Craig Clevenger & Will Christopher Baer
Working in the pulpy, gripping vein of Hubert Selby Jr., Jim Thompson, and Chuck Palahniuk, Clevenger's fiction is ripe with druggies, contortionists, police stations, and forgeries. Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne, 238-1668, 7:30 pm

Creating Anarchy
Subversion reigns tonight at Reading Frenzy as Ron Sakolsky, author of Gone to Croatan: Origins of North American Dropout Culture, Surrealist Subversions, and Seizing the Airwaves: Free Radio Handbook reads excerpts from a new anthology of his activism-based essays. Reading Frenzy, 921 SW Oak, 274-1449, 7 pm

FRIDAY 11/11

19th Annual Oregon Book Awards
The Oregon Book Awards are just like the Oscars. Except it's for books. And only for books by Oregon authors. And with considerably less hoochie dresses than the Oscars. But like the big timey award shows, the winners in the novel, poetry, nonfiction, young adult, and other categories are kept top secret and aren't announced until the big ceremony, making for great smile-and-applaud reaction shots from the losers. Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell, 234-0973, 8 pm, $25


Matt Yurdana
Yurdana's new collection of poetry, Public Gestures, mulls subject matter such as tattooed men visiting doctors, people dying at petting zoos, and hatchery workers killing salmon. Safe bet that high school English teachers will ignore this work and continue to turn young people off to poetry with even more Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, 246-0053, 6:30 pm

Marion Winik
When they're not holding month-long pledge drives, NPR (as well as everything else cool it does), has unleashed a slew of entertaining writers and essayists on our consciousness. Marion Wink is just such an NPR-based writer, whose essays on motherhood and other aspects of modern life are completely charming and easy to listen to. In Other Words, 3734 SE Hawthorne, 232-6003, 4 pm


Ron Lansing
Nimrod: Courts, Claims, and Killing on the Oregon Frontier uses Oregon's first big murder case as a launching point for a grizzly exploration of criminal justice in frontier times. Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, 246-0053, 7:30 pm