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Susan Carr

Fri Aug 29 at 7 pm.

The Ballad of Desiree is a novel about a woman named Desiree who encounters a man named Ruby and a songwriter named Big Paul Skinny. Free.

University Book Store
4326 University Way NE

Sara Benincasa

Sat Aug 30 at 5 pm.

Benincasa, a novelist who is also a stand-up comic, will perform comedy with local comic Derek Sheen, and she will also read from her new YA novel Great, which is a modern, LGBTQ-friendly retelling of The Great Gatsby. Free.

University Book Store
4326 University Way NE

Louise Penny

Sun Aug 31 at 2 pm.

The Long Way Home is the tenth mystery novel starring Armand Gamache, the "happily retired former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sûreté du Québec."

Third Place Books
17171 Bothell Way NE

Sam Hamill

Tues Sept 2 at 7 pm.

Hamill is a famous poet, so far as the words "famous" and "poet" can be used together. His newest collection is titled Habitation. Free.

Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 10th Ave

John Scalzi

Wed Sept 3 at 7 pm.

In a relatively short amount of time, Scalzi has become a giant name in science fiction. His newest, eagerly anticipated novel is titled Lock In. It's set in a future where people stuck in comatose bodies interact by mentally taking command of androids. Free with book purchase.

University Book Store
4326 University Way NE

Michael Pitre

Wed Sept 3 at 7 pm.

The title of Pitre's novel Fives and Twenty-Fives has to do with the military procedure that unfolds when you suspect you're approaching a roadside bomb. Free.

Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 10th Ave

Jim Woodring

Thurs Sept 4 at 7 pm.

Jim Woodring is a Stranger Genius of Literature. His newest book, Jim: Jim Woodring's Notorious Autojournal, is a gorgeous collection of his earliest published comics work. It's weirdly autobiographical—the main character is named Jim and he resembles Woodring—but also fantastical and horrifying all at once, the way dreams can be unsettling on a profound level. Free.

University Book Store
4326 University Way NE

Paul Roberts

Thurs Sept 4 at 7:30 pm.

Roberts is the author of a book that claims we lack impulse control and that we're losing a sense of community as a species. Which strikes me as a couple of boring generalizations, but what do I know? I wrote this while simultaneously tweeting, tindering, and Google Plussing, and I haven't spoken to a real human being in 25 days. $5.

Town Hall
1119 Eighth Ave

Silent Reading Party

First Wed at 6 pm.

Silent Reading Party On the first Wednesday of every month, there is a unique opportunity to shut the hell up and get some reading done. There is live music (sometimes the harp). Everyone brings whatever they feel like reading and reads to themselves while the fire flickers in the fireplace and waiters bring you things. Free.

Sorrento Hotel
900 Madison St

Hugo Works in Progress

7 pm

An evening designed to give writers a chance to share what they have been working on in front of fellow writers. Sign-up at 6:30. Free.

Hugo House
1634 11th Ave

North End Forum

First Mon at 8 pm.

Open mic that is reportedly "very loose." Free.

Bai Pai Thai
2316 NE 65th St Ste 101

Seattle Slam

Tues at 8:30 pm.

Competitive poetry and open mic with featured readers. $5.

1114 Howell St

Open Mic Night

Wed at 7:30 pm.

The resurrected Greenwood bookshop hosts an anything-goes open mic night. Free.

Couth Buzzard Books Espresso Buono Cafe
8310 Greenwood Ave North

Open Mic

Thurs at 7:30 pm.

Music, prose, and poetry open mic. Free.

Bluebird Ice Cream
1205 E Pike St, Suite 1A

Verbal Graffiti Poetry Open Mic

Fri at 7 pm.

"Amp, microphone and turntables provided" at this open mic. Free.


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