THURSDAY 3/7

Donna Woolfolk Cross
Pope Joan. Maybe Joan of Arc was delusional as she heard voices, but the facts are still there: She led her army to victory, she chased the English out of France. She did what men twice her age couldn't accomplish. And what did it get her? Burned at the stake, forever haunting our collective memory. Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, 246-0053, 7:30 pm

* "Welfare Mamas and Golddiggas: A Womanist Defines Empowerment, Dependence and the True Meaning of Prostitution."
A lecture by Washington Post features writer, Kristal Brent Zook, author of Color By Fox: The Fox Network and the Revolution in Black Television. Hiphop, TV, film, and pop culture all around. PSU, Smith Memorial Center, 1620 SW Park, 406 pm

Susan M. Lea
Author of Physics: The Nature of Things, will speak on "LIfe After Death: The Story of Neutron Stars." Reed College, Vollum Lecture Hall, 3203 SE Woodstock, 522-9453, 7:30 pm


FRIDAY 3/8

Matt Love, Paul Torian and Tre Arrow
Writers, music, art, and the environment. Everything we've come to expect from Orlo. Orlo Exhibition Space, 2516 NW 29th Bldg 9, 242-1047, 7:30-10 pm

Breaking Gridlock: Moving Toward Transportation That Works
Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30 pm

Bruce Feiler
Walking the Bible: A Journey By Land Through the Five Books of Moses. Powell's-Beaverton, 8725 SW Cascade Ave, 643-3131, 7:30 pm


SATURDAY 3/9

Jim Gladstone
The Big Book of Misunderstanding. All about the family, comedy, and growing up. Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, 246-0053, 5 pm

Amazing Woman--Amazing World Day
Loren Slocum, author of No Greater Love: Being An Extraordinary Mom, along with Reverend Ruth Miller, author of Uncommon Prayer. Borders Books and Music, 708 SW 3rd Ave, 220-5911, 1-5 pm

Secret Life of the Brain.
The book companion to the PBS series. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 2 pm


SUNDAY 3/10

Bruce Feiler
Walking the Bible, a slide-lecture based on the book. Part travelogue, part spiritual exploration. Held at the Le Meitour Gallery. Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, 246-0053, 5 pm

Writers Talking: Brian Doyle
Editor of Portland Magazine, produced by the University of Portland, will talk about his recent writing on the work of musician Van Morrison. Central Library, 801 SW 10th Ave, 248-5234, 7 pm

* All-Girl Poetry Slam
Christopher Moore

Lamb, the life of Christ as retold by his friend Biff. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm


MONDAY 3/11

Crystal Williams
Poetry. Lewis & Clark College, 0615 SW Palatine Hill Road, 768-7495, 8 pm

Anthony Doerr and David Means
Two short-story writers in one reading. For what it's worth, Jonathan Franzen dedicated his tedious though acclaimed book, The Corrections, to David Means, author of Assorted Fire Events. Means' book explores the "fragility of things we most cherish." Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30 pm


TUESDAY 3/12

Books for Lunch
Jesse Reeder, author of Black Holes and Energy Pirates: How to Recognize and Release Them, will talk about doing exactly that. Central Library, 801 SW 10th Ave, 248-5234, Noon

Virginia Euwer Wolff
National Book Award Winner, Oregon Book Award winner. Author of True Believer. Central Library, 801 SW 10th Ave, 248-5234, 6-8 pm

Robert Creeley
The list of honors bestowed on this poet is seemingly endless. Lifetime Achievement Awards, a Frot Medal, a Shelley Memorial Award, an NEA, a Guggenheim. Clearly a consensus among the judges, poetry the way they want it. Sponsored by Literary Arts. Wieden + Kennedy Building, 224 NW 13th Ave, 7:30 pm, $14-45


WEDNESDAY 3/13

James Hynes
The Lecturer's Tale Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30 pm

* Eileen Myles
Skies, nature poems from the wild and inimitable Eileen Myles, author of Cool For You, and many others. Smart, bizarre, lovely. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm