FRIDAY 11/1

Dan Savage
His new book, Skipping Towards Gomorra is all about those who frown on the human thirst for pleasure, like William Bennett. In a place like downtown Portland, such a diatribe is probably an example of preaching to the choir. Still, the man could write about his socks and be a joy to read. He is flat-out hilarious. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free


SATURDAY 11/2

Rick Schafer
Schafer has a new book full of photos of Oregon called Oregon IV, which isn't that exciting. An accompanying essay by the great Craig Lesley is pretty cool, however. Barnes & Nobel, Lloyd Center , 1317 Lloyd Center, 249-0800, 7 pm, free

Ron Sakolsky
If anyone knows what "counter culture" is, it's Ron Sakolsky, the editor of such "counter culture" classics as Gone to Croatan, and Seizing the Airwaves. His newest editing project is, Surrealist Subversions, a book about using music as a method of resistance. Reading Frenzy, 921 SW Oak, 274-1449, 7 pm, free


SUNDAY 11/3

Sibley's Birding Basics
Wannabe birders come hither: naturalist David Sibley's new book has everything you will ever need to know about birding, including what birds look like, and the best ways to record your birding observations. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 4 pm, free


MONDAY 11/4

And My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You
Some might remember the publishing band that was all the rage a while back. Its members included Stephen King, amongst others. It was founded by Kathi Goldmark, the writer of this book, which is, appropriately, about musicians, love and family. Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30 pm, free


TUESDAY 11/5

Patricia Volk
How many people can say their great-grandfather introduced America to pastrami? Just one (unless she has a sibling or three): Patricia Volk, who will read from her memoir of her quirky restaurant family, Stuffed. Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, 246-0053, 7:30 pm, free

Jonathan Carroll
Carroll is famous amongst sci-fi geeks for being really reclusive. Here's a rare chance to see him in person, even if his newest book, White Apples, is only mediocre. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free


WEDNESDAY 11/6

Coy Walter King
Appearing as part of Annie Bloom's "BIG words Poetry in Performance" series, King is a Seattle poet who writes about angels. Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, 246-0053, $5, free

Timothy Taylor & Madeleine Thien
Say what you will about the Canadians, they know their literature. Taylor's Stanley Park, a satirical romantic murder mystery set in the urban restaurant scene, is already a Canadian bestseller Central Library, 801 SW 10th Ave, 988-5234, 7 pm, free

Barry Lopez
The environmentalist Lopez is a contributor to a new book called The Book That Changed My Life, in which writers discuss the books that changed their lives. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free

Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution
From the workplace to the bedroom, mobile communications and computing is changing the way humans interact in a big way. Learn about it at this reading by Howard Rheingold. Powell's Technical books, 33 NW Park Ave, 228-3906, 7 pm