THURSDAY 7/27

Peter Gadol
Gadol is the author of Closer to the Sun, The Mystery Roast, and Coyote. He'll be reading from his most recent novel, Light at Dusk, the story of a resumed love affair, a powerful friendship, and a child kidnapped by a band of roving terrorists. POWELL'S CITY OF BOOKS, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, Free

Tod Goldberg
Fake Liar Cheat is another in the recent flurry of quick-reading, young, male angst-ish novels, in which the narrator decides a 401(K) plan and a Pottery Barn coffee table isn't enough. Instead, he takes up dining and dashing, and spawns "a cult following of imitators." Way to rebel. POWELL'S ON HAWTHORNE, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30 pm, Free


FRIDAY 7/28

Poetry Fling
Local poet and PCC instructor Linda Elegant starts out this evening of open mic poetry readings. Everyone is welcome to read original work or favorite poems by published authors. BARNES & NOBLE, 1720 N Jantzen Beach, 283-2800

2nd Annual Queer Scribbles Open Mike
Queer Scribbles is open to writers of any genre with work that relates to the queer community. Free coffee served! BARNES & NOBLE NORTHEAST, 1231 NE Broadway, 335-0201, 7 pm, Free

Derek Lundy
The rules of the Vendee Globe sailing race are clear: around the world from France by way of Antarctica. No help, no stopping, one boat, one sailor. Godforsaken Sea is Lundy's story of the '96-'97 race, ranging from quiet meditation on the joy of sailing to the terror of moving through iceburgs and intense winds. POWELL'S CITY OF BOOKS, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, Free


SATURDAY 7/29

Another Harry Potter Party for Kids!
Harry Potter--come in costume! Activities, treats, and that Harry Potter community. BARNES & NOBLE, 1720 N Jantzen Beach, 283-2800, 4 pm, Free

*Peter Bagge
Bagge will be signing copies of his books, Martini Baton, Neat Stuff, Hate, and others. READING FRENZY, 921 SW Oak, 274-1449, 6-8 pm, Free


MONDAY 7/31

Molly Gloss
If you haven't yet made it to hear Gloss read from her new book, Wild Life, here's another opportunity, and one not to miss. Gloss is a stellar writer, with lush prose and insight. POWELL'S CITY OF BOOKS, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, Free

Poetry and Conversation with Jennifer Grotz
Talking Earth programs continue, with Mountain Writers Center coordinator Grotz and Barbara LaMorticella. Tune in for some fine poetry and a discussion of the local poetry scene. TALKING EARTH-KBOO RADIO, 10-11 pm, Free


TUESDAY 8/1

Benedict le Vay
Eccentric Britain takes a look at the odder corners and characters of Great Britain. This reading includes a slide show! POWELL'S CITY OF BOOKS, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, Free


WEDNESDAY 8/2

*Douglas A. Martin
Outline of My Lover tells a story of a young man and his rock star boyfriend, said to be modeled on MIchael Stipe of R.E.M. The interesting thing is, the author has also published work co-written with Michael Stipe himself, lending the portrait credibility and promise. Powell’s on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30 pm, Free