Doing Nothing: A History of Loafers, Loungers, Slackers, and Bums in America
As somebody who has always considered hard work to be terribly overrated, I welcome author Tom Lutz, whose new book explores 250 years worth of slacking and fucking off. From Benjamin Franklin to the Game Boy generation, Lutz takes on the flipside of our Neo-Puritanical, work-obsessed culture. The reading, appropriately enough, will take place on SE Hawthorne. Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne, 238-1668, 7:30 pm, free

Children's Story Hour
Exactly what it sounds like. In Other Words, 8 NE Killingsworth, 10 am, free

Fistful of Charms
Who loves sexy Cincinnati witches? Come on, you little pervy Ohio wicca freaks! Let me see your hands. That's better. Prepare your dark horny selves to rendezvous in Beaverton tonight (how dark, how sexy), as the author of this ridiculous-sounding book stops in to read about the following topics, selected from the book's synopsis: bounty hunting, pixies, a ne'er-do-well ex, black arts, and an alpha Ware. (That's a werewolf to you non-nerds who have read this far.) Powell's in Beaverton, 8725 SW Cascade, 643-3131, 7 pm, free


American Methods
In 2004, Portland author Kristian Williams wrote Our Enemies in Blue, a blistering attack on police corruption and brutality. Now he's back with American Methods, which argues that torture is a long-held American practice, and that Abu Ghraib was hardly an isolated incident. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free


The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East
NPR correspondent and widely published journalist Sandy Tolan developed this book from a segment he produced for Fresh Air. The story begins in 1967 Israel, where two families—one Arab and one Jewish—forged a seemingly impossible friendship. Tolan follows the past 40 years of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the lives of these two families in The Lemon Tree, which has been getting superb reviews. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free

Sperm are from Men, Eggs Are from Women
See review this issue. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free