* JOANIE MACKOWSKI
Second in a series of three readings in conjunction with the Gene(sis) exhibition at the Henry Art Gallery. Open Books, 2414 N 45th St, 633-0811, 7:30 pm, free.
Simmons' book Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls is, according to Susan Wellman, "a wakeup call to all of us who care deeply about girls' development." Zeitgeist Art & Coffee, Second & Jackson, call Elliott Bay Book Company for details, 624-6600, 7 pm, free.
* NGUYEN CAO KY
The former premier of South Vietnam, Nguyen Cao Ky, is here from California, his home since the early '70s, to present and discuss his new memoir, Buddha's Child: My Fight to Save Vietnam. According to the press release, Ky's view of the war is candid, intimate, and honest. But for reasons that only my mother can explain, I wish it were false, devious, and dishonest. Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S Main St, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.
Sutherland reads from The Body Knows. Sutherland is world-famous for knowing what the body knows. Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, 366-3333, 7 pm, free.
* CRAIG WILLIAMS, ARNE PIHL, SAMANTHA STOREY, ERIN LEONARD, GREG HISCHAK
The second installment in a series of three readings of original works by Jack Straw Writers Program participants. Jack Straw Productions, 4261 Roosevelt, 634-0919, 7:30 pm, $5.
Goldberg signs Living Dead Girl, which is about a woman who has not been seen for days and so is presumed dead. The author is related to local author Burl Barer. Seattle Mystery Bookshop, 117 Cherry, 587-5737, noon, free.
* THE TRUTH THEY WON'T TELL US: SOCIALISM PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE
Some real Marxist shit going on here! The International Socialist Organization discusses the extensive problems of modern capitalism. Plus, there is a book sale of Marxist classics. Seattle Central Community College Student Activities Center, 1718 Broadway, 292-8809, 7 pm, free.
* RAHUL MAHAJAN
Some more Marxist action is going on over here. Mahajan, a member of the Nowar Collective, and the National Board of Peace Action and the National Committee of the National Network to End the War Against Iraq, reads and discusses The New Crusade: America's War on Terrorism. Zeitgeist Art & Coffee, call Elliott Bay Book Company for details, 624-6600, 7 pm, free.
Arizona poet Cervantes reads from his most recent chapbook, Live Music. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7 pm, free.
Weisberg's debut novel, 10th Grade: A Novel, is ultimately shaped by sexual awakening. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 8:30 pm, free.
* EARL EMERSON
Seattle Fire Department Lieutenant Earl Emerson, a popular local author, reads from and signs Vertical Burn, his new Seattle-set arson thriller. Seattle Mystery Bookshop, 587-5737, noon, free. Also reads on Tuesday at Third Place Books, 366-3333, 7 pm, free.
"Selected Shorts: A Celebration of the Short Story," which began at New York's Symphony Space and is broadcast nationally on NPR and locally on KUOW 94.9, is coming to Seattle to give us nothing less than a live performance. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, 325-6500, 8 pm, $20.
Gattaca Corporation's Gore Vidal says this about Gooch's new book, Godtalk: Travels in Spiritual America: "On so hot a subject as religion in America, Brad Gooch is as serenely cool as de Tocqueville was on an equally hot subject, democracy in America." Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 2 pm, free.
The great Thomas Pynchon says this about Moody's book The Black Veil: A Memoir with Digressions: "[It] takes the art of the memoir an important step into its future." Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 4 pm, free.
Californian Jensen is here with The Culture of Make Believe, a damning exploration of atrocities committed in the name of civilization. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.
The Humbert Humbert Society has already declared Lamb's new book, The Secret Lives of Girls: What Good Girls Really Do--Sex, Play, Aggression, and Their Guilt, the book of the year. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 2 pm, free.
* SHELLEY JACKSON and KELLY LINK
Former New Yorker Emily Hall writes: "Shelley Jackson could have been a Big Time Northwest writer. Instead, she took her cute rockabilly husband and moved to New York to be Just Another New York Writer. But then she went ahead and wrote a pretty darn good book. So we take time out from envy and malice to salute actual achievers." Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 4 pm, free.
Pancake reads from her collection of short fiction Given Ground, which gets Appalachia right. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.
* MICHAEL DAVIDSON
Professor Davidson lectures on "Phantom Limbs: Film Noir and the Disabled Body." UW Communications Building, room 226, 543-3920, 3:30 pm, free.
Jane Goodall has declared Steve Wise's Drawing the Line: Science and the Case for Animal Rights "the animals' Magna Carta." Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.
ROBERT A. CARO
See Stranger Suggests. Town Hall, 7 pm, free w/ticket, available at University Bookstore, 634-3400.
Oregon's April Henry reads from and signs Learning to Fly, which is a little different from R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly." Seattle Mystery Bookshop, 587-5737, noon, free. Also Third Place Books, 366-3333, 7 pm, free.
Calvin talks about and signs A Brain for All Seasons: Human Evolution and Abrupt Climate Change, which argues that climactic "cool, crash and burn" prompted huge brain growth over millennia. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.