Animal tales

Literature professor, storyteller and author Coleen Salley reads from two of her children's books, 'Epossumondas,' about the misadventures of a baby possum, and 'Who's That Tripping Over My Bridge?,' a Billy Goats Gruff tale.

Salley appears at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, at A Children's Place, 4807 N.E. Fremont St.

The fundamental things

Investigative journalist Ahmed Rashid follows up on his widely read 'Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia' with another timely read, 'Jihad.' The new book delves into the roots and current activities of the fundamentalist movement and offers suggestions for bringing stability to the region.

Rashid appears at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, at Powell's City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside St.

Universal truths

Joao Magueijo's new book, 'Faster Than the Speed of Light,' proposes a theory that could proveEinstein wrong and refuteaccepted ideas about the universe. Magueijo is a theoretical physicist who posits that light traveled faster in the earlier universe than it does today.

Magueijo speaks at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at Powell's City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside St.

Lord of the dance

Irish expatriate and award-winning author Colum McCann presents his fictional re-imagination of the life of Rudolf Nureyev. 'Dancer' encompasses the Russian ballet icon's life from his peasant beginnings to his dramatic defection and brilliant career.

McCann reads at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at Twenty-third Avenue Books, 1015 N.W. 23rd Ave.

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