Join Friends of Mystery as we present Finn J.D. John, author of Wicked Portland: The Wild and Lusty Underworld of a Frontier Seaport Town.

Finn J.D. JohnFinn J.D. John is the author of several books on the regional history of his home state of Oregon. He is also the editor, annotator, and audiobook narrator of several omnibus collections of classic pulp authors, including Edgar Rice Burroughs, H.P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard, published in hardcover, paperback, e-book, audiobook and interactive PDF editions. Since 2011 he has produced the thrice-weekly Offbeat Oregon History podcast, and, since 2008, a locally syndicated weekly newspaper column titled “Offbeat Oregon History” (, which runs regularly in 16 community newspapers in his home state. Finn teaches New Media Communications at Oregon State University, specializing in trans-media franchises as a venue for creative expression. He can be reached via Twitter at @offbeatoregon or by e-mail at

The event opens with a reception at 7pm, followed by the presentation and discussion at 7:30pm. All are welcome.

Please note this event marks our first at our new location, TaborSpace, in the Copeland Commons room. TaborSpace is located at 5441 SE Belmont St. Portland, OR 97215.

  • There is both an off-street parking lot adjacent to the building and on-street parking in the area.
  • Trimet Bus #15 stops just outside the facility.