Notable Portland: 10/3–10/9

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Thursday 10/3: James Arthur, Adèle Barclay, Keetje Kuipers, and Ashley Toliver read poetry. Mother Foucalt’s Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

Annie Bloom’s Books welcomes Portland poets Sara Quinn Rivara (Animal Bride) and Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet (The Greenhouse) for a poetry reading and discussion. Annie Bloom’s Books, 7 p.m., free.

Rocking Frog Cafe debuts its Small Press Residency with readings from Perfect Day Publishing’s Jessie Carver, Dan DeWeese, and Evan Schneider. Meet local authors, learn more about Perfect Day, and support independent publishing! Hosted by Michael Heald.  Rocking Frog Cafe, 6 p.m., free.

Friday 10/4: Celebrate the launch of Jackie Shannon Hollis’s new book, This Particular Happiness: A Childless Love Story, following the author’s decision to not have children and its repercussions. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free

Saturday 10/5: Powell’s presents Michelle Tea’s Drag Queen Story hour with Clare Apparently. Featuring stories by Robb Pearlman, Jessie Sima, and Keith Negley. Powell’s City of Books, 12 p.m., free.

Sunday 10/6: Floyd Skloot discusses Far West with David Biespiel. Powell’s City of Books, 2 p.m., free.

Monday 10/7: Tamin Ansary reads from her cultural history The Invention of Yesterday: A 50,000-Year History of Human Culture, Conflict, and Connection, which traces the beginnings of the world’s major cultural and religious movements throughout history. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Tuesday 10/8: The League of Women Designers welcome environmental psychologist and author Lily Bernheimer to read from her new book, The Shaping of Us: How Everyday Spaces Structure Our Lives, Behavior, and Well-Being. Discussion and Q&A to follow. Passages Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

The Portland Science Fiction Book Club discusses Emma Newman’s Before Mars. Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 7 p.m., free.

Wednesday 10/9: Leigh Bardugo discusses Ninth House with Noah Eaker and Joanna Vole. Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 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 →