Down and dirty

Celebrated crime writer, attorney and juvenile advocate Andrew Vachss reads from his latest novel, 'Only Child.' Vachss' recurring protagonist Burke leaves Portland to deal with his sordid past in New York City.

Vachss reads at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Borders Books & Music, 708 S.W. Third Ave.

Writing a life

Reed College professor and local food critic Roger Porter presents his new book of literary criticism and autobiography, 'Self-Same Songs.' Porter delves into the works of Homer, Benjamin Franklin, Franz Kafka and others to explore how authors modify their lives when they write about them.

Porter appears at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Broadway Books, 1714 N.E. Broadway.

Favorite readings

The Oregon Jewish Museum hosts an evening dedicated to Israeli poetry. Raphael Dagold, Merridawn Duckler, Rabbi Aryeh Hirschfield, Jay Ladin and Willa Schneberg each present three works by their favorite Israeli poets. The evening coincides with a photography exhibit, 'Shadows Across the Promised Land.' The event is at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, at the Oregon Jewish Museum, 310 N.W. Davis St.

Sin city

No-holds-barred sex columnist and author Dan Savage presents his latest book, 'Skipping Toward Gomorrah: The Seven Deadly Sins & the Pursuit of Happiness in America.' Savage lashes out at right-wingers for what he sees as their hypocritical ways. He appears at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, at Powell's City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside St.

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