Notable Portland: 5/16–5/22


Thursday 5/16: The Portland Review hosts its Spring issue launch party and reading, featuring contributors Margot Kahn, A.M. Rosales, Jeff Alessandrelli, and Ed Skoog. Literary Arts, 7 p.m., free.

Corvallis author George Estreich reads from his new book, Fables and Futures: Biotechnology, Disability, and the Stories We Tell Ourselves. Broadway Books, 7 p.m., free.

Roy Christopher reads from his latest book, Dead Precedents: How Hip-Hop Defines the Future. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Poets Rob Schlegel and Jessica Laser read from their latest collections, In the Tree Where the Double Sex Sleeps and Sergei Kuzmich from All Sides respectively. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

Friday 5/17: All Kinds of Fur, a fairytale reading series and salon, hosts its latest reading featuring writers Diane Greenwood, Kimberly King Parsons, Bobby Bermea, Sherry Okamura Leonard, and Charles Sheffer. Indivisible, 7 p.m., free.

Samuel Ace and Marcus Lund read to celebrate Samuel’s new book, Meet Me There, a reissue of two early works from Belladonna, and Our Weather Our Sea, a new collection from Black Radish. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad reads from her memoir, Proud: My Fight for an Unlikely American Dream, and is joined in conversation by Emma McIlroy, founder and CEO of Wildfang. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Saturday 5/18: Portland author Katherine Factor reads from her new Choose Your Adventure novel, Spies: Mata Hari. Powell’s City of Books, 2 p.m., free.

Sunday 5/19: Tess Gallagher reads from her latest poetry collection, Is, Is Not, and is joined in conversation by poet Greg Simon and writer Danielle Vermette. Powell’s City of Books, 2 p.m., free.

Katherine Factor hosts a reading and official launch party for Choose Your Adventure SPIES: Mata Hari, followed by a live Q&A session. Rose City Book Pub, 2 p.m., free.

Tuesday 5/21: Pico Iyer reads from his latest book, Autumn Light: Season of Fire and Farewells. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Wednesday 5/22: Max Porter, reads from his new novel, Lanny, and is joined in conversation by Patrick DeWitt, author of French Exit. 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 →