Write Around Portland Reading
WRAP is a neat little group that helps low-income and socially isolated people express themselves through writing. Some of its members have even been published, and will read tonight. Barnes & Nobel, 1317 Lloyd Center, 249-0800, 7 pm, free

John D. Spalding
Spalding's written for everything from Beliefnet.com to Maxim magazine. He's a football-watchin' regular Joe who likes to talk religion. He's pretty funny, too. His new book's called A Pilgrim's Progress. Twenty-Third Avenue Books, 1015 NW 23rd Ave, 224-6203, 7:30 pm, free


FRIDAY 3/14

Pico Iyer
Iyer's latest, Abandon, is a far-reaching romance/mystery/philosophical masterbation session about an Islamic scholar who scours the globe for a secret Islamic manuscript. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free


MONDAY 3/17

Nuala O'Faolain
Before engorging yourself with pints of Harp and Guinness on this special day, check out O'Faolain, who will be reading from her book Almost There: The Onward Journey of a Dublin Woman. Twenty-Third Avenue Books, 1015 NW 23rd Ave, 224-6203, 7:30 pm, free


TUESDAY 3/18

Dorothy Drummond
I approve of any opportunity to learn more about the Middle East as there are too many people (including myself) who talk completely out of their ass when referencing it. Israel expert Drummond will read from and discuss her book Holy Land, Whose Land? Borders Books and Music, 708 SW 3rd Ave, 221-9814, 7 pm, free

Ruth Ozeki
Her latest novel, All Over Creation, seems to be just that, packing in stories about potato farming, breast cancer, Alzheimer's, activism, and more. It might be too much, but it's been getting good reviews, and seems anchored at the core by a charismatic cast of characters. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free


WEDNESDAY 3/19

Anthony Swofford
Swofford is quickly becoming the most famous ex-Marine in America, and for good reason. His new memoir of the Gulf War, Jarhead, is funny, insightful, crass, eloquent, and poignant. Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, 246-0053, 7:30 pm, free

Jane Glazer & Carolyn Miller
It's been a while since Powell's had a poetry reading, so maybe there's something extra special about these two. Miller is an Oregon Book Award finalist, and Glazer's new collection is called Where the Landshed Takes You. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free