Kim Stafford
Once again, Stafford reads from his memoir of his father, Early Morning: Remembering My Father, William Stafford. Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, 246-0053, 7:30 pm, free

Dr. Ethel Person
Learn what power really is at this lecture by Person on her book, Feeling Strong: The Achievement of Authentic Power. Borders Books and Music, 708 SW 3rd Ave, 221-9814, 7 pm, free

Dorothy Parker's Elbow: Tattoos on Writers, Writers on Tattoos
Kim Addonizio, Cheryl Dumesnil, Dorianne Laux, and Joseph Millar are the tattooed hotties who will read at this cleverly titled event. PSU, Smith Memorial Center, 1620 SW Park, 236-4854, 7:30 pm, $3-$5


Rowdy Roddy Piper
Pro wrestling is one of the biggest things on the planet, and this sweaty, bow tie-clad legend is one of the pioneers. Hear him talk about a time when the sport didn't have the Rock, and wrestlers had to work for their money. His new book's called In the Pit With the Piper. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free


Peter & Sandy Jensen
Dry, boring poetry readings be gone! At this event, husband and wife team the Jensens will perform poems in response to one another on the theme of "Wild Winter Weather." Art Gone Wild Gallery, 279 N. Stanton, 859-3045, 3-5 pm, free

Jim Morris
Who knew that the film The Rookie was based on real life? Oh, I guess everyone who saw it. Wait, did anyone see it? I dunno. All I know is Morris is the guy who penned the autobiography it's based on and you can meet him tonight. JWS Borders-Beaverton, 2605 SW Cedar Hills, 644-1498, 2 pm, free

Holiday Cheer and Authors' Party
At no other time this year will you find 60 established writers in one place, autographing their books. Lineup includes Jean M. Auel, Ursula K. LeGuin, Craig Lesley, and Chuck Palahniuk. Pretty cool! Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave, 226-2811, noon-4 pm, free

Larissa Borkowski
Borkowski's new book's called Princess Tips... Lala's 50 Tips on How to Live Like a Princess Every Single Day!!! and though I don't dare endorse it, I will say I'm a fan of the triple exclamation point action, and also I've always dreamed of attending a reading at the airport. JWS The Paper Station, The Airport, 571-7625, noon, free


Quiet Lion Press Showcase
Quiet Lion Press celebrates ten years of Portland publishing glory with the release of four new books, including Paulann Peterson's Blood Silk, a collection of poems about the author's adventures in Turkey and the Middle East. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free


Michael Curtis Ford
Historical novelist Ford shares Gods & Legions, his new book on the corrupt and homoerotic Roman Empire. Borders Books and Music, 708 SW 3rd Ave, 221-9814, 7 pm, free