THURSDAY 1/17

Original Book Group
Lying Awake, by Mark Salzman. Borders-Beaverton, 2605 SW Cedar Hills, 644-1498, 7 pm


FRIDAY 1/18

Anthony Bourdain
Pasta salads, kalamata olives, flan, sun dried tomatoes. Food that once seemed so exotic, is now available in dull piles at any Fred Meyer deli. Chef Anthony Bourdain, surely feeling the same way, has "traveled the world in search of the ultimate meal." Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm


SATURDAY 1/19

* Peace Words
In honor of MLK day, here's a long line up of Portland's most widely recognized writers & performers: Ursula LeGuin, Primus St. John, Judith Barrington, Dan Raphael, Crystal Williams, Glen Moore, and others. Proceeds go to Osfam America, to support Afghan famine relief. Gracie's , NE 6th & Prescott, noon-7 pm, $10-15/donation

* Chanrithy Him and Molly Best Tinsley
Him survived the camps of the the Khmer Rouge regime. Her father was executed and her mother and several siblings died of starvation. Now, as a survivor, she's written When Broken Glass Floats, a finalist for the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize and the 2001 PEN USA West Literary Award. Molly Best Tinsley will read from Throwing Knives, a collection of linked stories. Nye Beach Writers' Series, Studio Theatre Performing Arts Center, 777 West Olive, (541) 574-7708, 7 pm, $7


SUNDAY 1/20

Storytime for Grown-ups: Fixed and Confused
A comedic, one-man show. Fixed and Confused: Social Work in Animal Shelters or Dairy Farming in a Lactose Intolerant World. Central Library, 801 SW 10th Ave, 248-5234, 2 pm


MONDAY 1/21

Literature in Performance
Honor MLK day with actress Quigley Provost-Landrum reading Dr. King's speeches and other writings. Borders Books and Music, 708 SW 3rd Ave, 220-5911, 7 pm


TUESDAY 1/22

The Unsavvy Traveler
Ha ha ha--you forgot to pack for the weather! Ha ha! You don't speak the language! Lost your way? Ha! A book of the "comedic casualties" of the luxury traveler, the tourist. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm

Ralph Nader
Crashing the Party. Ralph Nader's look at his race for presidency, telling his own truth, acting humble, and still chasing fame, promoting his radical vision of "a responsive government sensitive to citizens' needs." This event is handled through ticketing. Call 224.5097 for tickets. It'll all happen at the Peterson Hall Auditorium, 2255 NW Northrup. Twenty-Third Avenue Books, 1015 NW 23rd Ave, 224-6203, 6 pm


WEDNESDAY 1/23

Fast Food Nation
Read it and learn. Frighteningly detailed and complex. See the review, this page. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm

Stephen Cannell
The Viking Funeral. A thriller. A cop undergoing psychiatric review... deep undercover, those presumed dead still alive, finding truth and an old childhood buddy, suspense, suspense. Twenty-Third Avenue Books, 1015 NW 23rd Ave, 224-6203, 7:30 pm