THURSDAY 10/10

By the Grace of the Sea
A while back, self-taught painter and sailor Pat Henry went on an eight-year sailing voyage around the world. She then wrote and illustrated this book about it. Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30 pm, free

Irvine Welsh
The blokes from Trainspotting are back in Welsh's new novel, Porno. In this episode, Sick Boy has moved from shooting heroin to an even greater pursuit: directing porn. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free

Joseph Millar
Millar is now a professor at Mt. Hood Community College, but he used to do manly jobs like repairing telephones and fishing. His new poetry collection, Overtime, reflects his blue-collar roots. Reed College, Psychology Auditorium, 3203 SE Woodstock, 777-7591, 8 pm, free


FRIDAY 10/11

Anne Lamott
Nothing else Lamott has done has approached Bird By Bird. In fact, her fiction generally sucks. That said, she has a new one: Blue Shoe. Barnes & Noble (Jantzen Beach), 1720 N Jantzen Beach, 283-2800, 7:30 pm, free

Tony Horwitz
In terms of mapping out new terrain, Captain James Cook was the last great explorer. During the 18th century, he explored and mapped huge chunks of the world. Horwitz's new book about him, Blue Latitudes, is a memoir/historical epic in which the author retraces Cook's incredible trail. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free


SUNDAY 10/13

New American Poets
Poets Joshua Beckman Matthew Rohrer perform live, improvisational poetry, and also read from their new book, Nice Hat, Thanks. David Biespiel will also perform and read from his new collection, Pilgrims & Beggars. Spare Room Collective, at Pacific Switchboard, 2632 SE 25th, Space E, 236-0867, 7:30 pm, $5 suggested donation


MONDAY 10/14

Thomas Steinbeck
Is he a legitimate author, or just riding on the coattails of his father John Steinbeck's international fame? You be the judge. The debut novel's called Down to a Soundless Sea. It's about--surprise!--Northern California. Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30 pm, free

Kim Stafford
A good poet in his own right, Kim Stafford will still always be in the shadow of his legendary father, William. Fortunately, Kim has embraced the role by publishing a warm remembrance of his father, Early Morning: Remembering My Father. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free


TUESDAY 10/15

Chuck Palahniuk
Palahniuk continues to pump exhilarating life into disturbing subject matter with his latest, Lullaby, a novel about infant death syndrome. Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, 246-0053, 7:30 pm, free

Mimi Albert
Albert writes simple, elegant prose and poetry about women coming of age during difficult times. She has a new book coming out called Through Black Seas. Lewis & Clark College, Armstrong Lounge, 0615 SW Palatine Hill Road, 768-7405, 7:30 pm, free