Notable Portland: 1/30–2/5

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Thursday 1/30: Jackie Shannon Hollis reads from her memoir This Particular Happiness: A Childless Love Story. She is joined in conversation by her niece Annilee Durfey Hyre. Broadway Books, 7 p.m., free.

Live Wire Radio welcomes National Book Award-winner Timothy Egan (A Pilgrimage to Eternity) featuring music by Pure Bathing Culture. Hosted by Luke Burbank and Elena Passarello. Alberta Rose Theatre, 7:30 p.m., free.

Andre Perry presents his debut essay collection, Some of Us Are Very Hungry Now. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Friday 1/31: Mother Foucault’s Bookshop hosts Physician Storyteller Night, a fundraiser for Reflections on Rosebuds that will feature five Portland pediatricians sharing stories of caring for children. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 7 p.m., $10 (suggested donation).

Saturday 2/1: Melissa Febos (Whip Smart and Abandon Me) reads from her work. Book signing to follow. Corporeal Writing, 6:30 p.m., free.

Sunday 2/2: Lilla Lit presents the first installment of the 2020 reading series, “THIRST,” featuring readings from Jason Arias, Chelsea Biondolillo, John Sibley Williams, and more. All proceeds will benefit the Leach Botanical Garden. Leach Botanical Garden, 4 p.m., free.

Monday 2/3: Oregon poet David Hedges reads from his new collection Prospects of Life After Birth. Annie Bloom’s Books, 7 p.m., free.

Tuesday 2/4: Bestselling author Lidia Yuknavitch reads from her new story collection, Verge. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Wednesday 2/5: Multnomah County Library presents Celilo Collaborations, a presentation honoring the community activism of members of the Celilo Village Native fishing community who fought to protect their land following WWII. The evening’s presentation will feature a short documentary, and a conversation between authors Katy Barber and Linda Meanus. Oregon Historical Society, 6 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 →