* Shawn Levy
As far as major corporate dailies in the Northwest go, Oregonian film critic Levy is way better than any of those Seattle Times hacks. He also has some cool books he'd like to share with you, including Ready, Steady, Go! about pop culture in 1960s London. Borders-Downtown, 708 SW 3rd Ave, 221-9814, 7 pm, free

* Nora E. Coon
Due to an unfortunate error last week, this event was listed on the wrong day. It's actually tonight, but that doesn't make it any less cool. Coon's a FOURTEEN-year-old who has been published numerous times and has now edited a book called It's Your Rite: Girls' Coming of Age Stories. God bless her. Barnes & Noble (Jantzen Beach), 1720 N Jantzen Beach, 283-2800, 7:30 pm, free

* Funny in Farsi
The wonderfully named Firoozeh Dumas presents her memoir about growing up in America with an Iranian family. Hilarious encounters with fast food, American holidays, and television ensue. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free


* Temporary Treasures
The Modern Zoo's got a bunch of stuff happening tonight. Along with performance art and a CD release party, there will be this quaint collection of readings on "the nature of the fleeting." The Mercury's own Phil Busse and Erin Ergenbright are among the handful of local writers presenting work. Modern Zoo, 6635 N. Baltimore, 7:30 pm, by donation


Kevin Bowen
The Port Townsend, WA. author has a Master of Divinity from Fuller Seminary, a Master in Health Care Management from California State, and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Washington. What's it all add up to? Why, The Third Funeral, a new thriller about the airline industry of course! Borders-Gresham, 687 NW 12th, Gresham, 674-3917, 1 pm - 4 pm, free


* Greg Rucka
Local comic book writer and suspense novelist Rucka presents a new novel A Fistful of Rain. You know that any thriller beginning with the words, "There has been rain, and clouds like blood blisters have parted to a startling blue sky" is going to be either terrible or wonderful, and thus undoubtedly interesting. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free

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