J.A. Jance
Another multimillionaire purveyor of trashy pulp comes to town, hawking their wares. Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, 246-0053, 7:30 pm, $5

Sean Russell
Epic fantasy stud, Russell, reads, discusses, and signs his new book, The Isle of Battle. Barnes & Noble (Jantzen Beach), 1720 N Jantzen Beach, 283-2800, 7:30 pm, free

Jodi Picoult
Picoult's suspense thrillers generally come through with discomforting premises revolving around the family. Her latest, Perfect Match, is about the discovery that your child has been sexually abused. Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30 pm, free


Project Mobilivre
Do you think it's fun to go over to Kinko's at three in the morning in order to Xerox your hand-written zines, and then staple them together one by one and give them to your friends? Do you think that a book sucks if its distribution is over, say, four copies? Then the Project Mobilivre is for you, my friend. The Mobilivre is a traveling library of sorts, chock full of zines, books, and scraps of paper that people probably think have something brilliant written on them. And don't worry, the only reason I'm making fun of it is because I'm very self-deprecating, and happen to love stuff like this too. See you there! PS What?, 1968 SW 5th Ave, 827-3797, 12-6 pm, free!


Judith Roitman & Aaron Vidaver
A mathematician (Roitman) and a poet (Vidaver) share their work. Pacific Switchboard, 2632 SE 25th, 236-0867, 7:30 pm, $5 suggested donation

Joelle Fraser
A local author presents her memoir focused on why men suck and don't suck. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free


Mimi Khalvati
It sounds like something dirty, but Khalvati's new collection of poetry, The Chine, is actually about her childhood home in England. The "chine" of the title is one term for a rock that has been cut through by a stream. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free