THURSDAY 4/24

Margaret Chula & Penelope Scambly-Schott
Scambly-Schott has written an epic narrative poem, Penelope: The Story of the Half-Scalped Woman, about a woman shipwrecked on the shores of New Jersey in 1640 who gets axed in the belly and half-scalped by Lenape Indians. Now THAT's a poem! Looking Glass Bookstore, 318 SW Taylor, 227-4760, 7:00, free

Live Buddha's Essential Teachings
Geri Larkin takes an ancient Buddhist text, The Still Point Dhammapada, and examines its contemporary relevance through stories about a Buddhist temple in Detroit's inner city. Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30 pm, free

Diana Abu-Jaber
How many Portland writers have written acclaimed novels about Los Angeles' Arab-American community? Just one: Abu-Jaber, PSU writer-in-residence and author of the new Middle East-tinged book, Crescent. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free


FRIDAY 4/25

Art of the Infinite
There's always a place for books that bring mathematical concepts to the mainstream. Check out Robert Kaplan and his wife Ellen's new one, The Art of the Infinite, a witty and accessible tour of the world of mathematics. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free

The Urban Hipster Tour
Are you a fan of the Mercury's back page comics? Do you enjoy the blockily hilarious drawings and quirky dialogue of Dwarf Attack!? Then come on down to the Frenz' for this appearance by Dwarf creator Greg Stump, who has just collaborated on a new comic book, Urban Hipster, with David Lasky, who will also be in attendance. Reading Frenzy, 921 SW Oak, 274-1449, 7 pm, free


MONDAY 4/28

Robert Stone
Stone is a straight up master of the political psychological thriller. He's like if Ernest Hemingway came back to life and wrote a Tom Clancy book. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free


TUESDAY 4/29

Granta's Best of Young British Novelists
Susan Elderkin, Andrew O'Hagan and Alan Warner, three up-and-comers from the UK. Warner's Scottish. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free


WEDNESDAY 4/30

Willa Schneberg
Schneberg's last collection, The Margins of the World, received the 2002 Hazel Hall Award Oregon Book Award in Poetry. Literary Arts Council, at PSU's Smith Center, 1825 SW Broadway, 725-5666, 8 pm, $8, free to PSU students and faculty

Paulann Peterson & Robert Davies
National Poetry Month winds down with appearances by these two wordsmiths. Davies writes elegies to trees, while Peterson writes about foolish love. Looking Glass Bookstore, 318 SW Taylor, 227-4760, 7 pm, free

Lake Oswego History
Hold onto your high hats, it's the literary event of the season: a meticulously researched, illustrated history of... Lake Oswego! That's right, Oregon's most yuppified suburb finally gets its due in Iron, Wood & Water: An Illustrated History of Lake Oswego, by Ann Fulton and Susanna Kuo. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free