Notable Portland: 5/23–5/29


Thursday 5/23: Bren Smith reads from his part memoir, part manifiesto Eat Like a Fish, and is joined in conversation by Amanda Oborne, Vice President of Food & Farms Ecotrust. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Liz Scott, Jackie Shannon Hollis, and Laura Stanfill read from their respective memoirs. Rose City Book Pub, 7:30 p.m., free.

Abbigail N. Rosewood reads from her luminous debut novel, If I Had Two Lives. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

Friday 5/24: Local author A.R. Hellbender and San Diego author Ana Levley read from their latest work. Another Read Through, 7 p.m., free.

Karen Russell reads from her new collection, Orange World and Other Stories, and is joined in conversation by Leni Zumas, author of Red Clocks. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Saturday 5/25: Mohamed Asem reads from his new book, Stranger in the Pen. Alliance Française de Portland, 5 p.m., free.

Jesse Donaldson, Walter Moore, and David Turkel read from their latest poetry. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

Tuesday 5/28: Thomas J. Sims reads from his new memoir, On Call in the Arctic. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Wednesday 5/29: The Mouths of Others reading series welcomes author Diana Kirk, author of Licking Flames: Tales of a Half-Assed Hussy. Mt. Hood Community College, 12 p.m., free.

Acclaimed writer and journalist Helen Zia reads from her book, Last Boat Out of Shanghai, and is joined in conversation by writer Putsata Reang. Portland Chinatown Museum, 5 p.m., free.

The Whitenoise Project presents a reading featuring Jessica Yen, Beth Haworth-Kaufka, Hannah Kim, Ie Agcaoili, and Jason Magabo Perez. Tryst, 7 p.m., $5–$10 suggested donation.

Eric Gorges reads from his book, A Craftsman’s Legacy, and is joined in conversation by Gary Rogowski, author of Handmade. 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 →