Notable Portland: 3/5–3/11

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Thursday 3/5: Literary Arts hosts Tommy Orange at the culminating Multnomah County Library’s Everybody Reads 2020 event. Orange will read from his novel, There There, this year’s Everybody Reads selection. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m., $15–65

March’s First Word reading series installment features contributors from the new feminist zine “The Crucible,” hosted by Leni Zumas (Red Clocks) and Sophia Shalmiyev (Mother Winter) and readings by Effy Garside Mitchell, Kristin Olson-Huddle, Caitlin Delohery, and more. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Emily Strelow reads from her new novel The Wild Birds. She is joined in conversation by Rebecca Clarren, author of Kickdown. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Sunday 3/8: Donnie Horn reads from his new book Darcelle: Looking from my mirror, following the life of beloved Portland entertainer and drag queen Walter W. Cole, aka Darcelle. Horn will be joined in conversation by Walter W. Cole. Powell’s City of Books, 2 p.m., free.

Michael Christie reads from his new novel, Greenwood. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Monday 3/9:  New York Times journalist Conor Dougherty presents Golden Gates: Fighting for Housing in America. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Wednesday 3/11: Kate Gray and Kate Caroll de Gutes host March’s “Ignite: Queer Writers Read” Series with Literary Arts. This month’s featured readers will be Missy Ladygo, Henry Allen, Evan Knapp, and Leah Baer. Discussion to follow. 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 →