strong. Post 134, 8 p.m., free.

Sunday 4/14: Paulann Petersen reads from her new poetry collection, One Small Sun. Powell’s City of Books, 2 p.m., free.

Finalists for this year’s Oregon Book Awards read from their latest work, featuring David Biespiel, Patrick deWitt, Nick Dybek, Apricot Irving, John Larison, Matthew Minicucci, Dionisia Morales, Meaghan O’Connell, Wendy Willis, Taylor Zajonc, and Leni Zumas. Literary Arts, 7 p.m., free.

Rob Roberge reads from his book, Liar: A Memoir, and is joined in conversation by Joshua Mohr, author of All This Life. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Monday 4/15: Writer-musician Damon Krukowski reads from his latest book, Ways of Hearing. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Tuesday 4/16: David Vann reads from his new novel, Halibut on the Moon. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 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 →