Jessi Klein, Annette Gordon-Reed, Samira Ahmed, more: 17 Oregon literary events + Free Comic Book Day

Today is Free Comic Book Day, a celebration of independent comic book stores, so find one near you and show it some love. Several Portland-area events of note:

  • Beaverton City Library is hosting a free mini Comic Con, featuring local comic and graphic book artists, from 11 am to 1 pm at the library, 12375 SW Fifth St., Beaverton.
  • Books With Pictures’ celebration includes a pop-up market from 10 am to 6 pm outside the store at 1401 SE Division St., Portland.
  • Cloud 9 Comics is holding a 50% off sale every day, along with a “huge sidewalk sale” of new inventory, at 2621 SE Clinton St., Portland.

Happy reading.

Author Karl Marlantes, who grew up in Seaside, discusses his epic 2019 novel “Deep River,” a dive into the lives of Finnish immigrants in the Pacific Northwest, in an event that’s part of the Cannon Beach Library’s NW Author Series. 2 p.m. May 7, Coaster Theater Playhouse, 108 N. Hemlock St., Cannon Beach. Masks and proof of vaccination are required for entry.

Author and teacher Gregory D Smithers discusses his new history, “Reclaiming Two-Spirits: Sexuality, Spiritual Renewal & Sovereignty in Native America,” with Raven E Heavy Runner. 5 p.m. May 9, via Powell’s Books. Register here.

Emmy Award-winning writer, producer and author Jessie Klein presents her new essay collection, “You’ll Grow Out of It.” 7 p.m. May 9, Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside St., Portland.

Portland reader and actor David Loft presents “The Fabulous Worlds of Italo Calvino” in a Story Time for Grownups event. 8 p.m. May 9, Rose City Book Pub, 1329 NE Fremont St.

oregon author Jenn Reese presents her middle-grade fantasy, “Every Bird a Prince.” 11 a.m. May 10, via Green Bean Books. Watch here.

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Annette Gordon Reed presents her latest book, “On Juneteenth,” as part of the Oregon Historical Society’s 2022 Mark O. Hatfield Lecture Series. 7 p.m. May 10, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, Portland. Tickets start at $30 and include a virtual-only option.

cultural anthropologist anita hannig discusses her new book, “The Day I Die: The Untold Story of Assisted Dying in America,” with peg sandeen, executive director of Death With Dignity National Center. 7 p.m. May 10, Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside St., Portland.

oregon author Jenn Reese discusses her middle-grade fantasy, “Every Bird a Prince,” with author Greg van Eekout. 7 pm May 10, via Annie Bloom’s Books. Register here.

Author Jeff VanderMeer discusses his eco-thriller “Hummingbird Salamander” with author Hank Green. Noon May 11, via Powell’s Books. Register here.

Author maya macgregor and Oregon author Jenn Reese discuss MacGregor’s queer young adult mystery, “The Many Half-Lived Lives of Sam Sylvester,” and Reese’s middle-grade fantasy, “Every Bird a Prince,” with author Rebecca Mahoney. 5 p.m. May 11, via Powell’s Books. Register here.

Author samira ahmed discusses her new young adult novel, “Hollow Fires,” with Portland author Margot Wood. 7 p.m. May 11, Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton.

Author laura kipnis (“Love in the Time of Contagion: A Diagnosis”) appears as part of Oregon Humanities’ Consider This: American Dreams, American Myths, American Hopes series. 7 p.m. May 11, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta St., Portland. Tickets start at $15; some no-cost tickets are available.

Former Parkrose High School coach and University of Oregon athlete Keanon Lowe discusses his new book, “Hometown Victory: A Coach’s Story of Football, Fate, and Coming Home,” with former Oregonian sports columnist John Canzano. 7 p.m. May 11, Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside St., Portland.

Author Edwidge Danticat, whose most recent book is the story collection “Everything Inside,” appears as part of Literary Arts’ Portland Arts & Lectures series. 7:30 p.m. May 12, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, Portland. Tickets are $29.

portland author Jason Tanamor presents his new young adult novel, “Love, Dance & Egg Rolls.” 5 p.m. May 13, Barnes & Noble Clackamas Town Center, 12000 SE 82nd Ave., Portland.

Author Holly Black discusses her fantasy thriller “Book of Night” with Portland author Fonda Lee. 7 p.m. May 13, Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton.

portland author David H.Wilson Jr. discusses his book “Northern Paiutes of the Malheur: High Desert Reckoning in Oregon Country” with Nancy Egangreat-great-great-granddaughter of Paiute Chief Egan, and Richard Meeker, co-owner of Willamette Week. 7 p.m. May 13, Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside St., Portland.

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