There's quite a bit to choose from this evening. If you've got a literary muscle in your body, tonight's the night to flex it.
Tin House and Disjecta present an evening with Jon Raymond, Quasi, and Zak Smith. Frequent Kelly Reichardt collaborator Jon Raymond wrote the short stories that Old Joy and Wendy and Lucy are based on; he's also an unusually engaging presenter who will NOT actively bore you. Quasi is Quasi; Zak Smith is an artist, porn actor, and the author of the just-released We Did Porn, an illustrated memoir about his experiences in the alt-porn scene (my review, in which I do my best to sound blasé about pornography, is here). That's at 7:30 pm, $7
There's a Portland Noir reading at Sellwood's Looking Glass Books, 7 pm—anthology editor Kevin Sampsell is reportedly going out of his way to make these readings atmospheric and fun (as he's done in the past with events like the Booty Call reading series). He'll be joined by contributors Floyd Skloot, Ariel Gore, Dan DeWeese and Megan Kruse.
At Powell's City of Books, Kate Hopkins reads from her boozey primer 99 Drams of Whiskey at 7:30 pm; at the Hawthorne store, also at 7:30 pm, GX Robillard reads from Captain Freedom: A Superhero's Quest for Truth, Justice, and the Celebrity He So Richly Deserves, a satirical, poppy superhero book (Powell's has podcasts of Robillard reading his book here).