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,, 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,, 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,, 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,, 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,, 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,, 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,, 2 pm, free.