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Chris Chester
One day, Chris Chester and his wife, Rebecca, rescued a baby bird, and a movement was born. Today, the upper floor of their house has become an aviary for dozens of wild birds, and you can read all about it in Chester's new book, Providence of a Sparrow. Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, 246-0053, 7:30 pm, free

The Inside History of the Grateful Dead
The band that has inspired millions of potheads the world over, finally gets its due in this historical account of their career by Dennis McNally, the band's long-time historian and publicist. Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30 pm, free

A.M. Homes
Homes's book, The End of Alice, was banned from bookstores in England for its subject matter involving a convicted pedophile. Her new collection of short stories, Things You Should Know, promises to be slightly less inflammatory, but damn interesting all the same. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free

Debra Ginsberg
Reed continues its annual visiting writers series with Reed alum, Ginsberg, whose first book, Waiting, about, appropriately, waiting tables, was light, but highly entertaining. Her second book, Raising Blaze: Bringing Up an Extraordinary Son in an Ordinary World sounds a bit biased. Reed College, Psychology Auditorium, 3203 SE Woodstock, 777-7591, 8 pm, free


Tracy Chevalier
It's hard to believe that new fiction set in London at the turn of the 20th Century can still be entertaining, but Chevalier shows that it can. Her new novel, Falling Angels has a cheesy name, but is getting rave reviews, and is supposedly as good as her last book, Girl With a Pearl Earring. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free


Tracy Chevalier
Chevalier's second stop in Portland. See Friday's listings. Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, 246-0053, 5 pm, free


Thom Hartman
Ever wonder just how corporations have become so goddamn powerful? Hear one author's theory when Hartman shares from his book, Unequal Protection: The Rise of Corporate Dominance and the Theft of Human Rights. Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, 246-0053, 7:30 pm, free is a very cool website that encourages digital collaborations between writers and artists. The prose, poetry, etc. that they feature is always accompanied by nifty little video installations. So, check out the site and then get your ass over to Heaven to hear some of the poets read aloud. Heaven, 421 SW 10th, 8 pm, free

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