Jennifer Lauck
Portland has a surprisingly huge glut of best-selling authors, including Jennifer Lauck, memoir master, and author of the new book Show Me the Way, a collection of stories about bein' a mom. Borders-Downtown, 708 SW 3rd Ave, 221-9814, 7 pm, free

The cybersavvy is one of the most exciting activist groups to come down the pike in some time. They raised $10 million to broadcast an anti-Bush ad at the SUPERBOWL, but got the shaft once it became clear they were serious. Undaunted, they made a new goal: to raise $10 million more for the Democratic party. Support the effort by attending this FREE reading from's new book 50 Ways to Love Your Country, then donate your ass off. Powell's at First Unitarian Church, 1011 SW 12th, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free


* Richard Peck
The stellar, Newberry Medal-winning author of young adult books, Richard Peck (A Year Down Yonder, tons more) reads and talks. First Congregational Church, 1126 SW Park Ave, 236-4854, 7 pm, $5-10

Dante in Love
This is poetry month, so what better reading to attend than this one: Harriet Rubin's historical account of the context in which probably the world's greatest poem, Dante's Divine Comedy, was created. Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30 pm, free

* A History of African American People [Proposed] by Strom Thurmond
Percival Everett and James Kincaid present this wacky, satiric fictional account of Strom Thurmond's attempts to immortalize himself in American history. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free


Clem Starck & Charles Goodrich
The torch of National Poetry Month goes on with Starck, a carpenter turned renowned poet, and Goodrich, a longtime essayist and poet whose poetry has been read on The Writer's Almanac. Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway, 284-1726, 7 pm, free


Poetry in Motion
Those who prefer NOT to pollute the earth with foul auto exhaust may have noticed that random poems sprinkle the walls of Trimet busses. These poems are sponsored by Oregon Literary Arts, which will, tonight, in honor of National Poetry Month, unveil brand new ones, by Lois Baker, Joseph Millar, Willa Schneberg, and many more. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free