Colum McCann
The critically acclaimed McCann has a new book called Dancer, a chronicle of the legendary dancer Rudolf Nureyev. Twenty-Third Avenue Books, 1015 NW 23rd Ave, 224-5097, 7:30 pm, free


William Gibson
Sci-fi fans: this guy rules. See My What A Busy Week, page 15. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free


Floyd Skloot
Skloot was struck by a virus in 1988 that struck his brain and messed it up pretty good. He sort of had to relearn his memories and emotions. His memoir, In the Shadow of Memory, is about that process. Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30 pm, free

Susan Vreeland
Vreeland's new one, The Passion of Artemisia, operates under the notion that Italian painter Artemisia Gentileschi was the FIRST woman to make a significant contribution to art history. Hmm... Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free


Erotica Poetry Slam
Not sure I approve of charging money to hear open-mic poetry, but I like the theme of this one, so there you go. Red and Black Cafe, 2138 SE Division St, 231-3899, 7:30 pm, $3-$5

Debra Magpie Earling
Earling is a fiction writer and member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Indian Reservation. Portland State University, Smith Center, 1825 SW Broadway, 725-5666, 7:30 pm, free