THURSDAY 10/17

Martha McPhee
McPhee revisits the charismatic therapist, Anton Furey, that she created in Bright Angel Time in Gorgeous Lies. Now, Furey is dying of pancreatic cancer and his family is gathered around. Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, 246-0053, 7:30 pm, free

Ambushed
This one sounds fascinating. While covering the front in Kashmir, Cambodia and Kabul, author Ian Stewart and his fellow journalist, Myles Tierny, were fired on outside of Sierra Leone. Tierny was killed; Stewart got a bullet in the brain, survived, and wrote this book about the experience. Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30 pm, free

Nick Bantock
Fantasy lovers are usually familiar with Griffin & Sabine, Bantock's novel about two characters of the same name. The next novel in the series, Alexandria, follows G & S as they guide Matthew and Isabella through a tangle of Egyptian myth and reality. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free

Pinckney Benedict
Reed continues its annual visiting writers series with novelist Benedict, a sort of super-literate manly man. His prose is clean and sharply elegant, about workin' men and farms and stuff. Reed College, Psychology Auditorium, 3203 SE Woodstock, 777-7591, 8 pm, free


FRIDAY 10/18

Michel Faber
The versatile Faber's first novel, Under the Skin, was a sci-fi story. His latest, The Crimson Petal & the White, is a Victorian saga. What connects the two? Sex, and lots of it. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free


MONDAY 10/21

Eric Drooker
Reading Frenzy presents a great graphic artist, Drooker, who will give a slide show for his new book, Blood Song: A Silent Ballad. Red and Black Cafe, 2138 SE Division St, 231-3899, 7 pm, free

Good Life, Good Death
Gelek Rimpoche is one of the last reincarnated lamas to be educated in Tibet. His new book asks the age-old questions, "Where are we going, and how do we get there?" The answers include advice on facing death, overcoming negative emotions, and cultivating compassion. Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30 pm, free

Steven Pinker
He has a new one: Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature. Or: People Aren't Inherently Sucky, in which the Pulitzer Prize-winning author calms the fears of those who claim that the acknowledgement of human nature subverts social change, dissolves personal responsibility, and justifies inequality. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free


TUESDAY 10/22

Rebecca Godfrey
Canadian writer, Godfrey, reads from her debut, The Torn Skirt, about a high school girl's encounters with prostitution, violence, drugs, and murder. Borders Books and Music, 708 SW 3rd Ave, 220-5911, 7 pm, free

Tristan Egolf
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Daniel Ellsberg
Most people, deep down, know that the conflict surrounding the Vietnam War was a bunch of horseshit trumped up by a secretive government (hmm, funny how history repeats itself). Famous Nixonian whistle blower Ellsberg validates our paranoia in his new one, Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free


WEDNESDAY 10/23

Tom Hallman, Jr.
Hallman's series of Oregonian articles on Sam Lightner, a boy born with a debilitating growth on his face, were mesmerizing. Now he has a book that goes even further into the ordeal: Sam: The Boy Behind the Mask. Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway, 284-1726, 7 pm, free

Michael Ondaatje
The author of The English Patient, has a new collection of observations about the link between film and literature. It's called The Conversations: Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free

Martin Cruz Smith
The author of Gorky Park has a new tale of intrigue and espionage, December 6, set on the eve of the Pearl Harbor bombing. Powell's in Beaverton, 8725 SW Cascade Ave, 643-3131, 7 pm , free