THURSDAY 6/8

Loggernaut Reading Series
The June installment of the venerable NoPo reading series holds forth on the topic of "heat," with authors Scott Nadelson, Suzy Vitiello, and Brandon Brown, a professor of physics at the University of San Francisco who has been profiled in the New York Times and on NPR. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 288-3895, 7 pm, $5 suggested

FRIDAY 6/9

Miracle in the Andes
Nando Parrado has eaten human flesh. That's because he was part of the rugby team that crashed into the Andes in 1972 and was immortalized in Alive. Parrado has written his own account of the crash and its beyond-terrifying aftermath, and will be talking about it tonight. Think there's anybody else in town telling a story this good tonight? Didn't think so. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free

SATURDAY 6/10

Emigree Frenzy
Two authors from the exiting Akashic publishing house grace Reading Frenzy with their literary presence tonight. There's Chris Abani, whose GraceLand won the 2005 Hemingway/Pen Prize, Jamaican novelist Colin Channer, and local writing sensation Laila Lalami. Reading Frenzy, 921 SW Oak, 274-1449, 7 pm, free

SUNDAY 6/11

Spare Room Reading Series
Get your verse on with poets C.E. Putnam, who just returned from a year in Bangkok and is working on a new book called This Bunny is Making Me Happy, and Brooklyn boy Ethan Fugate, who will be reading from his Lazy Boy series. Portland Art Center, 32 NW 5th, 239-5481, 7:30 pm, $5 suggested

MONDAY 6/12

Sam Seder and Stephen Sherrill
The creators of Air America's Majority Report drop by to regale audiences with excerpts from F.U.B.A.R.: America's Right-Wing Nightmare—and How You Can Wake Up from It. But first, they'll be hosting a special live broadcast of the Majority Report live from the Bagdad. The broadcast starts at 6 pm sharp, so get there early, you lovable liberal, you. Bagdad Theatre, 3702 SE Hawthorne, 6 pm, free

The Heartless Stone
The Heartless Stone: A Journey through the World of Diamonds, Deceit and Desire promises to do for diamonds what Fast Food Nation did for Big Macs. Throw your diamonds in the sky if you feel the vibe (the Roc is still alive every time I rhyme). Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free

WEDNESDAY 6/14

Anthony Bourdain
See My, What a Busy Week!, pg. 23. Heathman Hotel, 1001 SW Broadway, 241-4100, 6 pm, free