Paternal poetry

Oregon writer and teacher Kim Stafford presents 'Early Morning: Remembering My Father,' a memoir of life with William Stafford. The elder Stafford figured large in the local literary scene and earned a national reputation for his poetry and work on behalf of pacifist causes. Kim Stafford appears at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, at Broadway Books, 1714 N.E. Broadway.

Sister Lydia

Many of 19th-century American painter Mary Cassatt's impressionist works focused on her sister, Lydia. Harriet Scott Chessman's book 'Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper' is a fictionalized account of the sisters' relationship and their friends, such as Pierre Auguste Renoir and Edgar Degas. Chessman reads at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, at Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 S.W. Capitol Highway.

Zadie zeitgeist

Zadie Smith's acclaimed debut novel, 'White Teeth,' was published two years ago when Smith was 24. Her sophomore effort, 'The Autograph Man,' came out this fall. She's currently on leave from her native London to pursue a graduate degree at Harvard University. She appears at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, at

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway. Tickets are $23 and available at the door. Call 503-227-2583 for information.

Shipping news

Amy Fusselman celebrates the paperback release of her novel, 'The Pharmacist's Mate.' The book came out in hardback two years ago after Fusselman won McSweeney magazine's contest to write a book about electrical engineering on boats. Fusselman weaves together the story of her own attempts to get pregnant with journal entries her father kept while serving in the Navy during World War II. Fusselman reads at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, at Powell's City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside St.

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