READING—Supernatural romance is such a trendy genre that even Joyce Carol Oates is doing it. Well, sort of—the newest novel from the venerable writer, The Accursed, is half historical fiction set in the early 1900s, half gothic freakshow featuring vampires, ghosts, and trysts with the devil. AH
Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 SW Cedar Hills, Beaverton, 7 pm, FREE

PET SCIENCE PUB—Interested in genetically engineering your pug so it doesn't look so goddamn ugly? Check out this fascinating OMSI Science Pub called "Frankenstein's Cat," in which author/journalist Emily Anthes explains how biotechnology is shaping (and reshaping) the animals of now and the future! Added bonus—since it's a science pub: beer! WSH
Bagdad Theater 3702 SE Hawthorne, 7 pm, $5, all ages