John Berendt, author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is scheduled to appear today at Powell’s in Portland. Supporting his new book, The City of Falling Angels, Berendt reads this tale of the “magic, mystery, and decadence” of Venice and its inhabitants. The folks at the bookstore are expecting a big crowd so this event is being held at the First Unitarian Church, 1011 SW 12th Ave., downtown Portland. I spent an afternoon as Berendt’s gopher years ago at a book conference and he was a super-cool guy with great stories. So I’d suggest everyone in the Portland area make plans to attend this reading. For more details, see the Powell’s calendar of events here.