THURSDAY 5/25

The Lost Thoughts of Soldiers
Delia Falconer's hallucinatory novel, told over the space of a single morning, is narrated by a captain from the Battle of Little Bighorn, and reads as a hypnotic meditation on death, war, aging, and celebrity. Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne, 238-1668, 7:30 pm, free

SATURDAY 5/27

Tangent Reading Series
OK, poetry fiends—there's a new night and time for you to mark in your Moleskins. Tonight marks the inaugural event in the new Tangent Reading Series. Things kick off with Oakland poet David Buck, Long Beach bard Jane Sprague, and Portland's own versifier, Alicia Cohen. Clinton Corner, SE 21st & Clinton, 6:30 pm, free

WEDNESDAY 5/31

Tess Gallagher
Any Tess Gallagher event is one worth getting excited for, but she's appearing tonight to read from Dear Ghosts, her first book of poetry in 14 years! Widely known as the widow of Raymond Carver, Gallagher is an amazing wordsmith in her own right—head out tonight and see for yourself. Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne, 238-1668, 7:30 pm, free