THURSDAY 4/29

Brenda Peterson
Peterson's fourth novel Animal Heart tells the intriguing story of a forensic wildlife biologist's investigation into an eerie mass of dead whales and dolphins along the Oregon Coast. Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, 246-0053, 7:30 pm

* WRAP Reading
Come support your local awesome nonprofit literary group. WRAP gives empowerment through the pen to low income, socially isolated writers. Their latest glut of participants share what they've done in WRAP workshops tonight. First Congregational Church, 1126 SW Park Ave, 236-4854, 7 pm, free

Robert Wrigley
Good poet Wrigley reads from his latest collection Lives of the Animals. Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave, 452-1592, 7 pm

* Providence of a Sparrow
Chris Chester reads from his lovely memoir, in which he somehow manages to write about a little sparrow's positive influence on his life without making you barf. Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30 pm, free


FRIDAY 4/30

Martha Gies
Local writer Gies' new book Up All Night chronicles P-Town's Graveyard Shift; stories from people who work jobs in shelters, in the zoo, on docks, and plenty of other places you wouldn't want to go to at night. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free


SUNDAY 5/2

* Our "Misunderestimated" President
Bring on the Bush bashing books! Saturate the market with 'em. Crush the man's resolve and smear him into oblivion! Tonight Sierra Club bigwig Carl Pope presents the latest contribution to the cause, Strategic Ignorance, a general account of Bush's neglect of the environment. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm


MONDAY 5/3

Death on the Devil's Highway
Journalist Luis Urrea's account of the scores of illegal Mexican immigrants who die every year trying to stick it out in a brutal Arizona desert. Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30 pm

* The Miracle Detectives
Randall Sullivan's new book The Miracle Detectives is an account of an Eastern Oregon sighting of the Virgin Mary, and the efforts the Vatican made to investigate, sending detectives in all the way from Rome. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm


TUESDAY 5/4

Elaine Pagels
Pagels presents Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas, about a few things God said that didn't make the Bible's final cut. I'm tellin' ya, those editors can be HARSH. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm


WEDNESDAY 5/5

Magic Mushrooms and Other Highs
Paul Krassner, who claims to have sent Groucho Marx on his very first acid trip, presents this loving tribute to hallucinogens in America. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm