The author is a very popular thinker who has written about work and love. His new book is titled The News: A User's Guide. Free.
Shang, of Columbia University, discusses Dream of the Red Chamber and the interplay of reality and illusion within it. Presented by The Gardner Center for Asian Art & Ideas. $10.
The Maakies cartoonist presents his new Sock Monkey Treasury with a boozy personal appearance and a fancy new art show that will be up for about a month. Tony Millionaire is a goddamned national treasure. Free.
Adria was the head chef at elBulli restaurant, which was a famed Spanish restaurant that he closed in 2011. He's also the author of a seven-volume cookbook set packed with recipes from the restaurant. Tickets for this event are $12, but if you pay $700, you get a copy of the cookbook set and a private reception with the author. $12-$700.
To celebrate the Zine Archive and Publishing Project's "freedom" from the Richard Hugo House, organizers are hosting an evening of readings (Graham Isaac, David Lasky, and Bryan Edenfield are participating, with more to come) and zinemaking. There will also hopefully be a status update on ZAPP's current status. Free.
A Man Came out of a Door in the Mountain is a debut novel about girls who disappear in rural British Columbia. Up until now, Harun has been best-known for her great short stories. Free.
For months now, I've been telling you about novelist Ryan Boudinot and his bid to have Seattle recognized as a UNESCO City of Literature. Tonight, with an array of Seattle-area speakers, Boudinot will explain the contents of our submission to UNESCO and explain what the future holds for Seattle. This is important stuff, because if Seattle wins this bid, we will be a part of a broader community of international creative people, and the city will gain the attention it deserves as an international... more » Free.
Local authors (including Stranger Genius Maged Zaher, the very good novelist Peter Mountford, and Jane Hodges will read work about...well, work. Apaprently, coffee and doughnuts will be provided. Free.
Herbert is the author of Videoland: Movie Culture at the American Video Store. He will also choose a movie to be screened at Scarecrow's wonderful (and relatively new) screening room. Free.
Hourglass Museum is a new collection of poetry. Kathleen Flenniken, Washington's last Poet Laureate, likes this book, and you might, too. Free.
This is "a recurring performance series featuring poetry and prose authors with published collections reading alongside local beatmakers." The writers this time out are poets Matt Gano and Ryan Johnson. The beat-makers are Thad Wenatchee and Nocturnal. This sounds like a neat idea for a series. Free.
Saunders is the gifted author of brilliant short stories. He is beloved by establishment review outlets and literary outsiders alike. His new collection, Tenth of December, is finally out in paperback and you should read it. $5-$50.
It's yet again the most wonderful time of the year, when the Stranger Genius Award-nominated APRIL Festival opens up for another week of unexpected literary fun. Tonight, to celebrate the opening night party, Maged Zaher, Ed Skoog, Jac Jemc and the Vis-a-Vis Society will perform, along with music from Wimps (Help Yourself). Free.
The first of a week of APRIL Happy Hours kicks off with pie-centric poet Kate Lebo and Jane Wong, who published a poem called "And the Place Was Matter" that includes the following stanza: "Circular, my life is an endless nest I have grown tired this way, carrying twigs in my mouth Framework of my heart, bending Did I consume the weaker bird? You tell me" Free.
Promotional materials call All Our Names "an unforgettable love story about a searing affair between an American woman and an African man in 1970s America." Promotional materials are promotional materials, but Mengestu is a celebrated novelist, so some of those adjectives might be honest. Free.
Nelson's The Age of Radiance is the story of atomic radiation, from its invention through Fukushima. Flenniken's Plume is a collection of poems about living near the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. She's Washington State's poet laureate. $5.
The APRIL Festival's competitive storytelling show returns for a third year. This year's participants are Sarah Galvin, Spike Friedman, Ryan Boudinot, and Mark ‘Mom’ Finley. Last year's show was kind of a huge mindfuck, in a great way. $10.
As part of APRIL's second Happy Hour Reading of the week, Shin Yu Pai, who is an excellent local poet, will read with an exciting young poet named Zubair Ahmed. free.
The APRIL Festival brings a bunch of local artists together with Beauty Was the Case That They Gave Me, a poetry collection by Mark Leidner, to produce new work based on the poems. Leidner will be reading at 8:30 pm. Events at Vignettes are fun, sweaty, and packed with interesting people. Free.
Holy shit, this is Lit Fix's best lineup yet: Maged Zaher, Nicole Hardy, Jennie Shortridge, and John Duvernoy. If you've been curious about Lit Fix, now's the time to give it a try. Free.
The Third and final APRIL Happy Hour reading features local essayist Darren Davis, who gets a lot of e-mails for other people named Darren Davis, and Lauren Ireland, who began a poem titled "New York" with the line "Why should I make myself small for you." That period at the end of the line really says it all. It's such a great, accusatory piece of punctuation. Free.
Mountford is the local author of The Dismal Science, an excellent novel about a vice president at the World Bank who self-destructs in a spectacular, but also kind of understated, fashion. I called it "a phenomenal book" when I reviewed it a few weeks back. Free.
APRIL Festival continues with readings from Jac Jemc, Stranger Genius Matt Briggs, and Richard Chiem paired with "performance and installation curated and created by the Satori Group." $10.
Special APRIL Festival guest Mark Leidner joins Donald Dunbar, and cartoonist Eroyn Franklin in this climactic reading at the Hugo House, which is paired with pizza and beer. Hopefully, they'll go for a fun, laid-back kinda vibe with this event. $10.
Wheeler is the excellent cartoonist behind Too Much Coffee Man, which is a great comic book from the 90s. He's the illustrator of Mark Russell's book God is Disappointed in You, which is a retelling of the Bible focusing on the parts that religious leaders don't really want you to focus on. Free.