THURSDAY 9/9

Lean Press
Mystery writers William Manchee, Heidi Barke, and other Lean Press writers and editors converge to help you develop your own budding mystery. Bring samples and they will look at them. Murder by the Book, 3210 SE Hawthorne, 232-9995, 6:30 - 8 pm

Richard Melo
See review this issue. Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30 pm

Modern Ranch Living
Mark Jude Poirier, a writer obsessed with the suburbs of the Southwest, presents his latest novel about stoners and misfits kicking it in the desert. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm


FRIDAY 9/10

* The Spiderwick Chronicles
Author Holly Black and illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi present the fifth installment of this fantasy series that has all the kiddies screaming, "It's no Harry Potter, but it's still pretty damn good!" Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7 pm


SATURDAY 9/11

* International Poetry Day
Some great local poets gather to read works commemorating 9/11, including Ursula K. Le Guin, Walt Curtis, Primus St. John, and more. Millar Library at PSU, 1875 SW Park, 725-4552, 7 pm, free

* DJ Spooky
DJ Spooky, aka Paul Miller, aka author of the book Rhythm Science, appears to discuss and sign that very book. Rhythm science is "the creation of art from the flow of patterns in sound and culture." Sounds tight. Borders Downtown, 708 SW 3rd, 2 pm, free


SUNDAY 9/12

The F Word: Feminism in Jeopardy
A passionate rally cry from Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner (now THERE's a name!) for women to fight the political apathy that's all the rage these days, and get active again. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm


MONDAY 9/13

Pattian Rogers
Acclaimed poet Rogers shares from her new work Generations. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm

* Anne Elizabeth Moore
Moore presents Hey Kidz! Buy This Book, a guide for kids and teens to getting politically active. She'll precede the reading with a workshop for the IPRC (located above Reading Frenzy) geared towards youths interested in fighting the man. Reading Frenzy, 921 SW Oak, 274-1449, workshop 4 pm - 6 pm, reading 7 pm, $5-20 donation for workshop


TUESDAY 9/14

* Tom Hayden
One-time California Senator and founder of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), Hayden presents his latest manifesto on social justice: Street Wars: Gangs and the Future of Violence. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm

* The Triple Dare Reading Series
Reading Frenzy's monthly small press showcase features Richard Melo (Jokerman 8), Ally Shaw (L.A. poet), and author/Collins Library editor Paul Collins. Reading Frenzy, 921 SW Oak, 274-1449, 7 pm

* E.J. Graff
In the thick of all this same sex marriage hullabaloo, Graff's What is Marriage For? (1999) has been granted a reprint. A lesbian, Graff compiled several historical anecdotes to demonstrate that the idea of "traditional marriage" is an oxymoron. Vollum Lounge, Reed College, 3203 SE Woodstock, 777-7755, 7 pm


WEDNESDAY 9/15

Tess Gerritson
Bigtime medical thriller writer Gerritson discusses and signs her new book Body Double. Murder by the Book, 3210 SE Hawthorne, 232-9995, 6:30 pm

* Censored 2005: The Top 25 Censored Stories
All the brutal truths corporate media didn't want you to see. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm