THURSDAY 3/20

The Sights and Sounds of Burning Man
Holly Kreuter's new book has gorgeous photos of Burning Man, the annual art and culture desert odyssey, and a nifty intro from Dave Eggers. What bogs it down are the testimonies and (gasp! choke!) poetry from the brain-fried hippies who frequent the event. Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30 pm, free

Jenny Davidson
The London-born teacher and writer presents her debut novel, Heredity, about a young New Yorker who travels to London and winds up bearing the child of an 18th-century criminal. You gotta read it to find out how. Reading Frenzy, 921 SW Oak, 274-1449, 7 pm, free


FRIDAY 3/21

Shooting Under Fire: Photographing War
Powerful stuff. See Destination Fun, pg. 15. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free


SUNDAY 3/23

IPRC Open House
With one more room to work with, the IPRC shows off its newly remodeled home. Now there's more space to craft those homemade zines, and there's an art gallery. Tonight, hear some readings, look at the artwork, and down some food and drink. Independent Publishing Resource Center, 917 SW Oak Street, #218, 827-0249, 2 pm - 6 pm, free

William L. Fox & Donna Stonecipher
Poet Fox spent two-and-a-half months in the Antarctic with the National Science Foundation's Visiting Artists and Writers Program. Lucky bastard. The sweeping, icy landscapes of that place haunt my dreams. Spare Room Collective, at Pacific Switchboard, 2486 NW Kearney, 236-0867, 7:30 pm, free


MONDAY 3/24

Safe Food
It's been done and done well in Fast Food Nation, but that doesn't mean we all shouldn't support Marion Nestle's new expose of the American food industry anyway. One good soldier can do a lot of damage, but it takes an army to win a war. Just ask Dubya. Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30 pm, free


TUESDAY 3/25

Galway Kinnell
Now in his '70s, the heralded poet continues to mix up styles and themes like some kind of master literary DJ, sometimes switching rhyme patterns multiple times in a single poem. Wieden + Kennedy Building, 224 NW 13th Ave, 227-2583, 7:30 pm, $5-$18

Assorted Nuts and Chews
A bunch of funny ladies have gathered together a chapbook of their funny stories and observations. The funny ladies include, but are not limited to: Barbara Blossom Ashmun, Gina Bacon, and Shanna Germain. Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway, 284-1726, 7 pm, free


WEDNESDAY 3/26

T.C. Boyle
Word on the street is that Boyle's new book, Drop City, is his best yet. Allegedly, he elicits sympathy for a commune of drugged-out, free-lovin' hippies. Not an easy task. Pity for the hippies? Easy. Sympathy? Hard. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free