FRIDAY 6/16

Douglas Coupland
Coupland writes insightful fiction about cell phones, computers, iPods, two-way pagers and the people trying to live their lives amongst all this... technology. He'll be reading from his latest novel, JPod, which delves further into the lives of the technologically inclined. Isn't that all of us? KB Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free

SUNDAY 6/18

Say Goodnight, George!
Roger Cole hosts an evening of readings and mockery of our poor and laughed-at president. There will be political commentary and stories that poke fun at the easiest of easy targets, the Bush administration. KB Cavitica Learning Center, 602 NE Prescott , 282-4031, 7 pm, donations $3-5

Phase One: Words and Music
Towne Lounge continues its monthly marriage of awesome writers and musicians with Kevin Sampsell, X's for Eyes, and Frayn Masters of Haiku Inferno. Towne Lounge, 714 SW 20th Place, 9 pm, free

MONDAY 6/19

Poetry Northwest Happy Hour
Dear all ye lovable slow wits/It's time to imbibe with drunk poets.—Come 'round for happy hour/Why are you acting so dour?/I see—your dad's starting to grow tits! Blue Monk, 3341 SE Belmont, 5-7 pm, free

Dan O'Neill
Dan O'Neill reads from his ode to the rustic, wild, outdoors with A Land Gone Lonesome: In Search of Blood and Thunder Along the Yukon River. Maybe there'll even be a fight with a grizzly bear. KB Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne, 238-1668, 7:30 pm, free

Same Sex in the City
Two lesbian Laurens will be reading from their tell-it-like-it-is book about girl-on-girl relationships covering everything you ever wanted to know about the lesbo lifestyle. Girl Power! KB Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free

TUESDAY 6/20

Getting Stoned with Savages
J. Maarten Troost reads from his misadventures on the islands of Vanauta, where he battles mother nature, drinks kava with the natives, and gets swallowed up by the jungle. ISLAND STYLE! KB Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free

WEDNESDAY 6/21

Mark Bowden
The author of Black Hawk Down has been working hard on his new book, Guests of the Ayatollah, for five years. It's an account of the 1979 Iran hostage crisis, and critics everywhere say it's even better than Black Hawk Down the movie. Somalia, Iran, whatever, when it comes to world crises this guy knows his shit. KB Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free