SATURDAY 1/20

Deconstructing Tyrone: A New Look at Black Masculinity in the Hip-Hop Generation
The "Tyrone" of this book's title comes from a 1997 Erykah Badu song of the same name: Tyrone is an archetypal black male of the hiphop generation, and in Deconstructing Tyrone, authors Natalie Hopkinson and Natalie Moore offer up 11 essays about contemporary black masculinity, each through the prism of a different fictional male character. Talking Drum, 446 NE Killingsworth, 288-4106, 5 pm, free

MONDAY 1/22

Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name
Vendela Vida's (co-editor of the Believer, wife of Dave Eggers, author of And Now You Can Go) new novel has been receiving incredible responses from readers and critics alike. Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name is the story of a 28-year-old woman who discovers after her father dies that he wasn't her biological father after all. Clarissa embarks on a voyage to find her true patriarch (and herself in the process), which eventually leads her on a series of excursions of self-discovery (including a detour to the North Pole). Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free

TUESDAY 1/23

Christopher Moore
Funnyman Christopher Moore's new novel, You Suck, is the story of a young hipster who unwittingly becomes a vampire (all it takes is one night with the wrong girl) and tries to learn the ropes of the whole no sunlight/drinking blood thing. True, the premise is dorky, but Moore is a pretty hilarious author, and I bet he has more up his sleeve than the synopsis lets on. All you have to do is show up to find out. Powell's at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 SW Cedar Hills, Beaverton, 228-4651, 7 pm, free