READING—Short-listed for a Booker Prize, Ruth Ozeki's A Tale for the Time Being follows a 16-year-old Japanese girl who's decided to take her own life—as soon as she finishes documenting the story of her great-grandmother, a Buddhist nun. Sounds serious, but it also marks probably the first time in literature a Hello Kitty lunchbox has served as a deux ex machina. AH
Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 7:30 pm, FREE

FILM—The brutal, amazing documentary Grizzly Man tells the story of Timothy Treadwell, who got as close as possible to Alaska's wild grizzly bears, until... yeah. You can see where this is going. Tonight, Werner Herzog's unforgettable film about Treadwell's life and death kicks off OMSI's "Science on Screen" series—and will feature an introduction from a representative of the Oregon Department of Forest and Wildlife. EH
Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, 7 pm, $8