THURSDAY 3/2

Condor
Condor: To the Brink and Back—The Life and Times of One Giant Bird. Sometimes a book title just says it all, doesn't it? By NPR environmental correspondent John Nielsen. Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne, 238-1668, 7:30 pm

MONDAY 3/6

When I Was Elena
Ellen Urvani Hiltebrand has written a memoir about her time in Guatemala, but composed the story about herself through the eyes and voices of the Guatemalan women that she met there. "Ooh, Miss Elena. You are the most beautiful woman Guatemala has ever seen!" Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne, 238-1668, 7:30 pm

TUESDAY 3/7

When I Was Elena
See Monday's listing. Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway, 284-1726, 7 pm

Benson High School Students
Haven't you been talking about how you really wish you could hear what was going on in the high school lit scene these days? Well, bucko, here's your chance. These Benson High students participated in a 15-week residency taught by Ariel Gore and Jesse Lichtenstein, who will read from their own work tonight. The press release says it'll be both fascinating and moving. We're so there. Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway, 284-1726, 7 pm

The Left Hand of God
Rabbi Michael Lerner has written a spiritual manifesto outlining how we can "take back our country from the religious right." Since he's a man of God, we're presuming that Lerner's plan doesn't involve John Hinckley. Still, we're all ears. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 228-4651, 7:30 pm

WEDNESDAY 3/8

The Pleasure's All Mine
Oooh, sexy! Joan Kelly has written a memoir about her years spent as a professional submissive! Oooh, not sexy—half of the book is about her trying to reconcile that with her feminist leanings. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 228-4651, 7:30 pm