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Captive audience

A year after Patty Hearst was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army, Virginia Holman's mother kidnapped her own two daughters in the thrall of schizophrenic dementia and took them to a remote cottage where they remained for four years. Holman shares her memoir of that time, 'Rescuing Patty Hearst.'

Holman appears at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, at Powell's City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside St.

Character development

The sixth annual Multnomah County Library Children's Author Lecture features Newbery Honor-winning author Jack Gantos. Gantos is the creator of the Rotten Ralph series, among others. His talk is titled 'A Character Who Creates Characters.'

Gantos speaks at 7 p.m. Monday, April 7, at First Congregational Church, 1126 S.W. Park Ave.

Rocking reading

Paul McComas' novel 'Unplugged' is the story of a rock star who retreats from society after a suicide attempt. McComas is joined by musician Shanna Khosravi for a musically enhanced dramatic reading.

McComas and Khosravi perform at7 p.m. Monday, April 7, at Borders Books and Music, 708 S.W. Third Ave.

Lost and found

Melissa Greene presents 'Last Man Out,' the story of a mining accident in Nova Scotia. The 1958 disaster, in which 100 men out of 175 were rescued, was covered by journalists in what is considered the world's first televised tragedy.

Greene reads at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 7, at Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd.