Judith Kitchen
Essays are about an effort to understand the world, and to articulate this understanding, consider the questions raised in the Flannery O'Connor dynamic: "I never know what I think until I see what I write." Now Judith Kitchen is meditating on the world through dense, poetic essays. Remember, the unexamined life isn't worth living, and the unlived life isn't worth examining. Essays are the writerly way of doing a little more of each. Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30 pm


Wines of the Pacific Northwest
I can't promise wine-tasting with this one, but I wouldn't rule it out. Looking at books about wine, talking about wine, surrounded by bottles of wine.... As they say, in wine there is truth, and here the truth goes beyond flavor and alcohol content. Wines of the Pacific Northwest looks at history, laws, viticulture, and local producer. Maps of the regional vineyards, too. And there's information on things you'd never guess--bio-dynamics, organic practices, foreign investment, and why Gato Negro seems more drinkable when you're near-broke. Powell's Books for Cooks & Gardeners, 3747 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 235-3802, 3 pm

Cisco Secure PIX Firewalls
The biggest personal technology demand in publishing seems to be toward internet security. We've seen the guide on Internet Security for your Macintosh: A Guide for the Rest of Us, and a few others. Now here's one that tells you how to configure and use PIX Firewall hardware and more. So while we're blathering loudly on cell phones in public places, beaming games and business cards from one palm pilot to another, and losing money on plummeting stocks,we'll know our oh-so-significant personal information is still resting securely as any old locked diary. Yay! Powell's Technical books, 33 NW Park Ave, 228-3906, 10 am


* Adaptations: From Literature to Film
This is one of the many amazing events presented by that very last crumb of true democracy, the Public Library. That's right--nothing to pay for that isn't already covered in your taxes. It's so egalitarian, it's almost subversive. So, read the book, then come watch the same work as a film and join in a discussion lead by film expert Linda Sejfulla. The final goal, of course, is in increased community through actual discussion. For this round, the book in question is The Mark of Zorro, by Johnston McCully. The corresponding film is The Mark of Zorro, by Fred Niblo. Central Library, 801 SW 10th Ave, 248-5234, 1 pm


Sean Nowland's Open Mic; Jackstraw
Four storytellers and a one-act play. Gwion, Neil Gilpin, Alaric True, Janet Julian, and Tim Stebbins. Laurelthirst, 2958 NE Glisan St, 232-1504, 6 pm

DJ Elixir
Setting the stage for the "Tournament of Slampions," in May. Poets sign up at 7:30. Berbati's Pan, 231 SW Ankeny, 248-4579,

Debbie Ford
The Secret of the Shadow. Carl Jung encouraged us all to know our shadow selves, to see that dark side of our own strengths. Sometimes the best path is to celebrate the darkness, realizing it's a fertile, creative source. Now Debbie Ford leans on Jung's work to tell us that in our own dark selves is the key to our immediate and contemporary conventional success. Love, marriage, kids, SUV... Whatever you want, you can get it by buying the book and giving it a good read. Just in time for the new year. Ford is also the author of Spiritual Divorce. Borders Books and Music, 708 SW 3rd Ave, 220-5911, 7 pm

Romance Book Group
Heart of a Lion, by Hillary Fields. Borders-Beaverton, 2605 SW Cedar Hills, 644-1498, 7 pm

Writers Talking: Jane Glazer
Glazer, poet and author of Some Trick of Light, will read and discuss her work. Central Library, 801 SW 10th Ave, 248-5234, 7 pm


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

Mystery Book Group
Eagle Catcher, by Margaret Coel. Borders-Beaverton, 2605 SW Cedar Hills, 644-1498, 7 pm