THURSDAY


Open Mic Poetry

Emily Riley 's poetry party! Everyone welcome. MOJO'S COFFEE DEN, 2853 SE Stark St, 238-8891, 8:30-1:00 am


Nathaniel Philbrick

Rammed by an angry sperm whale, facing head winds and shark attacks... The Heart of the Sea: the Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex pushes beyond Moby Dick to linger on deprivation, torment, whaling, and cannibalism, providing drama and action all the way. POWELL'S BOOKS ON HAWTHORNE, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30, Free


FRIDAY


Jennifer Louden

The Comfort Queen's Guide to Life has been rumored to send self-help books in a whole new direction. Who knows? ANNIE BLOOM'S BOOKS, 7834 SW Capitol Highway, 246-0053, 7:30, Free


* Craig Leslie

Storm Riders is a rugged, tragic novel by award winning local author. Join Leslie for discussion and an opportunity to ask how he kept from breaking his own heart. BARNES & NOBLE-BEAVERTON, 18300 NW Evergreen Parkway, 645-3046, 7 pm, Free


Vitamin Remedies that Really Work

Memory loss? Flu? Enjoy case studies of vitamins written as inspirational short stories, and learn to take vitamins effectively. BARNES & NOBLE-BEAVERTON, 18300 NW Evergreen Parkway, 645-3046, 7 , Free


SATURDAY


* Corey Cokes

National Poetry Slam Champ performs from new recording Coreyography. Hip-Hop fans take note. CAFE LENA, 2239 SE Hawthorne, 238-7087, 9:00 pm


Erik Brooks

The author and illustrator presents a children's book we could all learn a lesson from: Practically Perfect Pajamas, the tale of a polar bear who can't conform. Original illustrations on display. ANNIE BLOOM'S BOOKS, 7834 SW Capitol Highway, 246-0053, 11 am, Free


Book fair to Benefit Hillsboro School District's Summer Reading Camp

A percentage of all sales are donated to sending children to reading camp! BARNES & NOBLE-BEAVERTON, 18300 NW Evergreen Parkway, 645-3046, 10 am-4 pm


MONDAY


Bo Lozoff

Whatever the question, here's an opportunity to ask, and the answer is always: charitable works. The author will read from It's a Meaningful Life: It Just Takes Practice, a guide to balancing the working world with a search for meaning. The book has an introduction by the Dalai Lama himself. BORDERS BOOKS AND MUSIC, 708 SW 3 Ave, 220-5911, 7 pm, Free


Monday Night Readings

A rich offering of everything--personal essays read by Nathan Thuan Nguyen, Ronault Latang Sajong Catalan (Polo), Joe Cronin and Primus St. John; poetry with Susan Banyas, Leanne Grabel and so many others; songs performed by Brenda Phillips, Victor Morris and more. A stunning gathering of talent! ARTISTS REPERTORY THEATRE, 1516 SW Alder St, 241-9807 7:00pm, $5.00


TUESDAY


Open Mic

Five minutes of your own to "read, juggle, or whistle Dixie." Always a packed house and a welcoming crowd. CAFE LENA, 2239 SE Hawthorne, 238-7087, 9:30 pm


Viscount Ballroom's Beat Resurrection

Every Tuesday the Viscount hosts poetry, spoken word, and live jazz. 21 and over only. VISCOUNT BALLROOM, 722 E Burnside St, 233-7855, 8-midnight


Shana Alexander

This author actually witnessed the birth of Portland's favorite elephant, Packy, back in '62. The Astonishing Elephant is the result of 30 years of work. The novel explores the often tragic relationship between humans and elephants. ANNIE BLOOM'S BOOKS, 7834 SW Capitol Highway, 246-0053, 7:30, Free


* Zadie Smith

Salman Rushdie calls White Teeth, set in London, "an astonishingly assured debut, funny and serious." I believe him. POWELL'S BOOKS ON HAWTHORNE, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30, Free


WEDNESDAY


Rosellen Brown

Hear Brown read from her fourth novel, Half a Heart. It's a story of lapsed activism and suburban comfort in contrast to youthful idealism. ANNIE BLOOM'S BOOKS, 7834 SW Capitol Highway, 246-0053, 7:30, Free


Kief Hillsbery

War Boy is the story of a deaf-mute teenager and his friends, two speed freaks and a widow. A road-trip story by bus, passion in the throes of conflict. POWELL'S BOOKS ON HAWTHORNE, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30, Free


Women's Focus Book Group

On the first Wednesday of every month discuss the work of women writers. This month, try Hannah's Daughters by Marianne Fredriksson. POWELL'S BOOKS ON HAWTHORNE, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7 pm, Free