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Roxane Gay, Emily St. John Mandel, Richard Powers, Ocean Vuong, More: 23 Oregon Literary Events

Events are free and virtual unless otherwise stated.

“Broadsides: A Collection of Poetry and Other writings”, an exhibit of the Multnomah County Library’s John Wilson Special Collections, opened April 12. It is on display 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and Wednesday through Saturday, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday (hours may differ on holidays) through July 12, Collins Gallery , Central Library, 801 SW 10th Ave., Portland.

the Oregon Book Prize Finalists for children’s literature — Waka T. Brown, Cathy Camper, Jennie Englund, Gabi Snyder and Tracy Subisak — read excerpts from their books. 10 a.m. April 16, via Green Bean Books and Literary Arts. Register here.

the Oregon Book Prize Finalists for children’s literature — JC Geiger, Courtney Gould, April Henry and Deborah Hopkinson — read excerpts from their books. 11 a.m. April 16, via Literary Arts. Register here.

Old Oregon Governor Barbara Roberts launches her new book, ‘A Voice for Equity,’ a collection of 22 of her speeches during her career in public service, at an event hosted by the Center for Women’s Leadership at the University of Portland State. 1 p.m. April 16, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Portland.

Two of Oregon Book Prize Finalists in creative non-fiction — Alison Cobb and Aaron Gilbreath – appear as part of the Springfield Celebrates Authors series. 1 p.m. April 16, Springfield Public Library, 225 Fifth St., Springfield. Click here to attend via Zoom.

Beaverton author Andres Mendoza and author from Portland Emilie Prado celebrate their limited-edition chapbook, “American, Us!”, a collaboration between artists inside and outside of youth corrections published by Portland’s Morpheus Youth Project, with a launch party including readings, music and merchandise. 2 p.m. April 16, Barrio at Portland Mercado, 7238 SE Foster Road, Portland. (Read more about “American, Us!”)

Portland author Omar El Akkad discusses his novels, “American War,” about a second American Civil War, and “What Strange Paradise,” about the global refugee crisis. 2 p.m. April 16, via Cannon Beach Library’s NW Author Series. View it on the library’s Facebook page.

poet and novelist Ocean Vuong discusses his new collection of poetry, “Time is a Mother”, with the author Jia Tolentino. 5 p.m. April 18, via Powell’s Books. Register here.

Author Alexandre Varela discusses his first novel about queer, racial and class identity, “The Town of Babylon”, with the author Justin Taylor. 7 p.m. April 18, Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside St., Portland.

Jeff Deutschdirector of Chicago Seminary’s Cooperative Bookstores, discusses his new book, “In Praise of Good Bookstores,” with the author Ada Calhoun. 5 p.m. April 19, via Powell’s Books. Register here.

Portland author, cognitive psychologist and educator Jay Klusky talks about his book “Reverse Integration: Helping White America Join the Village”. 6 p.m. April 19, Third Eye Books, 2518 SE 33rd Ave., Portland.

Author Emily St. John Mandel discusses her new novel, ‘Sea of ​​Tranquility,’ with the Portland author Omar El Akkad. 7 p.m. April 19, Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside St., Portland.

Author Clyde W. Ford presents his new book, “Of Blood and Sweat: Black Lives and the Making of White Power and Wealth”. 5:00 p.m. April 20, via Powell’s Books. Register here.

Bill Silverly and Michael McDowellthe editors of Windfall: A Poetry Journal of Place, will host a final reading for the journal. 6:30 p.m. April 20, Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway, Portland.

Critic and director Isaac Butler discusses his new book, “The Method: How the Twentieth Century Learned to Act,” with the author Justin Taylor. 7:20 p.m., Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside St., Portland.

Many Oregon Book Prize Finalists in fiction and poetry read from their work. 7:20 p.m., Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington St., Portland.

Author Chloe Caldwell discusses her new health memoir, ‘The Red Zone: A Love Story,’ with the author Claire Dederer. 5 p.m. April 21, via Powell’s Books. Register here.

Author Nicholas Griffith discusses her fantasy novel, ‘Spear,’ with the author Nissi Shawl. 6:30 p.m. April 21, via Books in Common NW. Register here.

Portland Editor Laura Stanfill launches her first novel, “Singing Lessons for the Stylish Canary,” at 7 p.m. April 21 at Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside St. (Review: “Singing Lessons for the Stylish Canary” is a charming story of family, friendships and choices)

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Powers appears as part of Literary Arts’ Portland Arts & Lectures series. 7:30 p.m. April 21, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, Portland. $29 (includes remote livestream option),literary-arts.org.

Author and podcaster Kate Kelly discusses her new book, “Ordinary Equality: The Fearless Women and Queer People Who Shaped the US Constitution and the Equal Rights Amendment,” with U.S. Representative Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland. 5 p.m. April 22, via Powell’s Books. Register here.

Oregon Author Lauren Kesler discusses his new book about life after incarceration, “Free: Two Years, Six Lives, and the Long Journey Home”, with the writer Sterling Cunionwhose life sentence for aggravated murder was commuted in 2021. 7 p.m. April 22, Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside St., Portland.

Author and cultural critic Roxane Gay gives a lecture entitled “Roxane Gay: With One N” as part of the Voices lecture series. 7:30 p.m. April 22, Tiffany Center, 1410 SW Morrison St., Portland. $49, voicesinc.com.

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