Hynes reads from and signs The Lecturer's Tale, which is about an adjunct professor who has a severed finger reattached. In a word, the lecturer gets fingered. University Bookstore, 4326 University Way NE, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.
Perry reads from and signs Southampton Row, her latest mystery in the Pitt series. Seattle Mystery Bookshop, 117 Cherry St, 587-5737, noon, free.
Mitchell Smith's Snowfall speculates about Chicago's skyscrapers becoming just tips above the ice in an Ice Age that is caused by comets hitting Jupiter. Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, 366-3333, 6:30 pm, free.
Dunn signs and reads from The Case of the Murdered Muckraker, her latest in the Daisy Dalrymple mystery series. Seattle Mystery Bookshop, 587-5737, noon, free.
Poet and translator Coffin reads from her new book of poems, prose, and drama, Crystals of the Unforeseen: A Book of Women's Voices. Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S Main St, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.
* THE VERY REV. WM.™ STEVEN HUMPHREY and FRIENDS
See Stranger Suggests. Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave, 322-7030, 1 pm, $7.
* NEAL POLLACK and JOHN HODGMAN
See Stranger Suggests. Tonight is an awful night for book lovers. There's too much goodness concentrated into the hour between 7 and 8 pm. There is the interview with McSweeney's writers Neal Pollack and John Hodgman at Hugo House, a reading with Emily White (whose new book Fast Girls was manhandled by a Seattle Weekly critic last week) at Elliott Bay Book Company, and an African American speculative fiction feast at University Bookstore. Whichever you pick will satisfy all your bookish needs. Richard Hugo House, 322-7030, 7:30 pm, $10; for tickets call 322-7030.
* EMILY WHITE
We know all about her, and so do you. Oh yes. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.
* TANANARIVE DUE and STEVEN BARNES
Due and Barnes are speculative writers. Tonight, Barnes and Due read from a novel that is set in an alternate universe, in which Africa colonizes America. Now, brothers, give me five on the black-hand side. University Bookstore, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.
See Stranger Suggests. Tractor Tavern, 5213 Ballard NW, 789-3599, 7 pm, free.
Nebula and Hugo Award winner Greg Bear launches a night of science fiction and fantasy. Richard Hugo House, 322-7030, 7 pm, $6.
Denise Dietz will read from her new paranormal mystery, called Fitty Cents for Your Soul. Yes, I meant Fifty Cents. Seattle Mystery Bookshop, 587-5737, noon, free.
* RED SKY POETRY THEATRE--The P-Diddy of poetry open mics. Sun March 17, 7:30 pm, sign-ups at 7 pm. Globe Cafe, 1531 14th Ave, 324-8815, free.
* HYPOCRISY--A weekly forum for writers by writers. Mondays at 7:30 pm, sign-up at 7 pm. Coffee Messiah, 1554 E Olive Way, 208-1188, free.
POETRY ANDANTE--Thursdays at 7:30 pm. Cafe Allegro, 4002 University Way NE, 634-2310, free.
SCRATCHING POST--Poetry open mic, all ages. Thursdays at 8 pm, sign-up at 7:30 pm. Mr. Spot's Chai House, 2213 NW Market St, 297-2424, free.
"IT'S ABOUT TIME" READING SERIES--With featured readers Ann Lynch, Carlos Martinez, Victor Hellberg, and Priscilla Long. Thurs March 14, 6:30 pm. Seattle Public Library University Branch, 5009 Roosevelt Way NE, 684-4063, free.
HOT DAMN POETRY SLAM--Wed March 20 at 8 pm, 21 and over. Sit & Spin, 2219 Fourth Ave, 441-9484, $7.