THURSDAY 3/9


MOLLY TENENBAUM

Seattle poet Tenenbaum celebrates her first full-length collection, By A Thread, published by the brand new Northwest publishing house, Van West & Co. Open Books, 2414 N 45th St, 633-0811, 7:30 pm, free.


CHRISTIN LORE WEBER

Altar Music is former nun Weber's walk through the corridors of spirituality: an exploration of the modern-day resonances of celibacy and an attempt to reconcile the various shards of humanity. A deeply felt meditation from a writer formerly from Port Townsend. Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S Main St, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.


OCTAVIA E. BUTLER

Butler is a remarkable voice in science fiction and winner of several awards, including a MacArthur "genius" grant. Parable of the Talents showcases her allegorical and literary talent. She reads tonight in an event co-sponsored by Clarion West to raise funds for their organization; donations will be requested. Kane Hall 210, UW Campus, 634-3400, 7 pm, free (tickets).


FRIDAY 3/10


DA CHEN

Da, born a landlord's son in China -- the equivalent of being born under a dark star -- has written a memoir of survival and overcoming entitled Colors of the Mountain. Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S Main St, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.


SATURDAY 3/11


ELAINE TERRANOVA

Terranova, part of the Copper Canyon canon, reads from her newest collection of poetry, Damages. Open Books, 2414 N 45th St, 633-0811, 7:30 pm, free.


JOHN BURGESS, DAVID HOROWITZ, MARTHA SILANO, PETER ZILINSKY

Four lovely local poets enliven the very nice but utilitarian enclaves of P.A.G.E.S. bookstore with the wallpaper of poetry tonight. P.A.G.E.S. Books & Web, 432 15th Ave E, 324-1000, 8 pm, free.


*MARK Z. DANIELEWSKI

See bio box. Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S Main St, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.


SUNDAY 3/12


MORRIE RUVINSKY

Full of the mix of native legend and magic realism that creeps its way into regionally oriented books, Ruvinsky's Dream Keeper: A Novel of Myth and Destiny in the Pacific Northwest is the first book-length work of fiction to be published by Seattle's own Sasquatch books. University Book Store, 4326 University Way NE, 634-3400, 2 pm, free.


LISA SCOTTOLINE

Inevitably described as "the female John Grisham" (would John Grisham ever be described as "the male Lisa Scottoline," do you think?), Scottoline puts out top-notch thrillers, the latest being Moment of Truth. Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S Main St, 624-6600, 3 pm, free.


MONDAY 3/13


DAVID WONG LOUIE

The Barbarians in Louie's novel The Barbarian's Are Coming are the complicated kind. Louie's main character, Sterling Lung, is a second generation Chinese American, unable to identify his own needs. He cooks for other people -- French food for upper-class WASP ladies -- and the food fills Louie's book with an intimacy that contradicts Sterling's distance. A nice complicated work. Nippon Kan Theatre, 629 S Washington, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, [$X?].


MORRIE RUVINSKY

See listing for Sun, 3/12. Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S Main St, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.


TUESDAY 3/14


MAYA ANGELOU

One of the most well-known poets alive today graces Seattle for a YWCA Women's Benefit Luncheon; presumably she will speak to the many issues of education that concern her. Tickets are required. Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue, 461-4434, noon, call for ticket information.


*SUSAN SONTAG

See Books Lead, page 29. Town Hall, Eighth & Seneca, 621-2230, 7:30 pm, $30 series.


JOSEPH E. TAYLOR II

An exhaustive study of the decline of salmon in the Pacific Northwest, Taylor's Making Salmon: An Environmental History of the Northwest Fisheries Crisis promises to offer new gristle for this growing genre. University Book Store, 4326 University Way NE, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.


ELIZABETH STROUT

Words from reviews of Amy and Isabelle, Strout's fiction debut last year: "lyrical," "resilient relationship of a mother and daughter," "a novel of shining integrity and humor." Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S Main St, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.


WEDNESDAY 3/15


PRAMILA JAYAPAL

While the spate of "pilgrimage" books lately has taken some of the charge away from the term, Jayapal's Pilgrimage: One Woman's Return to a Changing India fulfills the word's meaning. Jayapal's return to her homeland of India, and her subsequent life there, confuses and then refines her vision of the world; she finds that not only can it hold more than contradiction, it can hold sacredness in the most unexpected ways. Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S Main St, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.


DAVID GUTERSON

David Guterson. At On the Boards. What more needs to be said? This is a fundraiser for Artist Trust programs for Washington state artists, a very good cause indeed. If you have the $25, why not go? On the Boards, 100 W Roy St, 467-8734, ext. 16, 7 pm, $25.


AMORY LOVINS

Dr. Amory Lovins discusses Natural Capitalism, a wave-making new book about sustainability in business. Lovins is Vice President, CEO, and Director of Research of the Rocky Mountain Institute, which studies the efficient use of resources. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, 634-3400, 7:30 pm, free (tickets at U Book Store).


OPEN MIC

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.


THURSDAY 3/9


665

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.


SPOKEN WORD

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.


SUNDAY 3/12


RED SKY POETRY THEATER

Seattle's longest-running reading series livens up the tiny Globe Cafe. This week's featured reader is Steve Potter. Globe Cafe, 1531 14th & Pine, 633-5647, 7:30 pm, free (donation).


TUESDAY 3/14


HOMELAND

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.


WEDNESDAY 3/15


SEATTLE POETRY SLAM

Seattle's highest-powered slam hunkers down at Dutch Ned's, with featured readers each week, plus an open mic for money. Dutch Ned's, 206 First Ave S, 340-8859, www.seattlepoetryslam.org, 9 pm, $3.


CATHARTICISM

Confess your sins at this open mic: A forum for cleaning your soul in public. Poets, writers, musicians, welcome. This week's theme is "Starfucks." Coffee Messiah, 1445 E Olive Way, 860-7377, 8:30 pm, free.