THURSDAY 2/21

Donna Gershten
Kissing the Virgin's Mouth Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, 246-0053

Adrianne Harun
The King of Limbo and Other Stories Barnes & Noble, 1720 N Jantzen Beach, 283-2800, 7:30 pm

W.R. Chilton
Meet the editor of Gresham, Stories of Our Past Volume 1: Campground to City and others in the series, books written by Chilton's students at Mt. Hood Community College. Borders-Gresham, 687 NW 12th, Gresham, 674-3917, 7 pm

David Lee
Sponsored by Mountain Writers Series, Lee has been called the "poet for those who think they don't like or can't understand poetry." Marylhurst University, 17600 Pacific Highway, 636 8141, 7:30 pm

* Peter Rock
The Ambidextrist is Rock's third novel, and all three are beautifully delivered. This most recent is a textual, energized, and dreamy look at a fully realized crew of marginalized characters, drifting on the margins of Philly. Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30 pm

Stephen Raleigh Byler
Searching for Intruders, a debut work, a novel in stories. As one author's father recently said, "Novels. Isn't that what women read?" But the business arm of publishing courts male readership, dressing "tender emotions" in machismo, and granting statue to the sensitive male by generating publicity descriptions like this: "a powerful mix of masculine tenderness tempered with aloofness and empathy... the modern male trapped in a world not entirely of his making." Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm


FRIDAY 2/22

Poetry Fling: Open Mic Readings
All ages, all skill levels, no skill level, all styles. Read your own work or that of your favorite poet. Featuring Carolyn Reynolds Miller and Rising & Falling. Barnes & Noble, 1720 N Jantzen Beach, 283-2800, 7 pm


SATURDAY 2/23

Lavon H. La Fresnaye
Weekend Gardener Organizer: A Three Year Planner. Borders-Gresham, 687 NW 12th, Gresham, 674-3917, 3 pm


MONDAY 2/25

Monday Night Poetry
Java Vivace, 8:30 pm


TUESDAY 2/26

Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book Group
Tailchaser's Song, by Tad Williams. Barnes & Noble, 1720 N Jantzen Beach, 283-2800, 7 pm

Funny Ladies
A group of local writers who prioritize "fun" in their work. Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway, 284-1726, 7 pm

Writers Talking: Mitch Luckett
Luckett will read from his debut novel, To Kill a Common Loon. Central Library, 801 SW 10th Ave, 248-5234, 7 pm

Marvin Bell
A big-deal poet, trailing a lot of honors. Clackamas Community College (McLoughlin Theatre), 19600 S Molalla Ave, 657-6958, x2356, 10:30 am

Cornelius Eady
Writer-in-residence of the City College of New York, reading here as part of Literary Art's Poetry Downtown series. Eady's latest book of poetry, Brutal Imagination, examines the "plight of the black man in white America," through a combination of fiction and current events, drawing on Susan Smith and her implication of a black man in an effort to cover the murder of her own children. Tough stuff. Wieden + Kennedy Building, 224 NW 13th Ave, , 7:30 pm, $14-45


WEDNESDAY 2/27

David St. John
A hard-hitting poet, heralded by those who know, such as W.S. Merwin. Portland State University, Smith Center, 1825 SW Broadway, 725-5666, 8 pm, $5-8

Warrior Women
An archeologist uncovers women warriors, priestesses, matriarchs, and more. Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30 pm

Classics Book Group
Billy Bud, and Bartleby, by Herman Melville. Powell's-Beaverton, 8725 SW Cascade Ave, 643-3131, 7 pm