thursday 10/19

Aimee Bender
If I were prone to ranking all cultural phenomena in meaningless lists of greatness (which I am), Aimee Bender would rank somewhere in the mid-20s of Best Living Short Fiction Writers. The mid-20s might sound kind of low, but since there are approximately 32,675,234 authors cranking out short stories these days, it's pretty fair. I'm not alone in my admiration, either. Her first book was a New York Times notable book, her second a LA Times pick, and her third was nominated for book of the year by The Believer. Tonight's reading will undoubtedly be great, and may even knock her up to my low-20s. Then her career would really be set. PSU's Smith Memorial Student Union, Rm. 237, 1620 SW Park, 7 pm, free

SUNDAY 10/22

The Big Book of Girl Stuff
What is a grown man like Bart King doing writing a book about, among other things, "how to shop" and "how to make a fake belly button ring"? Gross. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 228-4651, free

MONDAY 10/23

William Kittredge
William Kittredge is considered one of the best writers of the American West, but until now, he's never penned a novel on the subject. The Willow Field is Kittredge's fictional take on the wild west over the course of the 20th century, as funneled through the life story of casino pit boss Rossie Benasco. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free


Lee Montgomery
Lee Montgomery is the executive editor of Tin House magazine and the author of the celebrated memoir The Things Between Us. When Montgomery's father is diagnosed with stomach cancer, the whole clan joins under the same roof one last time, giving Montgomery the perfect opportunity to parse the history of her family's dysfunction. Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway, 284-1726, 7 pm, free

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Zinesters Talking
Is there anyone out there who isn't convinced that the Multnomah County Library system may be the closest thing we have to a perfect government organization? As if further evidence was needed, today is the final program in the Zinesters Talking series, with Sean Bieri (Cool Jerk and Homo Gal, etc.) in conversation with Aaron Renier (Papercutter, etc.). Central Library, 801 SW 10th, 988-5471, 6 pm, free

Game Three of the World Series with Rob Neyer
ESPN analyst Rob Neyer is a smart and funny (and devilishly handsome!) dude who knows a whole ton of shit about baseball—he's even written a book about the "worst decisions and stupidest moments" in the history of the game. Tonight, you are invited to watch game three of the World Series with Neyer and whoever else shows up, and to hear an insightful expert's take on the game as it happens in real time. O'Connor's Annex, 7850 SW Capitol Hwy, 5 pm, free