Michelle Cassou
Point Zero. A book about "breaking down the barriers to creativity." Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, 246-0053, 7:30 pm

Avid Readers Book Group
The Burning Shore, by Wilbur Smith. Barnes & Noble/ Clackamas, 9078 SE Sunnyside Rd, 794-9262, 7 pm

The Funhouse Mirror: Reflections on Prison
After standardized testing, prison is one of the nation's biggest non-producing industries, and growing. In some states, teaching writing in the prisons is more lucrative than teaching at the community colleges, and the students are never tardy. Here's a look at prison writing. Find out what it's like to be on the inside. Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 238-1668, 7:30 pm


Poetry Fling
Poets & poetry lovers all welcome. Barnes & Noble, 1720 N Jantzen Beach, 283-2800, 7 pm, Free


Amber L. Hollibaugh
My Dangerous Desires. Sponsored by In Other Words and The Lesbian Community Project, Hollibaugh will read from her book (buy it elsewhere, ahead of time. It won't be for sale at the library) about things such as labeling--butch, femme, trans, bi, top, bottom, b-girl, drag king--and other issues. Central Library, 801 SW 10th Ave, 248-5234, 7 pm

* William Least-Heat Moon
River Horse. The author sailed five thousand miles, from NY to Astoria, Oregon. That's plenty of time to think about the way we live on this planet, conservation and the hope of rehabilitation. Now more relevant than ever. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm


Martha Tod Dudman
Augusta, Gone. Here's the true story, a cautionary tale perhaps, of a woman who raised a bad seed of a daughter and got a book contract based on the experience. Stealing, drugs, cutting school--and publication for the mom as a silver lining. Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway, 284-1726, 7 pm

Amber Hollibaugh
My Dangerous Desires. Filmmaker, journalist, ex-hooker, feminist, incest survivor, lesbian, thinker, political organizer. Twenty years of thinking, writing, talking back. Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 238-1668, 7:30 pm

Robert Sapolsky and A Primate's Memoir
Based on 20 years field research with Savanna baboons. Love, death, biology, history, science. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm


* Greil Marcus
Arts & Lectures continues. Greil Marcus, rock critic from the days before there were rock critics, author of numerous books, obsessed with music, cultural history, and America. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, SW Broadway & Main, 7:30 pm, $20-$23

To An Unknown God: Religious Freedom on Trial
Remember that major trial over peyote ingestion a few years back. It raised the issue of when spiritual drug use is more appropriate than recreational drug use. Here's the book, complete with backlash, personal drama, and recreated court scenes. Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 238-1668, 7:30 pm

* Henry Taylor Poetry Reading
Sponsored by Mountain Writers to celebrate Taylor's Northwest Regional Residency. Pulitzer Prize winner, NEA recipient. PSU, Smith Memorial Browsing Lounge, 1620 SW Park, , 8 pm

Janice Cooke
The Russian Word For Snow. A book about adoption, by an adoptive mom. Twenty-Third Avenue Books, 1015 NW 23rd Ave, 224-6203, 7:30 pm

Pharaoh, King of Egypt
Lewis & Clark's senior humanities lecturer, Chana Cox, presents her new play about two brothers--one who believes he is a prophet of God, and the other who believes he IS God. Lewis & Clark College, 615 SW Palatine Hill Road, 224-8499, Sat 8 pm, Sun-Mon 7:30 pm, $2-$6