Lily Tuck
Tuck reads from her National Book Award-winning The News from Paraguay, now in paperback. Powell's Books on Hawthorne , 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30 pm

Ted Kooser
Portland Arts & Lectures kicks off this year's Poetry Downtown series with Kooser, our newest Poet Laureate, and a chronicler of life in southeastern Nebraska. Wieden & Kennedy , 224 NW 13th, 227-2583, 7:30 pm, $5-18


Robert Thurman
Thurman's the first Westerner to be ordained by the Dalai Lama himself, so he was probably pretty qualified to write his new book The Jewel Tree of Tibet, a guide through the mysteries of Tibetan spiritual wisdom. Powell's City of Books , 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm


Kirsten Sundberg
Lundstrom Local lady Lundstrom has been selected by the employees of Barnes & Noble to be included in their creatively titled "Discover Great New Writers" program. She'll read from her great new collection of short stories, This Life She's Chosen, tonight. Barnes & Noble (Jantzen Beach) , 1720 N Jantzen Beach, 283-2800, 7:30 pm


A Don Berry Event
Don Berry was a local novelist in the '60s whose books about pioneers days in the northwest, Trask, Moontrap and To Build a Ship have been recently rereleased by Oregon State University Press, and dubbed "essential reading." Tonight, Kajira Wyn Berry (obviously related, though we're not sure how) reads from her memoir about life with Berry, 99 Letters, reads from his novels, and shows a short film. Looking Glass Bookstore , 318 SW Taylor, 227-4760, 7 pm, free

The Sixteenth Minute
See "My, What A Busy Week!" Pg 17. Powell's City of Books , 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm


Wendy French
French presents Going Coastal, the follow-up to her well-received chick-lit debut sMothering. Annie Bloom's Books , 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, 246-0053, 7:30 pm

William Benedetto
The deadliest sea disaster of the Vietnam War involved a freighter called the Badger State and its shipment of 5,000 tons of bombs. Attorney Benedetto tells the tale in Sailing into the Abyss, compiled from interviews with survivors and old news reports. Powell's City of Books , 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm