Oh damn – this week is just the beginning of an entire summer full of amazing literary events coming to Portland this year. The Notable Portland column lists dozens of things, but I’ll let you in on my plans. I obviously can’t be everywhere at once so I’ll tell you where to spot me and what you don’t want to miss.
Tonight, I’ll be at Noland Bo Chahila’s and Alisha Bruton’s book release party for We Try to Touch Everything (May 2014) at the Independent Publishing Resource Center.
Tomorrow is going to be terrible, by which I mean great. We have several amazing options – The Bad Blood Reading Series at ADX Portland, The West Behind Us book launch party at the Newspace Center for Photography, the IPRC member mixer, and other non-literary things I was tempted by, like Finding Vivian Meyer coming to the Living Room Theater and a Decemberists concert to benefit the Victory Academy for Children with Autism over at the Crystal Ballroom. But me, I’ll be watching one of my local all-time favorite writers, Charles D’Ambrosio, interview a new favorite, Karen Russell over at the Little Church on Alberta. It’s free but limited seating so you should definitely score yourself some tickets and join me. I can’t decide if I want to dress for church or dress for a reading party – what does a girl wear to a reading in a church exactly? I’m excited. Maybe I’ll just wear something soft and comfortable so I can disappear into the back pew, just like I did in church.
Saturday in the day I am heading over to Kalé, one of my favorite Japanese curry spots in town, to support my friend Makoto and his fundraiser for tsunami relief in Japan (and in support of stuffing myself full of cheddar and Japanese curry). Then I’m going to kick off my Saturday night at Soundings: An Evening of Words and Sound over in SE Portland. I’m excited to Amy Temple Harper, Emily Newberry, and a host of others. It’s going to be a great night.
Sunday, I’m going to Boys Fort in the day to check out their anniversary party and reading. That night, I’ll be at Glyph to catch a I Am a Secret I Don’t Have to Share poetry reading.
Monday’s my day off usually from readings, but if I do feel up to it I’ll head over to Powell’s to listen to Dan Barber talk about food and sustainability.
Tuesday I’ll try to get to the Jade Lounge over in SE to witness The Hour That Stretches.
Wednesday, I am torn! But I think I’m gonna play it close to home and hit Powell’s up to hear Roxane Gay read from An Untamed State.
You got something else I don’t know about to see? Tell me. There’s nothing I love more than finding a new favorite writer, or going to a lecture and learning something totally new. And if you end up at a reading, let me know. I love hearing what people have discovered through the Notable Portland column!