THURSDAY 5/20

A Woman's Path
A collection of vignettes by Jo Giese about real-life women doing amazing things. Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30 pm

The Dark Age Ahead
We're about to face a new Dark Age, argues author Jane Jacobs, who presents her new book tonight about the current spiraling lethargy of the so-called "learned" professions; science, education, etc. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm


FRIDAY 5/21

* Saul Williams
Before the enigmatic slam poet throws down at the Crystal with Cursive and co. later tonight, check him in a slightly more intimate setting: the cozy confines of corporate America. Barnes & Nobel, Lloyd Center, 1317 Lloyd Center, 249-0800, 4 pm

* David Bain
Here's a cool premise: Bain packed up his family and spent a year tracing the old transcontinental railroad line. Then he wrote a memoir of the trip called The Old Iron Road. Not surprisingly, Amtrak is involved, and anyone present tonight can win two free tickets. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm


SUNDAY 5/23

Christine Wicker
Religion reporter Wicker presents her book Lily Dale: The True Story of the Town That Talks to the Dead, about a town overrun with Spiritualists, who go there to channel the dead. Barnes & Noble (Jantzen Beach), 1720 N Jantzen Beach, 283-2800, 3 pm

Portland: People, Politics, and Power
Jewel Lansing presents her new comprehensive history of our fair city, from 1851 to 2001. First Unitarian Church, 1101 SW 12th Ave, 1 pm


MONDAY 5/24

* Jean Hegland
Hegland has a bit of a cult following in the feminist world. She'll share from her newest Windfalls a novel of class, motherhood, and abortion. In Other Words, 3734 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 232-6003, 7 pm

* The End of Oil
Oil is treated as an international addiction in this new book by Paul Roberts, who argues that no matter how deep into denial we go, oil is a limited resource, and we'd best be prepared when it runs dry. Think those gas prices are high right now? Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30 pm, free

* William Langewiesche
See review this issue. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free


TUESDAY 5/25

* In Praise of Slowness
Carl Honore continues to make the rounds in support of his new book that promotes cutting the need for speed from your life and just chillin' and grillin'. Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, 246-0053, 7:30 pm

Citizens of the Empire
Robert Jensen presents another much-needed deconstruction of warmongering right-wing politics. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm


WEDNESDAY 5/26

Joanna Klink
Renowned poet and educator Klink struts her stuff, visiting us all the way from the plains of Montana. Literary Arts Council, at PSU's Smith Center, 1825 SW Broadway, 725-5666, 7:30 pm

* James Frey
See review this issue. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm