(Note: This calendar originally had a Seattle Arts and Lectures event scheduled for Friday. That event has been moved to Janauary. I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.)
Back when she was touring for the very first time, The Joy Luck Club author Amy Tan was heartened to receive a huge audience at her Elliott Bay Book Company reading in Seattle. She’s packed them in ever since, and even though she’s a bestselling author dozens of times over now, Seattle still holds a special place in her heart. Tonight, she debuts her memoir. Seattle Public Library, 1000 4th Ave., 386-4636, http://spl.org. Free. All ages. 7 p.m.
See our Literary Event of the Week column for more details.
Vermillion Art Gallery and Bar, 1508 11th Ave., 709-9797, http://vermillionseattle.com. Free. All ages. 7 p.m.
This afternoon, Nidhi Chanani reads from her comic for young readers that tells the story of a young woman who wonders about her parents’ old lives in India. With the help of a magic pashmina, young Priyanka Das travels to an idealized version of India. Third Place Books Seward Park, 5041 Wilson Ave S, 474-2200, http://thirdplacebooks.com. Free. All ages. 7 p.m.
Beloved novelist Roddy Doyle (author of The Commitments and the fabulously titled Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha) returns to town with a new novel that’s all about memory. One day, an old Irish man who’s trapped in his routines is approached by a man from his past — a man he has no memory of meeting. Is he starting to lose his mind? Pigott Auditorium, Seattle University Campus Walk, 652-4255, http://townhallseattle.org. $5. All ages. 6 p.m.