* Felicia Luna Lemus
Lemus' unfortunately titled debut novel Trace Elements of Random Tea Parties nonetheless sounds pretty cool. It's about a 20-something Latina lesbian who works at a poodle grooming salon in downtown Los Angeles. That is so hot! Then at night Leticia the lesbian hits the town with her lesbian friends and they get drunk and screw a lot, and then have to deal with the fact they screwed each other later on. Hot! In Other Words, 3734 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 232-6003, 7 pm


* Freedom Frenzy!
To continue celebrating its 10th anniversary, and to raise money for the Critical Art Ensemble Defense Fund, Reading Frenzy offers a big ol' evening of entertainment and fun. It kicks off with a reception for a massive group art show with over 50 local and national artists representing, including Chris Johanson, Vanessa Renwick, Melody Owen, Sam Coomes, and David Rees of Get Your War On. AND THEN, after all the hobnobbing and wine sipping and cheese eating commences, the REAL FUN begins, with a dance party hosted by MC Ruben Nisenfeld, and featuring music from Calvin Johnson, Braille Stars, and the Snuggle Ups, plus general entertainment from Haiku Inferno, Peripheral Produce, Andrew Dickson, and Bill Daniel! PLUS! DOOR PRIZES!!! YAAH! Where to stick this thing? It could go anywhere, but we'll put it in the books calendar because it's all thanks to Reading Frenzy, the marvelous little book store that could. Nocturnal, 1800 E Burnside, 239-5900, 7 pm - midnight, free before 9 pm, $5-10 after


* Write Place
The Powell's monthly writing group has moved from the highly inconvenient Beaverton location, to the highly convenient downtown location. Stop on by the old World Cup coffee shop in Powell's today if you are an aspiring writer interested in networking with other aspiring writers. Bring a few copies of whatever you're working on to swap with others and get feedback. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7 pm


* Anne Garrels
Powell's presents one of the ballsiest reporters you'll ever see or read. After the shit hit the fan in the war in Baghdad and most other major networks pulled out, NPR correspondent Garrels stayed on, enduring corrupt officials and risking her life in artillery barrages. Naked in Baghdad is the book-length result, and though it comes nowhere close to recapturing the power and immediacy of Garrels' radio broadcasts from that time, it is also one of the few American documents that will remain when all is said is done. Don't miss Garrels, a journalistic force to be reckoned with. First Baptist Church, SW 12th & Taylor, 7:30 pm, free


Open Mic
Open mics in dive bars are the best kinds of open mics. The fog of booze shields you from the spoken word, poetry readings and standup comedy jams. U & I Grill, 6901 N Interstate, 9 pm

William Manchee
The popular legal thriller writer brings back his lawyer protagonist Stan Turner in Deadly Distractions. This time around, Stan, in the midst of defending a client accused of killing an IRS agent, gets caught in the crossfire between the radical Citizens Defense Alliance and the FBI. Then Stan's best friend vanishes! Then Stan vanishes, too! Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, 246-0053, 7:30 pm

Ally Shaw
Playwright/poet Shaw presents a debut collection of monologues and lyricism. In Other Words, 3734 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 232-6003, 7 pm