Unveiling is a novel about art. Barnes & Noble, 600 Pine St, 624-0156, 12:30 pm, free.
The Columbian writer reads from Crónicas desde Seattle, a collection of his journalism. Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave, 322-7030, 5 pm, free.
Olson signs Count Down: Six Kids Vie for Glory at the World's Toughest Math Competition. University Book Store, 4326 University Way NE, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.
GORDON KIRKLAND, BRET LOTT
One is Canadian. The other is an Oprah Book Club author. Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, 366-3333, 7 pm, free.
Fauna and Flora, Earth and Sky: Brushes with Nature's Wisdom is about humans and nature and brushing. Ravenna Third Place Books, 6504 20th Ave NE, 525-2347, 7:30 pm, free.
DAVID JAMES DUNCAN
The nature writer and novelist (The River Why, The Brothers K) gives a talk called "Salmon Dam, and We the People." Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, $10.
* PAUL ELIE
The best scene in The Life You Save May Be Your Own, about the writing and the religions of Thomas Merton, Dorothy Day, Flannery O'Connor, and Walker Percy, is the one where O'Connor goes and has dinner with Robert Lowell and Mary McCarthy and can't think of a thing to say. "Having me there," O'Connor wrote later, "was like having a dog present who had been trained to say a few words but overcome with inadequacy had forgotten them." Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S Main St, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.
PERPETUAL MOTION ROADSHOW
Emily Pohl-Weary, Sonja Ahlers, Jim Munroe, and "moral pornographer" Tamara Faith Berger do sexy readings and performances in what is being billed as "the superhero team-up of the century." Confounded Books, 315 E Pine St, www.nomediakings.org, 7 pm, free.
Tell No One is a thriller. Third Place Books, 366-3333, 6:30 pm, free. (Also on May 1 at Seattle Mystery Bookshop, 117 Cherry St, 587-5737, 11 am, free.)
EDMUND BLAIR BOLLES
Bolles discusses Einstein Defiant: Genius Versus Genius in the Quantum Revolution, about Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr. University Book Store, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.
Whiting signs The Meaning of Ichiro: The New Waves from Japan and the Transformation of Our National Pastime. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.
Lives of the Animals is a collection of poetry. Open Books, 2414 N 45th St, 633-0811, 7:30 pm, free.
* NICK LICATA
The Seattle City Council member reads from Princess Bianca and the Vandals, a young-adult novel. Third Place Books, 366-3333, 6 pm, free.
Windfalls is a novel about two mothers. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 4 pm, free.
* DJ SPOOKY
Paul D. Miller (DJ Spooky) reads and signs his new book titled Rhythm Science, which is part theory, part autobiography, and part science fiction. CoCA, 410 Dexter Ave, 728-1980, all ages, 21+ for bar entry, 7 pm-1 am, $5.
The Floodmakers is a novel. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 2 pm, free.
Local poets Irene Drennan, Pesha Gertler, Diane Westergaard, Denise Calvetti Michaels, and Esther Altshul Helfgott read their miscellany. Ravenna Third Place Books, 525-2347, 2 pm, free.
The Wages of Life is a novel about a Seattle computer, the Hindu Nationalist movement, and Mahatma Gandhi's assassination. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 6:30 pm, free.
"I DID IT MY WAY"
Mark Dun, Jean Hegland, Joshua Ortega, and Nancy Rawles talk about turning self-published and small-press stuff into big money. (Har, har.) Richard Hugo House, 322-7030, 7 pm, free.
This biography of Alexander Hamilton, Alexander Hamilton, was on the cover of the New York Times Book Review over the weekend. University Book Store, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.
DR. BRYAN SYKES
Adam's Curse: A Future Without Men is about the ostensibly imminent extinction of the male gender. UW Health Sciences Building, Room K069, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.
The Earth Moved is about earthworms and all the thankless jobs they do. Third Place Books, 366-3333, 7 pm, free. (Also on May 4 at University Book Store, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.)
The associate vice president and director of the Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania gives a lecture titled "University--Community Partnerships and the Development of Democratic, Good Societies," which, it seems to me, could be about anything. University of Washington, Kane Hall, Room 120, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.
The UW prof talks about "Genomic Health Care: Promises and Challenges." University of Washington, Kane Hall, Room 130, 543-3839, 7 pm, free, pre-registration required.
Songs of the Gorilla Nation is about autism. Third Place Books, 366-3333, 7 pm, free.
LUIS ALBERTO URREA
The Devil's Highway is about the harrowing border between the United States and Mexico. University of Washington, Kane Hall, Room 110, 543-9779, 7 pm, free.
The Sierra Club executive director talks about Strategic Ignorance: Why the Bush Administration Is Recklessly Destroying a Century of Environmental Progress. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.
The Serpents Trail is, according to press materials, "the first of a new series with 63-year-old RV traveler Maxie and her dachshund, Stretch." Seattle Mystery Bookshop, 587-5737, noon, free.
Wohlforth reads from The Whale and the Supercomputer: On the Northern Front of Climate Change. University Book Store, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.
* ELAINE PAGELS
The National Book Award-winner reads from Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas, now in paperback. University Temple United Methodist Church, 1415 NE 43rd St, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.
The Child Goddess is fantasy. Third Place Books, 366-3333, 7 pm, free.
THE SEATTLE CHECC MOVEMENT
A bunch of politicians and thinkers (Bruce Chapman, Paul Schell, and others) talk about Seattle and its city council. Town Hall, 652-4255, 7:30 pm, $5.
Maid Marian is a novel that borrows from the story of Robin Hood. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.
HOMELAND--Words. So many words. Tuesdays at 7 pm. Caffe Vita, 1005 E Pike St, 709-4440, free.
OPEN MIKE NIGHT--Musicians, poets, whoever. Thursdays at 8 pm. 15th Avenue Alehouse, 7515 15th Ave NW, free.
POETSWEST--Featuring Jeanne Kiely Bala, Joannie Strangeland, Stacy Torian. May 2 at 7 pm. Penny Cafe, 1707 NW Market St, 682-1268, free.
POETSWEST--Featuring Debbie Norris, Cathy Ross, Lina Schreier, Chris Twigg. May 3 at 7 pm. Ravenna Third Place Books, 6504 20th Ave NE, 525-2347, free.
RED SKY POETRY THEATER--Featured readers and an open mic. Sundays at 7 pm. Globe Cafe, 1531 14th Ave, 547-4585, free.
REVOLUTION AND RECLAMATION--A Cinco de Mayo celebration and open mic. May 3 at 7 pm. Richard Hugo House, 322-7030, donation suggested.