THURSDAY 11/20

* Alan Siporin
Another cool Jewish Book Festival event. Former NPR reporter Siporin presents his book, Fire's Edge, about Oregon's skinhead underworld. Mittleman Jewish Community Center, 6651 SW Capitol Hwy, 244-0111, 7 pm, by donation

Wintering: A Novel of Sylvia Plath
It's not Gwyneth Paltrow, but Kate Moses' new biography is still pretty hot. It chronicles two intense weeks in the depressed poet's life during which she wrote Ariel. Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30 pm, free

* Martin Amis
The unbelievably acclaimed British author struts on through. His new one Yellow Dog has been loved and hated. Time to decide for yourself. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30, free

* Henri Cole
Reed's Fall Visiting Writers Series has kicked ass this year. Tonight it concludes with the Japanese Cole, a terrific poet who has been published in all kinds of great rags. Reed College, Psychology Auditorium, 3203 SE Woodstock, 777-7755, 8 pm, free


FRIDAY 11/21

Edmund White
White's new book Fanny: A Fiction, is a fictional account of the real-life, late Frances Trollope writing a biography of the real-life radical feminist Fanny Write. Weird. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free


TUESDAY 11/25

Zoe Trope
*Yawn.* Zoe Trope... 17 years old... $100,000... ZZZZ... Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, 246-0053, 7:30 pm, free

Ben Moorad
The cofounder of Write Around Portland (WRAP) presents one long narrative poem, and several thematically similar shorter poems. Ogle, 310 NW Broadway, 227-4333, 7 pm, $5-10

* The Middle Mind: Why Americans Don't Think for Themselves
Is social critic Curtis White's new book scathing commentary, or pretentious fluff? You be the judge--if you can focus your feeble brain for that long, of course. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free