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Summer Readings Calendar

Everything Happening in Readings and Lectures This Season

Summer Readings Calendar

Daniel Carrillo

SHIN YU PAI Wed 9/4 at Hugo House

WED 6/5

Khaled Hosseini

Hosseini, whose novel The Kite Runner launched a few thousand book-club discussions about Afghanistan, reads from his new book, And the Mountains Echoed, which is a globe-spanning novel about family.

University Book Store, 7 pm, free

TUES 6/11

Pharos Editions Debut

Local publisher Dark Coast Press is making a splash with its new imprint, Pharos Editions. Here's the deal: Popular authors revive and write introductions for out-of-print classics, in order to introduce their favorites to a new audience. The first wave of titles is a doozy: Sherman Alexie sponsors Todd Walton's basketball novel Inside Moves, Jonathan Evison chose McTeague by Frank Norris, and Spokane author Jess Walter enthusiastically endorses Robert Cantwell's 1935 Washington labor epic Land of Plenty. Tonight, Alexie, Evison, and Walter appear onstage with A&P literature editor Paul Constant to talk about what books they picked, why they picked them, and if they fear one day being the semiforgotten author of a lost classic.

Town Hall, 7:30 pm, $5

THURS 6/13

Ed Skoog

Ed Skoog, a 2012 Genius Award finalist, is an unforgettable and brilliant reader of his own work. At any given reading, he brings poems to life with a thoughtfulness that alerts you to the fact that every single word is important. And his riffs in between poems—where he talks about jazz, sex, New Orleans, and anything else that skitters across his big, beautiful brain—are kind of improvised poems in themselves. Tonight is the launch of Skoog's long-awaited second book of poetry, Rough Day, with musical performances by the Gloria Darlings and Jon Pontrello & Kevin Murphy, and lots of booze. Get excited for this one now.

Hugo House, 7 pm, free

SUN 6/16

You Will Get in Trouble Release Party

Ryan Johnson's new book, You Will Get in Trouble, is a collection of linked short stories and poetry. To celebrate the release of the book, Johnson, Terra Leigh Bell, and Chris Gusta will read in Shoreline, with a very special appearance by conceptual salon/pop-up bookstore/publisher Babel/Salvage.

Club Hollywood, 7 pm, free

Kate Lebo

Lebo, who is the author of the very good poetry collection A Commonplace Book of Pie and a new manifesto called Kitchen Witch, will perform a riff on a TV cooking show. Lebo's work is also currently on display at Hedreen Gallery as part of their Weird Sisters show about femininity, domestic goddesses, and insanity.

Hedreen Gallery, 11 am, free

Dan Savage

The editorial director of The Stranger (who writes a sex advice column you probably haven't ever heard of) will read from his newest book, American Savage, and appear in conversation with NPR's White House correspondent Ari Shapiro. American Savage could well be Savage's most political book to date, which means this will be the kind of night where names are named and agendas are pushed. And would you have it any other way?

Town Hall, 7 pm, $10

MON 6/17

Tao Lin

Stranger contributor Tao Lin has a lot riding on his new novel, Taipei. For a while there, Lin was everywhere, basically dictating a style to a whole new generation of novelists. That moment has passed, and everybody's been waiting and wondering what he's going to do next. Let's find out together!

Elliott Bay Book Company, 7 pm, free

TUES 6/18

Sandi Doughton

Doughton says it's time to FREAK THE HELL OUT in her new book Full-Rip 9.0: The Next Big Earthquake in the Pacific Northwest. It's all about the Cascadia subduction zone and how we're overdue for The Big One. You know you want to go to this reading, if just to appease your inner sadist.

Central Library, 7 pm, free

FRI 6/21

John Sundstrom and Jared Stoneberg

In 2004, Stranger writer Emily Hall referred to the restaurant Lark as "both easy and elegant," and assured readers that "everything I've tasted there is delicious." The restaurant has now delighted diners for almost a decade since Hall's review, and it's still a pinnacle of Seattle dining experiences. In Lark: Cooking Against the Grain, we get to see how the dishes are made.

Central Library, 7 pm, free

SAT 6/22

Octavia Butler's 66th Birthday Party

Local authors Nisi Shawl, Gabriel Teodros, Rahwa Habte, Zola Mumford, Leilani Lewis, JT Stewart, Paul Toliver, and Mayumi Tsutakawa celebrate what would have been Butler's 66th birthday by reading their favorite passages from the brilliant Pacific Northwest sci-fi author's work.

Elliott Bay Book Company, 3 pm, free

Live Nude Fish

Les Sardines is a Seattle writing collective that puts out small, beautiful literary magazines. Tonight, the seventh issue of Les Sar'zine, titled "Naked," will be available for sale. Readers will read, a band called Seacastle will sing three new songs with lyrics written by Les Sardines, and copies of their new magazine will be available for purchase.

Ghost Gallery, 6:30 pm, free

MON 6/24

John "Jack" Horner

Horner served as a technical adviser on all three Jurassic Park movies. He's discovered more about dinosaur child-rearing and social behavior than can fit in a single blurb, and his book, How to Build a Dinosaur, is his newest collection of knowledge. This is a must-see event for dino-fiends.

Town Hall, 7:30 pm, $5

Carl Hiaasen

Hiaasen is the author of a bunch of mysteries set in Florida. He's known for his sharp, Elmore Leonard–like dialogue, his weird Floridians, and being friends with Dave Barry. Nobody's perfect. His newest book is Bad Monkey.

Central Library, 7 pm, free

TUES 6/25

Gone Girl Comics Launch Party

Noel Franklin's brand-new comic book, Gone Girl Comics Issue #1, features stories about life in Seattle written and drawn by the local poet, with one story guest-illustrated by local awesome cartoonist David Lasky. The cover and interiors feature Pioneer Square's late, lamented OK Hotel.

Vermillion Gallery & Bar, 7:30 pm, free

THURS 6/27

Lit Fix 2

The second outing of this booze-and-music-and-readers series features musician and young-adult author Danbert Nobacon, poet Arlene Kim, biographer Neal Thompson, and memoirist Brian McGuigan. The musical guests have yet to be determined at press time.

JewelBox at Rendezvous, 7 pm, $5

SAT 6/29

Elliott Bay 40th Anniversary

Elliott Bay Book Company has been slinging books at your head (figuratively speaking) for four decades now, and they're celebrating with a minifestival of gigantic local talent in one reading. Confirmed to appear as of right now: Ryan Boudinot, Jim Lynch, and Maria Semple.

Elliott Bay Book Company, 7 pm, free

TUES 7/2

Neil Gaiman

This reading for The Ocean at the End of the Lane is already sold out, so if you don't have tickets, you should feel really bad about yourself right now.

Town Hall, 7 pm, $35

SAT 7/13

Fifth

For months now, the Five Alarms Greenwood team has put together a series of lit crawls that stretched from one end of Greenwood to the other. Tonight, the fifth and final Greenwood Lit Crawl, titled FIFTH, will run from roughly 6:30 to 11 p.m. at four or five different venues. Expect readers including Arlo Smith, Matthew Pritchard, Benjamin Schmitt, Chelsea Kurnick, Luke Johnson, Imani Sims, and Stranger Genius finalist Maged Zaher. For up-to-date information about readers and venues, visit fivealarms.wordpress.com.

Greenwood, 6:30 pm, free

Chuck Klosterman

I Wear the Black Hat, Klosterman's newest book, is about why society is totally obsessed with villains and ne'er-do-wells and criminals. It looks to combine Klosterman's earlier pop cultural essays (O. J. Simpson, Batman, and Don Henley are discussed) with his new role as the Ethicist for the New York Times Magazine.

Elliott Bay Book Company, 7 pm, free

THURS 7/18

Jodi Angel, Jennine Capó Crucet, Peter Mountford

To celebrate the release of Jodi Angel's new short story collection, You Only Get Letters from Jail, fancy writer Capó Crucet and local novelist Mountford get together to read short work "about the seedier parts of life." Sounds like a good time to me.

Hugo House, 7 pm, free

MON 7/22

Lacey Jane Henson

The Furnace Reading Series brings an outstanding author together with the weird aural hallucinations that sometimes appear on Hollow Earth Radio every now and again, just to see what happens. The resulting story is part radio play, part tone poem, and part memorable performance, and while they're all archived online at thefurnaceseattle.wordpress.com, there's something special about seeing the whole thing performed live. Tonight's Furnace brings local author Henson to read her short story "Trigger."

Hollow Earth Radio, 7 pm, free

TUES 7/30

Samuel R. Delany

Fancy-pants sci-fi-minded writing organization Clarion West is bringing legendary author Delany to Seattle. He'll read from his most recent novel, Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders, and answer pretty much any question you may have about what it means to be the man with the awesomest beard in science fiction today.

Central Library, 7 pm, free

WED 8/7

Alexander Maksik

Maksik's beautifully written debut novel, You Deserve Nothing, was about an affair between a teacher and a student at a Parisian international school. Then Elissa Strauss published a blog post on Jezebel alleging that Maksik himself lost his job at the American School in Paris for having an affair with a 17-year-old student. That was 2011. Now Maksik returns with his first book since Nothing, A Marker to Measure Drift. It's about a young Liberian woman who washes up on an island in Greece and wrestles with her past. Expect at least one question in the Q&A to not focus on the new book.

Elliott Bay Book Company, 7 pm, free

TUES 8/13

Toby Barlow

Barlow's last book, Sharp Teeth, was a werewolf novel written entirely in free verse. It made genre fans into readers of blank verse, which is a pretty great accomplishment, although it didn't really garner much attention in the poetry world, which maybe says something about the poetry world. His new novel, Babayaga, is set in Paris in the 1950s, and it features spies, witches, and a police officer who has been turned into a flea.

Elliott Bay Book Company, 7 pm, free

WED 8/14

A Night of Genius

You've by now read about the whole literature Genius Award shortlist (page 12), and you're wondering to yourself, "How can I enjoy all these geniuses in one place?" Have I got an event for you: Tonight, the Frye is home to all the finalists at the same time. You'll see Maged Zaher, Neal Stephenson, and the organizers of the APRIL Festival onstage with A&P literature editor Paul Constant for a Q&A about their particular areas of genius and what Seattle-area geniuses they admire. At no other event this year will you see such great literary genius, and in such disparate categories of expertise, on one single stage. (Good thing Constant will be there to dumb things down, so nobody's brain explodes from too much thinking.)

Frye Art Museum, 5:30 pm, $10, 21+

THURS 8/22

Sean Beaudoin

Sean Beaudoin marks the debut of his new novel, Wise Young Fool, about a teenage rock-and-roller whose life has gone down the absolute wrong path, resulting in a 90-day stay at juvie. This event features what Beaudoin refers to as a "theatrical reading" with "free booze" and an "acoustic punk performance."

Elliott Bay Book Company, 7 pm, free

FRI 8/23

Nicole Hardy

A few years back, Nicole Hardy published a Modern Love column in the New York Times about being a Mormon virgin. Now the expanded version of that column arrives in the form of a memoir titled Confessions of a Latter-day Virgin. The launch party for this event will feature live music, a photo booth, food, a reading, a Q&A, a raffle, and booze, along with some beehive hairdos (to commemorate the Mormon Church's freaky fascination with bees) and lots of awkward laughs.

Hugo House, 7 pm, free

FRI 8/30–MON 9/2

Bumbershoot

Featured performers at the Words & Ideas portion of this year's Bumbershoot include the writing staff of Parks and Recreation, a Fantagraphics panel including Stranger Geniuses Jim Woodring and Ellen Forney, a pot-themed book reading, a discussion about strong female role models, and a satirical take on TED Talks from The Stranger and Intiman Theater.

Seattle Center, 7 pm, free

WED 9/4

Shin Yu Pai

A while back, Pai moved from Seattle to the Deep South. Her poetry collection about the experience, Aux Arcs, joins her seven other books and a whole pile of collaborative works and broadsides. Tonight's launch party for Aux Arcs will be opened by Whiting Tennis, who will begin the night with a musical set. (Tennis created the cover of the book, too.)

Hugo House, 7 pm, free

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