The Ice Cave: A Woman's Adventures from the Mojave to the Antarctic
Author Lucy Jane Bledsoe reads from her essay collection about climbing the Bighorn Mountains, cycling across the Mojave, and traveling to Antarctica on three very different expeditions. 23rd Avenue Books, 1015 NW 23rd, 224-5097, 7 pm, free


This book will be very comfortable and familiar to anybody who's ever read David Sedaris, or who has read any other author and thought, "Jesus Christ there are a lot of 'humorous essayists' following in the wake of David Sedaris' writing style." That being said, this will probably be a rather funny reading, which is always better than a rather boring reading. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free


Why Darwin Matters
According to the press release, Why Dar­win Matters was written by "creation­ist-turned-scientist" Mic­hael Sher­mer and shows that "evolution is 'not just a theory.'" Uh, no shit, guy. That's exactly what we were saying the whole time you were masking your idiotic "God created the world in six days" argument behind neo-nutcase slogans like "Intelligent Design." What's your next book called? Masturbation Doesn't Really Make You Blind? Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free

You Call This Art?!?
The late Greg Irons was a wildly prolific and original underground artist, and is currently the subject of a handsome and meaty retrospective book from Fantagraphics. Spanning his whole career—from his Chuck Berry posters to sci-fi comix to hypersexual underground cartoons to his tattoo art, You Call This Art?!? is a loving tribute to Irons. Author Patrick Rosenkrantz will be on hand to sign books, and Irons' work will be on display at the signing. CounterMedia, 927 SW Oak, 226-8141, 6:30 pm, free


Day Shift Werewolf
This book was the winner of the latest 3-Day Novel Contest. The title is Day Shift Werewolf. This should be all you need to know. Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, 246-0053, 7:30 pm, free

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Steppin' Out by Madgesdiq
Local rapper Madgesdiq reads from Steppin' Out, a collection of poems about growing up in the Stoudamire basketball dynasty and his decision to be a rhymer instead of a baller. Hopefully the rest of the book is more original than the title. Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, 5340 N Interstate, 235-1101, 7 pm, free

The Republican War on Science
Chris Mooney's depressing and infuriating new book is a thoroughly researched indictment of the Bush administration's contempt for rational thought, and their systematic efforts to spread misinformation about stem cell research, global warming, birth control, evolution, and even how to read statistics. Prepare to have steam coming out of your ears. Powell's Technical books, 33 NW Park, 228-3906, 7 pm, free

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