THURSDAY 9/23

Scott Nadelson
Nadelson reads from and signs Saving Stanley: The Brinkman Stories, his collection of short stories about a Jewish family in the New Jersey suburbs. Looking Glass Bookstore, 318 SW Taylor, 227-4760, 7 pm

Every Inch of Her
The Irish playwright Peter Sheridan presents his debut novel about a troubled mother trying to change her life in working class Dublin. Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30 pm

Sailors on the Inward Sea
Lawrence Thornton presents his book about Joseph Conrad's adventures on the high seas with the man who would become the inspiration for his Marlowe character, Jack Malone. A must for Conrad buffs. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm

Robert Olen Butler
See review this issue. Twenty-Third Avenue Books, 1015 NW 23rd Ave, 224-5097, 7:30 pm


FRIDAY 9/24

* Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson
This is one of the weirdest collaborations in recent memory. America's least funny humorist Barry has teamed up with the pulp crime novelist Pearson to write Peter and the Starcatchers, a PREQUEL to the Peter Pan story. Worth seeing for the sheer novelty value alone. First Baptist Church, SW 12th & Taylor, 7 pm, free


MONDAY 9/27

Oregon Wild
Come drink some beer, pet some dogs, and hear Andy Kerr discuss his new book about Oregon's beautiful and endangered wild lands. Lucky Lab, 915 SE Hawthorne, 6-9 pm

Anthony Doerr
The author of the well-received Shell Collector presents his follow-up, About Grace, in which a father struggles with a nightmare he has about watching his daughter drown. Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30 pm

Emma Donoghue
Donoghue presents Life Mask, her 672-page tome about repressed sexual desires in 18th-Century England. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm

* Born to Buy
Juliet Schor shares her new book on the manipulative tactics advertisers use to turn children into monsters of consumerism. Westminister Church, 1624 NE Hancock, 7:30 pm


TUESDAY 9/28

* Felix Dennis' "Did I Mention the Free Wine Tour"
Dennis owns, among many things, Maxim magazine. He also happens to be a poet who gives wonderfully theatrical readings of his lyrical works, replete with large-scale video projections and music. Crystal, 1332 W Burnside, 225-0047, 6 pm

* Norman Solomon
A benefit for the Portland Alliance. Solomon is one of the authors (along with Howard Zinn and Reese Erlich) of Target Iraq: What the News Media Didn't Tell You. He'll appear with humans rights activist Medea Benjamin and former Defense Department official/current whistle blower Daniel Ellsberg. Portland State University, Smith Center, 1825 SW Broadway, 7:30 pm, $3-15 sliding

* Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
Susanna Clarke reads from her epic fantasy novel about two 19th-Century British magicians who form a reluctant team. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm


WEDNESDAY 9/29

Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation
See review this issue. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm

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