THURSDAY 9/11

* Alan Lightman
Lightman's probably sick of people harping on it, but reading Einstein's Dreams is still one of our most cherished literary memories. That book's combination of stunning scientific insight and lucidly gorgeous prose will never be duplicated, which is good because the brilliant Lightman will continue to try. His fourth book Reunion is out, and tells the tale of a has-been poet-turned-professor. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free


FRIDAY 9/12

Nick Bantok
Picture books for adults are the name of the game for Bantok, whose series chronicling a passionate love affair tinged by the influence of the mysterious Griffin and Sabine, has become quite popular. The Morning Star marks the sixth and final book in the series. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free


SATURDAY 9/13

* Booty Call 4: Booty Call Strikes Back
Mr. Kevin Sampsell and co. present another evening of literary festivities with fringe writers. The stellar Ashland Poet Casey Kwang will be kicking around in there, as will Real to Reel writer Lidia Yuknavitch, New York novelist Andrew Lewis Conn (whose P is Soft Skull Press' biggest seller ever), and of course Sampsell himself. Don't miss! Disjecta, 116 NE Russell, 9 pm, $5, all ages

* Broken Word: Going to the Trouble Tour
Two of the nation's top performing spoken word artists, Big Poppa E. and Hilary Thomas perform under the moniker Broken Word. There will also be a "Survivor Slam" in which two slam teams compete in categories like Erotica and Haiku. Yowza that sounds terrifying, but at least all the competitors get Mike & Ikes! Red and Black Cafe, 2138 SE Division St, 231-3899, 7:30 pm, $5, all ages


MONDAY 9/15

Tananarive Due
Due has an incredible name, and is also the only female African American horror writer we know of. Her new book The Good House follows a woman trying to save her hometown in the Pacific Northwest from evil forces. Looking Glass Bookstore, 318 SW Taylor, 227-4760, 7 pm, free

* Charles Baxter
Baxter's new book Saul and Patsy tells the intriguing story of a husband and wife team shaken up by the husband's relationship with one of his young, male students. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free


TUESDAY 9/16

Maureen Brady
Brady's new book Ginger's Fire depicts a woman's sexual rebirth. The ALA Gay Book Award nominee will present a writing workshop and a signing tonight. In Other Words, 3734 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 232-6003, 6:30 pm, free

The True Story of Hansel & Gretel
Set in Nazi Germany, Louise Murphy's book follows two Jewish children who are sent to hide in a dense Polish forest by their parents. The two are renamed Hansel and Gretel to disguise them, and they shack up with an old crone named Magda. Many classic fairy tale metaphors ensue which sounds brutal, but may not be. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free


WEDNESDAY 9/17

* Adam Haslett
See review this issue. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free