Sebastian Junger
When Sebastian Junger, who wrote The Perfect Storm, was a wee lad, his parents hired some men to work on their house. One of the men, it turned out, was the Boston Strangler. And as it happened, one of the Jungers' elderly neighbors was raped and murdered while the Strangler was working on their house. Want to hear more of the story? Then read the book—or show up tonight. Powell's at First Unitarian Church, 1011 SW 12th, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free


Gay Talese
Gay Talese has penned acclaimed books about the Mafia, the sex industry, the inner workings of The New York Times, and now, himself. In the pages of Esquire, The New Yorker, Harpers, and more, Talese has covered everything from the civil rights movement to Lorena Bobbit. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free

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The Way We Eat
This is the first of no less than three foodie writers coming to Powell's this month. In his new book, Pete Singer looks at where our food comes from, how it's produced, and if it's raised humanely. Then there's a big afterparty at McDonald's. Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne, 238-1668, 7:30 pm, free

Lance Olsen and Lidia Yuknavitch
Lance Olsen's written eight novels, four critical studies, four collections of stories, a text book about writing fiction, and a book of poetry. A recent work, 10:01, is "set in the minds of several dozen viewers in a movie theater at the Mall of America." PSU's Smith Memorial Student Union. Rm. 236, 1620 SW Park, 7 pm, free

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