Keep Portland Reading is a project I’ve started so I can better support the Portland literary scene. My main goal is to aggregate all the bookstore and author events I can find, and go to as many as I can. When I’m able, I’ll post book reviews and recaps of the events.
I’m focusing primarily on novels, because that’s what I mainly like to read; select non-fiction will go on the list too. I’ll also focus on PNW authors and publishers, though non-locals whose books I’m particularly interested in may slip onto the list. All events are free unless otherwise indicated.
If any PDX resident would like to submit a review or an event recap of a Portland literary event, for the ones listed or for non-novels (memoirs, anthologies, poetry, etc), please reach out via the contact page! If I’ve missed an event, please feel free to leave details in a comment, and I’ll check it out–but please be aware that I will limit this list for a variety of reasons, so an event you share may not get added.
If you go to a literary event in Portland, please feel free to tag it with #keepportlandreading so we can all see!
Saturday, April 1st 1:30-3pm (Another Read Through): Reading with contributors and a cover artist for Portland’s Timberline Review
Monday, April 3rd 7:30pm (Powell’s Hawthorne): Reading, The Hour of Daydreams by Renee Macalino Rutledge | Literary Fiction
Tuesday, April 4th 7-8:30pm (Another Read Through): Lesbian Lit Book Group, reading Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera
Thursday, April 6th 7:00pm (Powell’s Cedar Hills): Discussion, Laini Taylor and Sara Gundell of Novel Novice
I met Sara at last month’s reading of You’re Welcome Universe, and I love her bookstagram (@novel.novice) account. Plus people have been telling me for literally years that I need to read Laini Taylor…so hopefully I can make it to this event, promoting Taylor’s new release, Strange the Dreamer.
Friday, April 7th 7-8pm (Another Read Through): Group Reading with authors Lance Olsen, Lou Rowan, and Ben Slotkey
Saturday, April 8th 1:30-3pm (Another Read Through): Reading/Discussion, The End of Patriarchy by Robert Jensen | Non-fiction, activism
Tuesday, April 11th 7-8pm (Annie Bloom’s): Reading, Concepción and the Baby Brokers by Deborah Clearman | Literary Fiction
Wednesday, April 12th 6-7:30pm (Another Read Through): Event, Tea and Book Pairing featuring Townshend’s Tea
This is a free event, but space is limited, so please rsvp to email@example.com
Wednesday, April 12th 7-8pm (Annie Bloom’s): Reading, Trout Run by Paul Dage | Mystery
Thursday, April 13th 7-9pm (Lucky Lab Brewery): Book Launch, The Last to Die by Kelly Garrett | YA Mystery
Tuesday, April 18th 7-8:30pm (Another Read Through): Mystery Book Group, reading Secrets, Lies, and Champagne Highs by Jeanette Hubbard
Tuesday, April 18th 7:30pm (Powell’s City of Books): Reading, The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch | Science fiction
Thursday, April 20th 7-8:30pm (Another Read Through): Group Reading with authors Mo Daviau, Jamie Duclos-Yourdon, Tracy Manaster, and Susan DeFreitas
Thursday, April 20th 7-8pm (Annie Bloom’s): Reading, Seven Stitches by Ruth Tenzer Feldman and Pointe Claw by Amber Keyser | YA
I attended a reading of Seven Stitches last month and enjoyed it (bought the first book in the series). I’ve heard good things about Pointe Claw, a story that seems to combine ballet and magic.
TICKETED EVENT Friday, April 21st 6-9pm (Oregon Zoo): 19th Annual HomeWord Bound Fundraiser for affordable housing; includes dinner, silent auction, and local authors signing books for purchase.
TICKETED EVENT Monday, April 24th (Gerding Theater): Event, 2017 Oregon Book Awards
Thursday, April 27th 7-8pm (Another Read Through): Reading, poets John Sibley Williams, Shaindel Beers, and Cecelia Hagan
Saturday, April 29th: INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE DAY!
All Portland’s indie bookstores are going to have cool things going on, so swing by each one and make a day of it. Another Read Through is having a remainder sale featuring big discounts on books from local publishers (Forest Avenue Press, Hawthorne Books, Tin House Books, Ooligan Press, Atelier26, and Microcosm).