Correcting the Landscape
Marjorie Kowalski Cole's debut eco-novel is set in Alaska, where an idealist newspaper editor comes up against big business, who wants to use the land for financial gain. Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne, 238-1668, 7:30 pm, free

Frank X. Gaspar
The difference between a good poetry reading and a bad one is like the difference between an uncomfortable homemade dinner with your least favorite uncle and breakfast in bed with Elle MacPherson. Tonight's reading should be like orange juice, croissants, down pillows, and Elle, circa 1989. Reed College, Psychology Auditorium, 3203 SE Woodstock, 777-7755, 8 pm, free


Last Week's Apocalypse
This one's a combo book launch/Katrina Victims fundraiser, as Douglas Lain unveils his new collection of stories, Last Week's Apocalypse. The event is free, with free wine, beer, and snacks, even. Proceeds from book sales will go to a Books Not Bombs Project for Katrina Victims, which is a weird flood/war conflation. Northwest Neighborhood Cultural Center, 1819 NW Everett, 7 pm, free

Support The Portland Mercury


Bold-Sky Reading Series
Up on Mississippi tonight, local authors David Abel (peace activist, prolific writer), Maryrose Larkin (she of the Spare Room Poetry Collective), and Craig Ryan (Magnificent Failure, Smithsonian Books) share some of their newest projects with you. Bold-Sky Cafe and Studios, 3943 N Mississippi, 287-0154, 7:30 pm, free


Why Do I Love These People?
As popular nonfiction is riding a popularity high, with bestselling titles being published on everything from cod to group consensus, it's striking that nobody has penned a populist, thoughtful book about the current state of biological families. Po Bronson accepted the challenge, and takes on this loaded and complex topic in Why Do I Love These People? Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free

SLAY Film Fest
In person at the Clinton St. Theater 10/29 & 10/30