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Word up

Stefan Fatsis, a sports reporter for The Wall Street Journal, plumbs the intricacies and obsessions of Scrabble addicts in 'Word Freak: Heartbreak, Triumph, Genius, and Obsession in the World of Competitive Scrabble Players.'

Fatsis appears at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, at Powell's City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside St.

Baby talk

Peggy Vincent spent more than 30 years as a delivery nurse and midwife and was one of the first American midwives to be granted hospital admitting privileges. She shares her experiences in her memoir, 'Baby Catcher.'

Vincent reads at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, at Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 S.W. Capitol Highway.

Free speech

David Barsamian is the founder of Alternative Radio and a passionate critic of mainstream media. His most recent books include 'The Decline and Fall of Public Broadcasting' and 'Propaganda and the Public Mind.' On his current speaking tour, 'United States of Amnesia,' he discusses the media's coverage of the events of Sept. 11.

Barsamian appears at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, at Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd.

Poetry party

Borders' 'I Love Monday! Poetry Night' features Turiya Autrey, who introduces her new book, 'Cycles.' Autrey will be joined by Jemiah Jefferson, author of 'Wounds,' and Sara Olson.

The event begins at7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, at Borders Books & Music, 708 S.W. Third Ave.