Thursday 6/15

* Gay, Lesbian & Bisexual Book Group
This month discuss Tales of the Lavender Menance, Jay Karla's history of the fight for gay rights. BORDERS BOOKS AND MUSIC, 708 SW Third Ave, 220-5911, 7 pm, Free

Bill Bryson
In a Sunburned Country is Bryson's travel stories of the wild, obscure and desolate spaces of Australia. The event is free, but with limited seating. A friend from Australia tells me, "Listen to this reader and you'll understand what a bizarre country I come from!" FIRST UNITARIAN CHURCH, 1011 SW 12th Ave, 246-2441, 7:30, Free

Essential Love: Poems about MotheRs and Fathers, Daughters and Sons
150 poets explore parent-child relationships in this anthology. Three contributors read their work. POWELLS ON HAWTHORNE, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30, Free


Friday 6/16

Gay Pride Reading
Led by Portland poet Diana Cohen, specific readers have yet to be announced, but the plan is a diverse group reading original work. BORDERS BOOKS AND MUSIC, 708 SW Third Ave, 220-5911, 7 pm, Free

* Lorna Miller and Friends; Joyce Carol Oates' Birthday
Lorna Miller knows what's up. CAFE LENA, 2239 SE Hawthorne, 238-7087, Free

Richard Meltzer
A Whore Just Like the Rest of Us is Meltzer's harvest of essays and ideas drawn from his career as a rock reporter and one of the first rock reviewers ever. POWELL'S CITY OF BOOKS, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30, Free


Saturday 6/17

Millennial Spring Poets' Panel
Five of the eight Oregon poets featured in the anthology, Millennial Spring will read their work. ANNIE BLOOM'S BOOKS, 7834 SW Capitol Highway, 246-0053, 5 pm, Free


Monday 6/19

Literature in Perfomance Bloomsday Celebration
An annual tribute to James Joyce's Ulysses honoring the book's main character, Leopold Bloom. Actors David Heath, Rebecca J. Becker and Keith Scales read. BORDERS BOOKS AND MUSIC, 708 SW Third Ave, 220-5911, 7 pm, Free

Modern Women Writers Book Group
Discuss The Traveling Horn Player, by Barbara Trapido. BORDERS BOOKS AND MUSIC, 708 SW Third Ave, 220-5911, 7 pm, Free

* Peggy Orenstein
Hey, life is hard. Flux: Women on Sex, Work, Love, Kids and Life in a Half-Changed World addresses it all in relation to women trying to make sense of this world we live in, and keep a sense of themselves at the same time. BORDERS-TIGARD, 16970 SW 72 Ave, 968-7576, 7 pm, Free


TUESDAY 6/20

Viscount Ballroom's Beat Resurrection
Every Tuesday the Viscount hosts poetry, spoken word, and live jazz. Who needs more? 21 and over only. VISCOUNT BALLROOM, 722 E Burnside St, 233-7855,

* Ariel Gore with Bee Lavender, Inga Musico, Cassandra Garrison, the Union Choir and more!
Celebrate Ariel Gore's birthday and the release of her second book, The Mother Trip, an independent publication that's topped Amazon's best seller list for two weeks. A Reading Frenzy event. See review for more. OLD CHURCH, 1422 SW 11 Ave, 222-2031, 7 pm, $3-5, sliding scale

Mark Lindquist
Never Mind Nirvana draws on the Seattle music scene for a compellingly believable story of drama and internal struggle. POWELL'S CITY OF BOOKS, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30, Free

Murray Taylor
Smokejumpers...the word alone conjures up images of valor, danger and daring. Jumping Fire: A Smokejumper's Memoir lives up to the image, taking readers inside a world of adrenaline, injury and bravado. Even better, it's nonfiction, based on the author's 35 year career. POWELL'S ON HAWTHORNE, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30, Free


Wednesday 6/21

Midsummer Storytelling Night; James Low (early)
Storytelling musicians including Gwion, Neil Gilpin, Alaric True and Pete Krebs promise a good time of late night tales. LAURELTHIRST, 2958 NE Glisan St, 232-1504, 9 pm, $7.00

Prose Writer's Group
Bring your own work and show it off! Advice and feedback in a supportive group. Ongoing; newcomers always welcome. Third Wednesday of each month. BARNES & NOBLE, 1720 N Jantzen Beach, 283-2800, 7 pm, Free

* Molly Gloss
Hear the author read from her book, Wild Life, set in the Pacific Northwest. Gloss offers lush sentences and rich prose. Always interesting. BORDERS-TIGARD, 16970 SW 72 Ave, 968-7576, 7 pm, Free