First blood

Libby Hellman Fischer introduces her debut mystery novel, 'An Eye for Murder,' and shares her thoughts on getting a first novel published.

Fischer speaks at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday,Feb. 18, at Murder by the Book, 3210 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd.

The beat goes on

Portland author and artist Hammond Guthrie recounts his adventures in the hippie heyday of 1960s San Francisco and Los Angeles in his book 'AsEverWas: Memoirs of a Beat Survivor.'

Guthrie reads at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, in the Collins Gallery, Central Library, 801 S.W. 10th Ave.

High school heroes

Broadway Books hosts a benefit for Grant High School's literary magazine, 'Writer's Bloc.' Lack of funding has imperiled the magazine's publication, and the store will accept donations in support of the cause. Student contributors will read their works joined by slam poets Torrey Shineman, Serenity Morrison, Joe Ball and Tom Greene.

The event begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at Broadway Books, 1714 N.E. Broadway.

Dear Jon

James Holmberg presents his new book, 'Dear Brother: Letters of William Clark.' The collection of 54 letters from explorer William Clark to his brother Jonathan reveals Clark family gossip and Clark's anguish over Meriwether Lewis's suicide. Holmberg also will discuss his book 'In Search of York: The Slave Who Went to the Pacific with Lewis and Clark.'

Holmberg reads at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at Powell's City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside.

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