* Independent Press Panel
Gobshite Quarterly's R.V. Branham, Clearcut Press' Matthew Stadler, and other local indie publishing and editing heavyweights sound off on how they got where they are today, and what the corporate giants are doing to take them down. Millar Library at PSU, 1875 SW Park, 725-4552, 7 pm, free, Oregon Food Bank donations accepted


* Perpetual Motion Roadshow
This month, Reading Frenzy's ongoing monthly evening of eclectic literary entertainment features Ladyfriend Zine creator Christa Donner, Angry Flower cartoonist Stephen Notley, and the Canadian rapper More or Les. Reading Frenzy, 921 SW Oak, 274-1449, 7 pm, Pay What You Can


* Our Enemies in Blue
See "My! What A Busy Week!" Pg. 15. Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30 pm

* 33 1/3: A Music Series
The 33 1/3 series is a good idea wherein musicians and writers craft novella-length books about albums and bands that have inspired them. Tonight, catch four readings from the series: The Decemberists' Colin Meloy from his book on the Replacements, critic Douglas Wolk from his book on James Brown's Live at the Apollo, journalist Michaelangelo Matos from his book on Prince, and writer and Mercury contributor Mike McGonigal from his book on My Bloody Valentine's Loveless. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm


* William Stafford's Birthday
The poetry of the late William Stafford is always cause for celebration, particularly around the time of his birthday (January 17). Tonight hear readings of Stafford from Steve Arndt, Patricia Bollin, Joanne Mulcahy, and more, and bring your own favorite poem to share. Looking Glass Bookstore, 318 SW Taylor, 227-4760, 7 pm

John Tarrant
Tarrant presents Bring Me the Rhinoceros, a guide to finding happiness structured around "Zen Koans," highly focused encounters between Zen masters and their students. Weird, but intriguing. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm


* A William Stafford Celebration
The Friends of William Stafford organization has arranged a whopping 12 Stafford-related events in January to coincide with the late, great poet's birthday (January 17). Tonight, hear readings of Stafford's poems from the likes of Jane Glazer, Carlos Reyes, and YOU if you're so inclined. For the full lineup of January events check Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, 246-0053, 7:30 pm, free

* Peter Fenton
See "My, What a Busy Week" pg 15. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm

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