Penelope Schott & Marilyn Johnston
Schott's The Pest Maiden is a collection of poems about a relative who was lobotomized in the 1950s. Annie Bloom's Books , 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, 246-0053, 7:30 pm

Peter Rock
Rad writer Rock (sorry, couldn't help ourselves) presents his latest book, The Bewildered, another dread-infused creep-fest set in a dark, surreal version of Portland. Powell's Books on Hawthorne , 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30 pm Charles Wilkinson Wilkinson presents Blood Struggle, an epic (541 pages!) historical account of the gains modern Indian tribes have earned after decades of poverty, land disputes, and many, many casinos. Powell's City of Books , 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm

Peter Sears & Joseph Millar
Looking Glass concludes a series of poetry readings it's been holding in honor of National Poetry Month. Catch local stalwarts Sears and Millar, as well as the winner of Looking Glass' poetry contest. Looking Glass Bookstore , 318 SW Taylor, 227-4760, 7 pm


George Estreich & Keith Scribner
Scribner's a fairly big name for the relatively low-key Mountain Writers reading series. His debut novel The Goodlife was nationally acclaimed, as has been his more recent effort, Miracle Girl. Mountain Writers Center , 3624 SE Milwaukie, 236-4854, 7 pm, $3 sug. donation

Harlan Coben
Thrill-spiller Coben reads from his latest book, The Innocent, about an ex-con who gets embroiled in a string of murders while trying to get his life back together. Powell's City of Books , 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm


Genevieve McClean & Corey Frost
Two performance poets from distant lands--McClean from New Zealand; Frost from Montreal. Reading Frenzy , 921 SW Oak, 7 pm


Jack Hamann
Hamann's On American Soil uses previously unclassified documents and interview footage to tell the story of three African American WWII soldiers who were charged with the lynching and murder of an Italian POW. Powell's City of Books , 1005 W Burnside St., 7:30 pm

Wendy McClure
McClure presents I'm Not the New Me, a memoir of the online fame she achieved upon creating two popular websites that chronicled her efforts to lose weight. Powell's City of Books , 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm