1. Local authors Maria Semple and Jonathan Evison will appear in conversation together tonight at University Book Store. I wrote last week about how much I love Evison's new novel—it's obviously his best book yet—and Semple is riding high on the success of her most recent, Seattle-bashing novel. That's two local authors, both at peaks in their respective careers, on the same stage for the low, low price of free.

2. I almost wish that were the only reading tonight. But it ain't so. There's a lot of competition, in fact. For instance, Lidia Yuknavitch is reading at Elliott Bay Book Company tonight. It's also free. Yuknavitch is a beloved, up-and-coming writer from Portland. Her memoir was A Chronology of Water, and her new novel is Dora: A Headcase. This is a novel about one of Sigmund Freud's cases, and a chance to give a woman who many people have read about a kind of opportunity to tell her own story. In a week packed full of good readings, this is one of the best.

3. And that's not all! Mark Bittman is appearing downtown at Benaroya Hall as part of Seattle Arts and Lectures. If you don’t know how to cook, I insist you buy a copy of Bittman’s How to Cook Everything. It’s the best cookbook ever, because the recipes aren’t just formulas for you to follow; they’re tiny cooking classes. Bittman’s had a great career already—you might also know him as the New York Times’s food correspondent—but Everything on its own merits should be enough to vault him to the food-writing hall of fame. Tonight, Bittman will talk about whatever the hell he wants to talk about.

4. But, wait—there's more! Vermillion is hosting the monthly Breadline reading series, with poetry from Arlene Kim, music from Three Ninjas, more poetry from Crystal Curry, and a presentation about hairties from Tessa Hulls.

5. More!