THURSDAY 3/22

Aaron and Charlotte Elkins
A couple that writes together, churning out the award winners. Northwest Neighborhood Cultural Center, 1819 NW Everett, 228-6972, 7:30 pm

The Gates of the Alamo
Here's a more complicated look at border politics, our Mexican neighbors, and how the Alamo came about, told through fictional characters. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm


FRIDAY 3/23

* Clemens Starck
Oregon Book Award winner, laboring poet, author of Journeyman's Wages. Have lunch with the homeless and tune into poetry about the kind of back breaking work that makes earning a living a sure way to work toward dying, and the moments of beauty that shine through. "Be on the job at eight/boots crunching in gravel;/cinch up the tool belt, string out the cords/to where we left off Friday--" Boxcar Bertha's, 1000 NW 17th, 248-9231, 12 Noon

Kevin Sampsell's Weekend of Words, Confusion and Explosions
Readings by locals Torre Sathrum, James Squeeky, Ritah Parish, and Jodi Darby. Two bands, and Sampsell himself in performance. Also, The Typing Explosion, from Seattle, writing poetry on demand. Groundswell Gallery, 1800 NE Alberta, 331-1420, $3-$5

Elana Dykewomon
Author of Beyond the Pale and editor of Sinister Wisdom. In Other Words, 3734 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 232-6003, 7:30 pm


SATURDAY 3/24

Celebrate Women's History Month: Create Your Own History
Learn to create and write in your own journal. Pre-register: 283-2800/888-283-2900 Barnes & Noble, 1720 N Jantzen Beach, 283-2800, 2 pm

Women's History Month Book Party
"Feminism and Revolution--Alive and Inseparable" Hey! They've updated it! It's the new version of The Radical Women Manifesto: Socialist Feminist Theory, Program and Organizational Structure. Celebrate with hors d'oeuvre buffet for a $7 donation, mix and mingle. Bread & Roses Center, 819 N Killingsworth, 240-4462, 6 pm

Kevin Sampsell's Weekend of Words, Confusion and Explosions
McSweeney's author, Lawrence Krauser, will read from Lemon. (See review) Also appearing: Mykle Hansen, Jemiah Jefferson, Mike Daily, and Gregory Hischak. Music by Delorean, more from The Typing Explosion, and Kevin Sampsell continues his performance of "The Disappearing Beard." Groundswell Gallery, 1800 NE Alberta, 331-1420, $3-$5

Jan Clausen and Kathleen Tyau
Clausen, a Portlander-turned-New York author, teacher, and activist, returns to read alongside Kathleen Tyau. Both are award winners. Nye Beach Writers' Series, Studio Theatre Performing Arts Center, 777 West Olive, (541) 574-7708, 7 pm, $6/$5


SUNDAY 3/25

Annie Kochert
With the rise in sales of nonfiction, there's also been an increase in novels-with-research. This one looks at Kennewick Man. Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, 246-0053, 3 pm

Kevin Sampsell's Weekend of Words, Confusion, and Explosions
Open mic, closing the show. Hosted by the hilarious and charming Ruben Nisenfeld, featuring Paul Ash with his monologue, "Why Should I Loan You Mine When You've Broken Yours Off Already?" Groundswell Gallery, 1800 NE Alberta, 331-1420, $3-$5


TUESDAY 3/27

Funny Ladies
What's so funny? Have to go listen to find out. Why "ladies"? Ask about that too. Six local women show off their own writing, work that keeps them laughing anyway. Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway, 284-1726,

Allegra Goodman
Paradise Park tells the story of a woman on a quest for enlightenment. Not plot driven, but looking at the twists and turns of a character trying to find meaning in the world. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm


WEDNESDAY 3/28

Jenny Scholten
Day Stripper. A writer who worked as a stripper has now written a novel set in and around a strip club, complete with murder, detective work and the allure of the Tenderloin. Exploitation? Titillation? Media Machinery or literature? In Other Words, 3734 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 232-6003, 7 pm

Rita Mae Brown
God no! It's not really, is it? The eighth in the series...that damn cutsy cat, "Sneaky Pie Brown," rears his tufted head, sure as Shaggy and Scooby, stirs up another crime. And yes, its really marketed under the title, Claws and Effect. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm