Deepak Chopra
How to Know God. Endorsed by the Dalai Lama, this book looks at a mix of theology, psychology, telepathy and more, telling us we're all far more powerful that we think. First come-first served seating. Get there early--Chopra's followers are devoted and passionate. They'll be fighting to get in. First Unitarian Church, 1011 SW 12th Ave, 246-2441, 7:30 PM

* Robert Pinsky
America's ex-poet laureate will speak. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, SW Broadway & Main, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, 274-6564, 7:30 pm, $20 -$23


Larry Brooks
Local author of Darkness Bound, a story of "dangerous pleasure," and marriage too. Borders-Beaverton, 2605 SW Cedar Hills, 644-1498, 2 PM


29th Street Writers
In Portland, we have a few of these distinct, tenacious, long-standing writing communities. This one is a mix of poets and prose writers, sharing work for 13 years. Art's not created in a vacuum. See what's come of all that time spent together, and share a few ideas of your own. Subud House, 3185 NE Regents Drive, 7 PM


Al Burian
Author of one of the most famous and well written zines on the planet, Burian will be reading from his magnum opus Burn Collector. Local filmmaker Andrew Dickson will also be showing his film Good Grief. See Film Shorts Disjecta film palais, 116 NE Russell, 8 pm, $5 suggested donation

* Blase Bonhpane: Guerrillas of Peace On the Air
Pacfica Radio commentaries and reports collected together. Read it all at once and see what a deceitful mess this country really is, and always has been. Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30 PM


Paula Kamen
Her Way: Young Women Remake the Sexual Revolution. Put "young women" and "sex" in the same title, and you've got a book contract. This one claims to be more valid and more validating, stimulating dialogue rather than other bodily reactions... In Other Words, 3734 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 232-6003, 7 PM

Workshop: Scanning Images for Reproduction
$5 pre-registation deposit. Work with Adobe Photoshop to manipulate images. Aimed at creating zines. Independent Publishing Resource Center, 917 SW Oak Street, #218, 232-5673, 7-9 PM, $15/$7

Daniel Quinn
Remember Ishmael, that story of a gorilla on a spiritual journey? The author's latest is After Dachau, a futuristic novel imagining the Nazis won WWII, and where we'd be now. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 PM


Health Discussion: StAYing Healthy in a Toxic World
Chronic disease is on the rise. Kids can't concentrate. Obesity, anorexia, that rash on your arm, hair loss, fatigue, road rage--get a few remedies, or at least vent in community. In Other Words, 3734 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 232-6003

Oregon Book Awards Authors Tour
Last year's winners and finalists, reading together. Craig Lesley, Kathleen Tyau, George Venn, and many more. See who won, or came close to winning, Oregon's top honors. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 PM

The World Famous Alaskan Highway
Alaska is so mysterious to those of us who haven't been there. The highway--wide open, endless, desolate, breathtaking. Tricia Brown, editor of Alaska magazine, wrote the book. Powell's Travel Store, 701 SW 6th Ave, 228-1108, 7 PM