In a strange land

Kate Gadbow, winner of the 2001 Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction, presents her debut novel, 'Pushed to Shore.' Gadbow charts the relationship between a lonely Montana teacher and her Asian refugee students.

Gadbow appears at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, in the Armstrong Lounge, Lewis & Clark College, 0615 S.W. Palatine Hill Road.

She bop

Gillian Gaar's book 'She's a Rebel,' published in the early '90s, was regarded as the definitive history of women in rock and pop. An expanded anniversary edition includes updated material on the major artists of the last decade and addresses the changing music industry.

Gaar reads at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd.

Love in the air

Portland actors Sam Mowry, Chris Porter and Alyson Ann Osborn present a story time for adults titled 'Love Me Tender.' The actors give voice to short stories about the foibles of love.

The event begins at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, in the U.S. Bank Room, Central Library, 801 S.W. 10th Ave.

African-American voices

Borders' Literature in Performance series celebrates Black History Month with an evening of readings by Portland actor J.P. Phillips. Phillips, a longtime actor with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, reads selections by African-American writers.

Phillips appears at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17, at Borders Books & Music, 708 S.W. Third Ave.

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