David Sedaris
David Sedaris, the hilarious, ridiculous writer, has once again attracted a cult following, as the show is already sold out. Perhaps you can mug someone on the way in and steal their ticket. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall/Literary Arts, SW Broadway & Main, 7:30 pm, $23

Madeline Drexler
Science-journalist Madeline Drexler will be reading from her book, Secret Agents: The Menace of Emerging Infections. Barnes & Noble, 1720 N Jantzen Beach, 283-2800, 7 pm

Andrew Miller
In this true story, some hikers are kidnapped by terrorists when they're simply trying to sleep in their little hiking tents. Miller is a scary and thrilling writer. Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30, free

David Rakoff
Self-deprecating writer David Rakoff will read from his book, Fraud, in which he writes about putting himself in really weird situations, like climbing up icy mountains in slippers. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30, free

Gilbert Levine
Levine is the principal conductor of the Krakow Philharmonic, a papal knight, and has served as the Pope's maestro. He will be speaking about his experience as the first American Jew to serve on the Pope's staff. Reed College, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd, 777-7755, 4 pm, Eliot Hall Chapel

Bridge Too Far Cabaret: an Evening of Words and Music
Greg Purcell, a visitor from Chicago's underground literary scene, will be joining Portland's Future Tense Press and Melissa Favara, writer of the zine Teen Sleuth , for an evening of drinking, debaucherous literature, and music. Jasmine Tree, 401 SW Harrison St, 223-7956, 9:00

Nora Beck
Nora Beck teaches at Lewis and Clark, and has also just published her first book, called Fiometta. She'll be reading and signing. Lewis & Clark College, 0615 SW Palatine Hill Road, 768-7495


High School Students Read Poetry
A bunch of high school students will be reading their poetry. Borders-Gresham, 687 NW 12th, Gresham, 674-3917, 7 pm

Nora Keller
Fox Girl is the story of the abandoned kids, fathered by American GIs, in the fallout of the Korean War. The book also explores the current political relationship between Korea and America. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30, free


Long Stitch Bookbinding
A three-hour workshop which will explain the process and advantage of the long stitch method of bookbinding. Independent Publishing Resource Center, 917 SW Oak Street, #218, 827-0249, noon-3 pm, $15-30

David Horowitz, Derek Sheffield
Horowitz is a poet and journalist--the founder of Rose Alley Press, a publishing house in Seattle, and Sheffield is a writing teaching at Clackamas Community College. Looking Glass Bookstore, 318 SW Taylor, 227-4760, 2:00 , free


Frank D'Andrea
Frank D'Andrea is a local author and teacher. He will be performing and reading. Goodfoot, 2845 SE Stark, 7:00, $3

Haystack's Dangerous Writers
Local all-stars from PSU's Haystack Summer Program, Steven Allred, Carolyn Altman, Joe Ponce, Joanna Rose, and Tom Connelly, will be reading from their new stuff. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30, free


Brian Doyle and Pattiann Rogers
Brian Doyle is the editor of the University of Portland's Portland Magazine, author of Credo, and a writer of lots of odd-but-good essays. Pattian Rogers is a poet and has published eight books, the most recent being Song of the World Becoming. Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway, 284-1726, 7:00, free

Susan King and Peter Sears
Before she was a poet, Susan King was a psychotherapist and Presbyterian minister; both practices have informed her poetry and her latest book, Tabernacle: Poems of an Island. Sears has no religious training, but is still a very good poet. Looking Glass Bookstore, 318 SW Taylor, 227-4760,


Barbara Roberts
Barbara Roberts is the former governor of Oregon, and will be reading from her book, about her husband's death, called Death Without Denial, Grief Without Apology: A Guide for Facing Death and Loss. Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway, 284-1726, 7:00, free


Daniel G. Amen
Amen has written a book called, Healing the Hardware of the Soul: How Making the Brain-Soul Connection Can Optimize Your Life, Love, and Spiritual Growth. Barnes & Noble, 1720 N Jantzen Beach, 283-2800, 7:30 pm