THURSDAY 4/3

Joshua Ortega
In the tradition of Brave New World and 1984, Ortega presents Frequencies, a Utopia novel for the cybergeek set. Barnes & Nobel, Lloyd Center, 1317 Lloyd Center, 249-0800, 7 pm, free

From Out of the Stacks
Poets who also work at the library read from their published works. What, you think they can just live off writing verse? HA! This is America! Our artists don't support themselves! Central Library, 801 SW 10th Ave, 988-5234, 7 pm, free


FRIDAY 4/4

National Poetry Month Kick Off
Break out the Poetry Tree and Poetry Lights, kiddos, it's Poetry Month, and the Poetry Fairy is going to come and fill our stockings with all kinds of lovely gifts! She starts tonight with readings from Dan Raphael, Mark Sargeant, and Will Staple. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free


SATURDAY 4/5

Greg Palast
Come hear someone who really knows their shit. Palast's book, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, is a collection of essays from the BBC investigative reporter on the USA Patriot Act, Saudi terrorism, Iraq's nuclear program, and more. The Peter Stott Center at PSU, 1620 SW Park Ave, 725-3307, 6 pm, $5-$10


MONDAY 4/7

Unplugged
Bass player/writer Paul McComas will present this new book, about a career singer who reflects on her life in the Badlands of South Dakota, with a dramatic and musical performance. Borders-Downtown, 708 SW 3rd Ave, 221-9814, 7 pm, free

Last Man Out
Melissa Greene's new book records the tale of the worst mining disaster in Nova Scotia history, in which 175 men died. Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30 pm, free


TUESDAY 4/8

Cai Emmons
Emmons' new book, His Mother's Son, about a mom and her unnaturally angry six-year-old, is an intriguing-sounding story set in Bellingham, WA., the most boring town known to man. Borders-Downtown, 708 SW 3rd Ave, 221-9814, 7 pm, free

WRAP Reading
Write Around Portland (WRAP), Portland's leader in writing workshops for low-income people, disabled folks, troubled teens, and other representatives from the under-appreciated fringe, presents a reading from recent workshop beneficiaries. Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway, 284-1726, 7 pm, free

Sam Hamill
In February, Hamill besieged the White House with nearly 2,000 anti-war poems and writings from friends and acquaintances. The act scared Laura Bush into canceling the special dinner she had planned in honor of some great poets, and solidified Hamill as America's most influential poet-activitist. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free


WEDNESDAY 4/9

Robert Littell
Littell has written a 900-page book about the life of aspiring CIA agents: The Company. There's gotta be something in there worth reading about. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free