THURSDAY 5/13

* Kent Haruf
We love good writers who are obsessed with a specific place or time. For Haruf it's the high plains town of Holt, Colorado. He wrote about it beautifully in the acclaimed novel Plainsong and he writes about it beautifully again in his new work, Eventide. Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, 246-0053, 7:30 pm

Rachel Bard
Queen Without a Country is Bard's narrative account of Berengaria, an overlooked queen who married England's Richard the Lionheart 800 years ago, but never actually set foot in the country she became ruler of. Tonight, Bard appears as the Queen herself, in full costumed regalia. In Other Words, 3734 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 232-6003, 7 pm

* The Kite Runner
Few first-time novelists are as ambitious as Khaled Hosseini, who with Kite Runner has created an epic chronicle of the awful tug-of-war mess that is Afghanistan since the 1970s. Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30 pm

* Eamon Grennan
The good folks at the Mountain Writers Center present Grennan, a writer of shimmering, exuberant poetry and a professor at Vassar. Old Church, 1422 SW 11 Ave, 236-4854, Thurs 7 pm, $8


FRIDAY 5/14

* Lisa Tucker
People adore Lisa Tucker. The author of the popular Song Reader presents another compulsively readable story centered around music, Shout Down the Moon, about an aspiring jazz singer who hits the road with her new band and her two-year-old son. Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, 246-0053, 7:30 pm

* Martin Prechtel
If you're a fan of this new-age storytelling guru, you know his texts are meant to be performed aloud. Hear Prechtel perform from his newest autobiographical tirade tonight, The Toe Bone and the Tooth. Looking Glass Bookstore, 318 SW Taylor, 227-4760, 7 pm, $3-15 sliding

Rick Ridgeway
A slideshow and reading from Ridgeway for his new book, The Big Open, for which he followed the migration pattern of the chiru, an extremely endangered Tibetan antelope. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm


MONDAY 5/17

Taboo Tunes
Seattle writer Peter Blecha shares from his new book on oppressive right-wing radio censorship, Taboo Tunes: A History of Banned Bands & Censored Songs. Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30 pm, free

* David Leavitt
Leavitt presents The Body of Jonah Boyd, a novel of family, home, and the close bond between secretaries. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm


TUESDAY 5/18

Jennifer Lauck
Lauck is a really good, extremely successful memoir writer who we feel like people don't realize lives right here in Portland. She'll share tonight from Show Me The Way, a new one about being a new parent. Acoustic guitarist Paul Briggs will join her. Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway, 284-1726, 7 pm

James Kelman
Kelman, a Scotsman, presents the gratingly titled You Have to Be Careful in the Land of the Free, about a native Glaswegian's last night before returning home from America. Probably, needless to say, he gets tanked. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free