Samantha Dunn
Not By Accident: Reconstructing a Careless Life. A risk-taker examines her own risks, asking herself: Why, why , why? Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, 246-0053, 7:30 pm

Dr. Fred Luskin
Forgive for Good: A Proven Prescription for Health and Happiness. What does it mean to forgive? Figure it out, and become the "hero instead of the victim in the stories you tell." Barnes & Noble, 1720 N Jantzen Beach, 283-2800, 7:30 pm

Plane Insanity: A Flight Attendant's Tales
High flying tales of "riding tin," by Elliott Hester. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm

Deadly Diversions Book Group
The monthly mystery book group will discuss Sharon McCrumb's She Walks These Hills. Powell's-Beaverton, 8725 SW Cascade Ave, 643-3131


Learning From Refugees
A benefit for the NW Earth Institute. The author of Reviving Ophelia will read from her latest, The Middle of Everywhere: The World's Refugees Come to Our Town. First Unitarian Church, 1011 SW 12th Ave, 246-2441, 7 pm, $7-20 sliding

National Poetry Month Kick Off Celebration
Clemens Starck, Joseph Millaa, and Philip Jenks read their work. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm

Daniel Burton Rose and Clea
Meet the co-author of The Battle of Seattle: The New Challenge to Global Capitalism, and editor of The Celling of America: An Inside Look at the US Prison Industry. Also, Clea discusses the world of resistance gardening, urban agriculture. Reading Frenzy, 921 SW Oak, 274-1449, 7 pm


BIGwords II Poetry in Performance
Open mike, locals, and touring stars. This second installment includes slam artist Laura EG Moran on her "Original Skin" tour. Again hosted by Turiya Autry. Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, 246-0053, 7:30 pm, $5

Writers Group
First and third Wednesday, meet, read, and give feedback. All welcome. Borders-Beaverton, 2605 SW Cedar Hills, 644-1498, 7 pm

Whitney Otto
The author of How to Make an American Quilt releases a new novel, A Collection of Beauties at the Height of Their Popularity. A book with a title that serves as a casting call for the next Hollywood flick. Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway, 284-1726, 7 pm

Jorie Graham
Phenomenal poetry, Pulitzer-prize winning. Wieden + Kennedy Building, 224 NW 13th Ave, 7:30 pm


Writers Group
Borders-Gresham, 687 NW 12th, Gresham, 674-3917, 7 pm

Julia Butterfly Hill
After two years spent living in Luna, the phenomenal Redwood of Northern California, Butterfly is reborn as a motivational speaker and ceaseless promoter, of herself and some bigger ideas too. Her book is One Makes the Difference: Inspiring Actions to Change Our World. An advice book on the health of the planet. Sponsored by Powell's. First Congregational Church, 1126 SW Park Ave, 228-4651, 7:30 pm

Ronald Wright
Henderson's Spear, high adventure in the South Seas. Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30 pm