• Girl wonders
Michael Gurian, author of 'The Wonder of Girls,' discusses how neurobiology and culture shape the development of young women at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 S.W. Capitol Highway.
• From Mars to Portland
John Gray, author of a series of best sellers spun off from the out-of-orbit seller 'Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus' promotes his latest, 'Mars and Venus in the Workplace,' at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at the Living Enrichment Center, 29500 S.W. Grahams Ferry Road, Wilsonville.
• Spiritual writing
Cynthia Black and Deborah Levine Herman of Hillsboro's Beyond Words Publishing, authors of 'Spiritual Writing: From Inspiration to Publication,' present a workshop between 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at New Renaissance Bookshop, 1338 N.W. 23rd Ave., and speak at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 S.W. Capitol Highway.
• Green giant
Presidential candidate Ralph Nader, whose 'Crashing the Party: How to Tell the Truth and Still Run for President' is being published this week, appears at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at Twenty-third Avenue Books, 1015 N.W. 23rd Ave. Admission is free, but tickets are required. Call 503-224-5097.
• Bad trips
Alle Hall, editor of 'The Unsavvy Traveler,' and other women who contributed to the anthology of 'comic tales of travel catastrophes by women' speak at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at Powell's City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside St.