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Thursday, December 7: Poetry Across the Nations: An Indigenous Reading

See our Event of the Week column for more details. Fred Wildlife Refuge, 128 Belmont Ave. E., 322-7030. http://www.hugohouse.org, 7:30 pm, free.

Portrait Gallery: Nisi Shawl

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Saturday, December 2nd: Healing Histories

Everfair novelist, much-anthologized short story author, and Seattle Review of Books columnist Nisi Shawl teaches a free writing class in the Green Lake branch of the Seattle Public Library. What the hell could you possibly have to lose? For the low, low price of free, Shawl will almost certainly leave you a better author than you were when you walked into the room.
Seattle Public Library, Green Lake Branch, 7364 East Green Lake Dr N, http://spl.org, 2 pm, free.

Portrait Gallery: Gillian Gaar

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Friday, November 24th: Shabazz Palaces with Special Guest Gillian Gaar

Seattle hip-hop geniuses Shabazz Palaces are branching out and becoming multimedia moguls. Tonight, they debut their first-ever comic book, Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines, with a signing and DJ set in Georgetown’s fabulous Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery. Expect some neat things to happen when comics and hip-hop combine. Along for the ride is Seattle-area music writer Gillian Gaar, who will be signing her new book Hendrix: The Illustrated Story.

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, 925 E. Pike St., 658-0110, http://fantagraphics.com/flog/bookstore, 6 pm, free.

Portrait Gallery: Sara Wachter-Boettcher

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Friday, November 17th: Technically Wrong Reading

Subtitled Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, and Toxic Tech, in Technically Wrong, Sara Wachter-Boettcher explains why the male bias in the tech industry is creating a culture that places the needs and interests of men light years ahead of those of women or nonbinary individuals.

Impact Hub, 220 2nd Ave S, https://impacthubseattle.com, 7:30 pm, $5.

Portrait Gallery: Emil Ferris

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Emil Ferris

This weekend is all about the Short Run Comix and Art show, and Friday is the pre-funk. Short Run all-stars including Emil Ferris, Leela Corman, Julia Wertz, Jordan Crane, Gemma Correll, Tom Hart, nishat akhtar, Rebecca Artemisa, and Anders Nilsen will talk and cavort over refreshments. Several of the artists will share presentations of their work, too.

Friday, November 3rd: Short Run Marathon Art Show & Pre-Festival Party
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, 925 E. Pike St., 658-0110, http://fantagraphics.com/flog/bookstore, 6 pm, free.

Saturday, November 4th: Emil Ferris in conversation with Leela Corman and Paul Constant.
VERA Stage Room, Seattle Center, 2-3 pm, free

Monday, November 6th: Emil Ferris at the UW. Emil will discuss her work and career in the context of disability culture. The discussion will be moderated by José Alaniz, Director of the UW Disability Studies Program.
Odegaard 220, University of Washington Campus, 4-5:30 pm https://www.facebook.com/events/372854903150133/

Portrait Gallery: Nikki Giovanni

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Nikki Giovanni

Poet, author, educator and activist, Nikki Giovanni has written over 30 children’s books and poetry collections.

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/nikki-giovanni
http://www.nikki-giovanni.com

Giovanni will be in Seattle January 16, 2018 as part of the Seattle Arts & Lectures "Sherman Alexie Loves" series.
https://www.lectures.org/season/special_events.php?id=484

Portrait Gallery: G. Willow Wilson (redux)

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Monday, October 23: An Evening with G. Willow Wilson

Humanities Washington brings Seattle memoirist, novelist, and comics writer G. Willow Wilson to the stage for a conversation about creating the world’s most famous Muslim superhero, what it means to be a political writer, and how to juggle fame across two or three literary disciplines.

Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, 104 17th Ave S. 682-1770 x102 http://humanities.org. $20. All ages. 7:30 p.m.

Portrait Gallery: Martha Brokenbrough

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Sunday, October 15: The First 500 Words

Seattle young adult writer Martha Brockenbrough teaches a free class that will help writers refine the vital first 500 words of their books by minding six important points. It might sound gimmicky, but this is important stuff; the first 500 words are what will get you noticed by agents, editors, and browsers.
Seattle Public Library, Broadview Branch, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N.. 684-7519, http://spl.org. Free. All ages. 2 p.m.

Portrait Gallery: Caitlin Doughty

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Friday, October 6: From Here to Eternity Reading

Caitlin Doughty is a mortician whose new book, From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death, “travels the world [from Bolivia to Japan to Indonesia] to discover how other cultures care for their dead.” Tonight, she’s joined by Seattle poet Sonya Vatomsky in an onstage conversation. She goes to Bolivia to see cigarette-smoking, wish-granting human skulls; to Japan to watch relatives of the deceased use chopsticks to pluck their loved ones’ bones from cremation ashes; to Indonesia to watch a man dress his grandfather’s mummified body.

The Summit, 420 E. Pike St., 322-7411, http://townhallseattle.org. $5. 21+. 7 p.m.

Portrait Gallery: Maria Alyokhina

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Saturday, September 30: Riot Days Reading

Maria Alyokhina was fighting Putin years before your grandmother put on a pussy hat and started writing long Facebook rants about fighting Putin. As a member of Pussy Riot, Alyokhina spent two years in jail for her anti-Putin protests, and her memoir of her time as a Pussy Rioter will likely inspire some American women to fight a little nastier.

Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, http://elliottbaybook.com . Free. All ages. 7 p.m.

Portrait Gallery: Washington National Parks Fund

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Friday September 22nd: Over the Top

This one is a little different: The Washington National Park’s Discovery Group hosts a booze dinner in which scientific experts discuss projects they’re running in Washington national parks. At the end of the night, one of the projects will be funded by pooling everyone’s admission fee in a kind of American Idol for science.

Georgetown Ballroom, 5623 Airport Way S., 762-4999. https://wnpf.org/discovery/ . $25. All ages. 5:30 p.m.

Portrait Gallery: Jamie Ford

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Saturday, September 16th: Love and Other Consolation Prizes Reading

Jamie Ford, the Seattle author who previously wrote a celebrated novel about the International District, returns with a novel about Seattle’s 1909 World’s Fair. It’s the story of a boy who is raffled off to a supposedly “good home” that turns out to be a brothel.

Third Place Books Lake Forest Park, 17171 Bothell Way NE, 366-3333, http://thirdplacebooks.com. Free. All ages. 4 p.m.

Portrait Gallery: Kelly Link

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Friday September 8th: Word Works: Kelly Link

Kelly Link is one of the most influential short story writers in the modern era. As both a writer and as an independent publisher, Link has established an aesthetic that manages to reimagine both literary fiction and fantasy. On Friday, she’ll give a craft talk titled “A Vampire is a Flexible Metaphor.”
Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Ave., 322-7030, http://hugohouse.org. $15. All ages. 7 p.m.

Portrait Gallery: Nancy Pearl (redux)

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Tuesday September 5th: George and Lizzie Reading

Beloved Seattle librarian and action figure model Nancy Pearl reads from and discusses her very first novel, George and Lizzie. It’s a book about how two people can be in a marriage for a very long time and ultimately never reach a real understanding of what marriage means to each other.
Seattle Public Library, 1000 4th Ave., 386-4636, http://spl.org. Free. All ages. 7 p.m.

Portrait Gallery: Barrett Martin

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Thursday August 24th: The Singing Earth Reading

Seattle musician Barrett Martin (Skin Yard, Screaming Trees, Mad Season) is about to publish a new book titled The Singing Earth, which comes with an overstuffed CD. It’s about his time traveling the world and exploring “14 musical regions.” Today, he appears in conversation with Seattle treasure DJ Kevin Cole.

KEXP Studios and Gathering Place, 421 1st Ave, 520-5800, http://kexp.org. Free. All ages. 6:30 p.m.

Portrait Gallery: Anne-Christine d’Adesky

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Friday August 18th: The Pox Lover Reading

Everyone’s favorite interlocutor, Seattle’s own Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, interviews journalist Anne-Christine d’Adesky about her memoir of lesbian activism and global refugees. Sarah Schulman says the book is “Reminiscent of the luscious lesbian literature of the Parisian past but propelled into the era of AIDS, ACT UP, and the Lesbian Avengers.”

Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, http://elliottbaybook.com . Free. All ages. 7 p.m.

Portrait Gallery: Danzy Senna

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Monday August 14th: New People Reading

Danzy Senna is one of the very most interesting social writers the 21st century has yet to produce. Her long-awaited new novel, New People, is about a biracial couple who find themselves divided along lines that they don’t fully comprehend. Senna explodes American conceptions of class and race in ways that will make readers completely uncomfortable.

Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave., 624-6600, www.elliotbaybook.com. Free. All ages. 7 p.m.

Portrait Gallery: Jim Ziskin

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Monday August 7th: Seattle Mystery Authors Tell All

Join local mystery authors Glen Erik Hamilton, Robert Dugoni, Tracy Weber, and Jim Ziskin as they get together to discuss the pleasures and perils of being a mystery author. This evening is scheduled as a group discussion which will then segue into a conversation with the audience — perfect for aspiring authors to get some candid tips.

University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., 634-3400, www.bookstore.washington.edu. Free. All ages.

Portrait Gallery: Inara Verzemnieks

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Thursday July 27th: Among the Living and the Dead Reading

University of Iowa creative nonfiction writer Inara Verzemnieks reads from her new family history, Among the Living and the Dead: A Tale of Exile and Homecoming on the War Roads of Europe. It’s a story of how her family traveled from Latvia to Washington state, where she was raised.

Seattle Public Library, 1000 4th Ave., 386-4636, http://spl.org. Free. All ages. 7 p.m.

Portrait Gallery: Anastacia-Reneé

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To celebrate the second release of her busy summer, Forget It from Santa Cruz publisher Black Radish, Anastacia-Reneé will be joined on Tuesday the 25th at Elliott Bay Book Company by three stellar Seattle-area authors: poet Jane Wong, memoirist Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, and poet-slash-civil-rights-attorney Shankar Narayan. She’s not only generous with the spotlight, but Anastacia-Reneé is perfectly willing to give time and exposure to other authors who complement her work. Other writers would balk at giving three dynamos some of her stagetime. Anastacia-Reneé knows that every stage is big enough to share.

Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, www.elliottbaybook.com. Free. All ages. 7 p.m.