The one thing you need to absolutely do today at AWP is to visit the AWP Bookfair at Washington State Convention Center. It's open from right now until 6 tonight. There are hundreds of publishers and literary magazines just waiting to be discovered.
After the book fair, here are some of the most interesting-looking events happening today, in chronological order. (You can find a full list of events in our readings calendar.)
At Black Coffee Co-op, writers will perform new work on the topic of video games.
Stellar publishers Archipelago, New Direction, and New York Review of Books meet in Elliott Bay Book Company's reading room for a "low-key talk about books." After all the readings, a chance to hang out and maybe share a beer with a publisher and talk shop sounds positively delightful to me.
Local publisher Alice Blue Books teams with Bloof Books and Coconut Books to bring a huge lineup to the Pine Box.
Did you know that a bunch of local writers went to school at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington? It's true! And the Alibi Room is hosting a UNCW reading party, with plenty of local writers who attended the school (Corrine Manning and Eli Hastings among them) and also non-Northwest-based UNCW alumni.
The Raygun Lounge is hosting a reading of comic-book-themed poetry to celebrate the launch of Drawn to Marvel: Poems From the Comic Books, an anthology that includes Sherman Alexie.
Elliott Bay Book Company is hosting a bedtime-story-themed reading with Suzy Vitello, Lidia Yuknavitch, Chuck Palahniuk, Monica Drake, and Chelsea Cain. You're encouraged to show up at this reading in pajamas, blankets, pillows.
To wind down the weekend, six small publishers present "The Great Unwind" at Gallery 1412, featuring a lineup of poets including Stranger Genius Maged Zaher, who is motherfucking incredible.
And so on:
To see everything else happening today, including all the book events happening in Seattle over the next three months, you need to visit our readings calendar.