THURSDAY 2/14

Indu Sundaresan
The Twentieth Wife, set in 17th Century India. Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, 246-0053, 7:30 pm


FRIDAY 2/15

Tess Uriza Holthe
When Elephants Dance. Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, 246-0053, 7:30 pm

Portland Poetry Workshop
Writing exercises, shared work, reading. All poets welcome. Barnes & Noble Northeast (Lloyd Center), 1231 NE Broadway, 335-0201, 7 pm


SATURDAY 2/16

Saturday Cabaret Series: Doug Spangle & Larry Brooks
Spangle's a hard working, long-time poet, with a lot of knowledge and experience informing his work. Brooks is a pro-baseball player turned actor/model/stock broker/script writer/thriller writer. What more do you need? Nye Beach Writers' Series, Studio Theatre Performing Arts Center, 777 West Olive, (541) 574-7708, 7 pm, $6-7


SUNDAY 2/17

Sunday Book Group
Discuss fiction and nonfiction from an African American perspective. This month the focus is on The Fall of Rome, by Martha Southgate. Barnes & Noble NE, 1231 NE Broadway, 335-0201, 7 pm, free

Storytime for Grown-ups: Funny Valentines
Local actors reading short stories--Ray Bradbury, Italio Calvino, and Shirley Jackson. Central Library, 801 SW 10th Ave, 248-5234, 2 pm


MONDAY 2/18

Literature in Performance
African American actor J. P. Phillips reads from Richard Wright's Native Son. Borders Books and Music, 708 SW 3rd Ave, 220-5911, 7 pm

Nega Mezlekia
The God Who Begat a Jackel is set in pre-Colonial Africa, drawing on African lore. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm

Marty Becker and the Healing Power of Pets
Check in with Good Morning America's resident vet. Powell's-Beaverton, 8725 SW Cascade Ave, 643-3131, 7 pm


TUESDAY 2/19

Annie Dawid
Local author Dawid will read from her new book, Lily in the Desert, stories loosely joined by the concept of "faith." Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway, 284-1726, 7 pm

Barbara Roberts
Death Without Denial, Grief Without Apology is a self-help and inspirational book drawn from the sad, true experience of Governor Barbara Roberts, whose husband passed away after a battle with prostate cancer. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm


WEDNESDAY 2/20

Adrianne Harun
The King of Limbo and Other Stories: a debut work. Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, 246-0053, 7:30 pm

Larry Brooks
Pressure Points: A Thriller. Barnes & Noble, 1720 N Jantzen Beach, 283-2800, 7:30 pm

Because It's Time Book Group
Les-Bi-Gay-Trans discussion group and mixer. Start this new group with The Boys of Boise by John Gerassi. Barnes & Noble Northeast (Lloyd Center), 1231 NE Broadway, 335-0201, 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

* Cynthia Heimel
Advanced Sex Tips for Girls. Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30 pm

* The Next Diet For a Small Planet
When I read a battered copy of Diet For a Small Planet, I was 16 and it forever changed the way I look at food. Of course, there could be no starvation! Of course personal health, planetary health, and diet are linked! Now Francis Moore Lappe and her daughter revisit and revamp the old book after touring the world. Read Fast Food Nation and this book hand in hand, you're all set for revolution. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm