* New User Orientation
Find out what the IPRC has to offer! Lots of equipment and resources. This is a chance to meet the people who run the place. Orientation takes about 45 minutes. Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC), 917 SW Oak Street, #218, 232-5673, 7 pm, free


Poems Over Broadway
Open Mic, open to all. Barnes & Noble Northeast (Lloyd Center), 1231 NE Broadway, 335-0201, 7 pm, free

Brady Udall
The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint. The story of a mangled-up little boy with a misshaped head due to a run in with a poorly handled mail Jeep. Hard knocks and getting worse, until the revelation near the end. Twenty-Third Avenue Books, 1015 NW 23rd Ave, 224-6203, 7:30 pm


Panel Discussion: Can Writing Be Taught?
Mystery writer Mary Freeman, and science fiction authors Steve Perry and K.W. Jeter raise the question: Can genre writing in particular be passed from master to pupil? Tom Clancy books, gardening mysteries, and journalism blend and bend the question : What kind of writing are we aiming for, anyway? Barnes & Noble, 1720 N Jantzen Beach, 283-2800, 1 pm

* Zine Symposium
Meet kindred spirits, support independent media, collaborate, make art, and swap zines. Two days of workshops, discussions, dinner, open mic, and everything else aimed to honor zine culture. It's freedom of the press that keeps the US free, and even that's hard to find anymore. Take advantage of this opportunity to forge your own nation within the larger nation of mass media. See feature pg. 9 PSU-Multicultural center, 917 SW Oak Street, #218, 232-5673, 10 am-8 pm


Teatro Milagro/the miracle Theater
Catch a free preview of Adventures de Don Quixote, aimed at young readers and young adults. Barnes & Noble, 1720 N Jantzen Beach, 283-2800, 2 pm

Sunday Book Group
Monthly book-group focusing on work of particular interest to African Americans. This month, it's Fearless Jones, by Walter Mosley, a book of interest to just about everyone. Barnes & Noble Northeast (Lloyd Center), 1231 NE Broadway, 335-0201, 7 pm

Zine Symposium
The fun continues. See feature page 9 for more info.


Literature in Performance
David Loftus reads The Off-Shore Pirates by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Borders Books and Music, 708 SW 3rd Ave, 220-5911, 7 pm

Kirk Johnson

With a sort of Forrest Gump determination, Kirk Johnson, a New York Times reporter, took up running after his brother commit suicide. Even though he had never run as much as a half-marathon, he decided to try the "Badwater Ultramarathon," a punishing 135 mile run from Death Valley to Mt. Whitney--a run rife with punishing heat, scorpions and coyotes. To the Edge: A Man, Death Valley, and the Mystery of Endurance is a tale wavering between his upright journalism and outright maniacal behavior. Twenty-Third Avenue Books, 1015 NW 23rd Ave, 224-6203, 7:30 pm


Discover Reading Group
The Hours, by Michael Cunningham. Barnes & Noble-Beaverton, 18300 NW Evergreen Parkway, 645-3046, 7 pm

Science Fiction Book Group
Light Days, by Arthur C. Clarke. Borders-Beaverton, 2605 SW Cedar Hills, 644-1498, 7 pm


Mt. Hood Repertory Theater's Huckleberry Finn Preview
See a few scenes, and ask the actors questions about their process: Get to know this time-worn tale from inside out. Borders-Gresham, 687 NW 12th, Gresham, 674-3917, 7 pm