THURSDAY 6/17

* Poe Ballantine & Scott Nadelson
Two more excellent writers who live in our very town. The eccentric Ballantine will share from his novel God Clobbers Us All, and Nadelson will share from his collection of short stories Saving Stanley. Portlanders unite! Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30 pm, free

* Audrey Niffinger
Niffinger continues to bounce around, now promoting the paperback release of her much-lauded Time Traveler's Wife, a surreal tale of a Chicago librarian who just can't seem to stop time travelin'. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free


FRIDAY 6/18

Landon Jones
Just in time for the 200th anniversary of the Lewis and Clark expedition, biographer Jones presents William Clark: The Shaping of the West, a new account of the life of the much less interestingly named member of the daring duo. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm


SATURDAY 6/19

Gary Glickman & Brent Hartinger
Glickman presents Aura, a novel-length ode to life in '70s New York. Hartinger shares from his book The Last Chance Texaco, about teenagers in a group home. Barnes & Nobel, Lloyd Center, 1317 Lloyd Center, 249-0800, 7 pm


SUNDAY 6/20

Dame Darcy
The musician/actress/cable TV star/comic book artist/a bunch of other stuff, comes to town to share her new graphic novel Meat Cake, a neo-Victorian horror/humor/romance comic. Sounds good/great/I'm there. Reading Frenzy, 921 SW Oak, 274-1449, 4 pm, free


MONDAY 6/21

Mark Lymas
Lymas shares from his depressing but essential depiction of the bad, bad, bad effects global warming is already having on the world. It's like Day After Tomorrow, but without the special effects and god-awful plotting. Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30 pm


TUESDAY 6/22

Larry Watson
Watson shares from his sixth novel Orchard, about the intersecting lives of a mean artist and a vengeful orchard keeper. Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, 246-0053, 7:30 pm

* Chris Chester
Chester will share from his tender memoir Providence of a Sparrow, about his experiences raising a baby sparrow that fell from its nest. Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway, 284-1726, 7 pm


WEDNESDAY 6/23

* Geneen Roth
Roth is a master of witty, poignant memoir. In The Craggy Hole in My Heart and the Cat Who Fixed It she writes about a cat who came into her life and helped her withstand her aging father's poor health and death. Borders-Downtown, 708 SW 3rd Ave, 221-9814, 7 pm, free

* Suzanne Schlosberg
Isn't nice to know you're not the only one not getting any action in this cruel world? Well, Suzanne Schlosberg went 1001 DAYS without getting laid, and she's not afraid to admit it. Come be comforted while laughing your ass off at her reading of her new book The Curse of the Singles Table: A True Story of 1001 Nights Without Sex. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm