* Literary Feast
If you like fun and you like supporting cool local nonprofit bookstores, this event is for you. Your $50 gets you dinner, a silent auction, and the company of Zoe Trope, Turiya Autry, Ariel Gore, and other awesome local authors. Plus, the satisfaction of a deed well done. In Other Words, 3734 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 232-6003, 5:30 pm, $50

The Dante Club
Matthew Pearl presents his thriller about a group of 1865 Dante scholars who get mixed up in a series of murders inspired by the Inferno. Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30 pm, free

Western Roundup
Photos by Bill Daniel of early '80s Texas punks, and also a celebration of the release of a special deluxe collection of the influential Hillbilly-Beatnik-Punk zine from the same period and place. Upstairs: more Texas punk zines on display at the IPRC. Yee-haw! Reading Frenzy, 921 SW Oak, 274-1449, 6-9 pm, free

The Phaselock Code: Through Time, Death, and Reality
The contents of this book are as intense-sounding as its title. After miraculously surviving a brutal fall off of MOUNT EVEREST (!!), author Roger Hart devoted his life to "the very nature of human consciousness, in order to unlock the code of reality that binds our world." Shit, if I fell off Mt. Everest I'd probably do the same thing. Twenty-Third Avenue Books, 1015 NW 23rd Ave, 224-5097, 7 pm, free


Ashley Edwards
A lecture as part of La Palabra's Colloquial Quadrivium series. Edwards, the editorial assistant for The Organ and a member of the sound poetry group JJ Mad, will debut a multimedia performance piece at Pacific Switchboard this spring... and she's still only a student at Reed College. What on earth will she be doing when she doesn't have classes and homework to weigh her down? La Palabra Cafe-Press, 4810 NE Garfield, 493-0333, 7 pm, $5-10 donation

Matt Ruff
The Seattle writer's new book Set This House in Order tells the tale of a young man whose soul is metaphorically murdered by his father. To rebuild himself the man has to create many souls inside his body, with strange and triumphant results. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free


* The Ant and the Moon
Nocturnal continues to be interesting and fun with this reading/art show for a new illustrated book by Ryan Swanson and Jason Maxfield, The Ant and the Moon, about an ant separated from its colony. Also, music from the Last Astronauts, and a dance party for which you are expected to dress as a bug. Nocturnal, 1800 E Burnside, 239-5900, 8-10 pm

Rhizomatica #3: An Occasional Cabaret
The name of this mixed-media series drives us nuts, but it invariably has cool people involved. This time around, movement master Linda Austin, poets David Abel and Lisa Radon, composer Matt Marble, filmmaker Andrew Blubaugh, and still more present a mishmash of mashmish. Pacific Switchboard, 4637 N Albina, 233-2787, 8 pm, $5


* The Sniffy Linings Comedy Hour
Some serious fun tonight from Paul Ash's local indie press Sniffy Linings. Ash, author of What I Think About When I Go to the Job, is always hilarious, and will be joined by Sniffy contributors Marissa Madrigal (8lb Gorilla), Mykle Hansen (Eye-Heart Everything), Tiffany Lee Brown (lots of cool stuff), and more. Plus, music from MC Pecos B, flicks from this year's Portland Animation Fest, and door prizes. Lord Jesus. La Palabra Cafe-Press, 4810 NE Garfield, 493-0333, 7 pm, free


The Journey of Man
Spencer Wells' new book uses revolutionary genetic science to create a family tree for the whole of humanity. It's the story of the human race, only based on fact, and not fairy tales. Looking Glass Bookstore, 318 SW Taylor, 227-4760, 7 pm, free

* Brian Greene
One of the most popular physicists in the world presents his new book The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality, which basically tries to explain how the entire universe works. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free

* John Dunning
Dunning's gripping books feature the compelling Cliff Janeway, a cop-turned-rare-book-dealer who gets in all sorts of zany adventures. Tonight Dunning will share the new Janeway novel Bookman's Promise and lead a workshop for aspiring collectors. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm


* Amanda Eyre Ward
The up-and-coming Eyre Ward's debut novel Sleep Toward Heaven--about the intertwining lives of a death row inmate, a doctor, and a librarian--has been getting serious raves. Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, 246-0053, 7:30 pm, free

Are We There Yet?
Radio stud Scott Haas (The Splendid Table on PRI and various NPR stuff) presents a memoir of his family's European Vacation, which, much like Clark Griswald's fabled journey, went laughably wrong. Barnes & Noble, 1720 N Jantzen Beach, 283-2800, 7:30 pm, free