Notable Portland: 10/17–10/23


Thursday 10/17: Powell’s hosts the Westside Writing Group, an inclusive community for anyone who needs company while working on a nonfiction or memoir piece. No previous writing experience is required! Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 7 p.m., free.

Mesha Maren presents her new novel, Sugar Run. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

Friday 10/18: Paul Theroux reads from his new travel narrative On the Plain of Snakes: A Mexican Journey, a deep dive into the culture and conflict of modern-day Mexico. He is joined in conversation by Executive Director of Oregon Humanities Adam Davis. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Sunday 10/20: Writers and musicians from all over Portland will join forces for the Refugee & Migrant Rights Fundraiser, a joint reading and concert to raise funds for Team Brownsville and McAllen Immigrant Respite Center. Featuring readings from Armin Tolentino, Kim Stafford, Sophia Shalmiyev, Ana Maria Ferreira, and Gwendolyn Morgan, as well as raffles with donations from Literary Arts, Tavern Books, and more. Dig a Pony, 7 p.m., free.

Biographer Holly George-Warren reads from Janis: Her Life and Music, a portrait of the late Janis Joplin. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Monday 10/21: zines + things and Rose City Book Pub present Tell Me A Story #9, a semi-regular reading event hosted by Jessica Wadleigh. This month’s installment will feature readings from Meg Weber, Leigh Nishi-Strattner, Katherine D. Morgan, and more. Rose City Book Pub, 7 p.m., free.

Literary Arts presents Ta-Nehisi Coates at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, in celebration of his new novel, The Water Dancer. He is joined in conversation by Renée Watson, author of Piecing Me Together. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m., $50.

Wednesday 10/23: Oregon Poet Laureate Kim Stafford reads from his latest collection and meditation on Earth citizenship, Wild Honey, Tough Salt. Broadway Books, 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 →