FRIDAY 11/29

Language of Consumerism
The Enteractive Language Festival concludes its run with this night of multimedia. Adbusters provides "noncommercials," The Consumption Junction soundtracks, and Dina Noto provides visual art for your eyeballs. Disjecta, 116 NE Russell, 781-6499, 8:30 pm, free

David Thompson
Notable film critic/novelist Thompson has just published The New Biographical Dictionary of Film, referred to by the New York Times as "one of the most probing accounts ever written of a human being's engagement with the movies." Whitsell Auditorium, Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park, 221-1156, 7 pm, free


SUNDAY 12/1

Jim Munroe, Andy Healey, Paul Ash
Three bigwig indie editors flex some new skills. Munroe was the managing editor of Adbusters, but is now a writer and will be sharing his new book, Everyone In Silico. Healey edits the Canadian zine I'm Johnny and I Don't Give a Fuck, and will be reading from it while showing "shitty pictures drawn on cardboard." Ash is the editor of Sniffy Linings Press, but tonight will be performing an original monologue, An Incidental Vacation. Reading Frenzy, 921 SW Oak, 274-1449, 7 pm, free


MONDAY 12/2

Sara Gogol
All right, ladies, who wants to be a college athletic coach that makes a difference? If you do, you should drop on by this event to hear Gogol read from her new book, Hard Fought Victories: Women Coaches Making a Difference. In Other Words, 3734 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 232-6003, 7 pm, free

Daniel Quinn
I read Daniel Quinn's Ishmael as a senior in high school, and it truly did change the way I thought about the world. Granted, I've read nothing by the guy since, but that one novel about a guy who talks to a gorilla about the world's problems is so affecting, I just have to recommend this event. If his new book, The Holy, about a private detective who goes demon hunting, is even one-tenth as good, it will be very good indeed. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free

Pimone Triplett
Triplett has a strange, rhythm-less style to her poetry, but it's definitely unique. Plus, she's pretty highly acclaimed, so she's probably worth at least checking out. PSU, Smith Memorial Center, 1620 SW Park, 725-5666, 7:30 pm, $5-$8


TUESDAY 12/3

Writers Faire VII
A hodgepodge of writing opportunity lurks at ye old fair. Local writing groups, published authors trying to hawk their wares, local publishers and critique groups seeking new members will all be on hand. Old Church, 1422 SW 11 Ave, 452-1592, 7 pm, free

Season of a French Village
A comparison of the American fast food culture to its polar opposite: a bustling family-owned restaurant in the middle of a rural village in Southwest France. Author Michael Sanders shares. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free


WEDNESDAY 12/4

Alan Siporin
Public radio guy Siporin presents his debut novel Fire's Edge, an examination of the underbelly of racist and homophobic hate that oozes through the Pacific Northwest like pus. Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, 246-0053, 7:30 pm, free