THURSDAY 5/12

Bear Deluxe
Release Party Issue #22 of Orlo's awesome environmental magazine is set to hit the stands. Celebrate tonight with contributors Leanne Grabel, Bill Shively, the Mercury's own Chas Bowie, and plenty more. Jones Public House , 1621 SE Bybee, 7 pm

Portland Hill Walks Author
Laura O. Foster shares her new guidebook that exposes some of the hidden secrets inside and outside the Portland area. Powell's City of Books , 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm

FRIDAY 5/13

Gina Ochsner
Ochsner is a terribly good writer of short stories with a sophomore collection on the stands: People I Wanted to Be. Powell's City of Books , 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm

MONDAY 5/16

Amitav Ghosh
Ghosh presents The Hungry Tide, an adventure set on tiny islands off the coast of India. Powell's City of Books , 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm

TUESDAY 5/17

Chuck Palahniuk
See "My, What A Busy Week!" pg 21.
First Unitarian Church , 1011 SW 12th Ave, , 7:30 pm

WEDNESDAY 5/18

Gary Snyder & Jerry Franklin
Having Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gary Snyder round out its 2004-2005 lecture series may seem like a major coup for Illahee, a nonprofit, self-proclaimed "forum for environmental innovators." But it's not much of a stretch--in addition to being the Buddhist inspiration for Kerouac's Dharma Bums, Snyder grew up in the Pacific Northwest, graduated from Reed, and is often dubbed the "laureate of deep ecology." Though his appearance tonight will provide more lecture than poetry--the lecture is titled "Portland in Context: Reflecting on Mt. St. Helens"--Snyder will undoubtedly read from his newest collection of poems, Danger on Peaks. The new book begins, in fact, with a poem contemplating Snyder's first time climbing Mt. St. Helens, in 1945. At $19, the tickets are steep, but Snyder's one of the few remaining Beat poets--and how else are you going to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the eruption? WG Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall , SW Broadway & Main, 227-2583, 7:30 pm, $19.50

Support The Portland Mercury

John VailLant
Vaillant presents The Golden Spruce, described as an Into Thin Air for the forest and logging set. Powell's City of Books , 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm

Haiku Inferno
The crazy performance troupe returns with their signature blend of rapid haiku slinging and general chaotic fun. They'll also give away a crown of doughnuts. Voodoo Doughnut , 22 SW 3rd, 10:30 pm, $1

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