THURSDAY 8/24

Phillip Margolin
Popular detective thriller author Phillip Margolin, a Lake Oswegan, will read and sign his newest book, Wild Justice. A former attorney, Margolin's series of predictable pulp fiction has been successful enough to allow him to leave the practice of law and write full time. It is a regrettable state of affairs when the world would be better off with another attorney than with yet another of Margolin's books. ANNIE BLOOM'S BOOKS, 7834 SW Capitol Highway, 246-0053, 7:30 pm, Free


FRIDAY 8/25

Poetry Fling
Everyone is welcome to read original work or favorite poems by published authors. There is only stipulation--"keep it appropriate for all audiences," whatever that really means. BARNES & NOBLE, 1720 N Jantzen Beach, 283-2800,

The Literary Triangle
This month's event is a book fair to raise money for what I'm told is a worthy, though oddly unspecified organization. BARNES & NOBLE NORTHEAST, 1231 NE Broadway, 335-0201, 7:00 pm, Free

Terry Goodkind Booksigning
Booksigning only! Only two books brought from home allowed per customer! But, the more you purchase at the event, the more signatures you can collect! POWELL'S CITY OF BOOKS, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, Free


SATURDAY 8/26

Edward Regory
This memoir sounds promising. The Portland author tells his own story of life as a Hispanic boy from the New York ghettos who relocates to start again in Portland. BARNES & NOBLE NE, 1231 NE Broadway, 335-0201, 7:00 pm, Free

* Third Annual PikNuke
"All the world and one huge cooling tower as stage" for a series of informal poetry readings, food, and free verse frisbee.Sponsored by the Irradiated Poets and drawing together poets from four states, with lots of time and space for open mic. Bring your dogs, food, and poetry. Contact Joe Wheeler (941-2300, ext. 146) for directions and info. TROJAN NUCLEAR POWER PLANT/ RECREATIONAL Area, 941-2300 x 146, noon-6 pm


MONDAY 8/28

* Allison Green
Half-Moon Star is the story of a lesbian returning to her small town, to find everyone is as estranged and dissociated from his and her past as she herself. An interesting first novel by this Seattle writer. POWELL'S BOOKS ON HAWTHORNE, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30 pm, Free


TUESDAY 8/29

R. Barri Flowers
Murder in the Rose City is set in our very own town! Hard-boiled, action packed detective fiction. BORDERS BOOKS AND MUSIC, 708 SW Third Ave, 220-5911, 7 pm, Free

* Open Mic
The room is dark and cozy, the coffee's good, the crowd wants more and more poetry, spoken word, stories...get up and read, it's time. COFFEE TIME, 710 NW 21st, 9 pm, Free

Open & Clothed
An entire book exploring the secret world of the clothing obsessed. Costumes, wardrobes, museums, and ordinary consumers. A "guidebook to personal wardrobe bliss." POWELL'S CITY OF BOOKS, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, Free


WEDNESDAY 8/30

Beat Resurrection with Cat Daddy
Every Wednesday the Viscount hosts poetry, spoken word, and live jazz. Who needs more? 21 and over only. VISCOUNT BALLROOM, 722 E Burnside St, 233-7855, 9 pm, $3

* James Welch
The Heatsong of Chargin Elk is the story of an Oglala Sioux, based in fact, who travels far from his home, tribe, and tradition. A mix of political and personal history, this is an epic work. James Welch is always worth paying attention to. POWELL'S CITY OF BOOKS, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, Free