THURSDAY 4/15

A Spectacle of Corruption
David Liss' tackily titled novel is nonetheless a highbrow affair--a thriller set in 1722 that is at once rich in historical detail, and driven by strong characters and plot. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free


FRIDAY 4/16

Beyond Choice: Reproductive Freedom
Alexander Sanger, grandson of reproductive rights pioneer Margaret Sanger, presents a pro-choice manifesto. Cosponsored by Planned Parenthood. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free


SATURDAY 4/17

* John Connolly
This quaint little mystery bookstore doesn't do a lot of events, so if you're a fan don't miss it. Tonight: Irishman John Connolly, who deviates from his Charlie Parker mysteries in his new book Bad Men, a supernatural thriller about a team of ruthless human killers who square off against an island full of ghouls. Murder by the Book, 3210 SE Hawthorne, 232-9995, 6 pm


WEDNESDAY 4/21

* Carol Muske-Dukes
The wryly funny Muske-Dukes was recently nominated for the National Book Award in Poetry for her collection Sparrow. Poetry Downtown at Wieden & Kennedy, 224 NW 13th, 227-2583, 7:30 pm, $18