Sherman Alexie is the best reason in the world to cram yourself into a bookstore basement with the entire population of Seattle. He’s funny as hell—“like a standup comedian,” I’ve heard Alexie virgins exclaim—and he understands that readings are performance. An Alexie reading is not just about communication, it’s about empathy—making a room full of... more » free.
Conservation Canines is about dogs that help conservation efforts, often by locating scat in the woods. (I am not joking about that.) Free.
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.
Ink Spots is reportedly "a collection of brief but powerful essays on writing, story structure, and filmmaking by award winning writer/director/producer Brian McDonald." Free.
Inspired: The Holy Spirit and the Mind of Faith is a book by a man Eugene Peterson calls "the clearest writer on the Holy Spirit that I have known." This atheist is busy biting his tongue so hard that he might be breaking skin. Free.
In her new book, "Parr shows how regional cheesemaking found its way back to the farm."
A dozen poets from the literary magazine Raven Chronicles will read. Press materials urge you to "Bring food to share" to this reading. Free.
Ketcherside's Lost Seattle looks at all the Seattle landmarks that have been lost through the magic of photography. Free.
The beloved local television meteorologist will discuss the 2014 Western Washington Weather Calendar, which features photographs and Northwest climate information. Free.
Dunn's Heirs of the Body is about a lord who enlists his cousin in the search for the "heirs to the viscountcy." 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.
Cook's new book, The Mushroom Hunters: On the Trail of an Underground America, travels from Seattle to New York in search of people who go out into the forest in search of a fungus to eat. Free.
A DEA agent who has been told to keep a low profile targets a high-profile drug lord in Rosarito Beach. free.
The 67-year-old Thompson's debut novel is titled Lies You Wanted to Hear. It's about a woman whose children have left the nest. 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.
The former president of SEIU, who had a hand in Barack Obama's winning the presidency, will read from his book A Country That Works: Getting America Back on Track. $5.
A woman has to come to terms with a difficult moment in her past in the highly prolific Krentz's new novel River Road. 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.
Balog is a popular nature photographer whose work has an environmentalist bent. Free.
A girl and her Iraq war vet dad are on the run in Impossible Knife of Memory. Free.
Journeying 66 is a book of photographs celebrating Route 66, which was apparently a road of some sort but is now a tremendous nostalgia factory. Free.
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.
Ms. Ashlee was reportedly born into an evangelical cult, but she discovered "Satanism and BDSM with the help of her demons." She will read new works of short fiction. Free.
This is a reading from Reputation Economics: Why Who You Know Is Worth More Than What You Have. It's another book about "social media," whatever that means. Free.
Montgomery's Does Science Need a Global Language? examines the use of English in the worldwide scientific community. Free.