Charity: True Stories of Giving and Receiving is a collection of first-person narratives that promote charity and generosity toward absolute strangers. Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, 366-3333, 6:30 pm, free.
JIM DAVIES & TOM PORTER
These jocks sign even more copies of their highly anticipated book The Glory of Washington: The People and Events that Shaped the Husky Athletic Tradition. University Bookstore, 4326 University Way NE, 634-3400, 4 pm, free.
* TITLEWAVE READING SERIES
Hosted by Doug Nufer, this month's featured readers are poet Anna Balint, the author of Out of the Box and spread those crimson sleeves like wings, and a teacher at El Centro de la Raza; Margot F. Boyer, who writes on natural history and environmental topics; and Willie Smith, the author of Oedipus Cadet and figurehead behind Exquisite Corpse. Titlewave Books, 7 Mercer St, 282-7687, 7:30 pm, free.
* PAUL APOSTOLIDIS
Professor of political science at Whitman College offers his recent book, Stations of the Cross: Adorno and Christian Right Radio, a critical analysis of the Christian right and its media politics. Anyone who mentions the Frankfurter Adorno in the title of their book deserves our affection. Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S Main St, 624-6600, 6 pm, free.
This housewifey standup comic with a mousy voice wrote another novel, Tickled Pink, which is about the best beavers in the world. Not. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.
DAVID G. GORDON
Science writer for Washington Sea Grant programs and author of Field Guide to the Slug offers Heaven on the Half-Shell: The Northwest's Love Affair with the Oyster. He will augment his reading with a slide show on the romance Washington state has had with its oysters. One hopes he will also have a slide show on the romance Washington State has had with its busy beavers. Third Place Books, 366-3333, 7:30 pm, free.
DAVID HALL, M.D.
Child psychiatrist suggests new ways to approach arguments that can drive kids and parents apart. While in the bookstore, you should buy a copy of Lolita. University Bookstore, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.
SUSAN MIDDLETON & DAVID LITTSCHWAGER
Two San Franciscan photographers show slides of rare plants and animals from Hawaii--alas, there are no beavers in Hawaii. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free. Also Wed Nov 28 at Third Place Books, 366-3333, 7 pm, free.
A physician and fourth-generation bootmaker from Oregon also wrote Himalayan Dhaba, which Neal Stephenson and Pete Fromm liked. Third Place Books, 366-3333, 7:30 pm, free. Also Wed Nov 28 at Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.
* EDNA O'BRIEN
Lauded by Philip Roth as "the most gifted woman now writing fiction in English," O'Brien is known most widely for her The Country Girls books, which began her writing career in 1960 and were subsequently banned by the Irish government for depicting female sexuality with such candor. Her lecture, titled "The Muse of Celtic Literature," promises to exhibit her sense of linguistic drama and wit. Presented by Seattle Arts and Lectures. Benaroya Hall, Mark S. Taper Auditorium, 6:45 pm, series tickets $35-$225, single tickets depending on availability, call 621-2230 for details.
MICHAEL CURTIS FORD
Ford reads from and signs The Ten Thousand: A Novel of Ancient Greece, Xenophon's story of the Greek army's ill-fated effort to overthrow Persia's king, Artaxerxes. Watch Xenophon grow from a pampered boy to a powerful soldier of fortune. While in the bookstore, you should buy a copy of Lolita. University Bookstore, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.
* BRIAN GOEDDE
Joined by DJ Kado, who will provide musical samples, The Stranger's very own Brian Goedde reads from The World is Yours: The Geography of Hiphop, in which he explores the ways our city is represented in the language of hiphop. University Bookstore, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.
Castalia, which is the MFA Creative Writing Reading Series at the University of Washington, is the only reading series worth attending beyond the Lake Washington Ship Canal. Commons Room, UW campus, 543-9856, 5:30 pm, donations accepted.
* ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY'S OPEN MIC--Open mic for writers in general, hosted by the inimitable P. Dawg. Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S Main St, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.
* HYPOCRACY--Mon at 7:30 pm; sign-up at 7 pm. Coffee Messiah, 1554 E Olive Way, 208-1188, free.
POETRY ANDANTE--Thurs at 7:30 pm. Cafe Allegro, 4002 University Way NE, 634-2310, free.
RE-BIRTH--Thurs at 7:30 pm. Zodiac Cafe, 605 E Broadway, 720-4502, free.
STAGE FRIGHT--Open mic for youth ages 14-24. Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave, 322-7030, 5:30 pm, free.
RED SKY POETRY THEATER--The granddaddy of poetry open mics. This week's featured reader: Phoebe Bosché. Sun at 7 pm. Globe Cafe, 1531 14th Ave, 324-8815, free.
SEATTLE POETRY SLAM--This week is the Haiku d'Etat: head-to-head competition plus open mic. 21+. Wed at 9 pm. Sit & Spin, 2219 Fourth Ave, 441-9484, $4.