Notable Portland: 4/18–4/24


Thursday 4/18: Mark Doten reads from his new novel, Trump Sky Alpha, and is joined in conversation by Justin Taylor, author of Flings. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

The Bone Tax Poem Club presents their latest reading featuring Andrew Rogers, Michelle Overby, and manuel arturo abreu. Rose City Book Pub, 8 p.m., free.

Friday 4/19: The Portland State University Creative Writing Program welcomes Tin House Writer in Residence Will Alexander to read from his latest work. The Little Church, 6:30 p.m., free.

Bryce Andrews reads from his new book, Down from the Mountain: The Life and Death of a Grizzly Bear. Powell’s City Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Lynn Breedlove reads from his new book, 45 Thought Crimes: New Writing, alongside local writers Nastashia Minto, Matan Gold, Julia Laxar, and Anna Suarez. Rose City Book Pub, 9 p.m., free.

Enjoy a poetry reading featuring Amber West, Jennifer Perrine, and Kelly Terwilliger. Rose City Book Pub, 7:30 p.m., free.

Saturday 4/20: Rob Schlegel and Katie Peterson read from their new collections of poetry, In the Tree Where the Double Sex Sleeps and A Piece of Good News respectively. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

Monday 4/22: Celebrate the winning writers of the year at the 2019 Oregon Book Awards Ceremony, hosted by Cheryl Strayed. Gerding Theater at The Armory, 7:30 p.m., $12 –$65.

Cara Robertson reads from her new book, The Trial of Lizzie Borden. Powell’s City Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Tell Me A Story, the free, semi-regular reading series, makes its debut at the Rose City Book Pub with featured readings from Shloimy Notik, Caryn Brooks, Kristen Diedrich, Natalie Jane Edson, and Rebecca Smolen, all hosted by Jessica Wadleigh. Rose City Book Pub, 7:30 p.m., free.

Tuesday 4/23: Liz Scott reads from her new memoir, This Never Happened. Powell’s City Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Wednesday 4/24: Melissa Hart shares from her new compilation of suggested reads for youth, Better with Books, and is joined in a panel discussion by Amy Wang, Arts & Books Editor for The Oregonian, and authors Carmen Bernier-Grand and Brian Tashima. Powell’s City 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 →