* Paul Collins
Reed continues its tradition of rad fall writer appearances with Collins, the founding editor of the Collins Library, an offshoot of McSweeney's that publishes oddities selected from old books and periodicals. Reed College, Psychology Auditorium, 3203 SE Woodstock, 777-7755, 8 pm, free


Daniel Mason
Mason presents The Piano Tuner, the only novel this year about a piano tuner in 1886 who travels to the remote jungles of northeast Burma to to fix the piano of a crazy army surgeon. Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, 246-0053, 7:30 pm, free

Charles A. Moose
The former police chief presents a book about the manhunt he embarked on to catch those incredibly fucked up random sniper guys who were terrorizing Maryland and Virginia about a year back. Barnes & Noble, 1720 N Jantzen Beach, 283-2800, 7:30 pm, free


* Big-Ass Comic Book Signing
No less than SEVEN bitchin' comic creators will be on hand to sign their books, including local boy Ezra Claytan-Daniels (The Changers), Brian Michael Bendis (writer, Daredevil), Alex Maleev (artist, Daredevil), Greg Rucka (writer, Whiteout as well as some cool normal novels), Drew Johnson (artist, Wonder Woman), David Hahn (Private Beach), and Craig Thompson (Blankets, currently our favorite graphic novel of all time). Damn, girl! Excalibur Comics, 2444 SE Hawthorne, 3 pm-7 pm, free

* Writing Against the Grain
To benefit Education Without Borders, Gobshite Quarterly presents a slew of readings, panel discussions, and performances from writers and artists like David Biespiel, Matthew Stadler, Kevin Sampsell, Ro Hart, and tons more, including phoned-in contributions from people as far away as London. $40 gets you all the panels, brunch, dinner, and a Viscount Salsa lesson. Gobshite Quarterly at the Viscount, 722 E. Burnside,, noon-5 pm, $15-$40

* Diptych with Paul Schiek
Tonight attend a little release party with Schiek, the mastermind behind Diptych, a beautiful photo/text project that ensued when seven skateboarders were crammed into a warehouse full of trash for three days. The skaters created a new skate park in that time using the trash and a limited amount of tools, while Schiek and his photographers documented everything. Reading Frenzy, 921 SW Oak, 274-1449, 7 pm, free

Might as well stick this mother in readings, since it could go in pretty much any section. It's a hodgepodge of writers, artists, musicians, and filmmakers creating improvisational hoohah. Expect pretty much anything, including Spare Room poetry collective member Joseph Bradshaw, and poets Lisa Radon and Dorothea Grossman. Pacific Switchboard, 4637 N Albina, 233-2787, 8 pm, $5 donation


Cathleen Schine
A middle-aged woman's fully grown daughter moves back into the house with boyfriend in tow in Schine's new book She Is Me. Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30 pm, free

John Callahan
Portland's most popular cartoonist continues his reign of scribbly terror with the new anthology The Best of Callahan. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free


* Jonathan Lethem
This guy can frickin' WRITE, yo. The author of the amazing Motherless Brooklyn presents The Fortress of Solitude, a giddy fountain of colorful prose depicting the tale of two comic book-obsessed boys who develop real super powers. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free


* Neal Stephenson
The prolific Stephenson made history with Cryptonomicon, in which he became the first author to combine cyberpunk with a World War II historical epic. Nobody in their right mind will ever try that again. Fortunately, Stephenson isn't in his right mind. His new book Quicksilver follows the protagonist from Cryptonomicon as he travels back to the 18th century and recruits Daniel Waterhouse to save science from reverting to pre-empirical times! Nerd-eriffic! Powell's, at First Congregational Church, 1126 SW Park Ave, 228-4651, 7:30 pm

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