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Your Week in Readings: The best literary events from September 17th - September 23rd

Monday, September 17: Washington Black Reading

Canadian author Esi Edugyan's unlikely novel about slavery and adventure was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Tonight, Seattle audiences get to hear the book in the author's own words. She doesn't make it out this way often, so go see her now. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, http://elliottbaybook.com, 7 pm, free.

Tuesday, September 18: Sikh Captain America

You've probably seen Vishavjit Singh in Seattle media over the last few months. Signh, who dresses in a modified Captain America costume, uses cartoons and comics to fight racism and intolerance. His exhibit "WHAM! BAM! POW! Cartoons, Turbans & Confronting Hate" is currently on exhibit at the Wing Luke Museum. Seattle Public Library, 1000 4th Ave., 386-4636, http://spl.org, 6 pm, free.

Wednesday, September 19: WordsWest Literary Series

Seattle fiction writer Greg November possesses the kind of resume that authors used to have: he worked as a "house painter, truck driver, forklift driver, knife salesman, generator salesman, executive assistant to the general manager of a luxury hotel in Santa Barbara, and fulfillment coordinator in a chemical history museum." He'll be joined by poet Joannie Strangeland for this installment of West Seattle's best reading series. C&P Coffee Co., 5612 California Ave SW, http://wordswestliterary.weebly.com, 7 pm, free.

Thursday, September 20: A Heart In a Body in the World Reading

Seattle author Deb Caletti's new novel is about a young woman who runs from Seattle to the other Washington — Washington DC. The book is about grief and overcoming pain and trauma. University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., 634-3400, http://www2.bookstore.washington.edu/, 7 pm, free.

Friday, September 21: The Sarrocco Siblings

Former Seattle author Nicole Sarrocco is the author of a great poetry collection titled Karate Bride. She is now two volumes into a memoir. The first memoir is titled Lit By Lightning and the second is titled Ill-Mannered Ghosts. Tonight, she's joined by her brother, who frequently reads in Seattle. Arundel Books, 212 1st Ave S, https://www.arundelbooks.com/, 6 pm, free.

Saturday, September 22: Hugo House Grand Re-Opening

See our Literary Event of the Week column for more details. Hugo House, 1634 Eleventh Avenue, 322-7030, http://hugohouse.org., 7 pm, free.

Sunday, September 23: Kindred Comic Reading

It takes a lot of guts to adapt one of Octavia Butler's most beloved novels into comic form. Tonight, artist John Jennings and writer Damian Duffy will read from their adaptation of Kindred, which has been reviewed surprisingly well. If you've ever wondered how comics artists adapt literature into comics, this is your best opportunity to ask someone who's done it. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, http://elliottbaybook.com, 3 pm, free.

Your Week in Readings: The best literary events from September 10th - September 16th

Monday, September 10: The Mere Wife Reading

See our Event of the Week column for more details. Seattle Public Library, 1000 4th Ave., 386-4636, http://spl.org, 7 pm, free.

Tuesday, September 11: Birds, Bees, and #MeToo

Seattle Review of Books contributor Bonnie J. Rough, who recently published a new book titled Beyond Birds & Bees: Bringing Home a New Message About Sex, Love, and Equality, will lead a discussion about raising children in a time of massive gender inequality and the #MeToo movement. She'll be joined by Amy Lang and Seattle Times columnist Nicole Brodeur. Phinney Center Community Hall, 6532 Phinney Ave N, 783-2244, http://www.phinneycenter.org, 7:30 pm, $5.

Wednesday September 12: Fight Like a Girl Reading

Seattle's own Shout Your Abortion co-founder Amelia Bonow joins Australian writer Clementine Ford for a discussion about feminism in 2018. Fight Like a Girl is a book that expands on Ford's popular TED Talk about rape culture, among other topics. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, http://elliottbaybook.com, 7 pm, free.

Thursday, September 13: Not Even Bones Reading

The publisher describes Rebecca Schaeffer's young adult fantasy as "Dexter meets This Savage Song, which probably doesn't make the author feel nervous or annoyed at all. It's about a girl who sells body parts in a world where magic exists. Third Place Books Lake Forest Park, 17171 Bothell Way NE, 366-3333, http://thirdplacebooks.com, 7 pm, free.

Friday, September 14: Seattle Music Machine Salon

Ada's Technical Books has an array of nerdy events for its customers. Tonight, the Seattle Music Machine Salon meets at the shop. The SMMS meetings feature "a presentation and a guided discussion on some aspect of making music with computers and electronics." It's intended for all skill levels, including amateurs. Ada’s Technical Books, 425 15th Ave, 322-1058, http://seattletechnicalbooks.com, 7 pm, $5.

Saturday, September 15: Three poets

Quenton Baker, who is the current Open Books Poet in Residence, joins former Seattle Youth Poet Laureate Lily Baumgart and Washington State Poet Laureate, Claudia Castro Luna for a chill Saturday night reading. Open Books, 2414 N. 45th St, 633-0811, http://openpoetrybooks.com, 7 pm, free.

Sunday, September 16: The Lost Art of Reading Reading

Subtitled Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time, David Ulin's book is a call to celebrate the act of reading in a world that seems dead set against the act of paying attention to anything for more than two seconds. Ulin, who was the editor of the Los Angeles Times's book review section, is just the person to answer this question. I'll be joining him onstage to talk about the book and literary criticism and possibly the impossibility of focusing on books in a time when Donald Trump is president.

Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, http://elliottbaybook.com, 3 pm, free.

Literary Event of the Week: The Mere Wife reading at the Seattle Public Library

Maria Dahvana Headley has had something like twenty writing careers packed into a single life. Back when she lived in Seattle, she published a memoir titled My Year of Yes, about an experiment in which she said yes to every single offer for a year. (Before you roll your eyes at the premise, you should know that this was at the very beginning of the "my year of..." craze, before the market became oversaturated in stunt memoirs.)

Headley's written young adult science fiction novels and alternate histories. She's won major awards for her short fiction. She's co-edited an anthology with Neil Gaiman. She's published and produced plays. Every few years, she reinvents herself, and every few years she seems even more comfortable in her own skin.

With her latest novel for adults, Headley proves that her ambition is as wide-ranging as her talent. The Mere Wife goes back to the roots of literature with an audacious twist: it's a retelling of Beowulf, set in suburban America. Headley is manipulating myths and legends with the confidence of a writer twice her age, and the reviews have been euphoric.

Tonight, Headley returns to Seattle for a conversation with another hometown literary hero — Nicola Griffith, author of Hild and So Lucky. The two writers have a lot in common: they tackle big ideas with zero apologies, and they both approach genre with a beautiful and ornate prose style. This should be a night to remember.

Seattle Public Library, 1000 4th Ave., 386-4636, http://spl.org, 7 pm, free.

Your Week in Readings: The best literary events from September 3rd - September 9th

Monday, September 3: Labor Day

Happy Labor Day!

Tuesday, September 4: Night and Silence

Seattle fantasy author Seanan McGuire's October Daye series of novels is about a woman torn between the human world and the world of the faerie. Her latest novel, Night and Silence, sees Days reeling from recent events. When an estranged member of her family disappears, she starts down a newer, darker path. University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., 634-3400, http://www2.bookstore.washington.edu/, 7 pm, free.

Wednesday, September 5: Reading Through It

On the first Wednesday of every month, the Seattle Review of Books co-hosts a book club at Third Place Books to talk about current events, history, and the culture of why America is as screwed up as it is. Tonight's book, Kurt Andersen's Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History, is at once current events, history, and a cultural story. Andersen explains our country's long relationship with hucksterism, from P.T. Barnum to Trump.

Third Place Books Seward Park, 5041 Wilson Ave S, 474-2200, http://thirdplacebooks.com, 7 pm, free.

Alternate Wednesday, September 5: Assembly

Whenever we recommend a SRoB- adjacent event, we always try to offer you an alternate event on the same day that doesn't have a conflict of interest. Assembly Open Mic is a reading series curated by local DIY literary powerhouse Kate Berwanger, who I interviewed last month. It's a supportive environment intended for authors just starting out to share what they've been working on, and there's booze around for you to enjoy. Screwdriver Bar, 2320 First Ave, 485-7116, http://www.screwdriverbar.com, 7 pm, free, 21+.

Thursday, September 6: Emerald Street

As a lecture accompanying a film subtitled Race, Class, Culture, and the History of Hip-Hop in the Northwest, Seattle author Daudi Abe discusses Seattle's distinctive hip-hop history and what it says about our region. If you think Macklemore invented rap in Seattle, you are in dire need of an education. Scarecrow Video, 5030 Roosevelt Way NE, http://www.scarecrow.com/, 7:30 pm, free.

Friday, September 7: Kickdown Reading

Visiting author Rebecca Clarren is in Seattle to read from her debut novel, Kickdown. It's about sisters whose rural lives turn upside down when an Iraq War veteran enters their orbit. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, http://elliottbaybook.com, 7 pm, free.

Saturday, September 8: Pistil Books

If you've lived in Seattle for a couple decades or more, you likely remember a small Capitol Hill bookstore called Pistil Books. Located near the Wild Rose, Pistil was a small but well-curated bookstore with a good selection of zines. Though they still sell books online, for one day a year Pistil reconstitutes in the form of a physical bookstore, as the owners sell used books in a giant yard sale, with books selling for one or two bucks a pop.

Pistil Books, 1415 E Union St, http://www.pistilbooks.net, 10 am, free.

Sunday, September 9: Poetry of Place with Laura Da'

See our Event of the Week column for more details. Seattle Public Library, Capitol Hill Branch, 425 Harvard Ave E, http://spl.org, 2 pm, free.

Your Week in Readings: The best literary events from August 27th - September 2nd

Monday, August 27: To the Bridge Reading

Nancy Rommelmann's latest true crime story is about an Oregon mother who dropped both of her children in a river. Rommelmann will appear in conversation with Seattle's own true crime author Claudia Rowe, whose book The Spider and the Fly took a new angle on the traditional serial-killer story.

Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, http://elliottbaybook.com, 7 pm, free.

Tuesday, August 28: Cocaine + Surfing Reading

Chas Smith has written for Vice and been a war correspondent for Current TV. His new book is a history of the connection between cocaine and surfing. University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., 634-3400, http://www2.bookstore.washington.edu/, 7 pm, free.

Wednesday, August 29: American Chordata Reading

Local editor Matthew Hitchman celebrates a new issue of the gorgeous literary magazine American Chordata with contributors. This is a good way to get a handle on one of the more exciting new-ish literary magazine on the stands right now. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, http://elliottbaybook.com, 7 pm, free.

Thursday, August 30: Sanpaku Reading

Kate Gavino is the cartoonist behind Last Night's Reading, a blog featuring cartoons about author events that was then turned into a book. She's giving a reading of her own, of a new fictionalized comic memoir called Sanpaku. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, http://elliottbaybook.com, 7 pm, free.

Friday, August 31; Saturday, September 1; Sunday, September 2: Bumbershoot

See our Event of the Week column for more details.

Seattle Center, https://www.bumbershoot.com/2018-lineup/

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

Monday, August 20: The Art of the Wasted Day Reading

Patricia Hampl's book is a travelogue exploring the life and times of some of the best leisure-seekers in history. One of those rest-experts is credited as the inventor of the personal essay. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, http://elliottbaybook.com, 7 pm, free.

Tuesday, August 21: Welcome to the Writer's Life Reading

Seattle author Paulette Perlach's new book is subtitled How to Design Your Writing Craft, Writing Business, Writing Practice, and Reading Practice. The publisher describes it as "Like a freshman orientation for writers." Third Place Books Lake Forest Park, 17171 Bothell Way NE, 366-3333, http://thirdplacebooks.com, 7 pm, free.

Wednesday, August 22: By the Shore Reading

Nancy Blakey's new book is a one-stop shop for those who are eager to explore the watery parts of the Pacific Northwest, from seafood recipes to kayaking instructions to travel tips to nature guides. Third Place Books Ravenna, 6504 20th Ave NE, 525-2347 http://thirdplacebooks.com, 7 pm, free.

Thursday, August 23: Next Exit

This is a celebration of indigenous artists including a number of exciting young bands, as well as the poetry of Sasha LaPointe, Sara Marie Ortiz, and DinéYazhi. Artists from Washington, Oregon, and New Mexico will appear at this event. Henry Art Gallery, UW Campus, 543-2280, http://www.henryart.org/, 6 pm, $12

Friday, August 24: A Girl's Guide to Missiles Reading

Karen Piper's memoir is about growing up a Navy brat on an outpost in the Mojave Desert. It's about nuclear terror, evangelical Christians, and Amway. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, http://elliottbaybook.com, 7 pm, free.

Saturday, August 25: Seattle Urban Book Expo

See our Event of the Week column for more details. Centilia Cultural Center, 1660 S Roberto Maestas Festival St,973-4298, 1 pm, free.

Sunday, August 26: Surreal Storytelling with Strange Women

This event features local artists including curator Kate Berwanger and artists Meredith Clark, Anastacia-Reneé, and Vivian Hua.

Vermillion Art Gallery and Bar, 1508 11th Ave., 709-9797, http://vermillionseattle.com, 7 pm, free.

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

Monday, August 13: Thrilling Tales After Dark

The Seattle Public Library's story time event for grownups continues with a special reading of the short story "End of the Day," by Jane Speed. The quote supplied by the library from this story is as follows:
I swear, I’d lose my head if it wasn’t connected to my shoulders! Now where on earth did I put my husband?
Seattle Public Library, 1000 4th Ave., 386-4636, http://spl.org, 7 pm, free.

Tuesday, August 14: DIY Resistance Reading

Portland author Anthony Alvarado's DIY Resistance: 36 Ways to Fight Back explains ways to defend values, protect communities, and find like-minded people in these Trumpy times. Alvarado is also the author of a book about creativity, so don't expect your standard litany of policy points, here. This should be a vibrant book and event. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, http://elliottbaybook.com, 7 pm, free.

Wednesday, August 15: Welcome to the Writer’s Life Reading

If Welcome to the Writer's Life is as funny and disarming as author Paulette Perlach's website, you're in for a treat. Underneath a positively glowing "about the author" section on her site is a section explaining all the high-profile magazines that have rejected her writing over the years and the great sentences "She is a four-time submitter to the Jack Straw Fellowship. She thought the Pulitzer Prize was the Pullit Surprise until she was like 17. At age 28, she attended an 8-month writing residency in her mom’s downstairs bedroom." Tonight's book launch party features a "Bad Author's Photo Booth" with lots of pretentious props like berets and quills and such. Sorrento Hotel, 900 Madison St., 622-6400, http://hotelsorrento.com, 6 pm, free, 21+.

Thursday, August 16: The Great Alone Reading

Incredibly popular author Kristin Hannah returns with a new novel about a former POW who moves his family to Alaska to get off the grid. Hannah will be joined in conversation with Washington author Megan Chance. Third Place Books Lake Forest Park, 17171 Bothell Way NE, 366-3333, http://thirdplacebooks.com, 7 pm, free; signing with purchase of book.

Friday, August 17: Rising Reading

Elizabeth Rush's new book is titled Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore. It's about the coastline that will develop after global warming has its way with our polar ice caps. It's not cheery subject matter, but for God's sake we've got to get serious about this stuff, right? Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, http://elliottbaybook.com, 7 pm, free.

Saturday, August 18: Economic Utopias and Dystopias

See our Event of the Week column for more details. Tashiro Kaplan Artist Lofts, 115 Prefontaine Place S, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/economic-utopias-and-dystopias-tickets-48071143083, 1 pm, free.

Sunday, August 19: #Murdertrending and Pyromantic Reading

Gretchen McNeil is the author of comedic young adult novels including I'm Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl. Her newest is a funny horror book titled #Murdertrending. Seattle writer Lish McBride has written a bunch of series for young readers. Pyromantic is the second in a new series that started with the book Firebug. University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., 634-3400, http://www2.bookstore.washington.edu/, 3 pm, free.

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

Monday, August 6: Nothing Good Can Come From This Reading

The essay collection Nothing Good Can Come From This is a much-anticipated book by Kristi Coulter, whose essay about quitting drinking became a huge internet sensation. Now, she's being compared to writers like David Sedaris, which is hugely unfair but which publisher PR reps (and bad book reviewers) love to do to essayists who are funny. Third Place Books Lake Forest Park, 17171 Bothell Way NE, 366-3333, http://thirdplacebooks.com, 7 pm, free.

Tuesday, August 7: Terrarium 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 August 8: A Terrible Country Reading

Keith Gessen is a journalist, an editor, and a damned fine novelist. You might know him as a driving force behind the magazine N+1, or as a brilliant cultural critic, or an early advocate of the Occupy movement. Tonight, he's in town to read from his new novel A Terrible Country, which is about a young man who returns to his home country of Russia in order to care for his ailing grandmother. After the reading, I'll be interviewing Gessen onstage. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, http://elliottbaybook.com, 7 pm, free.

Thursday, August 9: Word Works

Ben Lerner is a MacArthur "Genius"-winning poet who draws parallels between science and poetry in his work. His work is brainy and it requires work. He is exactly the kind of writer who should be hosting one of Hugo House's Word Works series. Frye Art Museum. 704 Terry Ave., 622-9250, http://fryemuseum.org, 7 pm, $15.

Friday, August 10: Choose Your Own Disaster Reading

Dana Schwartz's Choose Your Own Disaster is a comedic memoir "about the millennial experience and modern feminism." It also is in the form of a personality test. Third Place Books Ravenna, 6504 20th Ave NE, 525-2347 http://thirdplacebooks.com, 7 pm, free.

Sunday, August 12: Prairie Fires Reading

Caroline Fraser's Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle award and it wound up on many year-end best-of lists. And now she's making a Sunday afternoon appearance at Elliott Bay Book Company. These readings are usually more intimate than the weeknight events, so you might have an opportunity to enjoy more time and attention from an award-winning author. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, http://elliottbaybook.com, 3 pm, free.

Literary Event of the Week: Terrarium reading at Elliott Bay Book Company

Aside from having a fantastic name, Valerie Trueblood is best known as one of Seattle's most accomplished short story writers. She has been on shortlists for the PEN Faulkner Award and the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Prize, and her work has been praised in all the usual New York media outlets.

But if you're not the kind of person who is moved by accolades — and, really, who can blame you? — then perhaps Roxane Gay's seal of approval might inspire you to pick up Trueblood's work? Gay says Trueblood's writing is "bursting with a genuine violence of health and strength of will that make each of her stories so engaging." Gay continues, "What I love most about her writing is how her stories are, at once bittersweet, joyful and mournful in equal measure."

After about four years out of the spotlight, Trueblood is returning with Terrarium, a career-spanning collection that brings together her classic work and dozens of new stories. It's a statement piece, a book that seems to be intended to mark her as a real American master of the short story.

Terrarium is made up of the best stories from Trueblood's three previous collections, and 30 new stories. These are stories with killer first lines ("She was a young married woman who fell in love.") and final images that will leave your mouth hanging open (like the description of the whorls of a tornado as "a fingerprint big as God's.")

In the chronological arrangement of the stories in Terrarium, you can follow the arc of Trueblood's career, and change is definitely afoot. Trueblood is getting more and more minimalist in her work. The rambling earlier works that considered the journey to be just as important as the destination give way to tiny one or two pages stories. Trueblood is distilling the idea of fiction down to something pocket-sized.

Tomorrow night, Trueblood celebrates Terrarium's release day at Elliott Bay Book Company with a reading and a little celebration. If Terrarium becomes as well-regarded as it should, this might be your last opportunity to say you saw her read before she became a celebrity in the world of short fiction. Seattle needs to step up and embrace Trueblood before the rest of the world tries to claim her.

Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, http://elliottbaybook.com, 7 pm, free.

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

Monday, July 30: Give Me Your Hand Reading

Megan Abbott's thriller is about a secret and a friendship and, as is usually the case with these sorts of things, betrayal. Abbott is an acclaimed thriller writer and she also writes for TV. (Real TV, like HBO, not some crappy sitcom.) Third Place Books Lake Forest Park, 17171 Bothell Way NE, 366-3333, http://thirdplacebooks.com, 7 pm, free.

Tuesday, July 31: Seattle Poetry Slam Sendoff

See our Event of the Week column for more details. The Royal Room, 5000 Rainier Ave S, http://theroyalroomseattle.com, 8 pm, $10.

Wednesday, August 1: Cracking the Sky Reading

Brenda Cooper is a prolific science fiction writer and futurist. She has written with Larry Niven, which basically makes her sci-fi royalty. Cracking the Sky, her most recent book, is a collection of short fiction that examines themes of environmentalism, which is a lifelong passion of hers. University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., 634-3400, http://www2.bookstore.washington.edu/, 7 pm, free.

Thursday, August 2: The Annotated Big Sleep Reading

Owen Hill's latest book is an annotation of Raymond Chandler's classic detective novel. These annotated guides are a real pleasure to read, particularly in works that have maybe lost some nuance due to the time they were published in. While I haven't read this particular edition, I suspect that Chandler's work will feed well into the annotation format. University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., 634-3400, http://www2.bookstore.washington.edu/, 7 pm, free.

Friday, August 3: Raven Chronicles Volume 26 Reading

The 26th volume of Seattle-based literary magazine Raven Chronicles is based on the theme "Last Call." That's because after this issue, they'll be ceasing publication of the magazine and focusing on an "ongoing book publication program." Tonight, a ton of readers will celebrate this last hurrah, and toast the future. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, http://elliottbaybook.com, 7 pm, free.

Saturday, August 4: Advice for Future Corpses Reaading

Sallie Tisdale is an award-winning writer and a palliative care nurse. Her most recent book is about how to die, and how to help your loved ones die, and what to expect in the dying experience. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, http://elliottbaybook.com, 7 pm, free.

Sunday, August 5: Ghost Of Reading

This is a reading to celebrate the debut collection of poet Diana Khoi Nguyen. She's joined by Montana poet Prageeta Sharma and Seattle poet Ryo Yamaguchi, who works at poetry press Wave Books. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, http://elliottbaybook.com, 6 pm, free.

Your Week in Readings: The best literary events from July 23 - July 29

Monday, July 23: Inside Witnesses

In 2013, a man with a gun walked into the Twilight Exit bar and shot his gun. Local journalist Marti Jonjak happened to be in the bar that night, and ever since she's devoted a considerable amount of effort to documenting exactly what happened on that evening and why. Tonight, she'll appear in conversation with one of the other witnesses at the shooting. University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., 634-3400, http://www2.bookstore.washington.edu/, 7 pm, free.

Tuesday, July 24: Suicide Club Reading

Rachel Heng's debut sci-fi novel, Suicide Club, imagines a future in which humans live long — maybe even endless — lives. It's a beautiful, inquisitive, adventurous novel that uses sci-fi to examine our obsessions with youth and mortality and self-control. I'll be interviewing Heng onstage at this reading. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, http://elliottbaybook.com, 7 pm, free.

Alternate Tuesday, July 24: Ellen Datlow

Because I'm involved with the Rachel Heng reading, I'm offering another event with no conflict of interest for you to consider. As part of sci-fi writing organization Clarion West's summer reading series, sci-fi writer and editor Ellen Datlow. She's worked at OMNI Magazine and Tor.com and she's probably edited some of your very favorite science fiction authors. University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., 634-3400, http://www2.bookstore.washington.edu/, 7 pm, free.

Wednesday, July 25: Beginner's Luck Reading

Malcolm Terence, a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, headed out in the aftermath of the Love Generation to join up with a back-to-the-land commune. As the pastoral dream died, people eventually wandered off and tried to reconcile their dreams with reality. This book tells that story. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, http://elliottbaybook.com, 7 pm, free.

Thursday, July 26: Stay with Me Reading

Nigerian author Ayobami Adebayo's debut novel is finally out in paperback. It's about a wife whose husband brings home a second wife after some marital discord. Adebayo wrote part of her book at Hedgebrook, Washington's amazing women's writing organization. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, http://elliottbaybook.com, 7 pm, free.

Friday, July 27: South Asian Writers of the Pacific Northwest

Local writers including Jordan Alam, Sasha Duttchoudhury, Jasleena Grewal, Shankar Narayan, and organizer Sonora Jha read and discuss what it means to be a writer of South Asian descent in this part of the world. Hugo House, 1021 Columbia St., 322-7030, http://hugohouse.org., 7 pm, free.

Saturday, July 28: Body Image, Identity, and Sisterhood

Local author Donna Miscolta, who is a frequent Seattle Review of Books contributor, will share excerpts from a draft of her upcoming novel, Ofelia and Norma and discuss identity and community. White Center Library, 1409 SW 107th St, 243-0233 , https://kcls.org, 1:30 pm, free.

Sunday, July 29: I Am Still Alive Reading

See our Event of the Week column for more details University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., 634-3400, http://www2.bookstore.washington.edu/, 2 pm, free.

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

Monday, July 16: Beyond Measure Reading

Rachel Z. Arndt has written a collection of essays about the way we quantify our lives: our weights, the times we wake up and go to sleep, the way we try to make ourselves a set of facts and figures for prospective dating partners. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, http://elliottbaybook.com, 7 pm, free.

Tuesday, July 17: Karen Joy Fowler

You might best know Karen Joy Fowler for her breakout novel The Jane Austen Book Club, and that novel is a delightful modernization of Austen's work. Her latest novel, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, is about a family that raises a chimpanzee as though it was a human child. But sci-fi writing organization Clarion West is bringing Fowler to town because she's also a writer of science fiction and fantasy. Seattle Public Library, 1000 4th Ave., 386-4636, http://spl.org, 7 pm, free.

Wednesday, July 18: Folio Grand Reopening

Folio, the private library/events space/coworking space, has moved from its birthplace under the downtown YMCA to a new spot in the Pike Place Market. Today, you are invited to come and meet the Folio board and check out the new digs, which look quite nice. We'll have more about the new space presently on this here website. Folio: The Seattle Atheneum, Pike Place Market, 93 Pike St #307, http://www.folioseattle.org 4 pm, free.

Thursday, July 19: Sick 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.

Friday, July 20: The Corpse at the Crystal Palace Reading

Carola Dunn writes the kind of mysteries that get described as "beloved." Her Daisy Dalrymple series bounces a plucky heroine around in the 1920s, solving mysteries and meeting interesting people. In other words, this is a perfect summertime literary event for you. Third Place Books Lake Forest Park, 17171 Bothell Way NE, 366-3333, http://thirdplacebooks.com, 7 pm, free.

Saturday, July 21: Chain Letter

The Capitol Hill reading series returns with a sweaty summer edition featuring Alex Bleecker, Eveline Müller, Nica Selvaggio, and the excellent Graham Isaac. *Vermillion Art Gallery and Bar, 1508 11th Ave., 709-9797, http://vermillionseattle.com, 7 pm, free.

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

Monday, July 9: What the Eyes Don't See Reading

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha is a pediatrician who helped to blow the whistle on Flint's water crisis (which is, I would like to remind you, still ongoing.) Her memoir about that experience is titled What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City. Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, 104 17th Ave S. https://www.langstonseattle.org/, 7 pm, free.

Tuesday, July 10: Karen Lord

Clarion West brings a Barbadian author from the Caribbean to Seattle as part of their fantastic summer reading series. She'll discuss sci-fi and teaching sci-fi. Seattle Public Library, 1000 4th Ave., 386-4636, http://spl.org, 7 pm, free.

Wednesday, July 11: Spoonbenders Reading

Daryl Gregory's novel Spoonbenders is a novel about a family of psychics. It's already been signed for a big adaptation to television and it was a big old bestseller on its release. Now it's out in paperback, and Gregory just moved to Seattle. Come on out and meet one of Seattle's most popular authors. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, http://elliottbaybook.com, 7 pm, free.

Thursday, July 12: Forms of the Book

This one looks like a doozy. Three of Seattle's smartest, most inventive writers — Amaranth Borsuk, Doug Nufer, and Shin Yu Pai — get together to discuss the past present and future of the book. Ada’s Technical Books, 425 15th Ave, 322-1058, http://seattletechnicalbooks.com, 7 pm, free.

Friday, July 13: The Rat Tree Reading

The Seattle novelist Susan M. Carr reads from her latest book, about family reunion at a pool party. In the middle of the party, two young family members accidentally uncover their grandfather's big trunk full of Nazi memorabilia. Things unravel from there. University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., 634-3400, http://www2.bookstore.washington.edu/, 7 pm, free.

Saturday, July 14: Hot Off the Press Book Fair

See our Event of the Week column for more details. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, 925 E. Pike St., 658-0110, http://fantagraphics.com/flog/bookstore, 5 pm, free.

Sunday, July 15: Little Moments of Love Reading

I love Catana Chetwynd's comics. Her characters look like fetuses — half-formed round heads with huge eyes and stubby little hands — but she uses them to capture moments in a relationship: differences in height, weird food hangups, drunken shenanigans. They're fantastic little windows into a very private part of life, usually shared between two people. University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., 634-3400, http://www2.bookstore.washington.edu/, 3 pm, free.

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

Monday, July 2: Tonight I'm Someone Else Reading

Chelsea Hodson's book of essays touches on jobs she's held (including at NASA) and discusses the idea of submission and commodification in human interactions. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, http://elliottbaybook.com, 7 pm, free.

Tuesday, July 3: the empty season Reading

Seattle poets EJ Koh, Sarah Galvin, Quenton Baker and Joshua Marie Wilkinson help poet Catherine Bresner debut her first collection of poetry into the world. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, http://elliottbaybook.com, 7 pm, free.

Wednesday, July 4: Independence Day

Go watch stuff blow up and feel ashamed to be an American.

Thursday, July 5: Nordic Stories

The beautiful new Nordic Museum's "storytelling-and-crafts program for preschool-aged children and their grown-ups" continues with a reading of the book Daisy Darling, Let's Go to the Beach by Markus Majaluoma. The author is not in attendance. This is a story time for kids. Nordic Museum, 2655 NW Market St, http://nordicmuseum.org/future, 10 am, free.

Saturday, July 7: Poets in the Park 2018

See our Event of the Week for more details. Anderson Park, 7802 168th Ave NE, 11 am, http://www.graceguts.com/poets-in-the-park, free.

Sunday, July 8: Mr. Neutron and The Songs We Hide Reading

Two authors who have taken writing classes on Whidbey Island, Joe Ponepinto and Connie Hampton Connally, read from their books. Mr. Neutron is about American politics. Hampton Connally's The Songs We Hide is about Budapest. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, http://elliottbaybook.com, 3 pm, free.

Your Week in Readings: The best literary events from June 25th - July 1st

Monday, June 25: Hiking Washington's Fire Lookouts Reading

Mountaineers Books explains Amber Casali's book this way: "[Washington's] fire lookouts not only have played an important role in forest fire management, but have also been temporary homes for the interesting people who spend summers isolated from civilization to watch over the forests below." Casali's book details 44 such lookouts and describes the hikes. Tonight, she'll talk about her favorite hikes. University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., 634-3400, http://www2.bookstore.washington.edu/, 7 pm, free.

Tuesday, June 26: Clarion West Presents: Ken Macleod

The Scottish author of science fiction comes to Seattle as part of sci-fi writing group Clarion West's famous summer reading series. MacLeod writes novels about unions in the future and the ultimate fusion of computer and human consciousness. This ought to be a fascinating evening. University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., 634-3400, http://www2.bookstore.washington.edu/, 7 pm, free.

Wednesday, June 27: American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin Reading

Terrance Hayes is one of America's best poets. His latest book collects 70 sonnets written to the assassin who will one day kill Hayes. Hayes will likely also discuss the work he's doing to revive and recontextualize the work of the deceased poet Etheridge Knight. Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, 104 17th Ave S. https://www.langstonseattle.org/, 7 pm, free.

Thursday, June 28: Side Life 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, free.

Friday, June 29: A Storytelling Event

At the time of this writing, the only information that I have about this event is that it's hosted by Jane Wong and it involves poets from Cave Canem, Kundiman, and CantoMundo Poets. That's enough to earn my vote for the best event of the night. CantoMundo is an organization that supports and elevates the work of Latinx poets. Kundiman self-describes as "a national organization dedicated to the creation and cultivation of Asian American creative writing." And Cave Canem is an organization that has long represented and inspired Black poets. Open Books, 2414 N. 45th St, 633-0811, http://openpoetrybooks.com, 7 pm, free.

Saturday, June 30: Shades and Shadows

Tim Long writes novels about zombies and war. Crystal Connor writes books about witchcraft and horror. Tyrell Johnson's "The Wolves of Winter is a post-apocalyptic novel set in a wintry world. University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., 634-3400, http://www2.bookstore.washington.edu/, 4 pm, free.*

Sunday, July 1: Yoon Ha Lee

Sci-fi author Yoon Ha Lee, who also creates video games, will appear in conversation with local sci-fi author (and Gar LaSalle Storyteller Award winner) E Lily Yu. Wing Luke Museum, 719 S. King St 623-5124, http//wingluke.org, 2 pm, free.

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

Monday, June 18: A Reading for Refugees

See our Event of the Week column for more details. Intrigue Chocolate, 1520 15th Ave, 945-3277, https://www.intriguechocolate.com, 7 pm, free.

Tuesday, June 19: Juneteenth Storytelling Event

This is a storytelling celebration of Juneteenth with local Black musicians, comedians, and other storytellers sharing tales of freedom. Related: Why the fuck isn't Juneteenth a national holiday? Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, 104 17th Ave S, 684-4757, http://langstoninstitute.org, 7 pm, free.

Wednesday, June 20: WordsWest Kids' Night

This special children's-themed edition of the popular West Seattle reading series brings Suzanne Selfors, author of Spirit Riding Free: Lucky and the Mustangs of Miradero (which is now a Netflix series) and Dana Claire Simpson, who creates the webcomic Phoebe and Her Unicorn. C&P Coffee Co., 5612 California Ave SW, http://wordswestliterary.weebly.com, 6 pm, free.

Thursday, June 21: Roxane Gay

Last week, I reviewed a timely reissue of Roxane Gay's debut short story collection. This week, Gay is in town with Not That Bad, an anthology of women's stories in these #MeToo-y times. No matter what book you leave this reading with, you'll be satisfied. Gay is one of our most important writers. University Temple United Methodist Church, 1415 NE 43rd St, 634-3400, http://www2.bookstore.washington.edu/, 7 pm, $16.99 - $26.99.

Friday, June 22: Alexandra Mattraw and Amber Nelson

Berkeley poet Alexandra Mattraw celebrates the publication of her first book, small siren, with Seattle poet Amber Nelson, who used to be a publisher but is now happily doing more readings of her own work more frequently around town. Open Books, 2414 N. 45th St, 633-0811, http://openpoetrybooks.com, 7 pm, free.

Saturday, June 23: Locus Awards Weekend

Locus Magazine is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a three-day sci-fi orgy including a banquet, a bunch of classes for aspiring sci-fi writers, appearances from Seattle writers like Greg Bear and Nisi Shawl, and a big damn awards ceremony! Best Western Executive Inn, 200 Taylor Avenue N, https://locusmag.com/2018-locus-awards-weekend/, Fri-Sun, $65.

Sunday, June 24: 100 Things Sounders Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die Reading

Seattle Times writer Geoff Baker presents a new book full of information about Seattle's soccer team, The Sounders. It also has the promise of death in the title, but it's probably not a super-morbid read or anything like that. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, http://elliottbaybook.com, 3 pm, free.

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

Monday, June 11: *Circe Reading

Madeline Miller's Circe was one of the big literary surprises of the spring: a novel that reaches back into mythology and gives voice to a goddess who is often shunted off to the side. Miller will appear in conversation with Nancy Pearl. University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., 634-3400, http://www2.bookstore.washington.edu/, 7 pm, free.

Tuesday, June 12: Rock Steady Reading

Ellen Forney is the one thing on which both old Seattle and new Seattle can agree. Ellen Forney's illustrations are like beams of pure happiness fired straight into your cerebral cortex. Ellen Forney's latest book, Rock Steady, is a mental health guide for people who are suffering from mental disorders. It is a book that will save lives. Thank you, Ellen Forney. Ada’s Technical Books, 425 15th Ave, 322-1058, http://seattletechnicalbooks.com, 7 pm, free.

Wednesday, June 13: Like a Mother Reading, Moss Volume 3 Release Party

See our Event(s) of the Week Column for more details. The Summit, 420 E. Pike St., 652-4255, http://townhallseattle.org, 7:30 pm, $5, 21+. and Type Set, 3827C, S Edmunds St, https://www.typesetseattle.com/, 7 p.m., free.

Thursday, June 14: The Emperor of Shoes Reading

An American in China takes over his father's shoe factory in author Spencer Wise's new novel. With the help of a Chinese seamstress, the protagonist eventually comes to realize that the factory is an exploitative pit of despair, and unimaginably corrupt besides. Third Place Books Ravenna, 6504 20th Ave NE, 525-2347 http://thirdplacebooks.com, 7 pm, free.

Friday, June 15: Whirlaway Reading

Poe Ballantine has been writing for a very long time now — it's been nearly 15 years since his novel God Clobbers Us All was published. And Ballantine has attracted a ferocious fanbase, full of people who love writing by the Beats but hate the shitty masculine tropes that come with the Beats. His latest novel, Whirlaway, is published by excellent Portland press Hawthorne Books, and it's about an escapee from a California asylum. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, http://elliottbaybook.com, 7 pm, free.

Saturday, June 16: Bloomsday Staged Reading

It's Bloomsday again, so get your Joyce on with this reading from Ulysses. If you're someone who tried and failed to enjoy Ulysses in print, hearing it read aloud might just be the key that unlocks the book for you. Seattle Public Library, 1000 4th Ave., 386-4636, http://spl.org, 2:30 pm, free.

Sunday, June 17: The Grow House Reading

Seattle author Nick DiMartino debuts his latest thriller, about a marijuana grow house in Maple Leaf which becomes the subject of unwelcome attention and a bookseller who wanders into harm's way. University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., 634-3400, http://www2.bookstore.washington.edu/, 3 pm, free.

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

Monday, June 4: Planet Funny 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.

Tuesday, June 5: Orca Reading

Did you know that June is Orca Awareness Month? See? You’re learning something already. At this Town Hall event, environmental professor Jason M. Colby reads about the love-hate relationship between humanity and Orca whales, and how it mostly became a love-love relationship. University Lutheran Church, 1604 NE 50th St, https://townhallseattle.org, 7:30 pm, $5.

Wednesday, June 6: #WeToo: New Visions Of Consent & Reproductive Justice

This open mic asks, “What’s your story about reproductive rights, transgender justice, sex worker rights, abortion access, or being a survivor?” Share a piece of two minutes or less in a comforting, welcoming environment, sponsored in part by the awesome folks at Shout Your Abortion. Seattle Public Library, 1000 4th Ave., 386-4636, http://spl.org, 7 pm, free.

Thursday, June 7: Quiet Until the Thaw Reading

You probably know Alexandra Fuller best for her brilliant memoir Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight, and maybe you’ve read Scribbling the Cat. Tonight, Fuller reads from the new paperback edition of her first foray into fiction, Quiet Until the Thaw. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, http://elliottbaybook.com, 7 pm, free.

Friday, June 8: A Prenuptial Reading

On Saturday, poets Paige Lewis and Kaveh Akbar will get married. You’re not invited to that. But on Friday night, Lewis and Akbar are hosting a reading to celebrate Lewis’s first chapbook, Reasons to Wake You, and Akbar will read from his celebrated debut Calling a Wolf a Wolf. A number of other fine poets will be taking part in this public celebration of a couple on the cusp of wedded bliss.
Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, http://elliottbaybook.com, 7 pm, free.

Saturday, June 9: All Power: Visual Legacies of the Black Panther Party Panel Discussion

To celebrate the half-centennial of Seattle’s Black Panther Party, the Frye is hosting a “panel discussion examining the local impact of the aesthetic legacies of the Black Panther Party with artist, activist, and cultural policy expert Royal Alley-Barnes and King County Councilman Larry Gosset.” These Black Panther Party Events have been a lot of fun, and it’s truly moving to watch as people who were involved with the Party back at the beginning reunite after many decades apart. Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Ave, 622-9250, http://www.fryemuseum.org/, 2 pm, free.

Sunday, June 10: A Ridiculously Large Group Reading

This is a reading by authors Marina Blitshteyn, Dan Hoy, Abraham Smith, and Samantha Zighelboim, along with Seattle treasure Sarah Galvin. What a young, vibrant, exciting bill this is!

Open Books, 2414 N. 45th St, 633-0811, http://openpoetrybooks.com, 7 pm, free.

Your Week in Readings: The best literary events from May 28th - June 3rd

Monday, May 28: Northwest Folklife Festival

Today at Folklife, you can find all sorts of music, crafts, and food. Storytelling events include a story slam at 11 am, a Spanish-language reading from Seattle Escribe at 3:15 pm, and discussions of food and culture all day long. Seattle Center, 11 am, $10 suggested donation.

Tuesday, May 29: Aki Kurose Poetry Slam

Every year, the students of Aki Kurose Middle School read their poetry at Third Place Books Seward Park. This sounds like a great way to be inspired by a new generation of young writers. Come show your support. Third Place Books Lake Forest Park, 17171 Bothell Way NE, 366-3333, http://thirdplacebooks.com, 7 pm, free.

Wednesday, May 30: Writers in the Schools Reading

It’s a week for young writers! Students who participate in Seattle Arts and Lectures’s excellent Writers in the Schools program will read new work created in the program at this event. Meet tomorrow’s great new writers today! Students will read all sorts of original work: poetry, fiction, and memoir. Seattle Public Library, 1000 4th Ave., 386-4636, http://spl.org, 7 pm, free.

Thursday, May 31: Elements of a Bystander Reading

Seattle writer Juan Carlos Reyes celebrates the launch of a short story collection titled Elements of a Bystander. He’s joined by Seattle author and publisher Amber Nelson, who has a book out soon titled The Sexiest Man Alive. They’ll be joined by Jason McCall, who is the author of a book of poetry titled Two-Face God. Vermillion Art Gallery and Bar, 1508 11th Ave., 709-9797, http://vermillionseattle.com, 7 pm, free.

Friday, June 1: Cascadia Magazine Party

See our Event of the Week column for more details. Vermillion Art Gallery and Bar, 1508 11th Ave., 709-9797, http://vermillionseattle.com, 6 pm, free.

Saturday, June 2: Summer Bookfest

Eagle Harbor Book Company hosts a murderer’s row of local talent in a two-hour book festival that benefits the Bainbridge School Foundation. Authors include Elizabeth George, Kathleen Alcala, Anastacia-Reneé, Carol Cassella, Waverly Fitzgerald, Jarret Middleton, Donna Miscolta, Claudia Rowe, and Anca L. Szilágyi. This is definitely worth the trip across the water. Eagle Harbor Book Company, 157 Winslow Way E, 842-5332, https://www.eagleharborbooks.com/, noon, free.

Sunday, June 3: Manuscript Class Dismissed

For a full year, students have taken Theo Pauline Nestor’s Hugo House Yearlong Manuscript Class, which helped them shepherd a memoir from concept to completion. This afternoon, the students will read from their work and maybe talk a little bit about the process of working with a close-knit group of people for such a long time on such an intimate type of writing. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, http://elliottbaybook.com, 3 pm, free.

Your Week in Readings: The best literary events from May 21st - May 27th

Monday, May 21: Brothers of the Gun Reading

The brilliant journalist and cartoonist Molly Crabapple recently illustrated Marwan Hisham's book Brothers of the Gun: A Memoir of the Syrian War. Tonight, Hisham will Skype into the reading from Turkey and he and Crabapple will discuss Syria, war, and what it means to report on war.

Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, http://elliottbaybook.com, 7 pm, free.

Tuesday, May 22: Seattle: City of Literature Party

See our Literary Event of the Week column for more details. Seattle Public Library, 1000 4th Ave., 386-4636, http://spl.org, 7 pm, free.

Wednesday, May 23: Biblical Porn Reading

University of Washington anthropology professor Jessica Johnson reads from her new book Biblical Porn: Affect, Labor, and Pastor Mark Driscoll's Evangelical Empire, a scholarly look at the batshit crazy church run by a toxic masculine creep that basically took over Seattle not so long ago.

Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, http://elliottbaybook.com, 7 pm, free.

Thursday, May 24: Bushwick Book Club: The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid's Tale show on Hulu continues to be the most harrowing hour of television in the Trump era. Tonight, Seattle's most musical book group gathers to present new songs based on Margaret Atwood's depressingly prescient (depresscient?) sci-fi novel. Fremont Abbey, 4272 Fremont Ave N, http://thebushwickbookclubseattle.com, 7 pm, $10.

Friday, May 25: Stellar Poets from Near and Far!

It's not exactly clear from press materials if this reading has a theme or a reason for existing like a new book release, but you don't really need a reason with a lineup like this: Derrick Weston Brown, Bennie Heron, Bettina Judd, Quenton Baker, and Anastacia-Reneé.

Open Books, 2414 N. 45th St, 633-0811, http://openpoetrybooks.com, 7 pm, free.

Saturday, May 26: Daydreamin' Dave Release Party

Seattle cartoonist Ben Horak celebrates the release of his latest comic with an afternoon barbecue at the Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery in Georgetown. Daydreamin' Dave is a comic about a comic character who realizes he is in a comic book, and who then disappears from the comic book that he's ostensibly starring in. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, 925 E. Pike St., 658-0110, http://fantagraphics.com/flog/bookstore, 3 pm, free.

Sunday, May 27: Chosen Country Reading

Remember those Bundy assholes who took over government land because they were pissed they couldn't steal government land anymore? James Pogue wrote a whole book about the dumbfuck Bundy rebellion and all the assholes who mistakenly thought they could take the law into their own hands.

Third Place Books Ravenna, 6504 20th Ave NE, 525-2347 http://thirdplacebooks.com, 7 pm, free.