Avid Reader Book Group
Happy Bottom Riding Club, by Lauren Kessler. Barnes & Noble/Clackamas, 9078 SE Sunnyside Rd, 794-9262, 7 pm

Jim Brown and Carolyn Rose
24/7 Reality TV, money, and mortality. Consulted to Death, by Rose is exactly what it seems--the story of a TV news consultant murdered. Murder by the Book, 3210 SE Hawthorne, 232-9995, 6:30 pm

Clifford Mean & Thomas Hager
Linus Pauling: Scientist and Peacemaker. A biography of this brilliant Oregon native, the only person to win two Nobel prizes. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm


* Larry Colton
Counting Coup A long awaited nonfiction look at girl's basketball on the Crow Indian reservation in Montana. Colton is smart, interesting, local. Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, 246-0053, 7:30 pm

A Christmas Carol.
Like Ebenezer himself, get a hit on what's to come. Sampling of the production with Portland Center Stage. Borders Books and Music, 708 SW 3rd Ave, 220-5911, 7 pm


Writers Group
First Tuesday and third Wednesday, meet, read, and give feedback. All welcome. Borders-Beaverton, 2605 SW Cedar Hills, 644-1498, 7 pm


Alice Cotton
When Buildings Speak. As the Trade Towers have disappeared from the skyline, part of the nation's grief involves the sudden loss of the landmarks themselves, as one manifestation of the life lost within. Buildings serve as more than spaces to fill. Cotton's book takes a look at historic Oregon buildings built between 1850 and 1940. Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, 246-0053, 7:30 pm

Reid & Kant's Rejection of the Myth of the Given
The last in this series of philosophy colloquia. Here's what makes our country great--absolutely free gatherings of eager minds willing to hash out Reid & Kant. Talk given by Rebecca Copenhaver. Lewis & Clark College, 0615 SW Palatine Hill Road, 768-7495, 3:30-5 pm