Your Week in Readings: The best literary events from February 19th - 25th

Monday, February 19: Densho Day Remembrance

Noted patriot and memoirist Khizr Khan leads a day of remembrance for all the Japanese-Americans who fought and protested and were held in camps during World War II. There will also be a documentary screening and live music. Seattle Center Fisher Pavillion, 305 Harrison St, 2 pm, free.

Tuesday, February 20: The Silence of Vanishing Things Reading

Is “an over-reliance on scientific terminology and concepts…quietly undermining the human ability to come to grips with the climate crisis?” That seems like a complicated thesis to support. The Silence of Vanishing Things is an anthology of (mostly) poems about the battle to address and fix climate change. Third Place Books Ravenna, 6504 20th Ave NE, 525-2347, 7 pm, free.

Wednesday, February 21: Close Encounters with Humankind Reading

Sang-Hee Lee discusses “humanity's dawn and evolution” in her book Close Encounters with Humankind. The Korean author will discuss her research into humanity’s beginnings and the answers to some of the biggest questions about evolution. Greenwood Senior Center 525 N 85th St, 7:30 pm, free.

Thursday, February 22: The Hummingbirds Reading

Seattle author Ross McMeekin takes his debut novel north of downtown. The Hummingbirds is about Los Angeles, real estate, adultery, and beautiful people. Third Place Books Ravenna, 6504 20th Ave NE, 525-2347, 7 pm, free.

Friday, February 23: “Meditation for Writers” with Ruth Ozeki

See our Event of the Week column for more details. Washington Hall, 153 14th Ave,, 8 pm, $15.

Saturday, February 24: Soap for the Dogs x She Who Has No Master(s)

On March 1st, Gramma Poetry will publish Stacey Tran's new book of poetry, Soap for the Dogs. To celebrate the release of the upcoming title, Tran will be joined by writes who participate in She Who Has No Master(s), "a collective of writers and artists elucidating the Vietnamese 'feminine' - as touched by war, history, heritage, mythology, displacement, refugee exodus, violence, migration, and personal experience." Tea will be served, and three readers will perform poetry. Mount Analogue, 300 S Washington St, Unit Z,, 7 pm, free.

Sunday, February 25: Look Reading

In her poetry book titled Look, Solmaz Sharif writes poems that plumb the depth of the “US Department of Defense’s Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms” to create art. This event is a discussion of the book; the author will not be in attendance. Open Books, 2414 N. 45th St, 633-0811,, 4:30 pm, free.