This boy's life

Tom Hallman Jr., a writer for The Oregonian, presents his book, 'Sam: The Boy Behind the Mask.' Hallman won a Pulitzer Prize for his series on Sam Lightner, a Portland boy born with a disfiguring facial growth. The book goes deeper into the lives of Sam and his family.

Hallman reads at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, at Broadway Books, 1714 N.E. Broadway.

What lies beneath

Patricia Henley's second novel, 'In the River Sweet,' tells the story of a long-married couple who come to terms with their daughter's sexuality and then must accept the moral dilemmas of their own lives.

Henley appears at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 S.W. Capitol Highway.

Film man

Michael Ondaatje is the author of 'The English Patient.' While on the set of the film, he bonded with legendary film and sound editor Walter Murch. Their resulting discussions on film, art and literature form the basis for Ondaatje's new book, 'The Conversations: Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film.'

Ondaatje reads at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, at Powell's City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside St.

Listen to me

Jennifer Egan reads from her novel, 'Look at Me,' a finalist for last year's National Book Award. Egan seamlessly interweaves the stories of a disfigured model, a Midwestern girl's coming-of-age and a loner planning an apocalyptic attack. Egan appears at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at Powell's City of Books.