Notable Portland: 9/19–9/25

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Thursday 9/19: Celebrate the Attic Institute’s twentieth anniversary at Literary Arts, featuring Associate Fellow in Nonfiction Brian Benson (Going Somewhere) and Attic students Craig Brandis, Irish Chung, Jennifer Dorner, and Valerie Rea. Literary Arts, 7 p.m., free.

Atticus reads from his third collection of poetry, The Truth About Magic. Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 7 p.m., free.

Friday 9/20: Filament welcomes the new PSU MFA cohort and prepares for the fall quarter with a bevy of readings by Karleigh Frisbie, Andrew Byrds, Lucie Bonvalet, Cherif, Jennifer Cie, Ariana Rosales, and Jill McKenna. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

Saturday 9/21: Award-winning author Paul Lisicky reads from his work following day one of his workshop at Corporeal Writing, “On Urgency.” Lisicky is the author of the forthcoming memoir, Later, an upcoming Rumpus Book Club selection! Corporeal Writing, 6 p.m., free.

Mother Foucault’s celebrates the launch of Mark Savage’s new book, Fictional Film Club. Drinks, snacks, and readings will all be provided. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

Sunday 9/22: Poet Matthew Zapruder discusses his fifth collection, Father’s Day, with Alana Csaposs, Tin House online editor. Powell’s City of Books, 2 p.m., free.

Tuesday 9/24: Podcaster and practicing witch Pam Grossman reads from her new book Waking the Witch: Reflections on Women, Magic, and Power, which explores the cultural and historical history of the character of the witch, from Buffy to Bewitched and beyond. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Sandra Yannone reads from her debut poetry collection, Boats for Women, featuring a discussion with Portland writer Alissa Hattman. Broadway Books, 7 p.m., free.

Wednesday 9/25: Trailblazing cultural critic and climate writer Naomi Klein reads from her new book, On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal, which explores the high stakes of the current climate crisis and makes a case for a hopeful future. She is joined in conversation by Thom Hartmann, author of The Hidden History of Guns and the Second Amendment. Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 7 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 →