Murderous intent

Jon Krakauer moves from mountains to Mormons in his latest book, 'Under the Banner of Heaven.' Krakauer explores the history and practices of fundamentalist Mormon polygamy. He focuses on a pair of brothers who committed a double murder they insisted was ordered by a higher power.

Krakauer reads at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, at the First Congregational Church, 1126 S.W. Park Ave. Seating is limited; first come, first served.

A flash of inspiration

McMenamins Kennedy School hosts a summer writing workshop led by poet, playwright and novelist Molly Cook. Cook leads a workshop on 'flash fiction,' the process of writing a one-page creative piece. The workshop, $10, is open to all ages.

The workshop runs from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, at McMenamins Kennedy School, 5736 N.E. 33rd Ave.

Say anything

Novelist Robert Briggs reads from 'Someone Said No,' which traces the social and corporate climate in the United States back to the 1950s. Saxophonist Stuart Fessant provides accompaniment.

Briggs appears at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, at Borders Books & Music, 708 S.W. Third Ave.

Up and away

Candace Bushnell, the author of the book that's the basis of the television show 'Sex and the City' and the inspiration for its character Carrie, presents her latest tome of fashion-conscious, superficial New Yorkers. 'Trading Up' features an ex-lingerie model making her way in the Big Apple.

Bushnell reads at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, at Powell's City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside St.

Compiled by Tina Satter

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