The Short Run Comix and Arts Festival has become the kind of joyous and surprising community event that Seattle's literary scene has always wanted. It's a book festival, but it's more than a book festival. It's a comic convention, but it's more than a comics convention. It's an art show, but it's more than an art show. It's a place for everyone to get together and check out what they've been working on. This week is full of Short Run events. Here's a little schedule, but you can learn more on their website.
But of course the main event at Short Run will always be the book expo proper, which happens at the Fisher Pavilion from 11 to 6 on Saturday and is free.
Every year, the expo gets a little bigger and the programming gets a little more robust. This year's features storytime for kids featuring Jessixa Bagley, a literary reading hosted by Colleen Louise Barry, a comics workshop for teens from David Lasky, a postcard screen printing workshop, an animation tent, and a virtual reality demonstration.
But, listen: here's the most important part of Short Run. There's a book at this book expo that you will fall in love with. It will feel like it was made just for you. I don't know what it is. You won't know what it is until you see it. But here's how you find it: go to the show. Walk up and down the aisles. Do two circuits. Look at all the booths, talk to the artists, and take in the sights. Something will call to you. Pick it up. Smell it. Look at it. Buy it. Take it home. It will be the book for you. You can find it. I know you can.
Seattle Center, http://shortrun.org/, 11am to 6 pm, free.