THURSDAY 10/16

Traveling Light
Deborah DeWit Marchant seems to have one of those charmed lives in which she gets to travel the world, taking photos of abbeys in the fog and forests at sunset and writing personal reflections to accompany them. Tonight she tells the story of her life as a photographer and a chaser of light. Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, 246-0053, 7:30 pm

Poetry Against the Bush Wars
The first poet to rhyme "Uday" and "Qusay" gets booed out of the building. Pacific Switchboard, 4637 N Albina, 233-2787, 7:00 pm

* Richard Meltzer
Meltzer, one of the grandaddies of the highly infectious, frequently misogynist, and drug-glorifying school of rock criticism a la Lester Bangs, makes a local appearance to read from his new book. Autumn Rhythms is being billed as Meltzer's "geezer book." Oh joy. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm


FRIDAY 10/17

* What the Night Brings
Carla Trujillo's debut novel, about a young Chicana girl who thinks she might be a lesbian and doesn't know if she can trust God, is getting the author's name mentioned in the same breath as leading Latina novelist Sandra Cisneros. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm


SATURDAY 10/18

ORATRIX
ORATRIX is a "Seattle-based collective of slam performers, fiction aficionados, and queer poet freaks" who bring their All Girl. All Word. tour to Portland. No matter what you do, do not confuse this event with the reading about sluts at Powell's on Monday night. Red and Black Cafe Collective, 2138 SE Division, 8:00 pm, $5-8

* Ethan Watters
Watters' new book Urban Tribes is an insightful, humorous account of modern twenty-somethings and thirty-somethings, and their knack for remaining unmarried later into life than any generation in our culture's history. If you're feeling guilty for still enjoying flying solo despite your best intentions to get hitched, this book is for you. Twenty-Third Avenue Books, 1015 NW 23rd Ave, 224-5097, 7:30 pm, free


MONDAY 10/20

Fast Girls
Subtitled Teenage Tribes and the Myth of the Slut, this book explores the old double standard of Slutitude. The buzz is that Emily White's book is sure to be a feminist classic, but the real test of its veracity will be how many times our 11th grade girlfriend appears in the index. Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30

Surveillance in America
Author Christian Parenti has written a disturbing history of surveillance in American history. Covering everything from the slave trade to Attorney General Ashcroft, this reading will undoubtedly have you leaving the store feeling more pissed off and paranoid than when you walked in. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30