At the Elliott Bay Book Company, Robin Shannon, who is the author of Seattle's Historic Restaurants, talks about historic Seattle restaurants. Remember the Denny's in Ballard? (Sigh.) And then later in the day at Elliott Bay, Randa Jarrar reads from a coming of age novel about a Kuwaiti child who moves to Egypt and then Texas. Hilarity is sure to ensue.

And in Georgetown, at the Fantagraphics Store, it's the Beasts 2 release party, art opening, and rock and roll show. This is also doubling as the second anniversary of Fantagraphics' beautiful retail space. Cartoonists like Ellen Forney, Jim Woodring, Jacob Covey, Peter Bagge, and Jim Blanchard will be in attendance. Peter Bagge's new band, Can You Imagine?, will perform. It is all ages. And it is free. Those Beasts books are gorgeous McSweeney's-like volumes, full of comics' artists interpretations of mythical creatures. If you haven't seen, them, you should. They'd make great Christmas presents.

The full readings calendar, including the next week or so, is here.