Birds do it

Olivia Judson is a Stanford-educated evolutionary biologist from England. Her essence shines through in her alter ego, Dr. Tatiana, and in 'Dr. Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation.' The book is an irreverent sex manual underlaid with scientific facts and musings.

Judson reads at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, at Twenty-third Avenue Books, 1015 N.W. 23rd Ave.

Found fun

Found Magazine publisher and author Davy Rothbart is back, and this time he's got accomplices. He's joined by musician Jon Langford of the Mekons and DJ Dr. Zomb. Rothbart recently published a book of short stories, 'The Lone Surfer.' He and Langford are also part of public radio's 'This American Life' road show, 'Lost in America.'

Rothbart appears at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 15, at Stumptown Coffee Roasters, 128 S.W. Third Ave.

What do you know?

Humorist and author Bill Bryson often has taken journeys to destinations from Europe to the Appalachian Trail and then shared his findings. In 'A Short History of Nearly Everything,' Bryson goes on a quest of another kind as he explores the big questions of science and civilization. The world's top archaeologists, anthropologists and mathematicians became his guides as he read their books and pestered them with questions.

Bryson speaks at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 16, at Powell's City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside St.

Pitch perfect

Susan Hauser, a freelance feature, travel and essay writer, teaches 'The Perfect Pitch,' a seminar on crafting effective query letters. Call 503-725-9422 to pre-register. Cost is $50.

The seminar runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 17, in Room 107 of Portland State University's Neuberger Hall, 724 S.W. Harrison St.

Compiled by Tina Satter

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