An Evening With Mr. Trout and Mr. Bass
This event is, as far as I can tell, just a reading. It sounds pricey, though Duncan is a pretty good novelist (The Brothers K), and the proceeds do go to the Yaak Valley Forest Council. Mountain Writers Series, at the Old Church, 1422 SW 11th, 236-4854, 7:30 pm, $12

Working Stiff's Manifesto
Iain Levinson has kindly prepared the naive college graduate for life in the real world with this deadpan, bitter recount of life as a wage slave. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free


Raja Shehadeh
Shehadeh's Strangers in the House: Coming of Age in Occupied Palestine is the first major memoir of life in occupied Palestine, Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free


Glen Allison
Anybody who's written a book called Penis Gourds and Moscow Muggings is A-okay in my book. Allison's also a photographer. Barnes & Nobel, 1317 Lloyd Center, 249-0800, 2 pm, free

Ezra Claytan Daniels
Rad graphic novelist Daniels will share his new sci-fi comic book odyssey, Changers. Reading Frenzy, 921 SW Oak, 274-1449, 7 pm, free


Daniel Higgs & Mitchell W. Feldstein
Higgs' is a tattoo artist and writer. Feldstein is a poet and both are in the band Lungfish, who will be playing a show later tonight at the Blackbird. Reading Frenzy, 921 SW Oak, 274-1449, 6 pm, free


Rebecca Brown
Brown writes harsh, spare, disturbing, and often quite painful accounts of fear and loss. Her prose is beautiful and complicated; her subject matter can be hard to swallow. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free


Jeanne Heuving & Ashley Edwards
Heuving alternates between journal entries, experimental prose, and literary criticism. Edwards is a multimedia performance artist. I don't know what she writes. Spare Room Collective, at Pacific Switchboard, 2486 NW Kearney, 233-4562, 7:30 pm, $5 donation

Olivia Judson
Judson's book Dr. Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation gives all sorts of lovely advice, including when necrophilia is acceptable and when the best time to get a sex change is. Twenty-Third Avenue Books, 1015 NW 23rd Ave, 224-6203, 7:30 pm, free

Paul Clock
Who would have guessed that the description "punk rotten & nasty" could refer to a railway company? Well, it does, and Clock wants to tell you about it in his book, The Saga of Pacific Railway & Navigation Co: Punk Rotten & Nasty. U.S. Bank meeting room, Central Library, 801 SW 10th Ave, 988-5471, 7:30 pm, free


Sara Ryan
Ryan's Oregon Book Award-winning young adult novel, Empress of the World, chronicles a female teenager who falls in love with another female teenager. Confusion ensues. Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway, 284-1726, 7 pm, free

Mark Doty & Paul Lisicky
With a National Book Critics Circle Award a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship under his belt, Doty, author of Source, is one of the rare poets who has made some serious money. Mountain Writers Series, at PSU's Smith Center, Rm. 327, 1620 SW Park, 236-4854, Mon 7:30 pm, $8

Ariel Gore
Tattooed mom Gore is the creator of Hip Mama, an activist magazine that shows moms can be maternal and informed. Her new book, Atlas of the Human Heart is a travel memoir of Gore's trip through China. She will be joined tonight by a sock puppet. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free