Mountain Writers Fall Workshop Instructors
If you've been waffling on whether or not to splurge for a writing workshop at the Mountain Writers Center this fall, this might be the event that turns the tide. The literary organization's fall instructors share some of their work. Peter Sears, Martha Gies, Lane Browning, Doug Marx, Kevin Sampsell, and Paulann Petersen shall all represent. Come see if they have what it takes to teach your wannabe writing ass. Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway, 284-1726, 7 pm

* Richard Melo
New-on-the-scene local writer Melo celebrates the release party of his first novel, published by Soft Skull Press. Jokerman 8 follows a throng of loony eco-radicals as they play pranks on the world around them in the name of saving the environment. Looking Glass Bookstore, 318 SW Taylor, 227-4760, 7 pm

* Laura Love
The great musician suffered a hellish upbringing to get where she is today. She tells all about it in her new memoir You Ain't Got No Easter Clothes. Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30 pm

* Linda Greenlaw
How many commercial fisherman do YOU know who also have three books to their names? We know of one: Linda Greenlaw, who made her name with the harrowing memoir of swordboat fishing, The Hungry Ocean. Her new book, All Fishermen are Liars, a collection of mostly true general ocean tales, is slightly lighter fare. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm


Jennie Shortridge
Local girl Shortridge continues promoting her book Riding With the Queen, about a failed singer who heads home to face her failed past. A musician in her own right, Shortridge actually wrote music for the songs that appear in the book, and will play some of them at this reading. In Other Words, 3734 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 232-6003, 7 pm


* Matt Love
Local historical author and wildlife refugee caretaker Love presents his latest project The Far Out Story of Vortex I, a comprehensive document of the only state-sponsored rock festival in American History. Vortex I took place in 1970 at McIver Park near Estacada, featured bands like Jacob's Ladder, and was attended by 100,000 people. Love claims to have a "supernatural" connection to the event and has been working on this book for four years. Laughing Horse, 3625 SE Division, 236-2893, 7 pm


* Howard Dean
Dean zips on through to get your juices pumped and to sign his books, Winning Back America and You Have the Power. You do. Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, 246-0053, 1 pm


Lauren Kessler
Kessler reads and signs her book Clever Girl, a biography of Elizabeth Bentley, whose 1945 confession to being a Soviet spy ushered in the McCarthy Era. Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, 246-0053, 7:30 pm

* Reading Frenzy's 10th Anniversary
This little bookstore has somehow managed to thrive for 10 years within a block radius of Powell's. Come celebrate their achievement with in-store specials, free goodies, and a canned food drive for the Oregon Food Bank (can-bearing customers receive a 10 percent discount). Reading Frenzy, 921 SW Oak, 274-1449, 11 am - 7 pm

Support The Portland Mercury

SLAY Film Fest
In person at the Clinton St. Theater 10/29 & 10/30