I’m about as sportsphobic as they come, but even I can recognize awesome when I see it. Stranger literature Genius Sherman Alexie brings together two Washington State writers—short-story author Shann Ray and incredible novelist Jess Walter from Spokane—with young poet Natalie Diaz to talk about writing and basketball. Alexie and Walter play pickup games, and Diaz was an all-conference guard in college. Since this reading is taking place at a basketball court, they might even shoot hoops while talking about literature, which would certainly be something you’ve never seen before. (Connolly Center, Seattle University, 550 14th Ave, elliottbaybook.com, 7 pm, free)