Roxane Gay, Emily St. John Mandel, Richard Powers, Ocean Vuong, more: 23 Oregon literary events

Events are free and virtual unless otherwise noted.

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

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

the Oregon Book Award finalists for young adult literature — JC Geiger, Courtney Gould, April Henry and Deborah Hopkinson — will read from their books. 11 a.m. April 16, via Literary Arts. Register here.

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

Two of the Oregon Book Award finalists in creative nonfiction — 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 Andrew Mendoza and Portland author Emily Prado celebrate their limited-edition chapbook, “American, Us!,” a collaboration among artists inside and outside youth corrections published by Portland’s Morpheus Youth Project, with a launch party including readings, music and merchandise. 2 pm 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 pm April 16, via Cannon Beach Library’s NW Authors Series. Watch via the library’s Facebook page.

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

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

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

Portland author, cognitive psychologist and educator Jay Kusky discusses 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 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 p.m. April 20, via Powell’s Books. Register here.

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

critic and theater director isaac butler discusses his new book, “The Method: How the Twentieth Century Learned to Act,” with author justin taylor. 7 p.m. April 20, Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside St., Portland.

Several Oregon Book Award finalists in fiction and poetry read from their work. 7 p.m. April 20, Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington St., Portland.

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

Author Nicholas Griffith discusses her fantasy novella, “Spear,” with author nisi shawl. 6:30 p.m. April 21, via Books in Common NW. Register here.

portland publisher Laura Stanfill launches her debut novel, “Singing Lessons for the Stylish Canary,” at 7 pm April 21 at Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside St. (Review: ‘Singing Lessons for the Stylish Canary’ is a charming tale 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 US Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland. 5 p.m. April 22, via Powell’s Books. Register here.

oregon author Lauren Kessler discusses her new book about life after incarceration, “Free: Two Years, Six Lives, and the Long Journey Home,” with writer Sterling Cuniowhose life sentence for aggravated murder was commuted in 2021. 7 pm April 22, Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside St., Portland.

Author and cultural critic Roxanne Gay gives a talk titled “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, voicesync.com.

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