THURSDAY 7/21

Michael Strelow
Strelow presents his debut novel, The Greening of Ben Brown, the story of a utility worker who gets electrocuted, but instead of charring to a crisp... turns green. Then he moves to a small town in Oregon and helps expose a chemical spill cover-up. Hmm. Annie Bloom's Books , 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, 246-0053, 7:30 pm

Death in the Grizzly Maze
On October 5, 2003, Timothy Treadwell and his girlfriend were eaten by wild bears, a story that gets a lot less tragic when you learn that Treadwell and Co. had been living with and petting--yes, petting--the bears for years. Mike Lapinski shares his new book on this whackjob. Powell's Books on Hawthorne , 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30 pm

Holiday Reinhorn
Reinhorn presents Big Cats, a new collection of her eclectic, first-person short stories. Powell's City of Books , 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm

SATURDAY 7/23

Library Used Book Sale
Everyone's favorite library bookstore, Title Wave, is having a big ol' sale--50 percent off or more on all books, CDs, DVDs, magazines, and whatever else you can dig up in there. Title Wave , 216 NE Knott, 9 am - 4 pm

SUNDAY 7/24

Susan Hermann Loomis
French cooking specialist Susan Hermann Loomis presents her new cookbook Cooking at Home on Rue Tatin. Powell's Books for Cooks and Gardeners , 3747 SE Hawthorne, 235-3802, 2 pm

MONDAY 7/25

Megan Clark
Readers are loving Clark's steamy new piece of erotica, Rescue Me, the story of a woman who embarks on a sexy trip through Europe with (gasp!) another woman. Powell's Books on Hawthorne , 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30 pm

Candy Davis
Aspiring writers might want to trek to Beaverton for this one: a free workshop with Eugene writer/editor Davis on how to make a query package that editors and agents will actually read before they toss into the slush pile (as opposed to simply tossing it into the slush pile). Powell's in Beaverton , 8725 SW Cascade Ave, 643-3131, 7 pm

TUESDAY 7/26

Jasper Fforde
The ultra-clever Fforde's skewing of literary tropes continues with The Big Over Easy, in which a wacky detective and his assistant investigate the mystery of Humpty Dumpty's "great fall." Powell's City of Books , 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm

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WEDNESDAY 7/27

Leanne Grabel & Don Colburn
Bold-Sky presents another installment in its Last Wednesday evenings of poetry. Colburn's a poet who also reports on health care for the Oregonian--that's a combo you just don't see too often. Bold-Sky Cafe and Studios , 3943 N Mississippi, 287-0154, 7:30 pm

Damali Ayo
One-time Portlander Ayo returns to her stomping grounds with a new book in tow, How to Rent a Negro, a bound riff on some of the provocative conceptual art she's been exhibiting in New York. Powell's City of Books , 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm

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