Notable Portland: 5/30–6/5


Thursday 5/30: Thomas J. Sims reads from his nonfiction book, On Call in the Arctic: A Doctor’s Pursuit of Life, Love, and Miracles in the Alaskan Frontier. Annie Bloom’s Books, 7 p.m., free.

Christopher X. Shade reads from his debut novel, The Good Mother of Marseille. Broadway Books, 7 p.m., free.

David Wolman and Julia Smith read from their latest collaborative book, Aloha Rodeo, and are joined in conversation by Andrew Proctor, Executive Director of Literary Arts. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Aaron Bobrow-Strain takes readers into the world of the US immigration system with a reading from his new book, The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez: A Border Story. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

Friday 5/31: Pedram Navab celebrates the launch of his new novel, This Will Destroy You, and reads alongside Janice Lee, author of Kerotakis. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

Kate Kaufmann reads from her new book on finding family, Do You Have Kids? Life When the Answer Is No. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Saturday 6/1: Join the IPRC Community and Certificate Program Faculty to celebrate the graduation of the Poetry, Prose, and Art Book tracks of the 2019 Certificate Program with a live reading. Independent Publishing Resource Center, 6 p.m., free.

Monday 6/3: Free Range Poetry presents a reading featuring Gary Anderson, Jessica Pierce, and Bob Sterry. Northwest Library, 6 p.m., free.

Corporeal Writing presents a reading by three writers: Robert Lashley, Nastashia Minto, and Sophia Shalmiyev. Corporeal Writing, 7 p.m., free.

Glory Edim presents her book, Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Tuesday 6/4: Lee McIntyre reads from his new book, The Scientific Attitude: Defending Science from Denial, Fraud, and Pseudoscience. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Wednesday 6/5: Ryan Chapman reads from his debut novel, Riots I Have Known, and is joined in conversation by Justin Taylor, author of Flings. 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 →