After an earthquake levels the city, Gotham becomes... No Man's Land, in this novelization of the Batman series. (Note: You must say No Man's Land in a breathy, dramatic voice. Thank you.) Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, 366-3300, 7 pm, free.
See Stranger Suggests, page 36. Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S Main St, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.
If you count yourself among those who appreciate poetry's "usefulness" as "a pathway to self knowledge, spiritual revelation, and personal renewal," Burgess' work may be just up your alley. Her new collection, Journey of the Rose, explores love and faith and gratitude. Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S Main St, 624-6600, 5 pm, free.
*JIM BODEEN & YOUNG LATINO WRITERS OF YAKIMA
Blue Begonia publisher and poet Jim Bodeen has had his hands full with a project to give voice to young Latino student writers from the Yakima Valley, culminating in the collection With My Hands Full/Con Mis Manos Llenas. Varied poems, essays, stories, and oral histories make up this articulate anthology. Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S Main St, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.
THE NINE POETS GROUP
Catherine Wing founded the Nine Poets Group over a year ago as a place to study writing in "an alternative to a traditional academic setting" (it was originally known as "the poor man's M.F.A."). Members read their resulting work this afternoon. Open Books, 2414 N 45th St, 633-0811, 3 pm, free.
LAURIE R. KING
Award-winning mystery writer Laurie King has been praised for transcending genre with her literate work. Her newest, Night Work: A Kate Martinelli Mystery, pitches the main character into a complex case of serial murders linked by candy. Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, 366-3300, 7 pm, free.
Two activists follow one another at Elliott Bay. See Bio Box. Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S Main St, 624-6600, 5 pm, free.
Activist Jim Hightower takes on political malaise with his book If the Gods Had Meant Us to Vote, They Would Have Given Us Candidates, stories of "democratic destiny." Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S Main St, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.
SEATTLE POETS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS
A beautifully packaged collection of photographs and poetry by local artists, the Seattle Poets and Photographers: A Millennium Reflection coffee-table anthology paints Seattle as a romantic, if sedate, glittery 'burb. University Book Store, 4326 University Way NE, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.
In his newest volume, psychologist Robert Sardello's aim is Freeing the Soul from Fear. Fight your own fear and come on down for some insight from someone Thomas Moore calls "one of the most creative thinkers I know." Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S Main St, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.
JAMES W. HALL
A South Florida-set thriller with a great noir title, Rough Draft pits a mother's love against the CIA against a sordid background. Ah, sweet formula. Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, 366-3300, 7 pm, free.
Best-selling fantasy writer Brian Jacques will read from and sign his newest book, The Legend of Luke, in which "stirring exploits" and "kindhearted fellowship" take center stage. For all ages. Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S Main St, 624-6600, 3 pm, free; also, Kane Hall 220, UW Campus, 634-3400, 7 pm, free (tickets).
Harrison's thriller Afterburn has been drawing readers, some critics among them, like moths. The noir novel is being praised as "smartly orchestrated," with "achingly real characters." Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S Main St, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.
Note to regularly programmed open mics: The Stranger will list events only if we receive an announcement- regular listings will be dropped unless we are notified that the events are in fact ongoing.
Count the days no more-665 is back, reconfigured by Salon Productions. This open mic is hosted by Sarah Sharp, with featured readers adding to the equation. Four Angels Cafe, 1400 14th Ave at Union, 264-5139, 7:30 sign-up, free.
Each and every Thursday, this venerable Pioneer Square venue spotlights music, poetry, and comedy. Pioneer Square Saloon, 73 Yesler Way, 624-6444, 8:30 pm, free.
RED SKY POETRY THEATER
Seattle's longest-running reading series livens up the tiny Globe Cafe. This week's headliner is Charlie Burks. Globe Cafe, 1531 14th & Pine, 633-5647, 7:30 pm, free (donation).
Hosted by Circus and friends, "Seattle's own Little Bohemia" emerges from a hiatus transformed. The Globe Cafe, 1531 14th Ave at Pike, 264-5139, 7:30 sign-up, free.
SEATTLE POETRY SLAM
Seattle's high-spirited poetry slam uses its new, albeit perhaps temporary venue by featuring Josh Wilson of Bellingham, musical guest Brad Warren, and an open mic/open slam. Dutch Ned's, 206 First Ave S, 340-8859, www.seattlepoetryslam.org, 9 pm, $3.