Thursday 6/29

John Gates
Brigham's Day is a historical novel drawing on the Mountain Meadow's Massacre, when a group of Mormons got out of line, murdering settlers they feared were sent to destroy them. This is the author's first book. I've heard it's a powerful tale. POWELL'S BOOKS ON HAWTHORNE, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30 pm, Free

Paulina Borsook

It's time somebody spoke up about technolibertarianism, cypherpunks, anarchocapitalists, Bioinomics, ravers, and the digerati in general. Cyberselfish is a book that raises questions, defines the terms and demands a little insight as we let the world glide forward on computerized wings. POWELL'S CITY OF BOOKS, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, Free

Friday 6/30

Poetry Fling-Open Mic

David Hedges, author of Brother Joe , The Wild Bunch, and Petty Frogs on the Potomac will kick off the evening's readings. After that, all readers welcome. BARNES & NOBLE, 1720 N Jantzen Beach, 283-2800, 7 pm, Free

West Side Poetry Night

Open mic--but with limitations. Material must be "appropriate for all ages." Hmmm...This on-going event is slated for the last Friday of each month. BARNES & NOBLE-BEAVERTON, 18300 NW Evergreen Parkway, 645-3046, 7 pm, Free

Saturday 7/1

Lorraine Peoples
You Can Teach Someone to Read: A How-to Book for Friends, Parents and Teachers is a manual, written by a reading instructor. Learn how to teach a person to read. Afterwards, give your reading-friend a copy of the Mercury and test out the new skills! BARNES & NOBLE, 1720 N Jantzen Beach, 283-2800, 2 pm, Free

Storytime-Every Saturday
Stories from childrens' book authors, coloring and refreshments for preschoolers and beginning readers. Sounds like fun-I wanna go! BARNES & NOBLE NE, 1231 NE Broadway, 335-0201, 11 am, Free

Sunday 7/2

Dave and Tracy's Writers Round-Up
Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer host a monthly showcase, bringing nationally-touring songwriters to Portland and giving local songwriters a stage. Featured performers will play 30-minute sets, between which local songwriters are called up from the audience to perform a song of their own. MCMENAMIN'S WHITE EAGLE, 836 N. Russell, 282-6810, 7 pm, $5

Wednesday 7/5

Women's Focus Book Group

This month, discuss In The Fall by Jeffery Lent. New book group members always welcome. BARNES & NOBLE-BEAVERTON, 18300 NW Evergreen Parkway, 645-3046, 7 pm, Free

Molly Gloss

Another opportunity to hear the author read from her new novel, Wild Life. BROADWAY BOOKS, 1714 NE Broadway, 284-1726, 7 pm, Free

Catherine Chalmers

Photographer Catherine Chalmers will talk about her new book: Food Chain: Encounters Between Mates, Predators, and Prey. These images of the food chain--insects eating tomatoes, amphibians eating insects--are direct, beautiful, and bleak. POWELL'S CITY OF BOOKS, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, Free

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