Notable Portland: 8/22–8/28

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Thursday 8/22: Writers Mary Pacios and Margie Lee are “Two Artists Who Have Secrets to Tell,” a community storytelling event in which the two authors will read from their newly released works and lead a discussion on dark secrets and politics. Rose City Book Pub, 7:30 p.m., free.

Maria Heckinger reads from her debut memoir Beyond the Third Door, with repeat readings at 7 and 8 p.m. Angst Gallery, 6 p.m., free.

Saturday 8/24: Another Read Through hosts local authors Kim Cooper Findling and Libby Findling, who will read from their acclaimed new YA novel, The Sixth Storm. Another Read Through, 2 p.m., free.

Sunday 8/25: Stop by the Stacks Coffeehouse for their monthly Last Sunday writing workshop, led this month by jayy dodd (The Black Condition ft. Narcissus). Introduction and presentations from the instructor will be followed by writing time, so preferred writing instruments are encouraged. The Stacks, 6:30 p.m., free ($5 donation suggested).

Monday 8/26: Lauren Acampora reads from her highly acclaimed debut novel The Paper Wasp, with conversation led by Portland author Cari Luna (The Revolution of Every Day). Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley discusses his new book America Is Better Than This: Trump’s War Against Migrant Families with journalist Laural Porter of KGW and Straight Talk. Ticket purchase includes a copy of Senator Merkley’s book. Revolution Hall, 7:30 p.m., $37, reserved Seating.

Wednesday 8/28: Literary Arts presents “Queer Nature/Nurture,” a series of readings exploring themes of nature and compassion by queer artists TJ Acena, Sage Schick, and Nastashia Minto, with musical performances by Stephan Nance. Literary Arts, 7 p.m., free.

Susan Steinberg reads from and discusses her debut novel, Machine, which follows a group of teenagers connected by a murder. She is joined in conversation by Leni Zumas, acclaimed author of Red Clocks. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

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Emily Nelson is a writer and editor from the Pacific Northwest currently pursuing an MFA in Fiction at the University of Montana. Her work has been published in Ayaskala, Drizzle Review, and Writers, and she is an ongoing contributor for the music blog half&half. You can find her on Twitter, where she mostly soliloquizes about Mad Men and other shows that are long off-air. More from this author →