Next exit

Seattle-based author J.A. Jance presents 'Exit Wounds,' the latest installment in her mystery series featuring Arizona sheriff Joanna Brady.

Jance reads at 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, at Murder by the Book, 3210 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd.

Medical mysteries

After she survived a bout with breast cancer, author Sandy Johnson ('The Book of Elders') set out to explore healing arts and medical miracles. She traveled the globe to speak with an array of alternative medicine practitioners. The result is 'The Brazilian Healer with the Kitchen Knife and Other Stories of Mystics, Shamans and Miracle Workers.'

Johnson reads at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, at Twenty-third Avenue Books, 1015 N.W. 23rd Ave.

Dinner date

Portland's resident lawyer/best-selling author Phillip Margolin is the honored guest at a McMenamins Edgefield book signing and gourmet dinner. Margolin specializes in thrillers with a legal theme and, often, a Portland connection. A portion of the evening's book sales will benefit Chess for Success, which uses chess to build self-esteem and study skills for students.

The dinner is at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 24, and costs $50 per person; reservations are required. Call 503-669-8610 for more information and to make reservations.

Back from the grave

Jim Brown reads from his new suspense novel, 'Black Valley,' which tells the story of a horrific crime and its effects on a fictional Oregon town. Brown is an award-winning broadcast journalist who worked in Eugene for 10 years.

Brown appears at 7 p.m. Friday, July 25, at Borders Books and Music, 708 S.W. Third Ave.

Compiled by Tina Satter

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