Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez
In Valdes-Rodriguez's Dirty Girls Social Club six Latina women meet every six months to shoot the shit. Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, 246-0053, 7:30 pm


* Philip Graham & Francisco Goldman
This one's worth mentioning for the new readings site alone: The cute, well-lit Anne Hughes restaurant. And the writers reading are good, too. Graham is the author of the short story collections The Art of the Knock and Interior Design, and Goldman is author of the acclaimed novel The Ordinary Seaman. Anne Hughes Kitchen Table Cafe, 400 SE 12th Ave, 1613 SE 21st (mail book info), 234-3662, 7:30 pm, free

Bill Press
There are so many anti-Bush books floating around right now, you've got to have a pretty damn great angle to stand out from the pack. Press' Bush Must Go: The Top 10 Reasons Why George Bush Doesn't Deserve a Second Term does not possess that angle. Borders-Downtown, 708 SW 3rd Ave, 221-9814, 7 pm

Against This War
An evening of anti-war poetry from such local poets as Walt Curtis, Duane Poncy, and Brigid Whipple. Pacific Switchboard, 4637 N Albina, 233-2787, 7 pm

* How Conservatives Won the Heart of America
Thomas Frank presents his new book about how frat boys and chotch-faces have convinced America they are working for its best interest. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free


* 2 Gyrlz Quarterly Benefit
Celebrating the one-year anniversary of their quarterly rag 2 Gyrlz, the 2 Gyrlz Performative Arts group presents an evening of experimental music (Deon Staffelbach, Rudement, The Cancer Fags), readings, food, and beer. And in case you didn't know, Ground Kontrol has lots and lots of video games. Ground Kontrol, 610 SW 12th, 234-4950, 6-10 pm, $2-10 donation


Subterranean Beat Revival
Portland's only regular evening of performance beat poetry presents poet Lisa Radon, and musicians Tim DuRoche and Jonathan Blakeslee. Rabbit Hole, 203 SE Grand Ave, 231-2925, 9 pm , free


Alafair Burke
Once a Portland DA, Burke writes mysteries that expose secrets and corruption in our own city of roses. Her new book is Missing Justice. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm

* Doug Nufer & David Pinson
The jacket of Nufer's new book Negativeland boasts freely about an ingenious technical gimmick he used to write it, but refuses to tell what that gimmick is. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm


Judith Barrington
A publication party for renowned local poet Barrington's new collection Horses and the Human Soul. Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway, 284-1726, 7 pm


Cassandra Sagan
Finally, an original sounding contribution to the current glut of anti-Bush books. Sagan's No Chimp Left Behind posits that G.W. is really a hairless chimp switched at birth. Supposedly you don't even have to be anti-Bush to enjoy this "children's book for adults." Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, 246-0053, 7:30 pm

Brian Wiprud
Wiprud's Pipsqueak is a loony, jaunty mystery about a shifty New York taxidermist who sets his sights on stealing the stuffed corpse of Nutty Nut Squirrel, a long-dead children's TV show star. Murder by the Book, 3210 SE Hawthorne, 232-9995, 5 pm

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