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Your Week in Readings: The best literary events from December 11 - December 17

Monday, December 11: African-American Writers' Alliance

Members of the “diverse and dynamic collective of Seattle-area writers of African descent” present new work at this reading. This is a great opportunity to celebrate Seattle-area writers of color and to see what the African-American Writers’ Alliance is up to these days. Third Place Books Seward Park, 5041 Wilson Ave S, 474-2200, http://thirdplacebooks.com, 7 pm, free.

Tuesday, December 12: Navigating Seattle Transit without Losing Your Mind

Town Hall teams up with the Seattle Department of Transportation and TransitCenter to discuss why our traffic is so fucked and how you can help yourself slightly un-fuck the traffic. Hopefully, they’ll also discuss ways to leave your car and get more transit to your neck of the woods in a shorter timeframe, because that’s the only way we’re really going to make a difference around here. Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave, http://townhallseattle.org, 7 pm, free.

Wednesday, December 13: Puzzle Club

The good people at Ada’s Technical Books host a monthly club for local logic puzzle fans. On the website, they call the Puzzle Club “a startlingly kind and clever group of people” who join together for “collaborative puzzle solving.” Ada’s Technical Books, 425 15th Ave, 322-1058, http://seattletechnicalbooks.com, 7 pm, free.

Thursday, December 14: *theMystery.doc Reading

See our Literary Event of the Week column for more details. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, http://elliottbaybook.com, 7 pm, free.

Friday, December 15: Four Seattle Poets

The last author reading at Elliott Bay Book Company for the year of 2017 is a stellar lineup of debut poets. You definitely know Jane Wong, whose Overpour was the first big debut of the year. And frequent readers of the site also know EJ Koh, whose A Lesser Love is a genius collection that spans love and war. Mita Mahato is a paper-cut cartoonist whose first collection, In Between, is a milestone in the small-but-growing field of poetry comics. You might not know Montreux Rotholtz or her debut collection, Unmark, and that’s okay. Every great reading has some element of discovery to it, doesn’t it? Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, http://elliottbaybook.com, 7 pm, free.

Saturday, December 16: Counting Time Like People Count Stars Launch Party

This event is a documentary and book launch highlighting the poetry of the girls who live at Our Little Roses Orphanage in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Local authors including Luis Rodrigeuz, Lydia Valentine, Tod Marshall, Claudia Castro Luna, and more will read poems from the book. St. Peter’s Episcopal Parish, 1610 S King St, http://stpeterseattle.org, 4 pm, free.

Sunday, December 17: Story Time for Grown Ups

Seattle Public Library celebrity librarian David Wright reads two Christmas-themed stories for adults: John Cheever’s “Christmas is a Sad Season for the Poor,” and Donald Westlake’s creepy “Nackles.” Third Place Books Seward Park, 5041 Wilson Ave S, 474-2200, http://thirdplacebooks.com, 7 pm, free.

Your Week in Readings: The best literary events from December 4 - December 10

Monday, December 4: Easy Speak Rainier Beach

Easy Speak is a series of citywide open mic nights with featured readings. Tonight, they debut the newest chapter of the ever-growing Easy Speak empire on the south side of town — Easy Speak Rainier Beach! The first reader is Seattle Civic Poet Anastacia-Renee, who’ll read for about twenty minutes. This open mic comes with music from the Jim O'Halloran Trio and “whatever noise you can fit into five minutes.” Jude's Old Town, 9252 57th Ave S, http://easyspeakseattle.com/, 7:30 pm, free.

Tuesday, December 5: Daughters of the Air Reading

Anca Szilágyi’s debut novel is finally here! Szilágyi has been reading and contributing pieces to the Seattle literary scene for years now, and we’ve got great expectations for her first novel. (How is it? We’ll be running a review soon but — in short — it’s very good!) Tonight, join Szilágyi as she launches her book into the world from the swanky Fireside Room of the Sorrento with the help of her frequent literary partner in crime, Corinne Manning. Sorrento Hotel, 900 Madison St., http://hotelsorrento.com, 7 pm, free, 21+.

Wednesday, December 6: Reading Through It

Every month, the Seattle Review of Books and the Seattle Weekly gets together to host a current-events book club at Third Place Books in Seward Park. December’s selection, A Tale of Two Americas, is a strange duck: it’s an anthology of essays, fiction, and poetry edited by literary tastemaker John Freeman. The book covers just about every kind of topic imaginable in post-Trump America, so tonight’s conversation will likely be a catch-as-catch-can potluck of civic nightmares, spotted with occasional moments of hope. Third Place Books Seward Park, 5041 Wilson Ave S, 474-2200, http://thirdplacebooks.com, 7 pm, free.

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.

Friday, December 8: Khizr Khan

In an election cycle fraught with shameful behavior, Khizr Khan stood out as a dignified figure — a man who understood the difference between right and wrong and wasn’t afraid to announce what side he was on. Khan’s new book, An American Family, details the many sacrifices his family has made for the sake of America. He’ll appear in conversation tonight with Crosscut’s Managing Editor, Florangela Davila. And just in case you needed a reminder that the world is a political dumpster fire, the listing for this reading warns, “For your safety and the safety of others, all guests attending this event are subject to a courteous screening and bag check before entry into the event.” Boo for all the assholes who threaten brave people with violence. Seattle University School of Law, 901 12th Ave, 7 pm, free.

Saturday, December 9: Fantagraphics Bookstore Turns 11!

Georgetown’s own mecca of comic-book greatness is officially a tween today! To celebrate the first year of the second decade of the Fantagraphics Bookstore dynasty, Fantagraphics has pulled in some fine speakers: Dame Darcy will play music and read from upcoming work. Charles Forsman will preview some of the Netflix series he’s got coming out. And Frank Young will introduce his new book about famous American cartoonist Art Young. Plus: art, refreshments, and more cartoonists than you can shake a stick at, if you’re in the habit of shaking sticks at cartoonists, you big weirdo. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, 925 E. Pike St., 658-0110, http://fantagraphics.com/flog/bookstore, 6 pm, free.

Sunday, December 10: Till Chapbook Release and Holiday Party

Mount Analogue hosts the debut of this year’s edition of Smoke Farm residency’s chapbook, Till, with readings from contributors including Jennifer Brennock, Letitia Cane, Drew Dillhunt, Katie Ellison, Breona Gutschmidt, Nicole Hardina, Mark Lammers, Molly Thornton, and John Whittier Treat. The Seattle literary community doesn’t have an office Christmas party, but if it did, it would look a lot like this. X Y Z Gallery, 300 S Washington St, http://www.mount-analogue.com/ , 6 pm, free..

Your Week in Readings: The best literary events from November 27th - December 3rd

Monday, November 27th: Obama: an Intimate Portrait Reading

Pete Souza was President Barack Obama’s official photographer, and the photos that he’s captured in that role have defined America’s relationship to Obama. These are photos that will last forever, long after the horrendous current political moment has passed. And Souza has been trolling Donald Trump quite effectively on social media in the last few months by posting photographic proof of Obama’s competence whenever Trump messes something up. It’s a cathartic, moving experience. Moore Theatre, 1932 2nd Ave, https://www.stgpresents.org, 7 pm, $54.50.

Tuesday, November 28th: Loud Mouth Lit with Lindy West

Playwright and memoirist Paul Mullin's reading series continues a string of knockout lineups with the indomitable Lindy West. Mullin will be reading a chapter from an upcoming novel. West will be reading, and I quote from the press release, "whatever she goddamn pleases." (But seriously: West's working on her second book, so you might just get a special preview if you come out tonight.) Saint Andrew’s Bar and Grill, 7406 Aurora Ave N., 523-1193. http://www.standrewsbarandgrill.com/, 8 pm, free, 21+.

Wednesday, November 29th: The Sentient Machine Reading

Amir Husain’s first book has the oh-so-humble name of The Sentient Machine: The Coming Age of Artificial Intelligence. Is it true that AI will be the death of us all? Is it possible that the AI revolution that so many have predicted simply…won’t happen? What the hell should we do about it? Husain will provide the answers tonight. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, http://elliottbaybook.com, 7 pm, free.

Thursday, November 30th: Artemis Reading

See our Event of the Week column for more details.

Third Place Books Lake Forest Park, 17171 Bothell Way NE, 366-3333, http://thirdplacebooks.com, 7 pm, $30.

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.

Sunday, December 3rd: Seattle's Cold Moon: A Reading of Poetry and Rituals

A note from Seattle poet and event organizer Greg Bem reads:

The last full moon of the 2017 calendar year falls on Sunday, December 3rd. It is known as the ‘cold moon.’ We will honor this astral event with an evening of lunar readings. Location details to be announced. Reader list to be announced. The event will be free and open to the public, so please share widely.

Readers and "ritualists" include Abi Pollokoff, Elizabeth Cooperman, Eric Westerlind, Evan Peterson, Jason Kirk, Justine Chan, Lydia Swartz, Matt Trease, Paul Nelson, Rachel Nelson, and Thomas Walton.

Pritchard Island Beach, 8400 55th Ave S, 7 pm, free.

Your Week in Readings: The best literary events from November 20th - November 26th

Monday, November 20th: Columbia/Hillman Community Check-In

As part of their ongoing Inside/Out program, Town Hall asks the Columbia/Hillman City communities what they can be doing to assist inclusivity and togetherness in their events. This is worth attending even if you’re unfamiliar with Town Hall. This part of town has been changing for years, and it needs to reassess its cultural needs and desires before it moves into the future. Rainier Arts Center, 3515 S Alaska St, http://townhallseattle.org, 7 pm, free.

Tuesday, November 21st: The River Bank Reading

See our Event of the Week column for more details. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, http://elliottbaybook.com, 7 pm, free.

Wednesday, November 22nd: Duterte’s War Reading

Vincente Rafael, a UW professor specializing in history and Southeast Asia studies, will read from his latest book, Duterte’s War: Discussing the Current Crisis in the Philippines and Beyond. Tonight, he’s joined by Cindy Domingo and Velma Veloria in a wide-ranging discussion about the Philippines and the repercussions America might face if we continue to ignore the country. Third Place Books Seward Park, 5041 Wilson Ave S, 474-2200, http://thirdplacebooks.com, 7 pm, free.

Thursday, November 23rd: It’s Thanksgiving!

For god’s sake, go and eat a whole something or other, okay? And remember to be thankful. I know it's hard this year, but there are still some things that deserve your gratitude.

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.

Saturday, November 25th: Gobble Up!

Urban Craft Uprising — which happens in Seattle on December 2nd and 3rd this year — is warming up at Bellevue’s Meydenbauer Center this year with a food-themed event called Gobble Up! It features “some of the best artisanal and craft food makers in the Pacific Northwest,” including a number of local cookbook authors writing about food that can only be found in the Northwest. Meydenbauer Center, 11100 NE 6th St, 10 am, free.

Your Week in Readings: The best literary events from November 13th - November 19th

Monday, November 13th: Jade City and This Mortal Coil Reading

Portland sci-fi author (and Seattle Review of Books contributor) Fonda Lee comes to town with her newest novel, Jade City. It's about an island that has been protected by magic-users for generations. Lee brings her fellow Portland author Emily Suvada along with her; her latest is about a girl on a quest in a future where genetic engineering has become commonplace. University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., 634-3400, http://www2.bookstore.washington.edu/, 7 pm, free.

Tuesday, November 14th: Three Sci-Fi Authors

Tonight, the local science fiction community — more specifically, the local branch of the SFWA, or Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America—get together with a giant reading from three up-and-coming members of the local scene: Louise Marley, David Levine and Tina Connoly. You should go and find a new favorite. Also, maybe you should ask where the hell the extra “F” has gone in the “SFWA” acronym. Wilde Rover Irish Pub & Restaurant, 111 Central Way, Kirkland, http://www2.bookstore.washington.edu/, 7 pm, free, 21+.

Wednesday, November 15th: Pie and Whiskey Reading

See our Event of the Week column for more details. Washington Hall, 153 14th Ave, http://washingtonhall.org, 7 pm, $10, 21+.

Thursday, November 16th: Imaginary Vessels & Banana Palace Reading

Paisley Rekdal was born and raised in Seattle. She returns to town tonight with Imaginary Vessels, a book of poetry about war and the cost of war and what is lost to war. Rekdal is joined with her fellow Copper Canyon poet, Dana Levin. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, http://elliottbaybook.com, 7 pm, free.

Friday, November 17th: Technically Wrong Reading

Subtitled Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, and Toxic Tech, Technically Wrong is Sara Wachter-Boettcher’s attempt to explain 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.

Saturday, November 18th: This Is the Place Reading

Get a load of this lineup of Seattle authors: Claudia Castro Luna, Tara Conklin, Elisabeth Eaves, Kate Lebo, Jane Wong, and Maya Zeller. They’re all joining Seattle writer Margot Case for a celebration of the new anthology she edited, This is the Place: Women Writing About Home. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, http://elliottbaybook.com, 7 pm, free.

Sunday, November 19th: An Evening with David Sedaris

Okay, look: David Sedaris tickets aren’t cheap, it’s true. They’re even less cheap now that most of the cheap seats have sold out for his Benaroya Hall appearance. But Sedaris is one of the only authors in the world who is continually worth it. He’s funny, he’s quick-witted, he loves performing his work for a room full of humans. You won’t regret the investment into this one. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., 215-4747, http://seattlesymphony.org, 8 pm, $108.

Your Week in Readings: The best literary events from October 25th - October 29th

(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.)

Wednesday, October 25: Where the Past Begins Reading

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.

Thursday, October 26: Boyfriends Launch Party

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.

Friday, October 27th: Juan González with David Rolf and Frank Blethen

NPR journalist González comes to town with his new book Reclaiming Gotham: Bill de Blasio and the Movement to End America's Tale of Two Cities. He's joined onstage by the publisher of the Seattle Times and one of the leaders of Seattle's Fight for $15 movement. This should be a great event. Impact Hub, 220 2nd Ave S, https://impacthubseattle.com, 7:30 pm, $5

Saturday, October 28: Pashmina Reading

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.

Sunday, October 29: Smile Reading

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.

Your Week in Readings: The best literary events from October 18th - October 24th

Wednesday, October 18: Translation Is a Mode

As part of The Bagley Wright Lecture Series on Poetry, Seattle poet and translator Don Mee Choi “will discuss Walter Benjamin’s bread, Korean cornbread, warships, Ingmar Bergman’s The Silence, and Kim Hyesoon’s mirrors in her exploration of translation.” Translation is one of the most difficult-to-explain aspects of literature, and the experience of having a mind like Choi’s describe it for us is a blessing. Sorrento Hotel, 900 Madison St., 622-6400, http://hotelsorrento.com. Free. 21 and over. 7 p.m.

Thursday, October 19: Lit Crawl Seattle

See our Event of the Week column for more details.

Friday, October 20: The Trade Reading

Journalist Jere Van Dyk was kidnapped in Afghanistan. After his release, his employers and the government weren’t telling him the truth behind what happened, so six years later, he went back to Afghanistan to uncover the real story. Tonight, the Washington native returns to read from his book about the whole harrowing, frustrating experience. PATH Auditorium, 2201 Westlake Ave., 652-4255, http://townhallseattle.org. $5. All ages. 7 p.m.

Saturday, October 21: Experimental Animals Reading

Thalia Field’s new novel, Experimental Animals: A Reality Fiction, is based on the true story of Claude Bernard, a French vivisectionist who was married to an animal rights activist. Bernard also was the man who invented and popularized the scientific method. Field has committed two decades to the research in this project, translating work from French into English and piecing together the complicated history of a complicated man. Hugo House, 1021 Columbia St., 322-7030, http://hugohouse.org. Free. All ages. 4 p.m.

Sunday, October 22: Reactions Reading

You’ve likely seen Theo Gray’s gorgeous book The Elements, an illustrated guide to every one of the elements on the periodic table. His newest book, Reactions: An Illustrated Exploration of Elements, Molecules, and Change in the Universe, shows what happens when those elements combine:.basically, those reactions are responsible for everything in the universe. Rainier Arts Center, 3515 S. Alaska St., 652-4255. http://townhallseattle.org. $5. All ages. 6 p.m.

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

You might know Mischa Willett from her poetry podcast Poems for the People. 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.

Tuesday, October 24: Loud Mouth Lit

This special edition of memoirist Paul Mullin’s reading series is curated by Seattle Times reporter Brendan Kiley. Readers include David Schmader, Sydney Brownstone, and Anna Minard. They’ll all be talking on the theme of “political nausea,” which is a commodity that is in no short supply these days.

Saint Andrew’s Bar and Grill, 7406 Aurora Ave N., 523-1193. http://www.standrewsbarandgrill.com/Free. 21+. 8 p.m.

Your Week in Readings: The best literary events from October 11th - October 17th

Wednesday, October 11: Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions Reading

Publishers are, understandably, hitting the heavy nonfiction titles pretty hard right now. But maybe you should take a breath and read a fun mystery series for a while? Amy Stewart’s Kopp Sisters series focuses on a woman who becomes deputy sheriff in the year 1916, and she focuses on women-centric crimes. So even while you enjoy a novel, you’ll still have strong feminist women to admire. Third Place Books Ravenna, 6504 20th Ave NE, 525-2347 http://thirdplacebooks.com. Free. All ages. 7 p.m.

Thursday, October 12: Noir at the Bar

This Halloween edition of the ongoing mystery series features local writers including Waverly Fitzgerald, Alice Boatright, Tracy Weber, and, making her debut as a mystery novelist, longtime Seattle writer Bharti Kirschner. Get a fancy drink, take in the fancy surroundings, and let host Will "the Thrill" Viharo guide you through the evening of scary mystery. Sorrento Hotel, 900 Madison St., 622-6400, http://hotelsorrento.com. Free. 21 and over. 7 p.m.

Friday, October 13: Word Works: Mary Reufle

Poet and essayist Mary Ruefle’s new book, On Imagination, is a thoughtful examination of everything that makes imagination the most important human trait, pulling together anecdotes about geniuses like Jane Goodall, Gertrude Stein, Steve Jobs, and Emily Dickinson. Tonight, she’ll provide an original talk on imagination intended for aspiring authors. Frye Art Museum. 704 Terry Ave., 622-9250, http://fryemuseum.org. $15. All ages. 7 p.m.

Saturday, October 14: Cascadia Poetry Festival

See our Event of the Week column for more details.

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.

Monday, October 16: A Conversation with Armistead Maupin

From his beloved newspaper column to his even-more beloved series of Tales of the City novels, Armistead Maupin has enjoyed a remarkable writing career: though he began his career as one of the first openly gay mainstream writers in America, he’s now happily married to a man he claimed to meet on Daddyhunt.com. That’s a lot of history for one life. Tonight, Maupin will appear in conversation with some dickhead named Paul Constant. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., http://seattlesymphony.org. $39-75. All ages. 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 17: BAHFest Seattle

BAHFest “is a celebration of well-argued and thoroughly researched but completely incorrect scientific theory,” in which speakers present bad and wrong science to scientifically trained judges. Before the intentionally bad science begins, BAHFest founder Zach Weinersmith will read his new book, Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That’ll Improve and/or Ruin Everything.

Temple De Hirsch Sinai 1441 16th Ave., https://bahfest.com/. $1-$30. All ages. 5 p.m.

Your Week in Readings: The best literary events from October 4th - October 10th

Wednesday, October 4: Lit Crawl Kick-Off Party

It’s almost time for Lit Crawl, Seattle’s wildest cross-city literary party. Tonight, the hosts present an unveiling ceremony where they’ll reveal this year’s lineup of readers and venues to an early-bird crowd, along with readings from local writers and an auction to raise money for the event. \ Capitol Cider, 818 E. Pike St., 397-3564, http://litcrawl.org/seattle. $10. 21+. 6 p.m.

Thursday, October 5: WA 129 Reading

Washington State’s outgoing poet laureate, Todd Marshall, collected as many Washington poets as humanly possible in an anthology titled WA 129. Tonight, Marshall will be joined by 15 local poets, who will each briefly read. Expect to see Elizabeth Austen, Claudia Castro Luna, Sierra Nelson, Susan Rich, and Martha Silano, among others. Open Books, 2414 N. 45th St., 633-0811, http://openpoetrybooks.com. Free. All ages. 7 p.m.

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.

Saturday, October 7: “Write-In”

This confluence of the literary and the political (“politeracal?”) is a combination of readings by local writers, writing prompts, and joint writing exercise. These events are intended to celebrate the importance of free speech in these Trump-y times. This event is put on by Write Our Democracy, which used to be known by the much better name Writers Resist. Hugo House, 1021 Columbia St., 322-7030, http://hugohouse.org. Free. All ages. 10 a.m.

Sunday, October 8: The Future Is History Reading

See our Event of the Week column for more details.

Monday, October 9: Skyfarer Reading

The best sci-fi bookstore in town brings a Tacoma author named Joseph Brassey to town with his brand-new space fantasy about knights in space and a magical gem. No less a talent than Neal Stephenson says Skyfarer is “One of those remarkable books that consists entirely of ‘the good parts.’” University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., 634-3400, http://www2.bookstore.washington.edu/. Free. All ages. 7 p.m.

Tuesday, October 10: Nasty Women Reading

This anthology from Samhita Mukhopadhyay and Kate Harding is about “Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump’s America,” and it was inspired by the Women’s march. The editors are joined by local superstar Ijeoma Oluo, who has a much-anticipated book coming out next year. Hopefully there will be several good Janet Jackson jokes to accompany all the good, thoughtful conversation. Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave, 652-4255, http://townhallseattle.org. $5. All ages. 7:30 p.m.

Your Week in Readings: The best literary events from September 27th - October 3rd

Wednesday September 27: Beautiful Ruins Book Club

Did you know that local writing organization Seattle7 Writers hosts a monthly book club at Seward Park’s Third Place Books? Tonight, novelist and sports writer Dave Boling will lead a discussion about Spokane author Jess Walter’s bestselling novel Beautiful Ruins. No purchase is necessary, and there will be Ruin-themed drink specials for sale.

Third Place Books Seward Park, 5041 Wilson Ave S, 474-2200, http://thirdplacebooks.com. Free. All ages. 7 p.m.

Thursday, September 28: Timber Curtain Reading

Frances McCue is a founder of the Hugo House. She’s working on a documentary about the destruction of the old Hugo House building. And tonight she’ll be reading at Hugo House’s temporary headquarters from her new book of poems about Hugo House. The future of Hugo House will likely be discussed, as well. Hugo House, 1021 Columbia St., 322-7030, http://hugohouse.org. Free. All ages. 7:30 p.m.

Friday, September 29: Playing While White Reading

Subtitled Privilege and Power on and Off the Field, Playing While White is a book about the way white privilege permeates every single aspect of sports culture. WSU professor David J. Leonard’s book investigates examples of whiteness in sports including Lance Armstrong’s sordid story and pretty much every aspect of NASCAR. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, http://elliottbaybook.com . Free. All ages. 7 p.m.

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.

Sunday, October 1: Geek Girl Con

See our Event of the Week column for more details. Washington State Convention Center, http://geekgirlcon.com. All ages.

Monday, October 2: Booktoberfest: Librarian’s Revenge Trivia Night

As part of a monthlong celebration known as Booktoberfest, Seattle Public Library employees are taking literary events into nontraditional spaces. Tonight, they turn the information desk around and ask you the questions in a no-entry-fee trivia night at one of the city’s very best bars. Are you smarter than a librarian? Find out tonight! Union Bar, 5609 Rainier Ave S., http://spl.org. Free. 21+. 8 p.m.

Tuesday, October 3: The Name of the Wind Reading

Fantasy author Patrick Rothfuss celebrates the 10th anniversary of the publication of his first novel, The Name of the Wind, with a brand-new fancy-pants deeeee-luxe edition, loaded with illustrations and a map and commentary that highlight the genius of Rothfuss’s wizards-and-research-laden fantasy series. University Temple, 1415 NE 43rd St.,634-3400, http://www2.bookstore.washington.edu/ $40. All ages. 7 p.m.

Your Week in Readings: The best literary events from September 20th - September 26th

Wednesday September 20th: Season of Sacrifice Reading

Seattle writer Bharti Kirchner has written a ton of great novels that you should check out. Tonight, though, she’s debuting something new: the first book in a mystery series starring a Seattle private investigator named Maya Mallick. In Season of Sacrifice, she investigates the self-immolation death of a prominent scientist.
Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, http://elliottbaybook.com . Free. All ages. 7 p.m.

Thursday, September 21st: Grab Back Comics Reading

Grab Back Comics started as a website collecting comics stories about sexual assault and harassment. Now it’s been collected in a beautiful print anthology. Tonight, the anthology’s editor, Erma Blood, appears with local cartoonists Amy Camber, Gillian Rhodes, Robin Elan, Tatiana Gill, and Tess LeBlanc. Third Place Books Seward Park, 5041 Wilson Ave S, 474-2200, http://thirdplacebooks.com. Free. All ages. 7 p.m.

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. http://wnpf.org. $25. All ages. 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 23rd: A Lesser Love Reading

See our Event of the Week column for more details. Hugo House, 1021 Columbia St., 322-7030, http://hugohouse.org. Free. All ages. 7 p.m.

Sunday, September 24th: Poetry in Conversation: The Lice

Seattle poet Bill Carty presents a special book-club-type discussion about The Lice, a seminal 20th century American poetry collection by W.S. Merwin. (The book has been republished by Port Townsend publisher Copper Canyon Press this year.) Come and talk about poetry with a poet. If you disagree, feel free to argue. Poetry will survive the scrutiny. Open Books, 2414 N. 45th St., 633-0811, http://openpoetrybooks.com. Free. All ages. 4 p.m.

Monday September 25th: Dinner at the Center of the Earth Reading

You might remember Nathan Englander’s debut collection of short fiction, For the Relief of Unbearable Urges, for its beautiful sweaty cover. His new novel looks at a controversial subject — the conflict between Palestine and Israel — through the experiences of a disparate group of people including a prisoner and a waitress. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, http://elliottbaybook.com . Free. All ages. 7 p.m.

Tuesday September 26th: Bad Kansas Reading

Author Becky Mandelbaum recently moved to the Pacific Northwest, but before she did that, she published her first collection of short fiction. That book won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, which is no fucking joke.Tonight, she’ll be interviewed by great American author Pam Houston. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, http://elliottbaybook.com . Free. All ages. 7 p.m.

Your Week in Readings: The best literary events from September 13th - September 19th

Wednesday September 13th: The Hope of Another Spring Reading

An art historian named Barbara Johns offers a little context into the life of Seattle artist Takuichi Fujii, who passed away in 1964. Johns’s latest book revives this little-known artist whose remarkable life includes a stint in the Japanese interment during World War II. Seattle Public Library, 1000 4th Ave., 386-4636, http://spl.org. Free. All ages. 7 p.m.

Thursday, September 14th: Scream for Zines! Mini Pop-Up Zine Show

As part of Capitol Hill Art Walk, a collection of Seattle-area zine and minicomics greats are selling their work. Featured artists include Eroyn Franklin, Jazzlyn Stone, Emily Denton, and Michael Heck. Plus, the invite says something about enjoying “a complimentary drink,” so make of that what you will. Scream, 819 E. Thomas St, 861-8468, http://screamseattle.com/. Free. All ages. 7 p.m.

Friday September 15th: Hugo Literary Series

The Hugo House’s crown jewel reading series, in which a mix of local and national writers make new work on a theme, kicks off for the 2017-2018 season. The readers include the downright brilliant Meghan Daum, the gifted poet Solmaz Sharif, and the underappreciated Seattle author Sonora Jha. They will all read new work based around the theme ‘Sequels.’ Fred Wildlife Refuge, 128 Belmont Ave. E., 322-7030. http://www.hugohouse.org. $10-25. All ages. 7:30 p.m.

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.

Sunday, September 17th: The Great Book Larder Bake-Off

This event is sold out, but there is a standby list, so there’s a chance you might get in. It’s a baking competition loosely based on the hit TV show the Great British Bake Off. Today’s event is themed around savory baked goods, and the winner receives a $50 gift certificate to the Larder. Book Larder, 4252 Fremont Ave. N. 397-4271, http://booklarder.com. Free. All ages. 4:15 p.m.

Monday September 18th: The Twelve-Mile Straight Reading

In case you weren’t already aware, the South is deeply fucked up. Aside from being badly beaten in the Civil War and never really getting over it, there’s a roots-deep racism that infects everything. Eleanor Henderson’s second novel is set in rural Georgia in the year 1930, which was an especially fucked up time. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, http://elliottbaybook.com . Free. All ages. 7 p.m.

Tuesday September 19th: Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian Reading

See our Event of the Week column for more details. Third Place Books Lake Forest Park, 17171 Bothell Way NE, 366-3333, http://thirdplacebooks.com. Free. All ages. 7 p.m.

Your Week in Readings: The best literary events from September 6th - September 12th

Wednesday, September 6th: Reading Through It: No Is Not Enough

The book club that’s jointly produced by Seattle Weekly and the Seattle Review of Books turns its attention to Naomi Klein’s latest book, which is based on the idea that Democrats need to do more than just offer a negative. Arundhati Roy calls it “An ordinary person’s guide to hope.” Who couldn’t use more hope? Join us for this free discussion. Third Place Books Seward Park, 5041 Wilson Ave S, 474-2200, http://thirdplacebooks.com. Free. All ages. 7 p.m.

Thursday, September 7th: A Place to Call Home

Three Seattle-area friends who are first-generation Americans — Michelle Peñaloza, Jane Wong, and Tessa Hulls — come together to share new work about what it means to be a child of immigrants. Peñaloza and Wong will read new poems, and Hulls will offer a mixed-media presentation based on a recent trip to Hong Kong. Wing Luke Museum, 719 S. King St., 623-5124, http//wingluke.org. Free. All ages. 6:30 p.m.

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. Tonight, 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.

Saturday, September 9th: Readerfest

See our Event of the Week column for more details. Magnuson Park, 6344 N.E. 74th St. http://readerfest.com. Free. All ages. 11 a.m.

Sunday, September 10th: The Pout-Pout Fish Reading

Dan Hanna is an animator who has moved into the lucrative world of children’s book authorship. His Pout-Pout Fish series of books are New York Times Bestsellers that teach kids about community and confidence, as well as how to stand up to bullies. This event will include a drawing component for kids. Third Place Books Lake Forest Park, 17171 Bothell Way NE, 366-3333, http://thirdplacebooks.com. Free. All ages. 4 p.m.

Monday September 11th: Horsemen of the Trumpocalypse Reading

John Nichols is a pundit for all the media outlets that matter and The Nation’s political correspondent. His latest book is subtitled “A Field Guide to the Most Dangerous People in America.” It helps you identify prominent players in the Trump administration and explains why they suck as much as they do. The Summit, 420 E. Pike St., 652-4255, http://townhallseattle.org. $5. All Ages. 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday September 12th: Poetry Northwest Reading

The oldest major local poetry publication celebrates “a year of poetry” with excellent local contributors including Alan Chong Lau, Jessica Johnson, Quenton Baker, and Christine Robbins. For most of our lifetimes, Poetry Northwest has defined the Northwest poetry aesthetic; this reading indicates they’re still doing just that. Phinney Books, 7405 Greenwood Ave. N., 297-2665, http://phinneybooks.com. Free. All ages. 7 p.m.

Your Week in Readings: The best literary events from August 30 - September 5th

Wednesday August 30th: An Oral History of the New Orleans Ninth Ward Reading

Twelve years ago, Hurricane Katrina destroyed a major American city while an incompetent president twiddled his thumbs. Newly Seattle-based writer Caroline Gerdes’s non-fiction history of New Orleans’s Ninth Ward recollects some of the important history that was washed away by the hurricane, including remarkable stories from the Civil Rights era. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, http://elliottbaybook.com . Free. All ages. 7 p.m.

Thursday August 31st: Wonder Woman: Warbringer Reading

Now that Wonder Woman is the money-makingest superhero origin movie in the history of the world, a whole lot of readers are hungry for more good Wonder Woman stories. Leigh Bardugo joins us for a discussion and signing of her new book, a young-reader-friendly novel that tells a story of a very young Wonder Woman. University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., 634-3400, http://www2.bookstore.washington.edu/. $18.99. All ages. 7 p.m.

Friday September 1st: Not Quite a Genius Reading

Nate Dern is a writer for the site Funny or Die. His debut collection of humorous essays touches on famous beard-wearers like Walt Whitman and Charles Manson, while also skewering modern masculine touchstones like man buns and man caves and other University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., 634-3400, http://www2.bookstore.washington.edu/. Free. All ages. 7 p.m.

Saturday, September 2nd: Bumbershoot

See our Event of the Week column for more details. Seattle Center, http://bumbershoot.org. $129 All ages. 2 p.m.

Sunday, September 3rd: Bumbershoot

See our Event of the Week column for more details. Seattle Center, http://bumbershoot.org. $129 All ages. 2 p.m.

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.

Your Week in Readings: The best literary events from August 23rd - August 29th

Wednesday August 23rd: Seattle Urban Book Expo Panel Discussion

See our Literary Event of the Week for more details. Seattle Public Library, 1000 4th Ave., 386-4636, http://spl.org. Free. All ages. 7 p.m.

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.

Friday August 25th: Gender Odyssey

Now that we’ve got an orange hate machine as president, it’s more important than ever for cisgender folks to ally themselves with the trans community. Maybe the best way to do that is by attending Gender Odyssey, a long-running (in its 16th year!) celebration of gender diversity. Authors and booksellers will be onhand to keep things nice and literary. Washington State Convention Center, 705 Pike St., 694-5000, http://www.genderodyssey.org/seattle/. $150. All ages. 9 a.m.

Saturday, August 26th: Seattle Urban Book Expo

See our Literary Event of the Week for more details. Washington Hall, 153 14th Ave, http://washingtonhall.org. Pay what you can. All ages. 1 p.m.

Sunday August 27th: Two Poets

Ana-Maurine Lara, Ph.D., is the author, most recently, of Kohnjehr Woman, a narrative poetry book about race and the South. She’s also working on setting her original poetry to music and visual art. Today, she appears with poet Claudia F. Savage, who you may know better as one-half of the poetry performance duo Thick in the Throat, Honey. Open Books, 2414 N. 45th St., 633-0811, http://openpoetrybooks.com. Free. All ages. 4:30 p.m.

Monday August 28th: Thrilling Tales

A couple times a month, librarians at the downtown library spend their lunchtimes reading a short story aloud to adults. Today’s reading is “The Great Pretender,” by Stanley Ellin. It’s about an old woman who is trying to protect her comely granddaughter from lascivious men who want to do terrible things to her. Seattle Public Library, 1000 4th Ave., 386-4636, http://spl.org. Free. All ages. 12:05 p.m.

Tuesday August 29th: This Impossible Light Reading

Ravenna author Lily Myers celebrates the release of her newest book at her neighborhood bookstore. This Impossible Light is a young adult novel about a young woman struggling with an eating disorder. Perhaps the interesting thing about the book is that it’s written in verse, which is a trend in young adult books that I whole-heartedly endorse. Third Place Books Ravenna, 6504 20th Ave NE, 525-2347 http://thirdplacebooks.com. Free. All ages. 7 p.m.

Your Week in Readings: The best literary events from August 16th - August 22nd

Wednesday August 16th: Why Poetry Reading

Matthew Zapruder isn’t a Seattle poet, but he edits for Seattle-based Wave Books and he publishes with Port Townsend-based Copper Canyon Press. His newest book is a self-described “impassioned call for a return to reading poetry” titled Why Poetry. While generally demands that people should read poetry are like telling kids to eat broccoli, Zapruder is a brainy and passionate advocate. Sorrento Hotel, 900 Madison St., 622-6400, http://hotelsorrento.com. Free. 21 and over. 7 p.m.

Thursday August 17th: Darkansas Reading

Seattle writer Jarret Middleton’s first novel, An Dantomine Eerly, was a surrealistic book about the death of a poet. His second, Darkansas, is about a country singer who comes home to the Ozarks to attend his twin brother’s wedding. Meanwhile, his father’s ghost lingers over the proceedings and things get really creepy. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, http://elliottbaybook.com . Free. All ages. 7 p.m.

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.

Saturday, August 19th: Fun Home Book Club

Now that all the drama nerds are excited about Fun Home because of the musical that just came to town, it’s important to recall that Alison Bechdel’s first memoir is a complex and beautiful work of literature on its own. Come talk about one of the best comics of the last 20 years with a group of comics fans. Outsider Comics and Geek Boutique, 223 N. 36th St., 535-8886, http://outsidercomics.com/. Free. All ages. 5 p.m.

Sunday August 20th: Cephalopod Appreciation Society

See our Event of the Week column for more details. Waterfront Space, 1400 Western Ave., https://www.facebook.com/CephalopodAppreciationSociety/ Free. All ages. Noon.

Monday August 21st: Booze and Lasers: All the Birds in the Sky

We tend to have fewer readings at this time of year, which means it’s time for you to visit some book clubs! This new boozy book discussion group is devoted to appreciating recent sci-fi gems by women and authors of color. Their most recent selection is Charlie Jane Anders’s sci-fi-and-fantasy mashup, All the Birds in the Sky. Third Place Books Seward Park, 5041 Wilson Ave S, 474-2200, http://thirdplacebooks.com. Free. All ages. 7 p.m.

Tuesday August 22nd: Found: A Life in Mountain Rescue Reading

Bree Loewen is the leader of Seattle Mountain Rescue, a volunteer organization that saves the lives of people who get lost in the wilderness. Her memoir about those rescues — successful and not, famous and obscure — builds into a portrait of the region’s outdoor community. Read it while you’re still able to get out to the mountains for a few more weeks. King County Library, Redmond Branch, 15990 NE 85th St,, 425-885-1861, http://kcls.org. Free. All ages. 7 p.m.

Your Week in Readings: The best literary events from August 9th - August 15th

Wednesday August 9th: The Grip of It Reading

Jac Jemc is one of the finest young(ish) visiting writers who read at the APRIL Festival. Tonight, she celebrates the release of her latest novel, a haunted house story with the exceptional title The Grip of It, with APRIL co-founder and Seattle author Tara Atkinson. Expect creepy fun and literary excellence. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, http://elliottbaybook.com . Free. All ages. 7 p.m.

Thursday August 10th: The Clockwork Dynasty Reading

Daniel H. Wilson’s novels about the robot uprising of the future, Robopocalypse and Robogenesis are two modern classics in the geeky sci-fi canon. His latest book, The Clockwork Dynasty, looks instead to the past, unveiling a secret society of robots who have changed the course of human history. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, http://elliottbaybook.com . Free. All ages. 7 p.m.

Friday August 11th: Earth as It Is Reading

In the new novel by Jan Maher, a young woman in the 1930s walks in on her husband as he’s trying on her lingerie. She leaves him. He leaves Texas behind to move to Chicago and finds a cross-dressing subculture. Will he be able to come to terms with his secret life? University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., 634-3400, http://www2.bookstore.washington.edu/. Free. All ages. 7 p.m.

Saturday, August 12th: Casino: A Palimpsest

See our Event of the Week column for more details. Frye Art Museum. 704 Terry Ave., 622-9250, http://fryemuseum.org. Free. All ages. 11 a.m.

Sunday August 13th: Secrets of the Weird Reading

Author Chad Stroup’s latest urban fantasy takes place on the streets of a town called Sweetsville, where a drug called Sweet Candy makes wishes come true. What do neo-Nazis and unlicensed surgeons and cults have to do with it? Look, you’ll have to read the damn book to find out.

University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., 634-3400, http://www2.bookstore.washington.edu/. Free. All ages. 7 p.m.

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, http://elliottbaybook.com . Free. All ages. 7 p.m.

Tuesday August 15th: Capitol Hill History

If you’re the kind of person who learns more by doing and seeing, you should take David Williams’s most recent book, Seattle Walks: Discovering History and Nature in the City out on a stroll. In a time of relentless growth, it’s important to remember what came before. Tonight, Williams will talk with two board members of the new Capitol Hill Historical Society. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, http://elliottbaybook.com . Free. All ages. 7 p.m.

Your Week in Readings: The best literary events from August 2nd - August 8th

Wednesday August 2nd: Reading Through It: Evicted

Join the Seattle Review of Books and the Seattle Weekly in the latest of our monthly book discussion series. This month’s book, the Pulitzer Prizewinning Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, is the first selection that could possibly evoke absolutely no discussion of President Trump. Come talk about why the rent is so damn high with us! Third Place Books Seward Park, 5041 Wilson Ave S, 474-2200, http://thirdplacebooks.com. Free. All ages. 7 p.m

Thursday August 3rd: X Y Z Gallery Opening

See our Event of the Week column for more details. X Y Z Gallery, 300 S Washington St, http://www.mount-analogue.com/ . Free. All ages. 6 p.m.

Friday August 4th: Science Fiction Songwriting for Teens

This is exactly why we have a public library system: real recording artists will work with Seattle-area teens (that’s age 13 and up) to write and record songs about the sci-fi story of their choice. If you record a sea shanty about Battlefield Earth, please email it to me, okay? Seattle Public Library, Southwest Branch, 9010 35th Ave SW, http://spl.org. Free, registration required. All ages. 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 5th: Noir at the Bar: Los Angeles vs. Seattle

The mystery-themed reading series at Seattle’s swankiest bar continues with a very special episode. Los Angeles writers including Sarah M. Chen, Ashley Erwin, Danny Gardner, and more will do literary battle with Seattle mystery writers including Kat Richardson, Tracy Weber, and Nick Feldman. The home team had better win this one. Sorrento Hotel, 900 Madison St., 622-6400, http://hotelsorrento.com. Free. 21 and over. 7:30 p.m.

Sunday August 6th: Comics Dungeon Sale

Wallingford’s Comics Dungeon recently founded a nonprofit named Comics for Community, Compassion, and Culture, which teaches literacy through comics to kids. That means that if you visit Comics Dungeons’ anniversary sale and buy some $1 comics or discounted trade paperbacks, you won’t just be participating in crass commercialism — you’ll also be helping to teach local kids to read. Comics Dungeon, 319 NE 45th St., 545-8373. http://comicsdungeon.com. Free. All ages. 11 a.m.

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, http://www2.bookstore.washington.edu/. Free. All ages. 7 p.m.

Tuesday August 8th: Three Poets Reading

Melissa Dickey writes weird and wonderful poems about miniature children and accidents. Andy Stallings wrote an amazing poem about the curvature of the Earth titled “Geometry.” Jay Thompson has written poems about Dungeons & Dragons. Together, the three will either read poems or combine their bodies to form a larger Voltron-type figure, or both. Open Books, 2414 N. 45th St., 633-0811, http://openpoetrybooks.com. Free. All ages. 7 p.m.

Your Week in Readings: The best literary events from July 26th - August 1st

Wednesday July 26th: Pleasure to the People

“Pleasure to the People: Stories of QTPOC Sex and Love” is a storytelling night sponsored by Gay City, Planned Parenthood, and Hugo House. An amazing cast of local writers including Anis Gisele, Imani Sims, Storme Webber, Briq House, and Chad Goller-Sojouner share their stories to start a conversation about race, queerness, and sex. Northwest African American Museum, 2300 S Massachusetts St, 518-6000. http://naamnw.org. Free. All ages. 6:30 p.m.

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.

Friday July 28th: Rules for Walking Out Reading

See our Event of the Week Column for more details. Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave N., http://buonobuzzard.com. Donation. All ages. 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 29th: Fetch Reading

Portland cartoonist Nicole Georges’ comic strip starring anthropomorphic dogs was one of the best parts of the recent Grab Back comics anthology. Tonight, she debuts a memoir about a non-anthropomorphic dog, Fetch: How a Bad Dog Brought Me Home. It’s about her attempts to save a troubled dog. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, http://elliottbaybook.com . Free. All ages. 7 p.m.

Sunday July 30th: Freeway Park Walking Tour

Freeway Park is Seattle’s creepiest park, but it’s also kind of impressive. It was the first lid to go over a freeway in the United States. Your guides will walk you through the history of the park in a tour that will span more than five acres. Brutalism never looked so inviting. Freeway Park, http://www.atlasobscura.com/events/freeway-park-walking-tour. $15. All ages. 1 p.m.

Monday July 31st: Mapping the Impact of Racism in Seattle

Science on Tap is a monthly conversation about scientific topics. It’s been happening at the Ravenna Third Place for years, though it recently moved from the pub upstairs to the Vios Café. Tonight’s session has a very non-controversial title: "Mapping the impact of racism in Seattle: Have we moved past it?" Third Place Books Ravenna, 6504 20th Ave NE, 525-2347 http://thirdplacebooks.com. Free. All ages. 6 p.m.

Tuesday August 1st: The Tropic of Kansas Reading

Seattle author Nisi Shawl interviews Christopher Brown about his novel, which imagines a Kansas as a demilitarized zone at the center of a ruined United States of America. A brother and sister who are hiding state secrets wander through the wasteland in an attempt to get to New Orleans. Third Place Books Lake Forest Park, 17171 Bothell Way NE, 366-3333, http://thirdplacebooks.com. Free. All ages. 7 p.m.

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

Wednesday July 19th: TUF Zine Release Party

TUF is “a female/nonbinary/trans collective centered on electronic music and art,” and they like to make beautiful things. They’re celebrating the release of their second anthology zine with a big party in the best pizza place on Capitol Hill and a dance party at Dino’s brand-new basement music venue, with readings and visual art.
Dino’s Tomato Pie, 1524 E Olive Way, 403-1742, http://www.tuf-seattle.com. Free/$13. All ages. 6 p.m.

Thursday July 20th: Arabella and the Battle of Venus Reading

The sequel to Portland author David Levine’s swashbuckling adventure novel Arabella of Mars sails through space to the “swampy” planet of Venus. It also features a wedding, bribery, and a space war. If you’re looking for a fun summer sci-fi series to read, this is the one for you. University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., 634-3400, http://www2.bookstore.washington.edu/. Free. All ages. 7 p.m.

Friday July 21st: Thinks Out Loud Reading

Seattle author Martin Perlman’s debut novel is about a group of bloggers who travel the world having adventures involving shipwreck and princesses and some light time travel. The book is written in the form of the main characters’ blogs. What’s the blog equivalent of an epistolary novel? A bloggiad? University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., 634-3400, http://www2.bookstore.washington.edu/. Free. All ages. 7 p.m.

Saturday, July 22nd: Queer Geek Board Gaming

Capitol Hill’s biggest nerd emporium welcomes all to a free afternoon of “GLBTQ-flavored gaming and socializing.” Available games include DC superhero and Adventure Time-themed games, Relic Runners, and Small World, though you’re invited to bring your own game to share. Meet some new people in a safe and welcoming environment. Phoenix Comics & Games, 113 Broadway E, 328-4552, http://phoenixseattle.com. Free. All ages. 1 p.m.

Sunday July 23rd: Waterways Reading

Seattle is a city that has repeatedly changed its own geography, from building Pioneer Square out of mud flats to the Denny Regrade. Local historians Jennifer Ott and David B. Williams discuss their new book, which follows the history of the Lake Washington Ship Canal and examines its impact on the Seattle Public Library, 1000 4th Ave., 386-4636, spl.org. Free. All ages. 3 p.m.

Monday July 24th: African-American Writers’ Alliance

The African-American Writers' Alliance (AAWA) is a Seattle-area writing collective. What this means is they put new and published authors together in forums and provide opportunities like published anthologies for members to show off their writing. Another way the AAWA honors its members is by hosting readings like this one. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, http://elliottbaybook.com . Free. All ages. 7 p.m.

Tuesday July 25th: Forget It Reading

See our Event of the Week column for more details. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, http://elliottbaybook.com . Free. All ages. 7 p.m.