THURSDAY 3/10
The Far Out Story of Vortex 1
The subtitle of 1970's Vortex 1 was, "A Biodegradable Festival of Life," which is code for: "100,000 hippies at a rock concert to protest the Vietnam War and Richard Nixon's appearance at the nearby American Legion convention." Matt Love presents his book about this historic occasion. Powell's Books on Hawthorne , 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30 pm

Kristian Williams
See "My, What a Busy Week!" Pg 21. Vinnie's Pizza , 634 N Killingsworth, 993-9464, 7 pm

SATURDAY 3/12
Every Day Ninja
The author of this book, Derek Ivory, refuses to send us a review copy. He will only say that it is a "tell all book about life as a ninja. Kicking ass for 60 years." Come to think of it, we don't even need a copy--thumbs up! Couch Gallery , 328 NW Broadway, 8 pm

SUNDAY 3/13

John Dunning
Who knew it was possible to write a whole book (a thriller no less) about the scandalous world of... book collecting? Well, John Dunning has about 50 of them, including his latest, The Sign of the Book, in which "rare books dealer Janeway agrees to help a friend of a friend, who's accused of murdering her husband." Hold on to your hats. Powell's City of Books , 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm

MONDAY 3/14

Bob Flaherty
Flaherty presents his debut novel Puff, about two Boston brothers who journey through a dismal snow storm to score a bag of really excellent pot. Powell's Books on Hawthorne , 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30 pm

TUESDAY 3/15

Jane Smiley
In case you haven't heard of her, Jane Smiley is the supremely excellent writer of, among other works, A Thousand Acres, Horse Heaven, and most recently, Good Faith, the only book we can safely describe as a "1980s real estate epic." Brought you by Portland Arts & Lectures. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall , SW Broadway & Main, 227-2583, 7:30 pm, $25

Christopher Rice
The son of Anne Rice presents Light Before Day. Powell's City of Books , 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm

WEDNESDAY 3/16

Tim Guest
Memoirs of growing up in a cult are always good. In Guest's My Life in Orange he relates his childhood life spent with his mother in a cult led by the controversial Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. Annie Bloom's Books , 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, 246-0053, 7:30 pm

Lynne Cox
Long-distance swimmer Cox is one of those semi-crazy people who pits themselves against nature's most extreme elements on purpose. Her memoir Swimming to Antarctica is an interesting account of how one teaches their body to withstand waters that would kill most human beings. Powell's City of Books , 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm