THURSDAY 5/3

James Houston
Snow Mountain Passage: The Donner Party's story as told by a fictionalized, eight-year-old survivor. Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, 246-0053, 7:30 pm

James P. Delgado
Across the Top of the World: the story of the quest for a NW passage. Central Library, 801 SW 10th Ave, 248-5234, 7 pm

Tony Earley
Earley will be reading from Jim the Boy, and his latest book, Somehow Form a Family. See review this issue pg. 23 Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm

* Roberta Hill Poetry Workshop
Sign up ahead of time by calling 725-3579. This event celebrates Native American History Month. PSU Dept of English, PO Box 751, 1-4 pm, $50

Roberta Hill
Celebrate Native American History Month. Hill is author of Star Quilt and Philadelphia Flowers. PSU Dept of English, Neuberger Hall, room 407, PO Box 751, 7 pm

Poet Heather McHugh with bassist Glen Moore
Kick off the regional residency of this esteemed poet, sponsored by Mountain Writers. The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th, 8 pm, $8-$10

Deborah Forrest
Symphony of Spirits, a look at Alzheimer's and other dementia causing diseases. Twenty-Third Avenue Books, 1015 NW 23rd Ave, 224-6203, 7:30 pm


FRIDAY 5/4

James Delgado
Across the Top of the World. Executive Director of the Vancouver Maritime Museum, and now author. Barnes & Noble Northeast (Lloyd Center), 1231 NE Broadway, 335-0201, 7 pm

Invitational Strip Poetry Night
Music, nudity, poetry, nudity, food, nudity, drinks, and nudity. Who will win, and who will lose? A small space, a peeled-off sweat sock, a pair of discarded jeans... Nobody leaves until somebody gets naked: Reuben Nisenfeld, Jennifer Robin, Mykle Hansen, Kevin Sampsell, and maybe others. Groundswell Gallery, 1800 NE Alberta, 331-1420, 8 pm

* Heather McHugh Poetry Lecture: Mirrors and Misgivings
Mountain Writers Center, 3624 SE Milwaukie, 236-4854, 8 pm, $8-$10


SATURDAY 5/5

Susan Cooper
Newberry award winner, reading from Time and Again. Scottish Rite Center, 709 SW 15th, 2 pm

* Workshop on John Reed
Commemorating Portlander John Reed as a labor-rights activist, pioneering journalist, fiction writer, and political voice. This workshop is held in conjunction with Working Out West: A Conference for Labor Communicators, Historians, and Activists. For more info, call: 725-3295. PSU Dept of English, PO Box 751, 10:45-12:30 pm


SUNDAY 5/6

G.M. Ford
Fury: a thriller set in Seattle about a possibly innocent man on death row. Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, 246-0053, 5 pm

* The John Reed Bench Party!
This is a significant thing. Labor struggles and human injustices have been going on a long time, and Portlander John Reed was writing about it 100 years ago. He was born in Portland, graduated Harvard in 1910, was buried in Moscow, and is known to many as a key figure in the movie Reds. Now we'll have a bench in his honor at the northeast corner of the circle entrance to Washington Park. A free lunch served at noon. Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission, PO box 3588, 285-8279, Noon

P.D. James
Okay, okay, hold back the crowds; no more than two books brought from home for signing. If you're a P.D. James fan, you know what to expect--compelling mystery, suspense, intrigue. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm


MONDAY 5/7

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Book signing only--no reading! The Unknown Errors of Our Lives. Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, 246-0053, 12:30-1:15

Nicholas Clapp
Sheba: Through the Desert of the Legendary Queen. Solomon wasn't nothing until Sheba came his way. Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30 pm

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
The Unknown Errors of Our Lives. Stories set between India and the US, looking at what makes our lives both work and falter: the humanity of personal struggle. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm


WEDNESDAY 5/9

Gail Anderson-Dargatz
A Recipe For Bees. A novel of beekeeping, farming, and making peace with the past and present. Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, 246-0053, 7:30 pm

* Margaret Cho
She's the one that she wants. Actress, writer, comedian, star of the canceled sitcom All-American Girl. Borders Books and Music, 708 SW 3rd Ave, 220-5911, 7 pm

Joseph Sutton
Morning Pages. A self referencing look at the act of writing: A "blocked" writer turns to The Artist's Way and starts writing again. Twenty-Third Avenue Books, 1015 NW 23rd Ave, 224-6203