THURSDAY 5/1

Oregon's Most Beautiful Trips and Trails
Author/explorer William L. Sullivan presents a slideshow in sync with his new book on the best places in Oregon to get really, really high. Borders-Downtown, 708 SW 3rd Ave, 221-9814, 7:30 pm, free

Gwion
Storyteller and Celtic harper Gwion (rhymes with Ian) invites you to get inebriated while listening to tales of prehistoric Wales. Laurelthirst, 2958 NE Glisan St, 232-1504, 9:30 pm, $6

Bag Men
Who knew the Pope could inspire so much scandal? In Mark Costello's new novel, a 1965 visit from the Vatican Overlord becomes the nexus for a twisted story of drug dealing, corrupt cops, and the like. Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30 pm, free


SATURDAY 5/3

Marsha Serling Goldberg
Goldberg will read and sign Teachers With Class, a collection of true stories featuring great teachers, with contributions from the likes of James Earl Jones, Walter Cronkite, and... Cindy Crawford!? Yowza! Barnes & Nobel, 1317 Lloyd Center, 249-0800, 2 pm, free


SUNDAY 5/4

Subterranean Beat Revival
Open mic poetry and live jazz music combine at this weekly event that pays homage to beat poets. Tonight's featured poet: the incomparable Allen Ginsberg. Mad Hatter Lounge, 203 SE Grand, 231 2925, 9 pm, free


MONDAY 5/5

Gary Ferguson
Despite rampant tourism, Yellowstone is the largest intact ecosystem in the temperate world. Ferguson's memoir, Hawks Rest, centers around a three-month hike to Hawks Rest, and ends up being an extended contemplation on wildlife conservation. Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30 pm, free


TUESDAY 5/6

Marjorie Leet Ford
A 22-year-old woman travels to England to work as an "au pair" (a sort of nanny) in Ford's The Diary of an American Au Pair. Adventures with wacky Brits ensue. Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, 246-0053, 7:30 pm, free

Janisse Ray
Ray is an activist and commentator on NPR who has a new memoir out, Wild Card Quilt: Taking a Chance on Home. Don't fear; it's not about quilting, but about the author moving from a progressive Portland-like town back to the devolved, hick-addled town of her youth. Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway, 284-1726, 7 pm, free

David Loftus
Loftus' new book, Watching Sex, is a meticulously documented account of 150 men's thoughts on their porn-watching habits. Its ultimate message: porn is "no big deal." Collins Gallery, Central Library, 801 SW 10th, 988-5471, 7 pm, free


WEDNESDAY 5/7

Tiger Ladies
Sudha Koul dwells on homespun textiles, food, and magical stories to evoke the memory of the Kashmir Valley, where she was bred. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free