THURSDAY 12/12

Leanne Grabel
Celebrate Grabel's new book, Lonesome & Very Quarrelsome Heroes, a collection of 20 years of poetry, monologues, and illustrated stories. Walt Curtis, Barbara LaMorticella, and Greg Bielemeier are just a few of the artists who will be reading and/or performing. Mark Woolley Gallery, 120 NW 9th Ave, Suite 210, 224-5475, 7:30 pm, free

Dmae Roberts & Barbara Bernstein
Telling stories over the radio is an art, and local independent radio writers, Roberts and Bernstein, are artists. Tonight they read from various radio works and talk about the craft of radio storytelling. Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, 219 NW 12th, 242-1419, 7:30 pm, $5

Sniffy Linings Birthday Party
The yuckily titled design studio/online publishing company, Sniffy Linings, celebrates its third birthday and the release of its second journal of experimental art and literature. Contributors like Mykle Hansen, Margaret Pao, and Mike Daily will be dropping by. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 6:30 pm, free

Lisa Borders
Borders' new book, Cloud Cuckoo Land, tells the story of a young female musician who goes from playing Texas country in the '70s to East Coast rock 'n' roll in the '80s. The story is obviously pure fantasy; there was no rock n' roll in the '80s! Twenty-Third Avenue Books, 1015 NW 23rd Ave, 224-5097, 7:30 pm, free

Bill Whitcomb
New-age magician and author of books like The Magician's Reflection, and The Magician's Companion, Whitcomb will give a talk on the relationship between magic, Yoga, and Neuro-Linguistic Programming. Psychonautical Supply/Mind Lab Bookstore, 2511 SE Belmont, 234-6661, 7 pm, free


FRIDAY 12/13

FOUND Magazine
Highly recommended! FOUND is a lovely little periodical loaded with actual artifacts that people have found from all over the world. Discarded love notes, ripped lost pet signs, dropped grocery lists... It's all there, and it's amazing how funny it can be, and also how moving. Tonight the founders of FOUND (ha!) share their favorite found items and also invite the audience to share their favorite found items. Then, at 8 pm the party moves on over to Belmont's Aalto Lounge for some serious schmoozing! Reading Frenzy, 921 SW Oak, 274-1449, 6 pm, free


SUNDAY 12/15

Kevin Sampsell, Paulann Peterson, Walt Curtis
Peterson and Curtis are sort of legendary poets around these parts. Curtis will be reading from his new collection, Medusa's Love. Sampsell will read from his strangely wonderful little memoir, A Common Pornography. The Switchboard Annex, 521 NW Flanders, 233-2787, 7 pm, $2