READINGS


THURSDAY 8/24


CHRISTOPHER RICE

A Density of Souls, Rice's debut novel (yes, his mother is that same Anne who wrote Interview with a Vampire), is set (like Mom's) in New Orleans, and it follows the troubled friendship of four youngsters as they enter the cruel and twisted-up world of high school. Glamour magazine called Density a "shocking, sexy tale," and Kirkus praised Rice's "lovingly embraced evocations of genteel Crescent City and its gay French Quarter." Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S Main, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, advance free tickets available at store.


RALPH "SONNY" BARGER

The former Hells Angel reads from his new memoir. See Stranger Suggests. University Bookstore, 4326 University Way NE, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.


MARI HALL

Reiki is the Japanese Usui method of transferring universal life-giving energy for the harmony of body, mind, and soul (as opposed to Karaoke, the Japanese method of transferring drunken arrogance for the general embarrassment of body, mind, and soul). Hall, the founder and director of the International Association of Reiki, explains her method of physical, emotional, and spiritual healing in her new book, Reiki for the Soul: 10 Doorways to Inner Peace. Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S Main, 624-6600, 5 pm, advance free tickets available at store.


*STEVEN BARNES, OCTAVIA BUTLER, TANANARIVE DUE, & CHARLES JOHNSON

Contributing writers read from and sign Dark Matter, a groundbreaking anthology of African American speculative fiction. Barnes & Noble, 2700 NE University Village, 517-4107, 7 pm, free.


FRIDAY 8/25


*TUCKER MALARKEY

Malarkey, a Portland-based writer and recipient of the highly beneficial Michener Grant Award, has just published her first novel, entitled An Obvious Enchantment. Peter Matthiesen praised the book for its "exciting, intelligently imagined story, well written and well paced, with a very skillful use of place and atmosphere." Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S Main, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, advance free tickets available at store.


ANDREA SIEGEL

In Open and Clothed, Siegel (a contributing writer for Salon, Vogue, Mirabella, and the N.Y. Times) takes readers on a guided sartorial tour of contemporary history's best and worst fashion choices. The book, according to Siegel, "meets clothes junkies where they live.... We go into closets, pushing past bags filled with 157 pairs of socks a Seattle shopper never wears, but can't give up; unearthing vintage satin ball gowns and balled up gym shorts in a San Francisco drag queen's bedroom closet." Juicy! University Bookstore, 4326 University Way NE, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.


L. L. THRASHER

Thrasher signs her new thriller, Charlie's Web. Seattle Mystery Bookshop, 117 Cherry St, 587-5737, noon, free.


G. RAYMOND HUMPHRIES

Humphries signs his latest techno-thriller, Leaves of Sand. Borders, 1501 Fourth Ave, 622-4599, 11 am, free.


SATURDAY 8/26


BILL JOHNSON

Johnson (who teaches screenwriting at Portland Community College) discusses his new book, A Story Is a Promise, as well as offers advice on the techniques of creating strong and compelling narratives. Borders, 1501 Fourth Ave, 622-4599, 1 pm, free; Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S Main, 624-6600, 3 pm, advance free tickets available at store.


JAY PASSER

Book release party for The Dog I Fathered, plus contributors read new work from the latest Spleen Quarterly. See Bio Box. Rendezvous, 2320 Second Ave, 441-5823, 9 pm, $5.


MARIANNE BINETTI

Seattle P-I columnist and celebrated green thumb Binetti tells you how to grow your pumpkins bigger in her new book, Easy Answers for Great Gardens. University Bookstore, 4326 University Way NE, 634-3400, 1 pm, free.


SUNDAY 8/27


TERRY GOODKIND

Goodkind reads from and signs Faith of the Fallen, the sixth installment in his Sword of Truth fantasy series. (As my dear, old grandpappy was fond of saying, "Whosoever haveth the sword, wieldeth the truth.") University Bookstore, 4326 University Way NE, 634-3400, 2 pm, free.


*TITLEWAVE READING SERIES

This last-Sunday-of-the-month reading series will feature short recitations by five local writers and performers: David Fewster (editor of the Diaries of Nanette Jenkins), Brigid Yukman (a contributor to the Northwest Edge: Deviant Fictions anthology), Caitlin Sullivan (co-author of Nearly Roadkill and contributor to Northwest Edge), Ezra Mark (member of the Subtext Reading Series Collective), and Peggy Sullivan (singer/songwriter and member of Smelter Rats). Titlewave Fine Used Books, 7 Mercer St, 324-6379, 7:30 pm, free.


ROBIN HOBB

Ship of Destiny is the third installment in Hobb's Liveship Traders series, which tells the tale of the Vestrit clan, "merchants who travel on living ships made from wizardwood." (I gotta get me some of that wizardwood!) Booklist described Hobb's writing as follows: "If Patrick O'Brian were to turn to writing high fantasy, he might produce something like this." (It would, however, be extremely difficult for Patrick O'Brian to turn to fantasy writing at this point in time, because he's dead.) Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S Main, 624-6600, 3 pm, advance free tickets available at store.


MONDAY 8/28


DUANE NIATUM

The Crooked Beak of Love is a collection of new and revised work by Seattle native Niatum. "Duane Niatum has long been viewed as an important poetic voice," says Joseph Bruchac, "not only in the growing body of estimable work by American Indian writers, but in American poetry as a whole." Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S Main, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, advance free tickets available at store.


TUESDAY 8/29


DOUGLAS SCHUDER

According to David Mason, Schuder "brings uncommonly graceful phrasing to everything he sees," and his new book of poetry, To Enter the Stillness, "moves from simple to complex observations within forms that remain open to humor and epiphany" (Judith Skillman). Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S Main, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, advance free tickets available at store.


SUE HENRY

Henry signs Beneath the Ashes, the seventh book in her mystery series set in the Alaskan wilderness. Seattle Mystery Bookshop, 117 Cherry St, 587-5737, noon, free.


WEDNESDAY 8/30


BURL BARER

Barer, an Edgar Award-winning mystery writer, reads from and signs his latest novel, Headlock. University Bookstore, 4326 University Way NE, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.


*SCRIBES READING

Twenty high-school students read from their work, the culmination of a two-week intensive writing program. Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave, 322-7030, 7 pm, free.


*STACEY LEVINE, CAITLIN SULLIVAN, & ELIZABETH SHE

Reading by local contributors to the new anthology Northwest Edge: Deviant Fictions, a collection of unconventional and transgressive writings. Featuring Levine (Stranger contributor and author of Dra--), Sullivan (co-writer of Nearly Roadkill: An Infobahn Erotic Adventure) and She (author of Shoulds Are for Saints: The True Life Adventures of Suzy La Speed). Speakeasy Cafe, 2304 Second Ave, 324-6379, 8 pm, $5 (free if you purchase a book!).


JAMES GRIPPANDO

Grippando reads from and signs his latest mystery, Under Cover of Darkness, which Booklist praised as "a smart, gripping thriller... intelligently conceived and executed." Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S Main, 624-6600, 5 pm, advance free tickets available at store.


WILLIAM SHUTKIN

Shutkin's new book, The Land That Could Be: Environmentalism and Democracy in the Twenty-First Century, "reveals how two hitherto distinct movements are merging in our inner cities and deracinated rural communities to reforge an America we have lost and long for" (Paul Hawken). Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S Main, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, advance free tickets available at store.