This Land That I Love: Irving Berlin, Woody Guthrie, and the Story of Two American Anthems is the history of the battle between two patriotic songs. Since patriotic songs are all about war, that seems kind of appropriate. Free.
As part of the Nerd Nite reading series, Sim will discuss the connection between salsa dancing, engineering, and management consulting. Mugford will explain the importance of (and science behind) electricity. Free.
To celebrate the sixth issue of the local literary magazine, Charles Mudede, Maged Zaher, Ezra Mark, Matt Briggs, and Robert Mittenthal will all read work. That's an impressive lineup. The press materials for this reading say that this issue of Birkensnake "was edited in seven versions by seven pairs of strangers." Free.
The Boys in the Boat is subtitled Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. It's about the UW rowing team that fought the Nazis. Free.
Local poets Kelly Davio, Nicelle Davis, Maggie MK Hess, Sierra Nelson, and Alexis Vergalla will read new work about Miller's Law, which says that we can only retain so much information in our memories. Free.
Griffith is a local novelist. Her newest, Hild, is about a king's rebellious niece in 7th century Britain. Free.
Dr. Reh will give a lecture titled "Restoring Sight to the Blind: the Future Looks Bright" as part of the UW Graduate Program in Neurobiology & Behavior-sponsored NeuroTalks public lecture series. Drinks and light snacks will be served. Free w/registration.
The booze-and-books-and-music series continues with Corinne Manning, Harold Taw, Indu Sundaresan, and Jason Kirk, along with musical guest Lana McMullen. Proceeds benefit HopeLink Adult Education. $5.
Ketcherside's Lost Seattle looks at all the Seattle landmarks that have been lost through the magic of photography. Free.
Poet Roger Reeves will read from his debut collection, local poets and performers will read work written by Copper Canyon poets, and "the first 100 RSVPs will receive a complimentary book of poetry at the door." Since Sherman Alexie says that Copper Canyon is the best poetry publisher in the US, this is a hell of a deal. Free.
A 12-year-old Washington boy shot and killed a sheriff in 1931. He was nearly killed by a lynch mob. The Boy Who Shot the Sheriff tells the story of what happened to that boy and why he shot a cop. Free.
Stavans is the translator, most recently, of a collection of Neruda poetry titled Neruda Odes, All the Odes: A Bilingual Edition. Tonight, he'll read from the poems and discuss translation. I'm a sucker for Neruda, and you should be, too. $5.
The local author, who has a farm on Vashon Island, discusses his new book, Growing a Feast, with Dan Savage. I work with Dan Savage and I can't imagine him ever setting foot on a farm, so this could be a kind of interesting pairing. $5.
Montgomery's Does Science Need a Global Language? examines the use of English in the worldwide scientific community. Free.
Shteyngart's brilliant novels are hilarious and kind of terrifying explorations of empires that have just collapsed or that are on the verge of collapse. His new memoir, Little Failure, should follow along those lines, only with possibly more awkwardness, which would be a real feat. Free.
Subtitled A Girl's Story, Hippie Boy is Ricks's memoir about growing up dysfunctionally Mormon. Free.
A boy and his three sisters flee their home and travel the world in For Today I Am a Boy. Free.
Chang-rae Lee is an excellent literary novelist. His new one, On Such a Full Sea, takes place in the far future, which is a change of pace for the author, who has traditionally been quite the realist. Free.
UW Creative Writing MFA students read new work, including first-year poet Catherine Bresnor, prose writers Miranda Schmidt and Mickie Centrine, and some faculty member or another. Free.
Everyone quotes Albert Einstein on God not playing dice with the universe, but most people don't know that quote is supposedly a refutation of quantum physics. In his new book, Einstein and the Quantum, Stone argues that Einstein contributed more to quantum mechanics than we give him credit for. Free.
The promotional material for The Trip to Echo Spring reads, "WHY IS IT THAT SOME OF THE GREATEST WORKS OF LITERATURE HAVE BEEN PRODUCED BY WRITERS IN THE GRIP OF ALCOHOLISM, AN ADDICTION THAT COST THEM PERSONAL HAPPINESS AND CAUSED HARM TO THOSE WHO LOVED THEM?" No, I don't know why it's in all-caps. That's a question for the book's publisher. Stil... more » Free.
The local organization, which distributes and sells "personal alternative energy products including electric bike conversion kits and wind turbines," will give a presentation titled "How and Why to E-Bike." free.
The New Yorker writer's new book, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, is about extinctions happening all around us and possibly our own extinction as a species. Free.
Local author Timmermeister's food—especially his butter, which is the best butter I have ever eaten—is phenomenal. I also enjoyed his memoir, Growing a Farmer. Now he's got a new book, Growing a Feast, about all the work that goes into making a single huge meal. Free.
Wine is so cheap at these events to get you in the mood for poetry. When you're drunk, poetry is more meaningful, funnier, and more beautiful. (It's like sexual attraction that way.) This outing of the popular poetry series features Rauan Klassnik and Amber Nelson, among other readers. Free.