Stephen Jay Gould
Scientist, professor, and essayist. Sponsored by Portland Arts & Lectures. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, SW Broadway & Main, 7:30 pm, $23

World's Largest Writing Workshop
Two corporate sponsors: Barnes & Nobles, and Writer's Digest magazine. Barnes & Noble Northeast (Lloyd Center), 1231 NE Broadway, 335-0201, 7 pm


Can Democracy Prosper in the Mall?
Events all day, celebrating the retirement of Professor Clayton Morgareidge, after 36 years. Papers, ideas, panel discussions, philosophy, politics, and economics. Lewis & Clark College, 0615 SW Palatine Hill Road, 321-0710, 10:30 am-9:30 pm


Celebrate Calyx, with Calyx, one more time. Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway, 284-1726, 7 pm

* Lily Burana
Strip City. Burana was a big name, as a writer, activist, and dancer, in the San Francisco strip scene as strippers first mobilized to address the issue of paying stage fees in order to work. Later Burana moved into journalism, and this book is the result of her early work combining with her second vocation. It's a smart, informed, sweet, and personal nonfiction look at Burana's ideas about sex, stripping, and marriage. It's funny, sexy, and always a good time. Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30 pm


Mystery Book Group
Blanche on the Lam by Barbara Neely. Borders-Beaverton, 2605 SW Cedar Hills, 644-1498, 7 pm

Sebastian Junger
Fire. An article on the value of looks when selling books held Mr. Junger as the perfect example, saying his good looks have caused "teeth gnashing" among peers! Seating is first come, first served. Get their early. Mr. Handsome World Traveling Popular Writer will surely draw a crowd. First Congregational Church, 1126 SW Park Ave, 228-4651, 7:30 pm

Jennifer Hahn
Spirited Waters: Soloing South Through the Inside Passage. Twenty-Third Avenue Books, 1015 NW 23rd Ave, 224-6203, 7:30 pm