* Gary Paulsen
Gary Paulsen's glorious literary adventures through the Alaskan wilderness still captivate beyond belief. Tonight the three-time Newberry Medal winner and author of Dogsong, Hatchet (one of the most thrilling young adult books EVER) and more recently, Brian's Hunt, speaks. Don't miss it. Powell's at First Unitarian Church, 1011 SW 12th, 228-4651, 6:30 pm, free

Jennifer Government
Max Berry presents his story of a world where the government is run by corporations. It's a brilliant account of contemporary American history... I mean, it's a riveting sci-fi thriller. Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30 pm, free


Anchee Min
Min presents her second book of historical fiction, Empress Orchid, a chronicle of the last empress of China, Tzu Hsi, often vilified as a conniving, self-absorbed ho. The talented, feminist Min, it may go without saying, sees Hsi differently; as a tough, resourceful, and ultimately brilliant leader. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free


* David Daniel
Aspiring poets, come bask in Daniel's effervescent glow. In addition to being a fine wordsmith in his own right (he recently published the collection, Seven-Star Bird), Daniel is the poetry editor of Ploughshares, one of the best literary magazines in the country. Mountain Writers Center, 3624 SE Milwaukie, 236-4854, 7 pm, $3

* Perpetual Motion Roadshow
The monthly traveling indie press extravaganza keeps on truckin'. For the February installment check Seattle-based playwright and performer Gregory Hischak, comic book guy Matthew Blackett, and the always hilarious local writer Mykle Hansen. Reading Frenzy, 921 SW Oak, 274-1449, 7 pm, free


* Killing the Buddha: A Heretic's Bible
The premise of this book is a bit muddled, but it seems to be a collection of stories, reflections, and essays that re-imagine specific books in the Bible. Whatever it is, the editors Jeffrey Sharlet and Peter Manseau (who appear this evening) have roped in some seriously awesome writers, including Francine Prose, Rick Moody, and Haven Kimmel. dante's, 1 SW 3rd, 6 pm, free

Lincoln: A Novel Life
Ooligan Press, which operates out of PSU, presents its first published book, a quirky, whimsical historical romance by Tony Wolk, in which Honest Abe finds himself embroiled in a love affair... in 1955. Okaaay. Looking Glass Bookstore, 318 SW Taylor, 227-4760, 7 pm, free


* Dark Place in the Jungle
The famous anthropologist Louis Leakey trained three women to study primates in their natural habitats. Jane Goodall was the chimp chick, Dian Fossey was the gorilla gal, and Birute Galdikas was the orangutan, er, ovulator. Anyway, turns out Galdikas, who went to Borneo for her research, did a lot of things wrong, and it's all discussed in this new book by Linda Spalding. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free


* Elijah Anderson
It's Black History Month and if you didn't know that, it's time you did. Come get involved via Anderson, a sociologist who will sign his various books (Streetwise, The Code of the Street, etc.) and give a lecture titled "Violence and the Inner-City Poor." Kaul Auditorium, Reed College, 3203 SE Woodstock, 777-7755, 8 pm, free