THURSDAY 10/11

* Gary Soto
Continuing the series of authors for Hispanic Heritage Month. Soto is an under acknowleged literary jewel, writing in a style that might at times be compared to Tobias Wolfe, and at other times, is all his own. Central Library, 801 SW 10th Ave, 248-5234, 7 pm

New User Orientation
Learn to use the equipment and the center, and the publishing possibilities are infinite. Independent Publishing Resource Center, 917 SW Oak Street, #218, 827-0249, 7 pm, Free

Moon Unit Zappa
America the Beautiful. The story of an American Throne as she comes of age as "hippy royalty." Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm

Sacvan Bercovitch
What's So Funny About Huckleberry Finn? One of the counties leading intellectual historians and theorists regarding early American culture. Reed College, Vollum Lecture Hall, 3203 SE Woodstock, 522-9453, 7 pm

* Kim Heacox
Caribou Crossing. A timely and timeless book about a militant plot to destroy the Alaskan wilderness and the environmental movement. Read this book as our nation considers the idea of drilling in the last pristine wilderness. Twenty-Third Avenue Books, 1015 NW 23rd Ave, 224-6203, 7:30 pm


FRIDAY 10/12

Susanna Kaysen
The Camera My Mother Gave Me. The autobiographical Girl, Interrupted is followed by coitus interrupted: a book of sexual desire, pleasure replaced by pain. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm


MONDAY 10/15

Literature in Performance
With Keith Scales. Borders Books and Music, 708 SW 3rd Ave, 220-5911, 7 pm

The Soul of Rumi, translated by Coleman Bark.
A look at the essence of Sufism's insights regarding humanity and od. Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30 pm

Nick Bantock
The latest in the Griffin and Sabine story. The Gryphon. The author will be joined by Ritah Parrish for a dramatic reading. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm


TUESDAY 10/16

Open Mic Poetry
Café Lena has changed hands, and weekly poetry readings have moved to this new venue. A Shot in the Dark Coffee House, 3257 SE Hawthorne, 233-0092, 8:30-11 pm

Science Fiction Book Group
Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien. Borders-Beaverton, 2605 SW Cedar Hills, 644-1498, 7 pm

Publication Party for Michael Hoeye
The Sands of Time. A second from the author of Time Stops for No Mouse. Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway, 284-1726, 7 pm

Poetry in Motion Launch
In the Park Blocks behind Smith Memorial Center at PSU. Many poets involved, local and national, slam champions and the quietly literary, big and small. Hosted by Turiya Autry. Literary Arts, First Congregational Church, 1126 SW Park , 227-2583, Noon

Last Breath: Cautionary Tales From the Limits of Human Endurance.
By Outside contributor, Peter Stark. Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30 PM

Leif Enger
Peace Like a River. Said to be built of limpid sentences...composed with the clarity and richness for which poets strive. Twenty-Third Avenue Books, 1015 NW 23rd Ave, 224-6203, 7:30 pm


WEDNESDAY 10/17

Open Mic Poetry
An enthusiastic organizer, another opportunity to find a community of like-minded poets. Get up and read. Andiamo Espresso, 6014 NE Glisan, 233-1953, 8 pm

Dick Russell
Eye of the Whale. Environmental journalism, looking at the miracle that any gray whales manage to make it, migrating up and down our lovely coast. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm