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.
The beloved local television meteorologist will discuss the 2014 Western Washington Weather Calendar, which features photographs and Northwest climate information. 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.
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.
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. $5.
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.
A Commonplace Book of Pie is a collection of poems about pie. It was published by very good local publisher Chin Music Press, which means it's an attractive book as well. Free.
Promotional materials indicate that Our Mathematical Universe is based on the author's "hypothesis that our physical reality is a mathematical structure and his theory of the ultimate multiverse." For some reason, this book description makes me really wish David Foster Wallace was alive to read it. Free.
Uncharted: Big Data as a Lens on Human Culture is about using data from the internet to examine "trends in human history across the centuries" The description for this book introduced me to a new word: zettabytes. It's a number with 21 zeroes after it, and this year, the world will create five zezzabytes of data. Cool. Scary, but cool. Free.
San Francisco's Maupin is a popular author who comes to town often. The Days of Anna Madrigal revisits one of Maupin's most famous characters, who in press materials is referred to as the "transgender landlady of 28 Barbary Lane." Free.
Powers is one of the most underrated authors in the business today. His novels are incredibly smart, tremendously affecting, and intricately crafted. His new novel is titled Orfeo, and it features a retired composer who is a genetic engineer in his spare time. Something goes wrong—with the genetic engineering part, not the composing part—and troubl... more » Free.