Notable Portland: 10/24–10/30

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Thursday 10/24: Melissa Matthewson discusses her debut memoir-in-essays, Tracing the Desire Line, with Chelsea Biondolillo (author of The Skinned Bird). Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

Backfence PDX presents Russian Roulette, a storytelling experience launched via a spinning wheel of prompts. This month’s storytellers include Dan Kennedy (The Moth), Katie Nguyen (Earthquake Hurricane), Alina Aliyar (7 Deadly Sins), and more. Hosted by B. Frayn Master and Mindy Nettifee, featuring music by DJ Bobby B from XRAY.fm. 18+. The Old Church, 7:30 p.m., $16.

Friday 10/25: Powell’s Young Adult Book Club will meet to discuss this month’s selection, Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson. All are welcome! Powell’s City of Books, 7:00 p.m., free.

Join Mother Foucault’s in Seaview, Washington through 10/27 for the fifth annual Airstream Poetry Festival, featuring work from this year’s Airstream Poetry Fellow Harrison Harb and plenty of potlucks, readings, workshops, and karaoke. Open to all book lovers. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 4 p.m., $20.

Satuday 10/26: Stephen Chbosky, author of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, reads from his new literary horror novel Imaginary Friend. Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 2 p.m., free.

Halloween Comicfest comes to Books with Pictures, featuring free comics, face painting, sketches, and costumes. All are welcome! Books with Pictures, 10 a.m., free.

Sunday 10/27: The Stacks Coffeehouse hosts their monthly Last Sunday Writing Workshop, sponsored by dovesong labs and hosted by jayy dodd. Workshop availability is on a drop-in basis, and writers of all skills levels and experience are welcome! The Stacks, 6:30 p.m., $5 suggested donation.

Brian Evenson and Benjamin Percy present their new story collections, Song for the Unraveling of the World and Suicide Woods. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Monday 10/28: Cameron Dezen Hammon reads from her memoir This Is My Body, which follows her journey as a suburban megachurch performer while struggling with conflicting identities of politics and faith. She is joined in conversation by Tin House Workshop director Lance Cleland. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Wednesday 10/30: Floyd Skloot reads from his new poetry collection, Far West. Annie Bloom’s Books, 7 p.m., free.

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Emily Nelson is a writer, editor, and directionless postgrad based in Portland. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Fiction Attic, Ayaskala, and Writers Magazine. She is an ongoing contributor for the music blog half&half and for Drizzle Review, and recently served as an editorial intern with Tin House Books. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram. More from this author →