On the midway

Peter Fenton presents 'Eyeing the Flash: The Education of a Carnival Con Artist.' The memoir, also a cautionary tale, details his teen years in the carnival underworld during the 1960s. Fenton, a former National Enquirer reporter, is also the author of 'Truth or Tabloid?'

Fenton speaks at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, at Powell's City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside St.

Homegrown words

Annie Bloom's Books celebrates the birthday of the late Oregon poet William Stafford, the U.S. poet laureate in 1970 and a longtime professor at Lewis & Clark College. The event will be hosted by Judith Barrington with featured guest poets and community members reading their favorite Stafford poems.

The event begins at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, at Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 S.W. Capitol Highway.

Ñ Compiled by Rowda Skinner