THURSDAY 8/4

Josh Emmons
Emmons presents his debut novel, The Loss of Leon Meed, about 10 residents in Eureka, CA, whose lives are forever changed by one extraordinary man. Powell's Books on Hawthorne , 3723 SE Hawthorne, 238-1668, 7:30 pm

MONDAY 8/8

Brian Francis
Francis' new book, The Secret Fruit of Peter Paddington, features, among other things, a 204-pound kid with talking nipples, and Mercury columnist Dan Savage. Powell's City of Books , 1005 W Burnside, 228-4651, 7:30 pm

TUESDAY 8/9

Alafair Burke
Burke's a local writer with a national following. Her mystery novels are set in Portland, AKA the Least Mysterious City in the World. Okay. Maybe Phoenix is slightly less mysterious. That's what we REALLY need--mystery novels set in Phoenix! Powell's City of Books , 1005 W Burnside, 228-4651, 7:30 pm

WEDNESDAY 8/10

Helen Marie Casey
Casey was once a corporate speech writer at Raytheon. Her collection Fragrance Upon His Lips was inspired by Joan of Arc. If we had a nickel for every time THAT combination came down the readings pipe... In Other Words , 3734 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 232-6003, 6:30 pm