THURSDAY 10/6

Zadie Smith
See Destination Fun, page 13. First Unitarian Church, 1011 SW 12th, 228-6389, 7:30 pm

SATURDAY 10/8

Daniel Wolff
Think Asbury Park is just some mythological Springsteen playground? Guess again. In his new book, Fourth of July, Asbury Park: A History of the Promised Land, Daniel Wolff takes us through the history of the park, including a period when it was controlled by the Ku Klux Klan. Millar Library at PSU, 1875 SW Park, 725-4579, 7 pm, free

SUNDAY 10/9

Dan Savage
See feature story, page 9. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 228-4651, 7:30 pm

MONDAY 10/10

Shawn Levy
Oregonian film critic Shawn Levy also happens to be a pretty snappy pop culture historian, with books on Frank Sinatra's posse (Rat Pack Confidential), swinging London in the '60s (Ready, Steady, Go!, and now, with the release of The Last Playboy, Porfirio Rubirosa, who courted some of the world's wealthiest women and supposedly had a six-inch wide penis. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 228-4651, 7:30 pm

TUESDAY 10/11

Barbara Scott
Scott's memoir about spending a year in Nepal, The Violet Shyness of Their Eyes: Notes From Nepal, has been revised to include her reactions from a recent visit to the country, with attention to a Maoist insurgency. Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway, 284-1726, Tuesday, 7 pm

Garry Wills
Historian and cultural critic Garry Wills is no joke: He won the Pulitzer Prize for Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words that Remade America and is the recipient of two National Book Critics Circle Awards and the 1998 Medal for the Humanities (whatever that is). Tonight he discusses his latest work, Henry Adams and the Making of America. Portland Arts & Lectures, at First Congregational Church, 1126 SW Park, 227-2583, 7:30 pm, $5-12

Rick Moody
See Destination Fun, page 13. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 228-4651, 7:30 pm

Trinie Dalton & Marlon James
Trinie Dalton's diary-like missives in her book of short stories, Wide Eyed, shine as frank observations of the natural world. As perceived by Dalton, the world belches forth the possibility of mutations, the gills of a legion of mushroom caps, and a compulsive neural hunger for "outsider" activities like going insane while gorging yourself on obsolete video games like Burgertime(tm). And yet Dalton manages to conjure the impossible dichotomy of sensuality and innocence. How fun. LC Reading Frenzy, 921 SW Oak, 274-1449, 7 pm