THURSDAY 1/19

Politically Inspired, Stumbling and Raging
This is the sequel to the first book of the same name, featuring politically aware fiction by authors such as Aimee Bender and Anthony Swofford. Cool guy writers Peter Rock, Adam Johnson, and Stephen Elliott will be on hand tonight to do some reading and book signing. Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne, 238-1668, 7:30 pm, free

FRIDAY 1/20


The Military Draft Handbook
If W pulls the trigger and reinstates the draft, will you still be eligible to go to war? Are you positive? More importantly, do you know the quickest path to Canada? Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free

SUNDAY 1/22

Confessions of an Economic Hitman
Jesus Christ, my stepfather likes this book. Every time I talk to him, he tries to get me to read it, and sometimes he just leaves it on my coffee table in case I decide to pick it up. Like any good stepson, I ignore his wishes, but I will be at Powell's tonight for this reading. Why? It's the stepfather's birthday. I'm such a good person. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free

WEDNESDAY 1/25

Buy the Chief A Cadillac
Rick Steber's novel is set on the Klamath Indian Reservation in 1961, just as the US government is set to pay the tribe to dissolve themselves and surrender their land. Three Klamath brothers each have very different reactions to their fate, culminating in a violent clash. Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, 246-0053, 7:30 pm, free

Timothy Egan
Pulitzer-winning New York Times reporter Timothy Egan drives down to read from his new book, The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl, an in-depth, first-hand account of High Plains dust storms, and the way that people in the area have dealt with them. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free