FRIDAY 8/1

* Arthur Phillips
Phillips caused quite a commotion a while back with the hardback release of his novel Prague, about the adventures of four Americans and a Canadian as they travel through Budapest (which isn't exactly Prague, but what can you do?). Now he's touring to promote the book's paperback release. Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, 246-0053, 7:30 pm, free

* Candace Bushnell
The novelist who masterminded the premise and characters behind that shamefully addictive television series Sex and the City shares from her latest novel Trading Up, about a shallow model/actress who gets involved with the head of an HBO-like cable station. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free


SUNDAY 8/3

Soul Purpose Astrology
Astrology: valid form of self-evaluation, or complete and utter horse shit? Only you can determine that, and if you've decided on the former option you'll want to attend today's discussion and signing by Margaret Koolman, who will share techniques on analyzing a birth chart to retrieve a map of the soul's journey (horse shit!). Barnes & Nobel, 1317 Lloyd Center, 249-0800, 1 pm, free

Der Lovett & Emily Riley
Two of Portland's better slam poets are putting on a benefit show to raise money for the local slam team's trip to Chicago for a competition. Musical accompaniment will be provided by bands Polite Fiction and Grand Guignol. Goodfoot, 2845 SE Stark, 7:30 pm, $5-$10


MONDAY 8/4

Mercedes Lackey
Now that the Tolkein resurgence has made dragons and elves mainstream, it's time to dig a little deeper. Lackey's new book Mad Maudlin is fantasy, but of the dark, urban variety. It follows dysfunctional families in New York and a group of homeless children who have organized a kind of cult around a flesh-eating demon called Bloody Mary. Powell's-Beaverton, 8725 SW Cascade Ave, 643-3131, 7 pm, free


TUESDAY 8/5

* Hillary Rodham Clinton
She ain't talkin', she ain't discussin'. All she's doing is signin' copies of her new memoir. But Hell, it's Hillary, in the flesh! Just being close to that sweet, sweet essence is enough to drive shivers through the loins. She's been hosting thousands of fans at her other stops on the tour, so get there early; Border's starts giving out free tickets at 9 AM. Borders-Downtown, 708 SW 3rd Ave, 221-9814, 5:30 pm - 7 pm, free

Daniel Robinson
A former wildfire fighter shares from his new book After the Fire, a work of fiction based on true accounts of an enormous and deadly forest fire. Barnes & Noble, 1720 N Jantzen Beach, 283-2800, 7:30 pm, free

Ivan Richmond
Pairing American materialistic Judeo-Christian values with Buddhist ideals works about as well as pairing oil and water. And yet, people manage to do the Buddhist thing in this grabby, Godforsaken country. Richmond grew up Buddhist and he wants to tell you about it in Silence and Noise: Growing Up Zen in America. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free