This Sunday afternoon reading features Bill Porter, renowned translator (as Red Pine) of ancient Chinese texts, and chronicler of the old ways in a China undergoing massive change (Road to Heaven, Zen Baggage), and poet/novelist Eric Paul Shaffer, visiting from Hawai'i. Since Red Pine/Bill Porter's last readings locallyfor Zen Baggage and translations of Lao-tzu's Taoteching and In Such Hard Times: The Poetry of Wei Ying-wuEmpty Bowl has released a new edition of P'u Ming's Oxherding Pictures & Verses. We also should have on hand his newest published translation, The Lankavatara Sutra: Translation and Commentary (Counterpoint)the first translation into English of the original text used by Bodhidharma. The author of five books of poetry, Eric Paul Shaffer is here for his recent novel, Burn & Learn: Memoirs of the Cenozoic Era (Leaping Dog Press). Set in the not-so-distant-once-upon-a-time of Albuquerque, this picaresque tale is one of young men findingand losing their way in that deeply engrained, western American way. This should be a day of good spirits, all around.