THURSDAY 4/26

Jodi Picoult
The love story of Addie and Jack; Jack's a dishwasher and Addie's the owner. But as they fall in love, the town learns of Jack's record and begins to start rumors about him. Salem Falls is the story of a modern witch hunt. Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, 246-0053, 7 pm

Jean Shinoda Bolen, MD
The author of Goddesses in Everywoman has put on a few years, specialized, and come back with Goddesses in Older Women. Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, 246-0053, 8 pm

Jeffrey Meyers
Biographer and lecturer, friend of Arthur Miller, here to read and sign Privileged Moments: Encounters with Writers. Clackamas Community College, 19600 S Molalla Ave, 491-6075

Mark Epstein
Going on Being. Buddhism mixed with psychotherapy to take away the emptiness inside. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm

Arctic Crossing
The story of Jonathan Waterman's 2,200 mile solo journey across the Arctic, through the Inuit-governed province. A study of Inuit life as he came to know it. Powell's Travel Store, 701 SW 6th Ave, 228-1108


FRIDAY 4/27

Poetry Fling
Celebrating the end of National Poetry Month, this reading features poems created by Barnes & Noble Jr. Customers. Barnes & Noble, 1720 N Jantzen Beach, 283-2800, 7 pm, free

Lore Slocum
No Greater Love: Being and Extraordinary Mom. Barnes & Noble Northeast (Lloyd Center), 1231 NE Broadway, 335-0201

Leslea Newman, aka Heather's Mommy
Heather's Mommy Speaks Out. Author of Heather Has Two Mommies. Portland State University/Smith Memorial Browsing Lounge, 7-9 pm

Favorite Poem Project
Following the lead of former Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, Powell's welcomes the public to come out of the closet with their secret burning desire for poetry. Robert Frost? Emily Dickenson? Edward Gorey? Five minutes to expose your nightstand stand-by. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm


SATURDAY 4/28

Celebrate Local Children's Authors
Readings, book signings, and lots of good work. Barnes & Noble, 1720 N Jantzen Beach, 283-2800, 1 pm

Portland Poetry Slam-A-Thon
The last in this series, competing for a place on the team, gearing up to Nationals. Poets sign up at 7:30. Itisness, 3016 NE Killingsworth, 8:00, $5

Queer Desires & Feminist Perversions: A Porn-Writing Workshop
A three-hour writing workshop aimed at owning and expressing lust, fantasies, queerness, whoredom, transsexualism, and any other urges, hidden or exposed. For more info, e-mail at conspire@transfeminism.org Portland State University/Smith Memorial Browsing Lounge, 3-5 pm


MONDAY 4/29

Christine Chiu
Troublemaker and Other Saints. A cross-cultural set of linked tales displaying Chinese American life. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm

The Not So Big House
I've got my own reasons for boycotting Rejuvenations, that bastion of overpriced furniture, psuedo-retro charm, and sad remnants of what were once fine buildings. But that's got nothing to do with this event. Author Susan Susanka encourages people to build small, aim for intimacy, and create a warm home: all good ideas in a time of excess. Rejuvenation Hardware, 1100 SE Grand Avenue, 6:30 pm


TUESDAY 4/30

Karen Karbo
Proud to be "peevishly hilarious." Karbo's newest is Generation Ex, about marriage, divorce, and remarriage. Always a great reader, seeing Karbo read brings another level to her already terrific work. Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway, 284-1726, 7 pm