THURSDAY 11/6

Chechnya Diary
Journalist Thomas Goltz presents his diary of the 1991 war waged by Chechnya as it struggled to secede from the Russian Federation. Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30 pm, free


SUNDAY 11/9

* Writers' Resource Fair
Come on down, aspiring writers, this event wants you to shine. Members from cool writer support groups like the Attic, Oregon Writers Colony, Friends of William Stafford, and about 50 more will be schmoozing. There'll also be free tours of the rare book room! YES! Central Library, 801 SW 10th Ave, 988-5471, 1-4:30 pm, free

* David Rees
A hottie political cartoonist with a new book--what more could you ask for? See My What A Busy Week, page 13. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free


MONDAY 11/10

* Gregory Maguire
Maguire's Wicked (2000), a politically satirical skewing of L. Frank Baum's Land of Oz, was energetic and entertaining enough to be turned into a huge-budget Broadway musical. Tonight he presents his new foray into fairy tale fun, Mirror Mirror, a retelling of the Snow White story in 16th-Century Tuscany, where the habit of poisoning rivals was all the rage in the Borgia family. Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, 246-0053, 7:30 pm, free

George Hitchcock & Leslie Scalapino
Here's one of the strangest readings combos you'll see this year. Kayak magazine editor Hitchcock writes surrealist poetry and plays. Scalapino has a new book called Dahlia's Iris, described as "a futuristic detective novel written in the tradition of an ancient Tibetan form." Oookay. Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30 pm, free

* Simon Winchester
The author of the beloved Professor and the Madman presents a new one, The Meaning of Everything, an account of the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary that actually manages to be entertaining. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free


TUESDAY 11/11

Kim Stafford
The son of William is a fine poet in his own right. He'll read from a new collection, Every War Has Two Losers. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free


WEDNESDAY 11/12

* Dave Eggers
Has there been a single individual in the last decade who has done more for independent literary publishing than McSweeney's founder and author of Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius Dave Eggers? Tonight, he's gonna read and entertain, there's gonna be music, and it's all in support of the way-cool Write Around Portland (WRAP), which provides writing workshops for low-income families and other neglected members of society. WRAP, at the Aladdin, 3017 SE Milwaukie, 234-9694, 7 pm, $12