Tag Archives: literary exhibitions

November 2012 – Upcoming Literary Events

2 Nov

Looking for something fun AND literary to do this month? Check out these events:

November 1 – December 16 – A Poet’s Letters: The Correspondence of William Stafford @ Central Library (free)

Poet William Stafford (1914-1993), National Book Award winner and United States Poet Laureate, was one of the last of the generation of writers who greatly valued the preservation of correspondence. This exhibition draws from some 30,000 original letters housed at the William Stafford Archives at Lewis & Clark College, where Stafford taught for 30 years. The letters illustrate the many facets of a successful and productive writing life.

Correspondence on exhibit includes exchanges with editors, trade and fine press publishers, illustrators, academic colleagues, writers of all ages seeking advice, and fellow poets (among them, Marvin Bell, Robert Bly, Gerard Burns, James Dickey, Donald Hall, Lawson Inada, John Haines, Richard Hugo, Ted Kooser, Philip Levine, W.S. Merwin, Naomi Shihab Nye and James Wright).

For more information, contact John Wilson Special Collections Librarian Jim Carmin at 503.988.6287.

November 4th, 4:30pm – Sci-Fi Authorfest 6 @ Powell’s Cedar Hills (free)

A starfleet of science-fiction and fantasy authors descends for one galactic booksigning event. Attending authors include:

      Alma Alexander * Kevin James Breaux * Alyx Dellamonica * Ru Emerson * Mark Ferrari * Barb & J C Hendee * M K Hobson * Louise Marley * Michael Martin * Todd McCaffrey * Devon Monk * Peter Orullian * Shannon Page * J A Pitts * Phyllis Irene Radford * Deborah Ross * Ken Scholes * Mike Shepherd/Moscoe * Dave Smeds * Brent Weeks * Daniel Wilson * Matt Youngmark

November 5th, 7:30pm – Deb Perelman of The Smitten Kitchen @ Powell’s Burnside (free)

Food-blogging phenom Deb Perelman — home cook, mom, photographer, and celebrated author of SmittenKitchen.com — presents The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook(Knopf). With the same warmth, candor, and can-do spirit her blog is known for, Perelman offers more than 100 recipes, all gorgeously illustrated with hundreds of her beautiful color photographs.

Preorder a signed edition of The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook .

November 7th, 7:30pm – Whitney Otto @ Powell’s Burnside (free)

Bestselling author Whitney Otto offers a finely woven, textured inquiry into the intersecting lives of eight famous female photographers. Crisscrossing the world and a century,Eight Girls Taking Pictures (Scribner) is Otto’s most ambitious book: a bold, immersive, and unforgettable narrative that shows how the art, loves, and lives of the past influence our present.

Preorder a signed edition of Eight Girls Taking Pictures .

November 7-11 – The Nature of Words Annual Literary Festival (free – $110)

The Nature of Words annual literary festival, Central Oregon’s premier literary event, takes place each November in Bend, Oregon. Now in its eighth year, The Nature of Words brings nationally acclaimed authors to Bend for five days of readings, workshops, lectures, and a gala author dinner. The Nature of Words has featured more than sixty acclaimed authors since its inception.

Tickets to the 2012 festival are available online by clicking here. For questions, call 541-647-2233.

November 8th, 7:30-9:30pm – Smalldoggies Reading Series @ Literary Arts (free)

Smalldoggies Magazine and Reading Series will host Brian S. Ellis, Lidia Yuknaavitch and Rick Klaras @LiteraryArts.

November 9th, 7pm – Jennifer Worick @ Powell’s Cedar Hills (free)

A humor book inspired by the blog of the same name,Things I Want to Punch in the Face (Prospect Park Books) by bestselling author Jennifer Worick offers: 1) a humorous way to convey annoyance or frustration over those little things in life that bug, 2) petty peeves warranting a tongue-in-cheek lashing but involving no physical retribution, and 3) an expression made wildly popular by the blog.

Preorder a signed edition of Things I Want to Punch in the Face .

November 13th, 6:40pm – Escape to Gold Mountain: A Graphic History of the Chinese in North America @ PSU School of Business Room 190 (free)

David Wong, a prominent architect in Vancouver, Canada and the author of the upcoming graphic novel Escape to Gold Mountain: A Graphic History of the Chinese in North America, will talk about his new book and the history of Chinese immigration to and settlement in North America.

The schedule includes a book talk as well as pre-lecture book sales & signing event.

November 14th, 5:30-7pm – Women of Color Zine Workshop @ PSU Women’s Resource Center (free)

The Women of Color Zine Workshops are an opportunity for local women of color to become involved in writing, self-publishing, and activism. Come out and join us as we start a new year of workshops! Open to all! For more information, contact Tonya Jones at tljones29@yahoo.com.

November 16th, 10:30-12:30pm – Using the Oregonian Historical Archives @ Central Library (free)

Part of a series – sign up at the Multnomah County Library web site

November 20th, 7pm – Fred Armisen & Carrie Brownstein @ Bagdad Theater ($16.99 includes admission & a copy of Portlandia: A Guide for Visitors)

Fred Armisen is an actor, comedian, and musician best known as a cast member of Saturday Night LiveCarrie Brownstein is an actor, comedian, and musician best known as the guitar player and vocalist for the legendary indie-rock band Sleater-Kinney. Together, they are the co-creators and stars of the Peabody Award-winning sketch-comedy series Portlandia, which is now filming its third season… and releasing its first book, Portlandia: A Guide for Visitors (Grand Central Publishing). Please Note: Tickets for this special event, $16.99, include admission and a copy of Portlandia: A Guide for Visitors, and are available at the box offices of the Bagdad Theater and Crystal Ballroom, online at Etix.com, or by phone at 855-227-8499. Books will be distributed at the event.


Have a literary event you’d like to publish here? Do you know of a fun event that’s missing from this list? Please comment on this post & I’ll update for our readers.


October 2012 – Upcoming Literary Events

5 Oct

Looking for something fun AND literary to do this month? Check out these events:

October 6th, 7pm – 7th Annual Text Ball @ Disjecta ($12 in advance, $15 at the door)

Brought to you by the Independent Publishing Resource Center, in conjunction with Wordstock, the TEXT BALL is Portland’s most unique literary event, where attendees are encouraged to come dressed with text as part of their evening attire. The theme for this year’s Ball is “The Graphic Details.” During the evening, Back Fence PDX producer/host B. Frayn Masters, with AC Dickson, will host live, unscripted storytelling by graphic novelist Nicole Georges, Carson Ellis, as well as a slideshow presentation by Arthur Bradford and work from cartoonist Matt Bors. Julia Kobos will be do a short dirty hop hop number and Zia McCabe from the Dandy Warhols will serve as the evening’s DJ. There will be text-based refreshments and attendees can enjoy word games like Scrabble, giant crossword puzzles, a dirty limerick challenge and a silent auction. The evening will culminate in a costume parade, with literary prizes for best outfits.

 Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Buy tickets here:

Note that costumes are encouraged but definitely not required.

All proceeds from the TEXT BALL benefit the IPRC’s mission to facilitate creative expression, identity, and community by providing access to self-publishing tools and resources.

October 7th @ 7:30p – Banned Books Week Reading @ Powell’s Burnside (free)

Each year hundreds of books are challenged in schools and libraries in the United States. Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Meant to highlight the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship, Powell’s Books and the ACLU of Oregon present an evening of readings by local authors, including Vanessa Veselka, winner of the 2012 PEN/Robert Bingham Prize for Zazen, Phillip Margolin (Gone, But Not Forgotten), April Henry (The Night She Disappeared), Sarah Royal (Creative Cursing: A Mix ‘n’ Match Profanity Generator), and much more!

October 8th, 7:30p – Davy Rothbart @ Powell’s Burnside (free)

Davy Rothbart, author of the national bestsellerFound, is looking for love in all the wrong places. He falls helplessly in unrequited love with pretty much every girl he meets. But even when things don’t work out, Rothbart finds meaning and humor in every moment. In the tradition of David Sedaris and Sloane Crosley, but going places very much his own, the essays inMy Heart Is an Idiot (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) show how things that are seemingly so wrong can be so, so right.

October 9th, 6-7:30p – Wordstock at the Library @ Central Library (free)

Join Wordstock and the Multnomah County Library for a festival “sneak-peek” event at the Central Library.  Portland-based festival authors will read climactic scenes from their newest books; featuring Evan P. Schneider, Jerry McGill and Alexis Smith.

October 11th, 7:30p – Jeffrey Toobin @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall (Subscriptions start at $75)

Jeffrey Toobin is a staff writer at the New Yorker and the bestselling author of The NineToo Close to CallA Vast Conspiracy and The Run of His Life. His forthcoming book, slated for a September release, The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court, is a gripping insider’s account of the momentous ideological war between the John Roberts Supreme Court and the Obama Administration. Toobin is also a senior legal analyst at CNN.

October 12th, 4:30p – Book Fan Friday @ Powell’s Burnside (free)

Book Fan Friday is a workshop for kids 10 to 18 years old who love to write. This month, Tina Wexler of International Creative Management will talk about the life of a literary agent. Please join us.

October 13-14th – Wordstock Festival @ Oregon Convention Center

Celebrate the return of the Northwest’s book and literary festival. This year’s guest authors include Chelsea Cain, Kurt Anderson, Philip Margolin, Storm Large, Erin Morgenstern, Bettye LaVette, Jess Walter, and many more. Tickets will be available at the door. Visit WordstockFestival.comfor details.

October 15th, 7:30p – Sandra Cisneros @ Powell’s Burnside (free)

The internationally acclaimed author of The House on Mango Street gives us a moving tale of loss, grief, and healing: a lyrically told, richly illustrated fable for grown-ups about a woman’s search for a cat that goes missing in the wake of her mother’s death. With full-color illustrations that bring this quest to vivid life, Have You Seen Marie? (Knopf) showcases the storytelling magic of Sandra Cisneros in a tale that reminds us how love, even when it goes astray, does not stay lost forever.

October 15th, 7:30p – Marvel Comics: The Untold Story @ Powell’s Hawthorne (free)

Over the course of a half century, Marvel Comics’ epic universe has become the most elaborate fictional narrative in history and serves as a modern American mythology for millions of readers. Sean Howe‘s Marvel Comics: The Untold Story(Harper) reveals the outsized personalities behind the scenes of this multibillion-dollar enterprise, including Martin Goodman, Stan Lee, and Jack Kirby.

October 17th, 7:30p – Timothy Egan @ Powell’s Burnside (free)

Edward Curtis was a successful photographer, the Annie Leibovitz of his time. But in 1900, at 32 years of age, he gave it all up to pursue his great idea: to capture on film the continent’s original inhabitants before the old ways disappeared. In Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), prizewinning writer Timothy Egan tells the riveting, cinematic story behind the most famous photographs in Native American history — and the driven, brilliant man who made them.

October 24th, 7p – Sherman Alexie @ Bgdad Theater ($27, which includes admission & a copy of Blasphemy)

Sherman Alexie‘s stature as a writer of stories, poems, and novels has soared over the course of his 20-book, 20-year career. A bold and irreverent observer of life among Native Americans in the Pacific Northwest, the daring, versatile, funny, and outrageous Alexie showcases all his talents in his newest book, Blasphemy (Grove Press). This collection unites 15 beloved classics with 15 new stories in one sweeping anthology for devoted fans and first-time readers. Please note: Tickets, $27, include admission and a copy of Blasphemy and are available at the box offices of the Bagdad Theater and the Crystal Ballroom, online at Etix.com, or by phone at 855-227-8499. Books will be distributed at the event.

October 24th, 7-8p – Verse in Person – Poetry Readings @ Northwest Library (free)

Listen to Oregon poets read from their works. This monthly program is organized by local poets to highlight two to three poets each reading.

October 30th, 7:30p – Matthew Inman (The Oatmeal) @ Powell’s Burnside (free)

If your cat is kneading you, that’s not affection; it’s checking your internal organs for weakness. If your cat brings you a dead animal, it’s not a gift; it’s a warning. The hilarious serving of cat comics, facts, and instructional guides inHow to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You (Andrews McMeel Publishing) is the latest from New York Times-bestselling-author Matthew Inman of TheOatmeal.com.


Have a literary event you’d like to publish here? Do you know of a fun event that’s missing from this list? Please comment on this post & I’ll update for our readers.

September 2012 – Upcoming Literary Events

14 Sep

Looking for something fun AND literary to do this month? Check out these events:

September 15th, 10:30a-12:30p – Local Author Showcase @ Troutdale Library (free)

Buck is local Troutdale author Bill Flynn’s sequel to the apocalyptic novel Shut Down.Buck tells the story of Corbett, Oregon, one of the larger self-sustaining colonies, two years after economic collapse. Readers are introduced to the character Buck, who is rescued by members of the Corbett colony. Buck struggles to recover from his wounds while helping the people of Corbett defend themselves against a gruesome attack by a desperate band of killers. Join Bill Flynn for a lively discussion and then stay for a book signing. Books will be available for purchase by the author.

September 16th, 7pm – Junot Diaz @ the Bagdad ($26.95)

Junot Díaz‘s first novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, arrived like a thunderclap, topping best-of-the-year lists and winning a host of major awards, including the Pulitzer Prize. Now Díaz turns his prodigious talent to the haunting, impossible power of love. The stories in This Is How You Lose Her (Riverhead), by turns hilarious and devastating, raucous and tender, lay bare the infinite longing and inevitable weaknesses of our all-too-human hearts. They capture the heat of new passion, the recklessness with which we betray what we most treasure, and the torture we go through to mend what we’ve broken beyond repair. Please note: This ticketed event takes place at the Bagdad Theater, 3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Tickets, $26.95, include admission and a copy of This Is How You Lose Her and are available at the box offices of the Bagdad Theater and the Crystal Ballroom, online at Etix.com, or by phone at 855-227-8499. Books distributed at event.

September 16th, 7:30pm – CALYX Journal Reading @ Powell’s Burnside (free)

A landmark in feminist publishing, CALYX Journal has served as a creative forum for diverse voices for over 36 years — including women of color, lesbian and queer writers, aging and young women, and emerging writers. Join us for a reading featuring the best and brightest CALYX authors from the Summer 2012 issue, including Stephanie Lenox, Katherine Malmo, Darlene Pagán, and Penelope Scambly Schott.

September 20th, 7pm – Steven Erikson @ Powell’s Cedar Hills Crossing (free)

Steven Erikson entered the pantheon of great fantasy writers with his debut, Gardens of the Moon. Now Erikson returns with a trilogy that takes place millennia before the events of the Malazan Book of the FallenForge of Darkness (Tor) introduces readers to Kurald Galain, the warren of Darkness, and tells an epic tale of a realm whose fate plays a crucial role in shaping the world of the Malazan Empire.

September 23rd, 4pm – Colin Meloy & Carson Ellis @ the Bagdad ($17.99)

In Under Wildwood (Balzer & Bray), Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis reveal new dimensions of the epic fantasy-adventure series begun with Wildwood. Ever since Prue McKeel returned home from the Impassable Wilderness after rescuing her brother from the malevolent Dowager Governess, life has been pretty dull. Her mind is constantly returning to Wildwood, where her friend Curtis still remains as a bandit-in-training. But all is not well in that world. A hard winter has come and discord reigns in the wake of the so-called Bicycle Coup. Dark assassins with mysterious motives conspire to settle the scores of an unknown client. Under a growing threat, Prue is drawn back into Wildwood, where she and Curtis will face their greatest challenge yet: to save themselves and the lives of their friends, and to bring unity to a divided country. Please note: This ticketed event takes place at the Bagdad Theater, 3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Tickets, $17.99, include admission and a copy of Under Wildwoodand are available at the box offices of the Bagdad Theater and the Crystal Ballroom, online at Etix.com, or by phone at 855-227-8499. Books distributed at event.

September 26th, 7pm – Verse in Person, Poetry Readings @ Powell’s Cedars Hill Crossing (free)

Listen to Oregon poets read from their works. This monthly program is organized by local poets to highlight two to three poets each reading.

September 27th, 7pm – Michael Chabon @ Northwest Library (free)

An intimate epic, a NorCal Middlemarch set to the funky beat of classic vinyl soul-jazz and pulsing with a virtuosic, pyrotechnical style all its own, Michael Chabon‘sTelegraph Avenue (Harper) is the great American novel we’ve been waiting for. Generous, imaginative, funny, moving, humane, Chabon’s “radiant masterpiece will be the talk of the season” (Booklist).

September 29th, 3pm – The Book & Poetry Club @ The Living Room (free)

Share your poetry and other creative writing for free at The Book & Poetry Club! This club provides a safe, encouraging, and creative environment with a strict no criticism rule for people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities to share their writing and enjoy the writing of others.

April 2012 – Upcoming Literary Events

5 Apr

Looking for something fun AND literary to do this month? Check out these events:

April 5th, After School — Verselandia Auditions @ Lincoln Library

Verselandia 2012! is the 1st PPS city-wide all high school poetry slam presented by Portland Literary Arts and hosted by the PPS high school library media specialists.


April 8th, 4pm — Poet Carlos Reyes @ Powell’s on Hawthorne (free)

In his fifth collection, Pomegranate, Sister of the Heart(Lost Horse Press), poet and translator Carlos Reyes offers a lyrical and surreal vision of our world. The edgy tone of this collection represents a departure from his earlier work, but the omnibus quality of this book offers something for everyone.


April 8th, 7:30pm — Cara Hoffman & Amelia Gray @ Powell’s on Burnisde (free)

In Cara Hoffman‘s debut novel, So Much Pretty (Simon & Schuster), journalist Stacy Flynn meticulously details the murder of 19-year-old Wendy White. Her crusade to expose the killer draws the attention of precocious Alice Piper, whose story intertwines with Wendy’s in a spellbinding climax. In Threats(Farrar, Strauss & Giroux), Amelia Gray‘s debut novel, David’s wife is dead. But his efforts to sort out what happened are interrupted by a series of elaborate and escalating threats hidden in strange places around his home, which may be the only clues to his wife’s death.


April 9th, 7:30pm — Leela Corman @ Powell’s on Burnside (free)

Unterzakhn (Schocken) is Leela Corman‘s mesmerizing, heartbreaking graphic novel about immigrant life on New York’s Lower East Side at the turn of the 20th century. With brilliant illustrations that capture both the tumult and the telling details of the street life of the time, Unterzakhn tells the story of Esther and Fanya, twin sisters for whom the difference between mere survival and great success involves painful decisions with uncertain consequences.


April 9th, 7:30pm — Doug Mack @ Powell’s on Hawthorne (free)

When Doug Mack picked up a 1963 edition of Europe on Five Dollars a Day, he had an inspired idea: to boldly go where millions had gone before, relying only on the advice of a travel guide nearly a half century out-of-date. Europe on Five Wrong Turns a Day (Perigee) is his account of what followed, a funny, fascinating journey into a new (old) world, and a disarming look at the ways the classic tourist experience has changed — and has not — in the last generation.


April 10th, 5-7:45pm – The 11th Annual Jefferson High School Multicultural Film Festival @ North Portland Library (free)

North Portland Library is proud to cosponsor Jefferson High School’s Multicultural Film Festival showcasing eight diverse movies. Join us for a discussion following the show.

Watch Multiracial Identity. Discussion facilitated by Dr. Yves Labissiere.

More information:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehhxGC0cd4E

Registration note:  First come, first served.


April 11th, 7:30pm — James Bernard Frost @ Powell’s on Burnisde (free)

James Bernard Frost‘s novel A Very Minor Prophet is the story of Barth Flynn, a barista in Portland, Oregon, who lives in a world of bicycles, zines, and cheap beer. Desperate for meaning and relationship, Barth befriends a passionate dwarf preacher named Joseph Patrick Booker who sees light in a gray world and strives to help people find connection with each other and something to believe in. It’s the story of a man who wakes up one day to realize that his life isn’t over; it’s just beginning.


April 12th, After School — Verselandia Auditions @ Lincoln Library

Verselandia 2012! is the 1st PPS city-wide all high school poetry slam presented by Portland Literary Arts and hosted by the PPS high school library media specialists.


April 13th, 4:30pm –Book Fan Friday @ Powell’s @ Cedar Hills Crossing (free)

Book Fan Friday is a workshop for kids 10 to 18 years old who love to write. This month, Stasia Ward Kehoe (Audition) and Rosanne Parry(Second Fiddle) collaborate with a group of accomplished young singers and dancers to present From Stage to Page: Writing about the Arts, a discussion about how to make arts a compelling story.


April 13th, 4-5:45pm — Bilingual Poetry Workshop @ Gregory Heights Library (free)

Octaviano Merecias-Cuevas, a trilingual Mixteco poet, socio-linguist, researcher, filmmaker, percussionist and community educator, will lead this workshop for teens designed to give your imagination a kick-start by introducing you to some of the basics of bilingual poetry.

Este taller está diseñado para poner en marcha su imaginación mediante la introducción a algunos de los fundamentos de la poesía bilingüe y bicultural. Después de tomar este curso usted conocerá los elementos básicos de la poesía, los tipos de poemas, y otros aspectos fundamentales de la poesía.

Registration note:  First come, first served.


April 13th, 7:30pm — Wendy McClure @ Powell’s on Burnside (free)

Long fascinated by with the Little House series,Wendy McClure set out to uncover the world of Laura Ingalls Wilder. The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie (Riverhead) is a loving tribute to a series that has inspired generations of American women. It is also an incredibly funny first-person account of an obsession, and a story about what happens when we reconnect with our childhood touchstones — and find that our love has only deepened.


April 15th, 2-4pm — Teen Anime Club @ Holgate Library (free)

View, review, snack and yak about all things anime.

Registration note:  First come, first served.


April 18th, 7:30pm — Green Washed: Why We Can’t Buy Our Way to a Green Planet @ Powell’s on Burnside (free)

Believing that “shopping green” is key to environmental sustainability, many Americans have dutifully replaced conventional produce with organic and bottled water with water bottles. But is this really any better for the planet? By examining the impacts of green initiatives on several sectors of the economy — infrastructure (green housing), consumer goods (green clothing), food (organic foods), energy (solar power and hybrid cars) — Green Washed: Why We Can’t Buy Our Way to a Green Planet (Ig Publishing) offers a new and unique take on green consumption, showing how smarter shopping is only the first step toward true sustainability.


April 19th — Preliminary SLAM for Verselandia

This year Portland Public Schools is holding a district-wide high school POETRY SLAM called VERSLANDIA on April 25th at the Mission Theater.

If you are interested in participating sign up at the check-out desk in the library. A preliminary SLAM will be held on this date to select Lincoln’s top 3 Slammers.

April 19th, 7:30pm — Blaine Harden @ Powell’s on Burnside (free)

In Escape from Camp 14 (Viking), acclaimed journalist Blaine Harden tells the story of Shin Dong-hyuk, one of the few people born in a North Korean political prison to have escaped and survived. Growing up, Shin knew nothing of civilized existence. He saw his mother as a competitor for food; guards raised him to be a snitch; and he witnessed the execution of his own family. Through this harrowing narrative of Shin’s life and remarkable escape, Harden offers an inside account of one of the world’s darkest nations and a riveting tale of endurance, courage, and survival. This event is cosponsored by the World Affairs Council of Oregon.


April 19th, 7:30pm — Alex Adams @ Powell’s on Hawthorne (free)

In Alex Adams‘s debut, the apocalyptic thriller White Horse (Atria), 30-year-old Zoe is leading an ordinary life with an ordinary job, when the president of the United States announces that human beings are no longer a viable species. Realizing that everyone she loves is disappearing, she embarks, scared and alone, on a remarkable journey of survival and redemption. Along the way, Zoe comes to see that humans are defined not by their genetic code, but by their choices.


April 22nd, 4pm — Poet John Brehm @ Powell’s on Hawthorne (free)

Taking the reader from the subways of New York City to the savannas of Paleolithic Africa to the transplant ward of Kyoto University Hospital, John Brehm‘s new collection of poems,Help Is on the Way (Univ. of Wisconsin Press), is enlivened by the same subtle music, penetrating wit, and emotional honesty that have won him high praise over the years.


April 24th, 6:30-7:30pm — Lit in the Library @ Hollywood Library (free)

Listen to Oregon writers read from their works. This bimonthly program is organized by local writer David Elsey to highlight two writers each reading.

Featuring Moira McAuliffe and David Rutiezer.

Registration note:  First come, first served.


April 24th, 7:30pm — Adam Levin @ Powell’s on Burnside (free)

Adam Levin‘s debut novel, The Instructions, was one of the most talked about books of 2010, a sprawling universe of “death-defying sentences, manic wit, exciting provocations, and simple human warmth” (Rolling Stone). In his new story collection, Hot Pink (McSweeney’s), Levin delivers, thankfully, more of the same: shaken snow-globes of overweight romantics, legless prodigies, quixotic doll makers, Chicagoland thugs, dirty old men, protective fathers, balloon-laden dump trucks, and walls that ooze gel — all told with lust and affection, tenderness and karate chops, slapstickery, ferocity, and heart.


April 29th, 3pm — Kir Jensen @ The Cleaners at the Ace Hotel, 1022 SW Stark St. (free)

Kir Jensen left the fine-dining-pastry track to sell handmade treats from Sugar Cube, a tiny pink food cart in Portland. Her covetable new cookbook, Sugar Cube: 50 Deliciously Twisted Treats from the Sweetest Little Food Cart on the Planet(Chronicle), is filled with voluptuous sweets intensified with a spike of booze, a lick of sea salt, or a whoop of whipped cream. Danielle Centoni, editor of Mixmagazine and a food writer whose work appears regularly in the Oregonian, co-authored Sugar Cube and joins Jensen at the event.


April 29th, 7:30pm — Moshe Kasher @ Powell’s on Burnside (free)

Rising young comedian Moshe Kasher is lucky to be alive. He started using drugs when he was just 12. At that point, he had already been in psychoanalysis for eight years. By the time he was 15, he had been in and out of several mental institutions, drifting from therapy to rehab to arrest to… you get the picture. But Kasher in the Rye (Grand Central) is not a slog through the horrors of addiction. It’s a hilarious memoir about the absurdity of it all, part Augusten Burroughs, part David Sedaris, part Jim Carroll (if a lot more Jewish). Brutally honest and laugh-out-loud funny, Kasher’s first literary endeavor finds humor in even the most horrifying situations.


Have a literary event you’d like to publish here? Do you know of a fun event that’s missing from this list? Please comment on this post & I’ll update for our readers.


January 2012 – Upcoming Literary Events

4 Jan

Looking for something fun AND literary to do this month? Check out these events:

January 4th, 7:30pm – Storm Large @ Powell’s on Burnside (free)

Storm Large’s musical roots are well established throughout Portland. While her new memoir Crazy Enough delves deep into stories of debauchery and youthful indescretions that come with the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle, Large also reveals a childhood with a mentally ill mother and growing up with the knowledge that this too would be her fate. What happens in between is a tale of finding one’s identity on stage and the many misdeeds that help shape us all.

January 6th, 7pm – VoiceCatcher Art Show and Reading @ Space Monkey (free)

Celebrate the release of this anthology featuring women authors and artists. Space Monkey (5511 SE 72nd Ave, Portland)

January 6th, 7:30pm – Michael Erard @ Powell’s on Burnside (free)

A hyperpolyglot is someone who speaks six or more languages fluently. In Babel No More, author and journalist Erard introduces us to language “superlearners” from around the world, including an Italian cardinal, a Connecticut blacksmith, an MIT linguist, and a Scottish church organist. Erard’s exploration reveals our astounding ability to retain information and communicate across borders.

January 6th, 7pm – Greg Bear @ Powell’s, Cedar Hills Crossing (free)

Legendary science fiction author Greg Bear presents the second novel in his Forerunner Saga, Halo: Primordium (Tor). In the wake of the apparent destruction of the Forerunner Empire, two humans — Chakas and Riser — are washed up on very strange shores. Captured by the Master Builder, misplaced during a furious battle in space, they now find themselves on an inverted world where horizons rise into the sky.

January 8th, 7-9pm – William Stafford Birthday Event @ Stonehenge Studios (free)

Stonehenge Studios, 3508 SW Corbett Ave., Portland. Hosted by FWS Board Member Leah Stenson. “Stafford in Translation.” Featuring Paul Merchant who will talk about the translation of Stafford’s poetry into various languages as well as Stafford’s work as a translator of Spanish, Cindy Gutierrez who will read Spanish Stafford translations, and Lars Nordstrom who will read his translations of Stafford into Norwegian. Attendees are invited to share a Stafford poem or anecdote at the open mic. Contact:Leah Stenson.

January 9th, 7:30pm – Alexis Smith @ Powell’s on Burnside (free)

Glaciers (Tin House) follows one day in the life of Isabel, a single, 20-something thrift-store shopper and collector of things cast off by others. Recalling the work of writers such asJean RhysMarguerite Duras, and Virginia WoolfAlexis Smith‘s stunning debut unfolds internally, the action shaped by Isabel’s sense of history, memory, and place. For Isabel, the fleeting moments of one day reveal an entire life.

January 10th, 7:30pm – 1,000 Places to See Before You Die @ Powell’s on Burnside (free)

The world’s bestselling travel book is back in a more informative, more experiential, more budget-friendly full-color edition. A #1 New York Times bestseller, Patricia Schultz‘s 1,000 Places to See before You Die (Workman) reinvented the idea of the travel book, as both wish list and practical guide. And now, with 500 full-color photographs and over 200 entirely new entries, the best has gotten even better.

Ongoing until January 12th – High School Photo & Writing Exhibition @ Rockwood Library (free)

The Rockwood Library is hosting a “photo and writing exhibition” that “explores the excitement, hope, apprehension and passion of high school students on the precipice of adulthood.”

January 13th, 7:30pm – Up the Capitol Steps @ Powell’s on Burnside (free)

Up The Capitol Steps tells the story of Oregon’s first and only female governor, Barbara Roberts from the woman who broke the glass ceiling herself. Get a behind the scenes look at the life of a female chief executive through the story of her unlikely rise to the highest office in the state.

January 20th, 7pm – Music & Poetry Benefit @ Three Friends Coffeehouse ($3 suggested donation)

Speak Sleepy: a music and poetry benefit accepting donations of blankets, books, and pajamas for Northwest Children’s Outreach. Features the dynamic female voices of Portland’s slam poetry scene and special music guests. All-ages event where attendees are encouraged to wear their comfiest pajamas. $3 suggested donation. Contact Andrea Hope (spread.hope@yahoo.com).

January 21st, 1-2:30pm – Richard Meltzer @ Central Library (free)

Richard Meltzer is considered to be one of the very first rock writers, having written for publications such as Crawdaddy!Rolling StoneVillage Voice andCreem. He is the author of several books, including Autumn Rhythm: Musings on Time, Tide, Aging, Dying, and Such BizThe Night (Alone) and The Aesthetics of Rock. Richard has also been a rock and roll lyricist (Blue Öyster Cult, VOM and Smegma), a rock and roll singer (VOM, Smegma), a performance artist, bon vivant, wrestling aficionado and poet. He’s the kind of figure rarely seen in post-millennial America — a Renaissance man of the underground; his mind directly fixated on our cultural misgivings and philosophical contradictions.

January 29th, 2-4pm – William Stafford Birthday Celebration & Reading @ Central Library (free) 

Readings and presentations commemorating Oregon’s late poet laureate


Space at programs is limited. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

If  you’ve got an event that you think LHS students would enjoy, please leave a comment & I’ll add to the post. And if you attend one of these events, please let us know your thoughts.

— Details reblogged from the various sources —

High School Photo & Writing Exhibition

4 Jan

From NOW until Thursday, January 12th, the Rockwood Library is hosting a “photo and writing exhibition” that “explores the excitement, hope, apprehension and passion of high school students on the precipice of adulthood.”

Sound familiar?

Check out these amazing artists at:

%d bloggers like this: