Wait! Don't Move to Canada
Lefty pundit Bill Scher's new book is full of tips and strategies for reversing this oppressive Republican culture that our country has fallen under. On a related note: Does anyone actually know a single soul who moved to Canada as a direct result the last election? Of course not. It's just a big babyish empty complaint that makes this book title particularly annoying. Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne, 238-1668, 7:30 pm, free

Now in Theaters Everywhere
In 2004, NPR and Los Angeles Times film critic Kenneth Turan penned a book called Never Coming to a Theater Near You, which celebrated independent and foreign films with short essays on a few hundred films that your aunt had probably heard of. But if you had paid any attention at all to films of the past 20 years, the selections were painfully obvious: Chocolat, Pulp Fiction, Whale Rider, and Bottle Rocket were typical Turan selections. Now he's back with a book about great blockbusters—150 films (Lord of the Rings, Gangs of New York, etc.) earn glowing Turan essays. All I know is that if Big Momma's House 2 isn't in there, Turan has some serious explaining to do. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free

Ilya Kaminsky
Kaminsky was born in the Soviet Union in 1977 and immigrated to the US with his family in 1993. Now he's an award-winning poet and author of Dancing in Odessa, which we presume refers to his old hometown, and not Odessa, Texas. Reed College, Psychology Auditorium, 3203 SE Woodstock, 777-7755, 8 pm, free

Support The Portland Mercury

MONDAY 11/13

Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace
We've got a lot of people running their damn mouths about this war without ever having seen a single minute of combat in their lives (I'm looking at you, George Bush, Dick Cheney, Don Rumsfeld, and the chubby girl from the Dixie Chicks). But Maxine Hong Kingston has been working with veterans and their families for years, and has collected some of their thoughts on life during wartime, including the topics of post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, killing "enemies," and losing your spouse in wars. These voices must be heard. Who else are we supposed to learn from? Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne, 238-1668, 7:30 pm, free

At Home on the Vineyard
Man, I really thought we had moved beyond our collective wine snob geek out of 2004 (only to replace it with a collective arugula and chevre geek out), but apparently I was wrong. Oregon wine pioneer Susan Sokol Blosser's book is all about making some of the best pinot noir in the world and the Willamette Valley's wine industry as a whole, which sounds so so so boring. 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