Notable Portland: 2/20–2/26

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Thursday 2/20: Oregon author Jason Brown reads from his new short story collection, A Faithful But Melancholy Account of Several Barbarities Lately Committed. Annie Bloom’s Books, 7 p.m., free.

The latest installment of Live Wire, hosted by Luke Burbank and with announcer Elena Passarello, features Lidia Yuknavitch, Danez Smith, and Amythyst Kiah. The Alberta Rose Theatre, 7:30 p.m., $20-35.

Friday 2/21: The February installment of Filament’s monthly reading series will feature local author Sophia Shalmiyev, author of Mother Winter, along with new MFA readers. Independent Publishing Resource Center, 7 p.m., free.

Gish Jen reads from and discusses The Resisters. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Saturday 2/22: North Portland Library hosts a Black History Month Tribute to Toni Morrison, featuring authors Mitchell S. Jackson (Survival Math) and Walidah Imarisha (Angels with Dirty Faces). North Portland Library, 2:30 p.m., free.

Jenny Offill reads from her new novel, Weather. She is joined in conversation by Claire Vaye Watkins, author of Gold Fame Citrus. Powell’s City of Books, 2 p.m., free.

Monday 2/24: Poet Megan Fernandes reads from Good Boys, her newest poetry collection. She is joined in conversation by Anis Mojgani, author of In the Pockets of Small Gods. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Tuesday 2/25: Mitchell S. Jackson celebrates the paperback release of his memoir Survival Math, featuring a reading and conversation with author Cheryl Strayed (Brave Enough). Broadway Books, 7 p.m., $17. 

Courtney Maum reads from her new novel Costalegre. She will be joined in conversation by Kimberly King Parsons, author of Black Light. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Wednesday 2/26: Comics artists Ryan Alexander-Tanner and Tatum Howlett host the release of the graphic adaptation of Gregory Michie’s memoir Holler if You Hear Me: The Education of a Teacher and His Students. Books With Pictures, 6 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 →