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Literopolis: A Weekly Round-up Of Portland Literary Events

Monday, September 08, 2014


It's great to see plenty of literary "girl power" in Portland this week. 

Photo Credit: Dani_vr via Compfight cc

Feminist nonprofit, Bitch Media, celebrates the fall issue of Bitch magazine at The Waypost, Tuesday 9/4.

Certain to bring some heat and fiery debate to anyone feeling the first chill of summer's end, the Love/Lust issue takes a (feminist) peek at 40 years of Playgirl covers, as well as taboo topics like dating while fat, gaming and erotic roleplaying, and feminist porn startups.  

There will be a lovely/lusty haiku contest as well as excellent raffle prizes for the benefit of an excellent organization. A suggested $4 donation will benefit Bitch Media. Lauretta Jean's Pie will supply the brownies! 7-10 p.m. (all ages until 8 p.m., 21+ after 8 p.m.), 3120 N. Williams Avenue. Click here for more info

"The journey of a thousand pimp miles begins with a single pimp step."

So says "The Tao of Pimpin': a Folk Tale" (Bailey Girls Publishing), by local author Blue, who began with the question: "What if Laozi and Iceberg Slim got together and wrote a book?" Blue reads at feminist bookstore In Other Words 7-8:30 p.m. Friday Sept. 12, 14 NE Killingsworth Street., Free

Last, but never least, the wonderful Independent Publishing Resource Center is hosting a Feminist Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon on Saturday, Sept. 13. Wikipedia enjoys a pretty balanced readership gender-wise, but only 1 in ten of its editors are female.

Who better to do something about that than the creative do-it-yourselfers at the IPRC?! 

At the event, people of all genders can bring a laptop and learn how to edit Wikipedia. And those with expertise are encouraged to come and help improve entries for queer and feminist artists and writers. The event is free, but make sure to bring your own laptop! Noon-4 p.m. in the Zine library, 1001 SE Division Street. 

Bravo Portland. Ryan Gosling will be so pleased! 

Also happening in PDX this week: 

Monday: Literary Arts celebrates its 30th anniversary with a special event featuring Elizabeth Gilbert and Calvin Trillin, who was the first-ever Portland Arts & Lectures speaker in October 1984. Musical guest Colin Meloy of The Decemberists will make this a birthday bash to remember 7:30-9 p.m., Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. 1037 SW Broadway, Tickets available at Portland5.com

Also on Monday, Anne Hendren at Another Read Through. Join the local author of Project Runway for a reading and Q&A. 7-8 p.m., 3932 N Mississippi Avenue., Free

Wednesday: SFWA Pacific Northwest Reading Series. Celebrate science fiction of the Pacific Northwest at McMenamins Kennedy School. Eileen Gunn, Patrick Swenson, and Wendy Wagner read from their latest work, interpreting and explaining their concepts and vision. Minors welcome with a guardian. 6 p.m. Doors, 7 p.m. Event, 5736 NE 33rd Avenue., Free

Thursday Food Lover's Guide to Portland. Author Liz Crain will be joined in a panel discussion by Nick Zukin (food writer and owner of Mi Mero Mole), Brett Burmeister (Food Carts Portland writer), Gabe Rosen (Biwa chef and owner), and Nat West (Reverend Nat's Hard Cider). This event is sponsored by Edible Portland. 7:30 p.m., Powell's City of Books, Free

Saturday The Quarterly NIWA Rapid Fire Reading. Every quarter, five authors, representing five genres, have five minutes each to wow an audience with their work at Another Read Through bookstore. This quarter, authors from the Northwest Independent Writer's Association include James Gillaspy, Courtney Pierce, Jeffrey Cook, Shawna Reppert, and Katherine Boyer. 1:30-3 p.m., 3932 N Mississippi Avenue, Free

More for Saturday The great James Ellroy presents his latest novel, Perfidia (Knopf), at an afternoon reading at Powell's. Powell's City of Books, 4 p.m. Free

Another for Saturday Gobshite Quarterly at Mother Foucault's Bookshop. The latest issue of the multilingual lit journal launches with readings by local contributors Matthew Robinson, Amy Temple Harper, Tiffany Lee Brown, Pecos B. Jett, and many others. See Facebook for further details and more readers. 6 p.m., 523 SE Morrison Street, Free

Sunday In Search Of The Perfect Loaf: A Homebaker's Odyssey. Author Samuel Fromartz will be joined in conversation by Tim Healea, owner and head baker of Portland's Little T American Baker. Sponsored by Edible Portland. 7:30 p.m., Powell's City of Books, Free

Another for Sunday The Portland Poetry Slam continues at Glyph Cafe and Arts Space. See Facebook for further details. 7-10 p.m., 804 NW Couch Street, Free

Photo credit: Ian Reeves

Deborah Reeves is an Irish writer, happy to call Portland home after many years of traveling. An avid reader, she blogs about books and writing at deborahrosereeves.com.  You can reach her @debrosereeves on the Twitter.


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