Notable Portland: 11/14–11/20

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Thursday 11/14: Well-Read Black Girl Book Club will meet to discuss this month’s pick, Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi. Powell’s City of Books, 7 p.m., free.

Friday 11/15: Stevan Allred, author of The Alehouse at the End of the World, hosts November’s All Kinds of Fur: a Fairytale Reading Series and Salon. This month, writers explore the Grimm’s “The Juniper Tree.” Contributors include Missy Ladygo, Susan DeFreitas, and Nicole Rosevear. Indivisible, 7 p.m., free.

Oregon writer John Larison reads from his acclaimed 2018 novel, Whiskey When We’re Dry. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

Sunday 11/17: Why Are There Words PDX welcomes authors Karen Bridges, Martha Conway, Valerie Geary, Lydia Kiesling, Janice Lee, Ismail Muhammad, Sophia Shalmiyev, and Johanna Stoberock to read on the topic “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.” Corkscrew Wine Bar, 4 p.m., free.

Broadway Books hosts its annual Holiday Book Chat, featuring suggestions for the best books and games for your holiday gift-giving. Prizes and refreshments are available, RSVP strongly encouraged. Broadway Books, 5:30 p.m., $15.

Tuesday 11/19: The Oregon Jewish Museum hosts the 20th Anniversary of the Oregon Jewish Voices reading series. This year’s contributors include Eric Flamm, Suzy Harris, A. Molotkov, Willa Schneberg, and Sabena Stark. Readings will be moderated by OJMCHE director Judy Margles. Oregon Jewish Museum, 7:30 p.m., $8-10.

Journalist and author Susannah Cahalan reads from her new book, The Great Pretender: The Undercover Mission That Changed Our Understanding of Madness , a narrative history on the experiment that changed the course of mental healthcare forever. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 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 →