Notable Portland: 2/27–3/4

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Thursday 2/27: Screenwriter and novelist John Sayles reads from his newest book, Yellow Earth. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Ander Monson reads from his idiosyncratic new story collection, The Gnome Stories. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

Saturday 2/29: Powell’s Kids’ Storytime welcomes author and illustrator Nikki McClure, who will read from her new picture book What Will These Hands Make? Powell’s City of Books, 11 a.m., free.

The tri-monthly Frankenstein’s Comicbook Swap returns, featuring opportunities to buy, sell, and trade comic books, graphic novels, and more. East Portland Eagle Lodge, 12 p.m., $1.

Passages Bookshop welcomes James Yeary and Lisa Radon, discussing and sharing their respective works, Hawai’i and Age of Sand. Passages Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

Sunday 3/1: Spare Room reading series hosts its annual marathon reading of a long work. This year, the featured text is Ronald Johnson’s ARK, featuring guest readers including John Beer, Sam Lohmann, Jesse Morse, and many more. Readers and listeners are welcome to come and go as they like, or stay for the whole duration (approximately 6 hours.) 615 SE 18th Avenue Apt. A, 12 p.m., free.

Monday 3/2: Free Range Poetry presents recent Pacific University MFA poets Jennifer Dorner, Ana Michalowsky, and Matthew Spohn for a reading, preceded by an open mic. Northwest Library, 6 p.m., free.

Erin Khar discusses her debut memoir, Strung Out: One Last Hit and Other Lies That Nearly Killed Me, with Rene Denfeld (The Butterfly Girl). Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Tuesday 3/3: The “V is for Vulnerable” reading series welcomes local young writers to share their work out loud in front of a live audience. Two Rivers Bookstore, 6:30 p.m., free.

Investigative journalist Jake Anderson reads from his new book Gone at Midnight, following the mysterious death of Vancouver student Elisa Lam. Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 7 p.m., free.

Wednesday 3/4: Literary Arts hosts One Page Wednesday, an opportunity for local writers to share one page of a work in progress. This month’s featured readers are Matthew Dickman (Wonderland) and Karen Karbo (In Praise of Difficult Women). Literary Arts, 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 →