THURSDAY 8/18

Karen Houppert
Houppert's new book, Home Fires Burning, is a unique and valuable addition to the genre of war journalism: the story of what life is like for Houppert and other women who are married to people in the military. Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, 246-0053, 7:30 pm

Karen Fisher
Fisher's debut novel, A Sudden Country, is based on the true story of two unlikely strangers who find each other's hearts in 1847, while migrating from Missouri to our very own Oregon. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 228-4651, 7:30 pm

FRIDAY 8/19

Gerald Sussman
PSU professor and author Sussman presents a lecture on how "transnational capitalism affects our electoral politics." Laughing Horse Books, 3625 SE Division, 236-2893, 7 pm

SATURDAY 8/20

Elizabeth Woody
Continuing this month's celebration of a new wing that features Native American literature, plays, poetry, and more, Multnomah Library presents Warm Springs Tribe member Woody, whose poetry collections include Hand Into Stone, Luminaries of the Humble, and Seven Hands, Seven Hearts. Central Library, 801 SW 10th, 988-5471, 2 pm

Burlesque Bingo
In Other Words bookstore for women is really getting its rad fundraiser on this week, what with Thursday's reading at Acme by Michelle Tea, and tonight's fun-sounding evening of bingo your grandmother wouldn't approve of. Emceed by poet Marie Fleishman, with queer punk rock hits spun by DJ Harmony and a rock 'n' roll set from T-Rexxxa. Go, In Other Words, Go! Mississippi Pizza, 3552 N. Mississippi, 288-3231, 9 pm, $5-10, $1 per game

SUNDAY 8/21

Subterranean Beat Revival
Portland's only and thus best beat poetry night, replete with ambient music and a smoky, dark bar that's actually called NOIR. Perfect. Featuring host Chris Cottrell, Mr. Romo, Tomonori and Ross Harris. Noir, 203 SE Grand Ave, 231-2925, 8 pm, free

MONDAY 8/22

Karen Fisher
See previous listing. Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, 246-0053, 7:30 pm

TUESDAY 8/23

Eldest Release Party
If you haven't heard of Christopher Paolini, chances are your kids have, or someone else you know's kids have. Dude squirted out his first book Eragon, a young-adult fantasy novel, when he was just 17 years old. It's been a huge success, even though for every reader who loves it, there are just as many readers who seem to think it's a piece of tripe written by an author who was given a publishing contract based solely on the very marketable notion that he is a kid. Wherever you stand, you have to admit it's kind of an interesting backstory, and were this event to actually feature Paolini in person, we'd be all over it like a maggot on a pile of dogshit. But it doesn't. It's just a release party for his new book with cake and stuff. So we're not. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 228-4651, 1 pm

WEDNESDAY 8/24

Susan Hess & Kristy Athens
Hess has a bachelor's degree in city planning and a master's in business, and is the chair of Hood River County Cultural Trust. She's an environmental writer who knows what she's talking about. Athens is the Oregon Book Award coordinator, and also happens to be the only published writer we know who lives in White Salmon, WA. Bold-Sky Cafe and Studios, 3943 N Mississippi, 287-0154, 7:30 pm

Aimee Bender
See review this issue. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 228-4651, 7:30 pm

Michelle Tea
See My, What A Busy Week, pg. 19. Acme, SE 8th & Main, 230-9020, 8 pm, $10-50 sliding