THURSDAY 6/27

The Ex-boyfriend Cookbook
You've seen the fiction of Thisbe Nissen, now see her cookbook, a list of recipes left over from all of her (and other people's) former boyfriends. Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, 246-0053, 7:30 pm, free

Powell's Press
Powell's has a new press, and it's called.... Powell's Press. Yeah, so they'll be celebrating their first two books at this reception, called Six Red Months in Russia by Louise Bryant, and A Country Boy by Homer Davenpo. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free


FRIDAY 6/28

Christine Delea
Local poet and represenative of the Oregon State Poetry Association, Christine Delea, will kick off tonight's open mic poetry readings. Barnes & Noble, 1720 N Jantzen Beach, 283-2800, 7 pm, free


SUNDAY 6/30

Lords of Baseball
Harold Parrott used to be the travel secretary for the Brooklyn Dodgers, and now he's a writer too. In The Lords of Baseball, Parrott explores the innerworkings of the game. Hear him read and see why the Dodgers didn't want him to publish the book. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 6:00, free


MONDAY 7/1

Jonathan Ames
Jonathan Ames is hilarious and uncomfortable in print, and just hilarious in real life. See him read from his new book, My Less than Secret Life. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free


TUESDAY 7/2

21 Dog Years: Doing Time at Amazon.com
You've probably heard of this dude: He worked at amazon.com, and then wrote a book about it. No but really, it's pretty interesting. Hear the true rise and fall story of the dot com, from a survivor. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free


WEDNESDAY 7/3

The Penny Dreadful Review
The Penny is a great little literature review publication, and they're celebrating their seventeenth issue at this reading. Local indie literature superstars Kevin Sampsell and Mykle Hansen will be reading. Remeber: The most brilliant artists are never appreciated in their lifetime. Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30 pm, free