Survivor story

Author Marti Ann Schwartz follows up her Þrst book about her bout with cancer, 'Listen to Me, Doctor,' with her story of 12 years as a survivor. 'Lessons Learned From Cancer' is a poignant and often humorous look at the effects of the disease on Schwartz's life and the lives of those around her.

Schwartz appears at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, at Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 S.W. Capitol Highway.

Boning up

Jeff Benedict presents 'No Bone Unturned,' the true story of Jeff Owsley, the Smithsonian Institution's top forensic scientist. Owsley has engaged in numerous legal battles for permission to study America's oldest skeletons, such as the Kennewick Man. Benedict focuses on the groundbreaking cases in Owsley's career, including his work with the Pentagon following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Benedict reads at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, at Powell's City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside St.

Picture pages

Veteran travel writer Dick Lutz discusses his book 'Patagonia: At the Bottom of the World.' Lutz includes journal entries in chapters on the wildlife, terrain and indigenous people of the environment that spans the southern tip of South America.

Lutz speaks at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1720 Jantzen Beach Center.

Freelance lessons

The Portland State University Center for Excellence in Writing presents 'Beginning Freelance Writing for Magazines and Newspapers,' a workshop taught by writer Liz Nakazawa. Nakazawa is a freelancer who writes on a range of topics from gardening to small business. She will discuss query letters, research techniques, interviewing and the writing process.

The class is held from noon to3 p.m. Saturday, April 19, in Room 407, Neuberger Hall, Portland State University, 724 S.W. Harrison St. The cost is $50. Preregister by calling 503-725-9422.

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