THURSDAY 12/7

Actress Nancy Cartwright, AKA the Voice of Bart Simpson
My Life as a 10-Year-Old Boy is the actress' story of working on The Simpsons. More than cute stories, it's a look at the creative process. BORDERS BOOKS AND MUSIC, 708 SW 3rd Ave, 220-5911, 7 pm

Marcia Bartusiak
Einstein's Unfinished Symphony is one of those great books that tries to explain advanced physics to us layfolk, and keeps it interesting. Start with Einstein and move forward from there. POWELL'S BOOKS ON HAWTHORNE, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30 pm


FRIDAY 12/8

Sharan Newman & Irene Radford
To Wear the White Cloak, and The Wizard's Treasure. Local writers. Newman is the author of the Catherine LeVendeur mysteries, tales of a former nun. Radford is the author of the Dragon Nimbus fantasy books. ANNIE BLOOM'S BOOKS, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, 246-0053, 7:30 pm

Steve Terrill & Tom Robinson
Oregon Then & Now is a beautiful book. Times, they have a'changed. Got more cars on the road, more roads on the ground... A great gift for any long time, nostalgic Oregonian. BARNES & NOBLE NORTHEAST (LLOYD CENTER), 1231 NE Broadway, 335-0201, 7 pm

We'Moon/Mother Tongue Ink
Celebrate the release of 2001 calendars & datebooks, for all the women in your gift-giving season. IN OTHER WORDS, 3734 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 232-6003, 7:30 pm

Jane Holtz Kay
Curbing the Car, Cooling the Planet. It's all part of the larger discussion of urban sprawl, the hole in the ozone, and everything in between. Held in the Olin Center for Physics and Chemistry, Rm. 301. LEWIS & CLARK COLLEGE, 0615 SW Palatine Hill Road, 768-7687, 7:30 pm


SATURDAY 12/9

Michael Hoeye
Time Stops for No Mouse. ANNIE BLOOM'S BOOKS, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, 246-0053, 5 pm

Pioneer Dance Theater Bookfair and Performances
A percentage of all sales during these hours benefits the Pioneer Dance Theater, a nonprofit devoted to creating dance opportunities for children regardless of economic standing. BARNES & NOBLE, 1720 N Jantzen Beach, 283-2800, 12-4 pm

Joe Bianco
Author of Portland Step by Step, a walking tour. BORDERS-BEAVERTON, 2605 SW Cedar Hills, 644-1498, 2-4 pm

Pictionary Tournament
Everyone invited! Bring a team or meet one. A lot of silliness, public bonding and prizes too! BORDERS-BEAVERTON, 2605 SW Cedar Hills, 644-1498, 7 pm

For Kids: The Grinch Who Stole Christmas
Reading time & crafts. BORDERS-BEAVERTON, 2605 SW Cedar Hills, 644-1498, 11 am


SUNDAY 12/10

Larry Karp
A demonstration of rare music boxes, the very boxes which served as the basis for Larry Karps book, The Music Box Murders. MURDER BY THE BOOK, 3210 SE Hawthorne, 232-9995,


MONDAY 12/11

I Love Monday! Poetry Night
Dan Raphael is joined this week by Dick Dickey, Blossom, and Bill Sively. BORDERS BOOKS AND MUSIC, 708 SW 3rd Ave, 220-5911, 7 pm, Free

For Kids: Holiday Craft Night
Crafts distract the kids while parents sneak off to shop. BORDERS-BEAVERTON, 2605 SW Cedar Hills, 644-1498, 7 pm


TUESDAY 12/12

Romance Readers Book Group
Twelve Days, by Teresa Hill. BORDERS-BEAVERTON, 2605 SW Cedar Hills, 644-1498, 7 pm


WEDNESDAY 12/13

Eileen Myles
Eileen Myles' novel, Cool For You reads like a thing submerged, surfacing in jagged pieces. Images and memory drift up to rest uneasily beside fragments, creating a picture of what it means to grow up female and working class. There's a sense of recovery in the book. Not specific recovery from a particular trauma, drugs or alcohol, but more like the act of collecting shards of something nearly lost. It has a hard, tough edge, and is laced with conversational sentences presenting huge ideas: "I've often thought of a female Christ...Mostly the world can't take it. Because of people's feelings about the delicacy of women and also because of what a meaningless display female suffering simply is. If you belittle us in school, treat us like slaves at home and finally, if you get a woman alone in bed just tell her she's all wrong, no matter what sex you are...I mean if that's the way it usually goes for this girl what would be the point in seeing her half nude and nailed up? Where's the contradiction? Could that drive the culture for 2,000 years?" POWELL'S BOOKS ON HAWTHORNE, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30 pm