Dr. Judith Boice
"But My Doctor Never Told Me That!" A book about preventative methods rather than waiting to need the "experts." Barnes & Noble Northeast (Lloyd Center), 1231 NE Broadway, 335-0201, 7 pm

Avid Readers Book Group
Read Bruce Chatwin's The Songlines of Aboriginal Australia. Barnes & Noble/Clackamas, 9078 SE Sunnyside Rd, 794-9262, 7 pm

A Literary Feast: Women of the Americas
Annual fundraiser, a three course meal, and a slew of readings. Call the bookstore for details, venue, and ticket sales. In Other Words, 3734 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 232-6003, 5:30 pm, $50

Art in the Power to Dream
Lecture and a slide show, by Tim Rolins, NY artist with a history of working with "at-risk" youth. Lewis & Clark College, 0615 SW Palatine Hill Road, 768-7687, 7:30 pm, $5/free to seniors

Nance Van Winckel
Sponsored by Mountain Writers and Portland State University, free to PSU students, faculty & staff. Portland State University Campus Ministries, 633 SW Montgomery St, 222-2944, 7 pm, $8/$5/free

Floyd Skloot
Skloot, well known for his work on illness, art, writing, and living, will read from his latest poetry collection, The Evening Light. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm

David MAcDonald
In his latest, Cape Breton Road, Pushcart Prize-winning D.R. Macdonald unleashes the story of Innis Corbett, a troubled, brooding Novia Scotian who retreats to the woods that have harbored generations of his troubled, brooding family members in order to grow lots and lots of pot. Macdonald's enigmatic new novel turns the lights on inside this implicitly dark story with his lush and poignant prose, and for this reason, he shouldn't be missed. Author of the story collection, Eyestone, Macdonald teaches at Stanford, and he's won some big prizes Reed College, Psychology Auditorium, 3203 SE Woodstock, 777-7591, 8 pm


Poetry Fling
Poets & poetry lovers all welcome. Barnes & Noble, 1720 N Jantzen Beach, 283-2800, 7 pm, free

Kate Gale
Kate Gale is a prolific writer, with great books in her bibliogrophy such as Water Moccasins, a semi-biographical story of growing up in a Christian commune. Her last book of poetry, called Where Crows & Men Collide , is a dream-like collection of poetry about the dark side of gender, husbands, and lovers, among other things. The book of poetry she's reading from, called Fishers of Men, promises do be equally good, finding its way to the ominous center of human relationships. Twenty-Third Avenue Books, 1015 NW 23rd Ave, 224-6203, 7:30 pm


Charlotte A. Akin
The Long Road Called Goodbye: Tracing the Course of Alzheimer's. Barnes & Noble, 1720 N Jantzen Beach, 283-2800, 2 pm

Howard Batie
Awakening The Healer Within. Join the director of the Evergreen Healing Arts Center to talk about energy-based healing. Barnes & Noble Northeast (Lloyd Center), 1231 NE Broadway, 335-0201, 2 pm

Splendor In the Grass: A Lava Lamp Special
Condoms on park trails are an environmental hazard, made to last far longer than sex itself, through wind and weather. The Bear Deluxe, Oregon's environmental magazine, tackles the question of how sex fits in the grand scheme of things, and they're handing out biodegradable condoms at the door along with other prizes. Dan Raphael, Leanne Grabel, and others will read, perform, juggle, and contribute, in the lava-lit rooms of a new performance space. Orlo Exhibition Space, 2516 NW 29th, 242-1047, 7:30 pm, $3-$5 donation


* Book Arts Group
The subject: Fish. Bring your clip art, collage materials, ideas, interpretation. Make an 8x10 one-sided page to add to a 4x10 book, in an edition of 15. Call ahead with questions, but come prepared to work! Independent Publishing Resource Center, 917 SW Oak St, #218, 232-5673, 7-9:30 pm

Joan Schenkar, and Truly Wilde.
The story of Oscar Wilde's niece, Dolly who has her own place in history, Modernist circles, and literary salons. Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30 pm

Truly Wilde
Of course Oscar Wilde had outlandish relatives, and here's a book that tells the story of one: Wilde's niece, Truly. Strong minded, outspoken, mixing with the important artists of the time. Powells on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30 pm


Laura Winter, Dan Raphael
Portland poets, getting their work out there. Raphael is well known in town for his energetic writing and dynamic readings. Winter is present in the jazz scene, and will read poetry inspired by music. Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway, 284-1726, 7 pm

Adam Zagajewski
If language defines our world, what better way to re-envision than through taking in a new voice? Zagajewski is Poland's top poet, known for mystical verse: "Night" Dances beautifully and has great desires/Seeks the road./Weeps in the Woods./Is killed by dawn, fever,/and the rooster. Literary Arts, First Congregational Church, 1126 SW Park , 227-2583, 7:30 pm, $13

* Jane Smiley
Horse Heaven is Smiley's latest, finding satire, intrigue, and all kinds of odd details in the world of horse racing. A knockout writer with a solid history of finding beauty in tragedy, and tragedy everywhere, leaving characters painfully unassisted lives. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm


Poetry Slam
Sign up at 7:30. Slam away at 8:00. Berbati's Pan, 231 SW Ankeny, 248-4579, 8:00 pm, $3

* Dangerous Writers
Tom Spanbauer, Joanna Rose, Carolyn Altman, and Stevan Allred will read from published work, soon to be published, and work in progress. Borders Books and Music, 708 SW 3rd Ave, 220-5911, 7 pm

The 4th annual Portland Sketch Comedy Festival
Sketch comedy troupes from all over N. America descend on The Siren Theater for 3 glorious nights.