Monday, February 5: Thrilling Tales
The downtown Seattle Public Library hosts a lunch-period storytime for adults two times a month. It’s a chance for grownups to leave the office, relax and hand over their attention to someone else for a while. Todays’ short story selection was written by San Diego sci-fi author Greg Bear. It’s titled "Blood Music,” and it’s one of his beset-known works.
Seattle Public Library, 1000 4th Ave., 386-4636, http://spl.org, 12:05 pm, free.
Tuesday, February 6: The Hummingbirds Launch Party
Seattle author Ross McMeekin was until this month best-known for editing the literary magazine Spartan
. But tonight, McMeekin is launching his debut novel in a book party at the Sorrento Hotel. The Hummingbirds
is about the hollow truths at the hearth of the glamorous lie that is Hollywood.
Sorrento Hotel, 900 Madison St., 622-6400, http://hotelsorrento.com, 7 pm, free, 21+.
Wednesday, February 7: Seattle Fiction Federation
The ongoing reading series hosts Seattle author Richard Chiem, who recently announced he’s got a novel on the way; novelist Jennifer Haupt, who has a debut novel coming out in a couple months; and short story author Andrea Eberly.
Hugo House, 1021 Columbia St., 322-7030, http://hugohouse.org., 7 pm, free.
Thursday, February 8: Baby Boomer
See our Event of the Week Column for more details.
The Factory, 1216 10th Ave, 6 pm, free.
Also Thursday, February 8: It’s About Time Reading Series
Seattle’s longest-running reading series strikes again with readings from Annie Nguyen, Montreux Rotholtz, and Jenny Hayes. Tonight’s reading features a craft talk from Andrea
Ballard Library, 5614 22nd Ave NW, 684-4089, spl.org, 6 pm, free.
Friday, February 9: Two poets
Open Books welcomes poets Natalie Graham and Brittany Perham, both of whom are launching new collections.
Open Books, 2414 N. 45th St, 633-0811, http://openpoetrybooks.com, 7 pm, free.
Saturday, February 10: I Wrote This Book Because I Love You Reading
Cartoonist Tim Kreider comes to town with a new book of essays about topics including “a trip with a close friend aboard a circus train bound for Mexico, a whirlwind affair with a sex worker, and the surreal experience of falling in love with a married friend in the weeks following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.”
Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, http://elliottbaybook.com, 7 pm, free.
Sunday, February 11: This Is the Place Reading
This Is the Place
is an anthology edited in part by local author Margot Kahn
. It’s about women and motherhood and home. She’ll be joined by some contributors to the anthology.
Montlake Library, 2401 24th Avenue E, 684-4720, spl.org, 2 pm, free.