Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, http://elliottbaybook.com, 7 pm, free.
Open Books, 2414 N. 45th St, 633-0811, http://openpoetrybooks.com, 7 pm, free.
John Albers puts more than 30 years of Northwest gardening experience to work in his latest book, which will help you make your surroundings more of a genuinely Northwest landscape. Alberts is interested in environmentally sound gardening procedures and keeping gardens regionally appropriate.
Third Place Books Ravenna, 6504 20th Ave NE, 525-2347 http://thirdplacebooks.com, 7 pm, free.
Third Place Books Lake Forest Park, 17171 Bothell Way NE, 366-3333, http://thirdplacebooks.com, 7 pm, free.
This novel by a Seattle-area author takes place in the middle of the nineteenth century. It contains slavery, addiction, romance, and adventure. It's also got a pretty good first line: "My mother said she was a nun. That may have been a lie." Third Place Books Lake Forest Park, 17171 Bothell Way NE, 366-3333, http://thirdplacebooks.com, 7 pm, free.
Did you know the Seattle Public Library offers free help with your taxes? Today, you can find helpers at the Central Library downtown from 11 to 5 pm. But they’re also bringing tax help to a SPL branch near you between now and April. Check their site for more details — especially if you’re a writer who has done a lot of freelance work. Seattle Public Library, 1000 4th Ave., 386-4636, http://spl.org,11 am, free.
*McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St, http://lectures.org, 7:30 pm, $20.
The downtown Seattle Public Library hosts a lunch-period storytime for adults two times a month. It’s a chance for grownups to leave the office, relax and hand over their attention to someone else for a while. Todays’ short story selection was written by San Diego sci-fi author Greg Bear. It’s titled "Blood Music,” and it’s one of his beset-known works. Seattle Public Library, 1000 4th Ave., 386-4636, http://spl.org, 12:05 pm, free.
See our Event of the Week Column for more details. The Factory, 1216 10th Ave, 6 pm, free.
Representatives from five writing residencies will talk about what they’re looking for in writers and which residency is right for you. Bring all your residency-related questions to this one. Maybe this will be the year you score a fabulous will share information on what they offer writers as well as tips for the application process. Bring your questions and don't let go of that dream of finding uninterrupted time to write.
Seattle Public Library, 1000 4th Ave., 386-4636, http://spl.org, 2 pm, free.
Happy New Year! Every book at every Third Place Books location is officially 20% off today. I can't think of a better way to kick off a new year than coming home with a big stack of books. Can you?
This fall, Seattle author and comics writer G. Willow Wilson announced that she’s publishing her second novel, The Bird King, with Grove Atlantic. This book club is a perfect excuse to go back and reinvestigate Wilson’s fantastic first novel, Alif the Unseen. Alif is about a hacker in a security state, and it combines religion and tech and adventure into a thrilling page-turner of a book. Go geek out over it with some potential friends. University Book Store Mill Creek, 15311 Main St., 425-385-3530. http://ubookstore.com, 6:30 pm, free.
After publishing two books last summer, Seattle Civic Poet Anastacia-Renee debuts her newest book tonight. It’s called Answer(Me), and like most of her work, it’s raw and honest and confrontational and gorgeous. Third Place Books Seward Park, 5041 Wilson Ave S, 474-2200, http://thirdplacebooks.com, 7 pm, free.
Kerri Kokias’s new picture book for kids is about sisterhood and snow days. “Just like snowflakes, no two sisters are alike,” promotional copy tells us. The book follows each sister individually on their winter adventures, and then brings them together in the end. University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., 634-3400, http://www2.bookstore.washington.edu/, 2 pm, free.
The Queen Anne branch of Seattle Public Library invites families to join them for “books, snacks, and wintry crafts! All ages welcome!” Seattle Public Library, Queen Anne Branch, 400 W Garfield St, http://spl.org, 2 pm, free.
Bring your kid and your best camera for this combination storytime/photo opportunity at the Mill Creek branch of University Book Store. Santa Claus will be in attendance. Yes, the real one. University Book Store Mill Creek, 15311 Main St., 425-385-3530. http://ubookstore.com, 3 pm, free.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.