Catch a Wave
Oregonian television critic Peter Carlin has just published Catch a Wave, a biography of Beach Boy maestro Brian Wilson. If you know anything about Wilson, you know there's a lot of crazy genius in there, and Carlin has done his homework, interviewing everyone who's ever been on Wilson's radar. This will certainly be the place to be for fans of the man who just wasn't made for these times. Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, 246-0053, 7:30 pm, free

Samantha Barrow
I kind of love biker poets. They're all tough and leathery, but instead of tooting speed and gangbanging their old ladies, they pull out their Moleskins and think of words that rhyme with carburetor. Samantha Barrow's just such a poet, and her book, Grit and Tender Membrane, is a collection of poems and stories from her first cross-country trip. I'm still working on a rhyme for "axle grease." In Other Words, 8 NE Killingsworth, 232-6003, 7 pm, free


Spare Room Reading Series
You should read poetry. It expands your mind. What's even better is hearing poetry; that's when you're really getting it. Here's your chance. Spare Room presents San Francisco poet Stephen Vincent. New American Art Union, 922 SE Ankeny, 231-8294, 7:30 pm, $5


Lost Girls and Love Hotels
The brief synopsis of Catherine Hanrahan's debut novels is chock full of fun keywords: schizophrenia, drugs, alcohol, and S&M-fueled sex in the arms of anonymous men. Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Haw­thorne, 238-1668, 7:30 pm, free


Now that Da Vinci Code is an entire genre unto itself, here is Tucker Malarkey's Resurrection—a fictionalized account of the discovery of the Gnostic Gospels in post-WWII Cairo. Cue romance, exotic setting, and the no-duh premise that the Bible is full of shit, and you've got a book deal. (This formula expires in approximately 19 hours.) Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free


The Expected One
You've got to be kidding me. Go back to yesterday's listings and read the blurb on Resurrection. Now get this: "The Expected One is Kathleen McGowan's much heralded thriller featuring a heroine searching for a gospel written by her ancestor, Mary Magdalene—who steps into a deadly drama with epic consequences." Powell's Books on Haw­thorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne, 238-1668, 7:30 pm, free

Nuclear Power is Not the Answer: To Global Warming or Anything Else
Helen Caldicott turns the world upside down with this bold, shocking thesis! Not the answer?!?! What's next—Women Should be Allowed to Vote and The Holocaust Was Not a Very Fun Time? Where do writers get these crazy ideas for books? Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free