Notable Portland: 10/10–10/16


Thursday 10/10: Literary Arts’s monthly Slamlandia open mic and slam will feature a performance by Chris Gonzalez, author of 2018’s water or bread. Open mic begins 7 p.m., 2-round slam to follow. Sign-ups at 6:30 p.m. Literary Arts, 7 p.m., free.

The Well-Read Black Girl Book Club meets to discuss My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite. Powell’s City of Books, 7 p.m., free.

Friday 10/11: Washington State Book award finalist Rob Carney (The Book of Sharks) and former House Poet of NPR’s Live Wire! Scott Poole present an evening of humor, news, and poems. Limited-edition art and poetry books will also be for sale. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

Augusten Burroughs reads from his new memoir Toil & Trouble. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Fariha Róisín presents her collection How to Cure a Ghost, in conversation with Tanaïs. Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 7 p.m., free.

Sunday 10/13: WorldOregon and Rose City Book Pub’s Longreads Club will meet to discuss Hakai magazine’s article “Voices from Whale Cove,” which explores Canadian Inuit communities created through forced relocation. All are welcome—just read the article, show up, and join the discussion! Rose City Book Pub, 11:30 a.m., free.

Caitlin Delohery and Rebecca Schiff read from the new anthology Indelible in the Hippocampus: Writings from the Me Too Movement, featuring intersectional essays, fiction, and poetry from #MeToo. They will be joined in conversation by Nastashia Minto (Naked), Leni Zumas (Red Clocks), and Reema Zaman (I Am Yours). Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Tuesday 10/15: Celebrated author Zadie Smith discusses her first-ever short story collection, Grand Union. She is joined in discussion by David Naimon, host of Tin House’s Between the Covers podcast. Tickets required; purchase includes a copy of the collection. Revolution Hall, 7:30 p.m., $37.

Rosiee Thor presents Tarnished Are the Stars, in conversation with Linsey Miller. Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 7 p.m., free.

Hear excerpts from Argentine writer Hebe Uhart’s first book-length English translation, The Scent of Buenos Aires, presented by translator Maureen Shaugnessy. Annie Bloom’s Books, 7 p.m., free.

Wednesday 10/16: Powell’s presents Richard Powers, winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for his novel The Overstory. He will be joined in conversation by David Naimon; price of ticket includes a copy of the novel. Revolution Hall, 7:30 p.m., $28.95.

Markus Zuzak reads from his new coming-of-age novel Bridge of Clay. 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 →