TIN HOUSE'S AWESOME READING SERIES CONTINUES!
Running through July 18th, the Tin House Summer Writers Workshop continues to feature a huge number of workshops and panels led by actual local and national literary celebs. See www.tinhouse.com for the complete lineup, but save some brain room for the evenings, when the following Tin House faculty members and amazing special guests pack the stage for your entertainment pleasure. Remember: All of these events take place at Reed College's Cerf Auditorium, 3203 SE Woodstock; call 224-TIXX for tickets!
WHITNEY OTTO & PETE ROCK (5 pm, free): Tin House faculty member Otto's greatest claim to fame continues to be How to Make an American Quilt. Curse you, Winona Ryder!
DEBORAH EISENBERG (8 pm, $10): Great short story writer Eisenberg gets interviewed by Anna Keesey.
CHRIS OFFUTT & TONY SWOFFORD (5 pm, free): Swofford should have something new to share by now, after getting all huge and stuff with Jarhead.
JAMES SALTER (8 pm, $10): Goodness, here's a bona fide legend if there ever was one. Salter, the author of the seminal The Hunters, has got to be creeping up on 100 by now. Fans of contemporary literature: Do not miss this.
ELISSA SCHAPELL (5 pm, free): Presenting the founding editor of Tin House and Vanity Fair columnist, Schapell. How many Vanity Fair columnists in Portland do YOU know?
DENIS JOHNSON (8 pm, $10): The author of Jesus' Son and all-around amazing writer gets interviewed by fellow all-around amazing writer Charles D'Ambrosio.
Bittner presents The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill, the story of how an odd job housesitting turned into caretaking an enormous flock of colorful birds. Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, 246-0053, 7:30 pm
Punker turned Buddhist Noah Levin presents the story of how he, uh, turned. Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30 pm
* Chuck Klosterman
In his compulsively readable, poorly titled essay collection Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs, Klosterman critiques every pop culture icon imaginable, from Saved By the Bell to Billy Joel. He's full of himself and almost painfully cynical, but he has an amazing gift for placing his fluffy references in a greater philosophical context, not to mention a razor-sharp wit. Definitely worth checking out. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm
* Jim Goad & Jim Blanchard
Portland's trashiest wordsmith, Goad, presents his latest endeavor, a foray into the comic book world: Trucker Fags in Denial. Written by Goad and illustrated by Blanchard, it tells the story of two aging, obese truckers who are in serious denial about their homosexuality. CounterMedia, 927 SW Oak St, 226-8141, 6:30 pm
* Craig Thompson & James Kochalka
We're not totally sure what these two guys are going to do for THREE hours besides sign books, but it's worth stopping by just to shake the hand of Thompson, creator of Blankets, our favorite graphic novel EVER, and Kochalka, creator of the delightful autobiographical comic strip Sketchbook Diaries. They also have a new one they penned together: Conversation #1, in which the two protagonists from their respective works (basically, themselves) engage in a delightful, philosophical romp through a dreamlike natural background. Reading Frenzy, 921 SW Oak, 274-1449, 6-9 pm, free
* Nero Blanc
The author behind the series of books that combine crossword puzzles with mystery plots is actually a husband/wife team named Steve Zettier and Cordella Biddle. Sounds too adorable to be true. Murder by the Book, 3210 SE Hawthorne, 232-9995, 6 pm
* Rob Neyer & Bill James
Baseball freaks know Bill James as one of the most innovative thinkers in the sport's history. His statistical observations have wrought permanent change on professional baseball, laying the groundwork for amazing general managers like Billy Bean, who makes the Oakland Athletics playoff contenders every season despite having relatively little money to spend on great players. Tonight James and columnist Neyer present the creatively titled Neyer/James Guide to Pitchers, an immense tome with info on over 2,000 pitchers and descriptions of every kind of pitch known to man. This event is a must for sports fans. Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, 246-0053, 7:30 pm