Notable Portland: 5/9–5/15


Thursday 5/9: Celebrate stories about mothers with a reading featuring Kevin Sampsell, Tim Barnes, Leanne Grabel, Nikki Schulak, Donna Prinzmetal, Suzanne Sigafoo, and Penelope Scambly Schott. Broadway Books, 7 p.m., free.

Tim Dee reads from his latest book, Landfill: Notes on Gull Watching and Trash Picking in the Anthropocene. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

Ted Chiang reads from his latest collection of short fiction, Exhalation, and is joined in conversation by Daniel H. Wilson, author of The Clockwork Dynasty. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Friday 5/10: Former Maryland Poet Laureate Michael Collier reads from his new book, My Bishop and Other Poems, and is joined in conversation by Attic Institute founder David Biespiel. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

Inkwater Press hosts a reading featuring its authors A.J. Franks, Stephen T. McCrea, and Leah Stenson. Another Read Through, 7 p.m., free.

Lauren Kessler reads from her latest book, A Grip of Time: When Prison Is Your Life. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Saturday 5/11: Color and have a drink while enjoying the Stoner Babes Reading, featuring writers Domi Shoemaker, Nastashia Minto, Mary Mandeville, Anya Pearson, Beth Cartino, Valarie Rae, Leah Baer, and Jewels. Rose City Book Pub, 2:30 p.m., free.

Tuesday 5/14: Founder of Editor of Jacobin magazine Bhaskar Sunkara reads from his new book, The Socialist Manifesto: The Case for Radical Politics in an Era of Extreme Inequality. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Wednesday 5/15: Oregon Poet Laureate Emerita Paulann Petersen reads from her new poetry collection, One Small Sun. Broadway Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Julie Orringer reads from her latest historical novel, The Flight Portfolio, and is joined in conversation by Karen Thompson Walker, author of The Age of Miracles. 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 →